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MARIN MUIRWOODS 29ER 2016 HYBRID BIKE reduced from £525 - £299 @ Rutland cycling
MARIN MUIRWOODS 29ER 2016 HYBRID BIKE reduced from £525 - £299 @ Rutland cycling

MARIN MUIRWOODS 29ER 2016 HYBRID BIKE reduced from £525 - £299 @ Rutland cycling

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This seems to be a very good piece of kit at a genuine discounted price. Includes hydraulic disk brakes

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This is a very good bike for the money. Not worth the RRP. But for £300 it's well worth it.
I've got a 2010 version of this. Still going strong with most original components.
It is quite heavy. But gives a very comfy ride. And the stealthy black look has a lot of appeal.

Original Poster

Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on sale at Evans from 399 to £299. Appreciate they are slightly different bikes and the Marin has disc brakes but wondering if there is anything else to distinguish them. thanks. evanscycles.com/spe…808

This actually looks like a pretty decent "out of the box" commuter/light off-road bike. There's nothing on it that's outstanding and I'd agree the original RRP is rather too high, on paper it's a fairly solid spec though. Even as far as some relatively decent tyres (puncture resistance, if you aren't worried about weight is one of the first things I'd bother to "fix", there's a good... £40 on new tyres saved, it's a small thing but it seems a really well rounded setup without serious weaknesses).

Can't advise as to which one you should buy, because as you pointed out yourself - they're different types of bike. In fact they're very different.
I'd say, Marin is a much better value bike:
- disc brakes - how can you not want them commuting in the UK?
- better drivetrain (9 speed cassette)
- more solid build (steel frame)
- far more stylish in my opinion
- MTB geometry - upright riding position
For a commuter bike it's a no-brainer.

Specialised Sirrus will be noticeably lighter as it's aluminium framed and doesn't have disc brakes. If you want a more sporty hybrid, go for the Spec.

elloco8

Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on … Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on sale at Evans from 399 to £299. Appreciate they are slightly different bikes and the Marin has disc brakes but wondering if there is anything else to distinguish them. thanks. https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-sirrus-2016-hybrid-bike-EV244808



Personally, I have a bike from Evans (Pinnacle Cobalt) and... they've kinda rubbed me up the wrong way since day 1 with it. The pedals were miss-matched (sorted easily/free on day 3 of purchase but still...) and the barrel adjuster for the front brake was basically rammed in so the thread was broken and couldn't be adjusted (which... was... semi fixed, I ended up buying a new set of shifters though as it wasn't quite right and fitted them myself).
It went for a service and was given back completely un-ridable, still needing a new rear cassette (they apologised, still charged me for the rear cassette even though they'd kinda done a shoddy job of a paid service). They changed the crankset (fixed rings) during the service and about 5 weeks later after being a bit clicky the left crank arm fell off as they hadn't tightened it enough...
Just... kinda small things but really crappy. As such I generally avoid Evans now (and doing my own servicing).





Edited by: "mercutio98uk" 4th Jul 2016

Muirwoods are pretty highly regarded in the cycle touring community as a superb budget tourer. Great geometry, supple steel frame, and reliable (if unspectacular) components.

Definitely worth the money at this price!

(I have the 26" version from 2007 which has performed superbly. Lovely frame!)

Guys ive i know is completely different but ive been offered a Specialized Tarmac sl2 2011 from a guy local to me for £300 its been checked out and is in good condition is this worth it ?

GQ Man

Guys ive i know is completely different but ive been offered a … Guys ive i know is completely different but ive been offered a Specialized Tarmac sl2 2011 from a guy local to me for £300 its been checked out and is in good condition is this worth it ?



​Well it was £1200 new 5 years ago. If it hasn't had much of a battering then it's a good price

£6 off with voucher HAVE6

Great deal, thanks for posting it.

elloco8

Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on … Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on sale at Evans from 399 to £299. Appreciate they are slightly different bikes and the Marin has disc brakes but wondering if there is anything else to distinguish them. thanks. https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-sirrus-2016-hybrid-bike-EV244808


Out of the two I would go for the Sirrus over the hefty 13Kg Marin.

Looks great. Oh, how I was excited, looking forward to summer, get out and cycle in the sunshine...should've known not to book holidays when Wimbledon was on - rain!

Though I was more excited to see the 2016 CANNONDALE HABIT CARBON SE beside the bike for £239 ..... another dream destroyed

Hot

I have the older version of this bike without the disc brakes. Its a good bike for the money and cost a small fortune a few years ago. worth the £300

Better ride, and a cracking frame on the Muirwood. Completely upgradeable. I wouldn't consider the Specialized, lighter yes but the Muirwood is a solid bike, perfect for British roads and streets. Unless you live up a 15%+ gradient, I'd not get the Specialized. The Muirwood isn't that heavy really either, considering the Cycling Weekly budget road bike of the year (under £1000) is 11.5kg in 58cm frame.

Can someone explain the exact uses this thing is suited for eg a 15miles fair paced ride through towns/villages etc

GQ Man

Can someone explain the exact uses this thing is suited for eg a 15miles … Can someone explain the exact uses this thing is suited for eg a 15miles fair paced ride through towns/villages etc



The Marin description is a fair summary;

The Muirwoods 29er is our rough and tumble commute machine. Offering the toughness of a mountain bike-based cromoly frame and fork with an updated geometry and durable component selection, this bike is designed for riders wanting some fun on their commute. From jumping curbs and train tracks to adventuring the dirt roads on the outskirts of town, the Muirwoods 29er can take it all. A 27-speed Shimano Altus and Alivio drivetrain provides the perfect gear regardless of terrain while Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide dependable braking performance regardless of weather conditions. Night time visibility is taken into account with highly reflective 3M graphics on the frame and tires, while integrated rack and fender mounts allow you to build up the bike to best suit your needs.

29er wheels and a steel frame negates the need for suspension. I have taken my 26" Muirwoods on single track routes on the South Downs without much concern (Marathon XR tires). It of course isn't designed for off roading - but the geometry and the frame certainly make it a much more comfortable bike than most over the rough stuff.

I also like the more heads up riding position (vs the heads down of a racing bike for example) - so if you are just commuting, this would be ideal.

Also, as mentioned earlier, Muirwoods are v.highly regarded as touring bikes - especially when going out onto dirt/gravel tracks. Here's a picture plucked from Google Images of one on the Bolivian Altoplano

http://m1.i.pbase.com/g1/85/557985/2/130685861.I7knim7E.jpg

In short, if you are after a relaxed and enjoyable ride - with the capability to do MUCH more, then you can't go wrong with the Muirwoods. It's a cracking bike.

elloco8

Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on … Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on sale at Evans from 399 to £299. Appreciate they are slightly different bikes and the Marin has disc brakes but wondering if there is anything else to distinguish them. thanks. https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-sirrus-2016-hybrid-bike-EV244808


I'd take the Marin. Yes will be heavier but a bit more do it all and better equipment.

Original Poster

Thanks for the advice everyone. Still torn between them both though

How many gears does if have?

I'm about 6ft and 32 inside leg - their sizing guide states I should be the XL.. Anyone else have pointers on this?

Very close to biting on this - mainly due to 'Wentoabetterplace's" mention of its touring abilities as well.. I've been wanting a Hybrid that can tour well for a long time. Is this the one? oO
Edited by: "gozo" 4th Jul 2016

gozo

I'm about 6ft and 32 inside leg - their sizing guide states I should be … I'm about 6ft and 32 inside leg - their sizing guide states I should be the XL.. Anyone else have pointers on this?Very close to biting on this - mainly due to 'Wentoabetterplace's" mention of its touring abilities as well.. I've been wanting a Hybrid that can tour well for a long time. Is this the one? oO

I would get the large 19 inch, looking at the geometry and being the same size as you

elloco8

Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on … Can anyone advise between this and Specialized Sirrus hybrid currently on sale at Evans from 399 to £299. Appreciate they are slightly different bikes and the Marin has disc brakes but wondering if there is anything else to distinguish them. thanks. https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-sirrus-2016-hybrid-bike-EV244808


I'm a Specialized fan but that's a VERY basic spec bike.

It's a long-established brand: I recently repaired a couple of 1990s Marin Muirwoods. Back then they were steel 26" mountain bikes with front suspension. They ride brilliantly, and obviously last a long time!

I purchased an XL Marin Lombard elite I am six two and have 34 inside leg and think if I had my choice again I would possibly take the large

Hi which bike is this on the picture and frame size thank you

wenttoabetterplace

The Marin description is a fair summary;The Muirwoods 29er is our rough … The Marin description is a fair summary;The Muirwoods 29er is our rough and tumble commute machine. Offering the toughness of a mountain bike-based cromoly frame and fork with an updated geometry and durable component selection, this bike is designed for riders wanting some fun on their commute. From jumping curbs and train tracks to adventuring the dirt roads on the outskirts of town, the Muirwoods 29er can take it all. A 27-speed Shimano Altus and Alivio drivetrain provides the perfect gear regardless of terrain while Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide dependable braking performance regardless of weather conditions. Night time visibility is taken into account with highly reflective 3M graphics on the frame and tires, while integrated rack and fender mounts allow you to build up the bike to best suit your needs. 29er wheels and a steel frame negates the need for suspension. I have taken my 26" Muirwoods on single track routes on the South Downs without much concern (Marathon XR tires). It of course isn't designed for off roading - but the geometry and the frame certainly make it a much more comfortable bike than most over the rough stuff.I also like the more heads up riding position (vs the heads down of a racing bike for example) - so if you are just commuting, this would be ideal.Also, as mentioned earlier, Muirwoods are v.highly regarded as touring bikes - especially when going out onto dirt/gravel tracks. Here's a picture plucked from Google Images of one on the Bolivian AltoplanoIn short, if you are after a relaxed and enjoyable ride - with the capability to do MUCH more, then you can't go wrong with the Muirwoods. It's a cracking bike.


nice bike

tempted to buy this bike i commute on my 29r cube mountain bike suspension forks which dont have eyelets on front i would like full mudguards on my bike and option to put racks on front and this bike looks perfect for my needs.

would there be any issues putting my 10 speed deore groupset on this and brakes? or would i be better leaving it as is and upgrade later
Edited by: "pothead13" 5th Jul 2016

gozo

I'm about 6ft and 32 inside leg - their sizing guide states I should be … I'm about 6ft and 32 inside leg - their sizing guide states I should be the XL.. Anyone else have pointers on this?Very close to biting on this - mainly due to 'Wentoabetterplace's" mention of its touring abilities as well.. I've been wanting a Hybrid that can tour well for a long time. Is this the one? oO



You won't find better for the money. It's a v.discreet bike - with no flashy decals, and a seemingly unflashy frame (making it a fairly unattractive bike for thieves).
The good things though are that it has fully brazed rack mounts on both the front and rear. The steel frame takes some of the bite out of poor roads (where aluminium feels horribly rigid)...and in the very unlikely event you have a frame failure, steel can be rewelded with ease. It's why 1990's mountain bikes are so often used for touring (some of the v.best Reynolds/Tange steel frames were made in that era, before they went for the cheaper aluminium option).

With regards the relatively average components - just upgrade it as it wears out (my Muirwoods is now on a fully Deore drivetrain....which has been upgraded gradually over the years)

One reason to pause for thought; if you have ambitions to head to S.America or Africa on a tour, then 29er wheels are not the best option (low availability of spares). With that said, if you had a wheel failure, you could get around the problem temporarily by using a 26" disk brake wheel until such time as you get a hold of a 29er.

pagehamillton

Hi which bike is this on the picture and frame size thank you



Almost certainly a 20" frame with 26" wheels (my bike looks the same)

Bikes got expensive, I was in Evans the other day looking for a bike for a 3 year old and they showed me their in-house one for £180!!!!!

Got me excited there for a moment - and website even said "international delivery starting as little as £4.99".

Turns out delivery to Ireland is £44.

Last weeks vote was on Brexit, not Irexit. We are still next door, Mr. Rutland.

gozo

I'm about 6ft and 32 inside leg - their sizing guide states I should be … I'm about 6ft and 32 inside leg - their sizing guide states I should be the XL.. Anyone else have pointers on this?Very close to biting on this - mainly due to 'Wentoabetterplace's" mention of its touring abilities as well.. I've been wanting a Hybrid that can tour well for a long time. Is this the one? oO




Unless its changed,Marins always had a long top tube leading to a fairly stretched riding position.
I liked it but any people weren't as comfy with it.
Worth comparing the measurements to your present bike(s) if you have any.

wenttoabetterplace

One reason to pause for thought; if you have ambitions to head to … One reason to pause for thought; if you have ambitions to head to S.America or Africa on a tour



Oh dear, I'm in so far over my head.. I've not had a bike since I had a BMX back in my early teens - I'm now mid 30's..

I want a bike to zip about in on a good day and I do have a couple of friends who are keener, so could maybe go small tours - mainly on roads though, not so much off-road.

This looks more like a Mountain Bike than the other Hybrid/Tourers I've seen, so I'm still on the fence, but it does look nice. Thinking the 19" might be best for me. Thanks for all the responses guys.

bpcampbell

How many gears does if have?



27. All the specs are listed on the site.

Nice setup for a reasonable price. Would have preferred higher gearing - I've got a 50/11 high gear on my fairly similar hybrid(s) and do make use of that. The 34/34 low gear has got me up some pretty steep stuff while loaded, so 26/36 lower than most will use probably.

Have gone for the 22" option on this bike (last one in stock I think). Couldn't resist the price...or the upgrade to 29er wheels. Will be nice to have a frame suited to my size (6'3", 35" inside leg)....rather than one that is a touch too small.

Marin also offer lifetime warranties on their frames and forks. The HAVE6 £6 discount, free delivery, and the potential 3% from TopCashBack were the cherries on top

I've been running my Marin hybrid since 2003. This isn't an upgrade but it looks like a great bike for the money.
I had to replace the wheels quite quickly and all the perishables over time but its still an eye turning and awesome bike.

Got a muirwoods, frame has a lovely feel to it, rigid but comfortable. Nice Bikes.

Thanks OP; I just went in for the 22" one too (hopefully not out of stock). Replacing a Charge Grater 2 (29" wheels, mechanical disc brakes) that was on here about 18 months ago. The Charge Grater is still going fine (one flat and 2 spokes replaced is all so far) but this was too tempting to resist.

Got for a light (as in weight) model. Made a massive difference to me when going from a heavier bike.

Is this bike no good for 1-2 hour rides with some big hills then? Or hilly cities like Bristol?
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