Marin Bolinas Ridge 6.1 mountain bike £224.99 @ discount cycles
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Marin Bolinas Ridge 6.1 mountain bike £224.99 @ discount cycles

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Found 19th Aug 2015
Decent spec for the money, normally £300+. Butted alloy frame, butted alloy handlebars, alloy stem, not steel, stainless spokes. Shimano Altus gears, not basic tourney.

Frame: Series One alloy frame with SHOT Tech / 26" wheels
Fork: SR Suntour XCT / 100mm travel
Crankset: SR Suntour XCE / 42/34/24
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus / 7 speed
Shifters: Shimano EF41 EZ-Fire Plus / 7 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano TX50
Cassette: Shimano / 14-34 Mega Range / 7 speed
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge
Chain: KMC Z50
Rear Hub: KT / 36 hole
Front Hub: KT / 36 hole
Rims: Araya / 36 hole
Spokes: 14 gauge stainless
Tyres: Kenda K831 All Terrain / 26 x 1.95”
Front Brake: Forged alloy linear pull
Rear Brake: Forged alloy linear pull
Brake Levers: Shimano with integrated shifters
Handlebar: Double butted 6061 alloy / OS-31.8mm / 30mm rise
Grips: Marin Mountain
Stem: Marin Alloy / Threadless
Headset: FSA No.10 / 1 1/8”
Seat Post: Marin alloy micro adjust / 350mm

11 Comments

Thanks for your deal. I've added the image for you

Original Poster

http://www.marinbikes.com/gb/bikes/description/2015-bolinas-ridge-6.1

Also the Bolinas ridge 6.2 for £250, slightly uprated, 8speed.
discountcyclesdirect.co.uk/cat…679



Edited by: "winchman" 19th Aug 2015

Is there anything better under my budget of £250? That is £250, not £275/280/300 etc.

Lots available on the likes of Tredz, but I really don't know what is poor, average, good or very good. Any advice would be appreciated. Some road use, easy trails kind of thing.
Thanks

Can't say I've got any recommendations for an actual bike, but personally I would go for 8, 9 or 10 speed. You'll get a cassette rather than a freewheel on the back. Cheaper to replace in my experience, easy to do on your own too. Also I would avoid 'gripshift' style shifters, again personal preference but they've gone wrong for me quicker than the ez-fire/finger & thumb clicker style.

Original Poster

simont_space

Is there anything better under my budget of £250? That is £250, not £ … Is there anything better under my budget of £250? That is £250, not £275/280/300 etc.Lots available on the likes of Tredz, but I really don't know what is poor, average, good or very good. Any advice would be appreciated. Some road use, easy trails kind of thing.Thanks


The only other at this price with reasonable spec is the Decathlon Rockrider 500.

If you don't need suspension and just want a decent hybrid, always try and avoid suspension if you don't need it, its just extra weight:
discountcyclesdirect.co.uk/cat…262

winchman

The only other at this price with reasonable spec is the Decathlon … The only other at this price with reasonable spec is the Decathlon Rockrider 500. If you don't need suspension and just want a decent hybrid, always try and avoid suspension if you don't need it, its just extra weight:http://www.discountcyclesdirect.co.uk/catalog/product.php?CI_ID=16262



I would advise avoid hybrids. They do nothing well. Either get a road bike or a mountain bike.
I agree at this price avoid suspension, it lowers the spec of other components and adds weight.
And cheap suspension will not be effective and likely fail.
This is a good bike for the price.

ICTHUS

I would advise avoid hybrids. They do nothing well. Either get a road … I would advise avoid hybrids. They do nothing well. Either get a road bike or a mountain bike.I agree at this price avoid suspension, it lowers the spec of other components and adds weight.And cheap suspension will not be effective and likely fail.This is a good bike for the price.


'Hybrid' covers many different specs and can be exactly what someone needs, eg my Specialized 'hybrid' is a good road bike but without the drop bars as I dislike them. Equally many 'hybrids' are more like mountain bikes but usable on the road too. Most people here in the real world, who probably have only one or, maybe, two bikes will find a 'hybrid' in some form which is the best fit for their mix of riding. It's just a name, read it as 'not dedicated to a single, specialist purpose'.


Edited by: "Besford" 5th Sep 2015

simont_space

Is there anything better under my budget of £250? That is £250, not £ … Is there anything better under my budget of £250? That is £250, not £275/280/300 etc.Lots available on the likes of Tredz, but I really don't know what is poor, average, good or very good. Any advice would be appreciated. Some road use, easy trails kind of thing.Thanks



This GT Aggressor Comp might be worth considering against the Marin:

wiggle.co.uk/gt-…15/

At £238 it has £100 off and, like Marin, GT is a well-known, respected brand. The main differences are that the GT uses disk brakes, and 27.5" wheels instead of 26". The GT has a shorter travel fork than the Marin. Very loosely speaking, I'd say the GT might be better for speed on road & light trails, whereas the Marin might cope better with rough stuff.

A slight problem with the Marin is that if you ever want to add disk brakes you'll need to change the wheels as they're not disk-ready.

EDIT: In fact it might be impossible to add disk brakes to the Marin, if the frame and forks don't have suitable mounts. Disk brakes are not essential, but they cope far better than V-brakes against wet+mud.

Edited by: "Muig1972" 6th Sep 2015

Original Poster

The series 1frame on the Marin can certainly take a disc brake as its the same frame used on much more expensive Marin's.

i got a marin palisades trail for £500 from formby cyles, When i noticed no disk brakes they asked for another £150. Even though it should of came with them. Just watch out for these scams when buying a bike.
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