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Old 03-07-15, 02:41 PM
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What kind of Marin mtb do I have?

I looked and learned, but still not sure exactly what it is? Learned a lot about Marin's and Mtb's in general because of this one - a bargain I couldn't resist

Came nude as you see. 2145 grams, and an elusive seatpost diameter for now. Serial number(?) is WDN3537J, and the other number is M23BA0253 - anybody have an idea what model it is?





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I don't know their line, and even so might not recognize the model anyway. But it appears to be a welded Titanium frame (made in Taiwan).

Based on the aparent geometry, I suspect it wasn't built for mtb, but more likely cyclocross or touring. Or you could say a road frame with cantilever brake bosses.

Start by checking the wheel size using the bosses as a guide. The right wheels most likely 700c, will have the rim about 1-1/4" above the rear canti boss. If so, you'll want to find the appropriate fork with canti bosses.

BTW- I said Ti based on the color of the metal and the welds. I'm 98% certain it's not aluminum for a variety of reasons, but it could be steel, or stainless steel. Steel is easy enough to confirm either way with a magnet, but separating stainless from Ti isn't all that easy except if it's one of the stainless grades that's slightly magnetic.
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Tig Steel , Probably by Maxway, Imported from Taiwan (Sticker was an easy clue). , they probably sell the same frame thru other importers
with their chosen brand name applied.

+1. measure the radius to the brake post from the axle center of the rear dropout.

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Why do you think it is a Marin?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Why do you think it is a Marin?
It has "Marin" stamped on the dropouts. Thought that was a photo to many

It's magnectic allright, and looks a lot like Marin's from the early 90's, so I think steel?

Axle center to middle of brake post 475 mm
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Knowing next to nothing about Marin bikes except their reputation back in the day, I'd say that you have something nice.
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Originally Posted by Danish guy View Post

Axle center to middle of brake post 475 mm
Check that. It would imply a wheel of 950mm diameter or so. I suspect it's more like 275 or 280mm which would be right for a 700c wheel (622mm / 2 minus 30mm or so).
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so think 'Hybrid'.
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Could be a Marin Team frame from ca 1993.
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Thank You for all the replies!

Think I got confused about the measure asked for - center of axle dropouts, to brakebridge is 355 mm.

And were the '93 team issues made in Taiwain? Would love to have one of those!

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Thank You for the link - I have been reading up! If the danish serial number is to be trusted, it is a '93. Strange thing about that is I can't find the importer in the system, so not completly sure wether to trust that...

It does look exactly like a '92 or '93 Team Marin, or Team Issue. These are the only two models I can spot, with struts on the headtube?

If You scroll down to page 17 and 18, You can see both models:

http://www.mtb-kataloge.de/Bikekatal...Marin/1993.pdf
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Thank You for the link - I have been reading up! If the danish serial number is to be trusted, it is a '93. Strange thing about that is I can't find the importer in the system, so not completly sure wether to trust that...

It does look exactly like a '92 or '93 Team Marin, or Team Issue. These are the only two models I can spot, with struts on the headtube?

If You scroll down to page 17 and 18, You can see both models:

http://www.mtb-kataloge.de/Bikekatal...Marin/1993.pdf
I'd say you have a team Marin. Because the nude finish does appear original with the taiwan sticker and all, the frames were the same, just the component spec was different. I would build it up with one of those carbon forks from ebay with the short A-C dimension. It would make a really nice ride. If you want to go period than a syncros powerlite would be pretty sweet or similar fork, but those are rare and expensive.

This one is a little long but you get the idea. You'll want something close to 400mm A-C I would think.

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This is my 1991 Team Marin. To be honest most of the Marins from that era looked very similar. I think mine has a weird 30.3 seatpost size or something like that.
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Hello,
What type of finish did these early '90's Marin Team's have? In the catalog (in German) it says that the frame is plated to save weight from the paint... What kind of plating? Is the frame simply brushed and then zinc plated?

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What type of finish did these early '90's Marin Team's have? In the catalog (in German) it says that the frame is plated to save weight from the paint... What kind of plating? Is the frame simply brushed and then zinc plated?

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My bet would be nickle plated based on the color.

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My bet would be nickle plated based on the color.

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Thanks Mike. Nickel that's what I meant, I don't know why I said zinc.
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
Iwould build it up with one of those carbon forks from ebay with the short A-C dimension. It would make a really nice ride.

This one is a little long but you get the idea. You'll want something close to 400mm A-C I would think.

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This is exactly what I want to do with my build. Looking forward to it.
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Thanks Mike. Nickel that's what I meant, I don't know why I said zinc.
A very nice frame, what are you thinking for the buildup?

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Well I really want to keep all the original 900 series XTR components. I've been looking for a used bottom bracket but can't find one that's perfect for the price so most likely will get a phil wood or white industries square taper bottom bracket.

The wheels I will have to build up with new rims because the ones that are on there right now are so thin that the pumped-up tire is bending them outwards extremely. That will be kind of tough because finding high quality lightweight rims for v brakes gets more difficult every day.

I measured the seat post and I think it came in at 26.4. it's going to be impossible to find a nice carbon seatpost in that size.

I will be doing a carbon handlebar and carbon fork with a nice stem.

The frame is at the shop right now having new bottle holder bosses welded in. It comes back in 2 weeks at which time I will send it to Germany to have it re-brushed and again nickel-plated.
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Please update this thread as you progress on this build! I just saw a 1992 Team Issue at local shop today and am tempted to buy it, but it's a bit over my budget if I include the things I want to upgrade.

Are you adding additional bottle holder bosses? What do you think you're going to do with the bike? I'm looking for an old steel frame for a long-distance bikepacking trip and this looks like a good option, except it doesn't have any rack braze-ons.
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Yeah I wouldn't mind knowing how the build-up is going either.
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Judging by the bosses on the headtube it’s definitely a Marin Team Issue circa 93-95, I have just sold one.
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