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BRAND NEW, UNUSED Marin MTB from the 90's

Old 01-24-14, 11:46 AM
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BRAND NEW, UNUSED Marin MTB from the 90's

I just picked this up today for $65. Its a Marin Palisades Trail mtb with full Shimano 300LX components and Tange oversized Chromo tubing. Brand new, never used. It still has the original grease on the chain.

It was a mid level mountain bike from my experience (that's around when I started riding).

I haven't done any sleuthing yet, but I'm guessing ~1995? Anyone want to guess?











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Old 01-24-14, 11:48 AM
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....and before the "wash your truck" comments come, its winter in Canada. Sand all over the roads. This is what it looks like after a few days of driving.
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Great colors! That one has obviously been sitting a long time just waiting for you to come along and rescue it.

If you find those trigger shifters (especially for the FD) to be gummed up from sitting so long, you can usually get them working properly just by hosing them out with some WD40. This worked on an old nearly new Univega MTB I flipped recently, it had the same shifters. Squirt-squirt, click-click, repeat. Took about ten minutes and about a half a can, but it worked.
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actually they work perfectly. From my little bit of research, I think it is a 1991. That's pretty old for a bike in this condition.
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Great colors! That one has obviously been sitting a long time just waiting for you to come along and rescue it.

If you find those trigger shifters (especially for the FD) to be gummed up from sitting so long, you can usually get them working properly just by hosing them out with some WD40. This worked on an old nearly new Univega MTB I flipped recently, it had the same shifters. Squirt-squirt, click-click, repeat. Took about ten minutes and about a half a can, but it worked.
Tri-flow in a spray can probably works even better at breaking up the old grease and leaves some desirable lubrication behind.

The Marin is sweet. Early 1990s for sure.

You should be able to ID the exact year using this site:

https://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/...in/Catalogues/

Edit: Actually based on a quick scan I think it is probably a 1990 as Marin moved away from these brighter colour schemes pretty early and the 1991 does not match.
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Old 01-24-14, 12:46 PM
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Crazy! It gets even older! LOL..... Now what do you think its worth? I might actually keep it as my klunker/ghetto bike and enter XC races on it for fun. But if I were to sell it I'm guessing at the most $300?
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It's not worth much. $120-$150, maybe $200 to the right buyer.

I use Kroil to break up old grease. It's one of the best penetrating oils out there.
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Yeah its not exactly a 1984 Stumpjumper hahahaha! I might keep it and just enter xc races wearing cut-off jean shorts and mesh tanks.

This is Canada though, where you can almost double the price compared to in the states.

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I got $150 for this one last summer. I added the tires, saddle and pedals. It was in very nice condition, but a far cry from NOS

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Hi Faction -
You got an incredible deal there - MTB's simply don't get any better than Marins, and even their low-end was excellent. (Other than something Frank the Welder built) there is absolutely no other MTB make that I would search out if I ever had to replace my current winter ride, a '95 Pine MTB.

I don't think your graphics point to 1995, but based on the '95 catalog, you are correct that your Palisades Trail was "mid level" - but that was in the middle of a very enviable group of bikes. Congrats!

The '95 MTB hierarchy was as follows:

Team Titanium
Marin Team
Pine Mountain
Eldridge Grade
Bear Valley SE
Bear Valley
Palisades Trail
Muirwoods
Bobcat Trail
Hawk Hill
Indian Fire Trail
Rocky Ridge
Nail Trail

They also offered versions with front susp or frt& rear suspension.
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I am not as head over heals as Auchencrow, but I do like Marin's and my bother had a 95 nail trail that was pretty nice. I really liked their simple paint with one colour accent.

It depends where in BC you are. I have noticed the vancouver market is pretty dis-interested in vintage MTB unless it is a collectors items (i.e. top of the line). I think $250 isn't out of line for this mint beauty, but I don't think it will be a quick sale.
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That's a steal, that type of bike is exactly what my Dad is looking for. He's been bitten by the cycling bug and now wants something he can ride around anywhere / during the winter.
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Isn't it always winter in canada?
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haha not where we are! I betcha it gets hotter here in the summer than where you live.

I'll ship it to you sauze.

Vancouver is a savvy market for mtb's. Heavily saturated and a smart and talented population of mountain bikers. Something like this bike down there is 'kitschy' but not really a collectable. Even to me, its a bit of a joke bike. Kinda cool but kinda stupid.

Oh I found out some good news about it - it has a 1 1/8th" steerer. Woo!

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Crazy! It gets even older! LOL..... Now what do you think its worth? I might actually keep it as my klunker/ghetto bike and enter XC races on it for fun. But if I were to sell it I'm guessing at the most $300?
Moved to appraisals.
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