Anyone out there buying a recent Marin ebike?

Dallant

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A shop I know is going to be involved with new Marins and I want some recent feedback on them.
 

Dewey

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Good to see another brand using Shimano Steps mid-drive, I enjoyed test riding a Gazelle with the 1st gen motor, these 2nd gen motors are lighter. I can't speak to the Marin eMTB's but the Marin Sausalito 2 city model would be a better buy than the Sausalito 1 model because the 2 uses the more powerful E6100 motor (60nm) vs the E5000 motor (40nm) on the Sausalito 1. Court recently reviewed the Kona Ecoco that uses the same E6100 motor, and REI also use it on their Co-Op CTY e2.2 that also has a suspension fork and reportedly should be restocked in April. The Sausalito 2 has a seriously wide range 11-speed cassette (11-52) which should make it a great hill climber, but the 11-32 9-speed cassette on the REI Co-Op CTY e2.2 is fine for urban riding and the REI bike has a sturdy frame integrated rear rack which is useful for carrying stuff but it is heavier at 52lb, with its rigid steel fork the Kona ebikes are the lightest of these three city ebikes using this motor Court measured the Kona Ecoco at 43lb.
 
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PDoz

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I bought one of their traditional bike frames recently, a Marin alcatraz. Perhaps I'm being overly fussy, but the quality control wasn't what I would expect for the price.

The image below shows the bottom bracket - a chip had allowed paint to run into the thread and clogged it to the extent that I couldn't screw in the bb . Thankfully the lbs was nice enough to lend me their tap so I could cut the thread deeper.

The welds for the rear brake tabs look like someone threw chicken poo against a wall then cleaned it off with a dry sponge. Perhaps the apprentice was learning how to tack weld and then got distracted when the sweet young paint girl turned up?

For perspective, in Australia Marin seems to be priced just above Giant for similar component levels , yet Marin are sold online without the convenience of a dealer to fix glitches. I actually bought this frame to test the water because the marin alpine trail sounded promising. I'll stick with my lbs instead.


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Dallant

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The welds for the rear brake tabs look like someone threw chicken poo against a wall then cleaned it off with a dry sponge. Perhaps the apprentice was learning how to tack weld and then got distracted when the sweet young paint girl turned up?
Best description of a poor weld ive ever heard!😂
Thanks for the heads up.👍
 

PedalUma

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I bought one of their traditional bike frames recently, a Marin alcatraz. Perhaps I'm being overly fussy, but the quality control wasn't what I would expect for the price.

The image below shows the bottom bracket - a chip had allowed paint to run into the thread and clogged it to the extent that I couldn't screw in the bb . Thankfully the lbs was nice enough to lend me their tap so I could cut the thread deeper.

The welds for the rear brake tabs look like someone threw chicken poo against a wall then cleaned it off with a dry sponge. Perhaps the apprentice was learning how to tack weld and then got distracted when the sweet young paint girl turned up?

For perspective, in Australia Marin seems to be priced just above Giant for similar component levels , yet Marin are sold online without the convenience of a dealer to fix glitches. I actually bought this frame to test the water because the marin alpine trail sounded promising. I'll stick with my lbs instead.


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PDoz. Marin is located in my hometown. It is located next to a huge chicken processing plant. Hawks have been known to drop chicken heads from the wires above into passing convertibles on Lakeville Hwy at Casa Grande. They want me to buy their frames. Thanks for the info.
 

PDoz

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PDoz. Marin is located in my hometown. It is located next to a huge chicken processing plant. Hawks have been known to drop chicken heads from the wires above into passing convertibles on Lakeville Hwy at Casa Grande. They want me to buy their frames. Thanks for the info.

That puts a whole new perspective on those welds....
 

Dallant

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PDoz. Marin is located in my hometown. It is located next to a huge chicken processing plant. Hawks have been known to drop chicken heads from the wires above into passing convertibles on Lakeville Hwy at Casa Grande. They want me to buy their frames. Thanks for the info.
Glad I don't drive my convertible in Casa Grande!
 

PedalUma

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Marin shares space with a great Australian bike company, BikesOnline.com. For the money these bikes have a lot of value. They even offer free return shipping on no questions asked free returns on electric bikes. This is good for tourists who need a new bike for 14-days while on vacation! Returned bikes are then sold a "demo-bikes" at steep discounts. I have been impressed with the fit and finish. I advised a friends son to by one and it had a deep royal purplish blue color with a clear coat and fine metallic flakes like a starry night in the Outback. The welds were clean. It had the Steps motor and a semi-integrated, removable battery.
 

PDoz

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Marin shares space with a great Australian bike company, BikesOnline.com. For the money these bikes have a lot of value. They even offer free return shipping on no questions asked free returns on electric bikes. This is good for tourists who need a new bike for 14-days while on vacation! Returned bikes are then sold a "demo-bikes" at steep discounts. I have been impressed with the fit and finish. I advised a friends son to by one and it had a deep royal purplish blue color with a clear coat and fine metallic flakes like a starry night in the Outback. The welds were clean. It had the Steps motor and a semi-integrated, removable battery.

NB, if you have a warranty claim bicyclesonline expect the customer to pay for shipping

They did at least offer to pay for my lbs to do the repair, but if I wanted to return the faulty frame for a refund I would need to pay for shipping. I didn't enjoy asking the lbs for help on a bike I hadn't purchased there - especially when they provided the tool for free
 
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