Gary Fisher Marlin

Gary Fisher Marlin 29er

Gary Fisher makes reliable mountain bikes at many price points and this is one of the more affordable options which semi-serious riders can choose if they want to get access to high-end capabilities without leaving too much of a dent in their bank balance. The large wheels mean that it can pick up speed over rougher terrain than other bikes and this goes hand in hand with the SR Suntour fork which provides 100mm of much-needed travel for when a rigid frame just would not suffice.

The frame which holds the Gary Fisher Marlin 29er together is essentially the same one as you will find on bikes higher in the range that are three times the price of this option. That means strength and agility is assured, with a closer look at the other components required to see where differences lie. Mechanical disc brakes from Tektro with 160mm rotors sit at the front and rear whilst Bontrager has contributed everything from rims and tyres to saddle and handlebars. Seeing respected brands across a bike like this is always a positive thing, provided they are implemented well, which seems to be the case here.

The Gary Fisher Marlin 29er lacks a particularly memorable design but does go a long way to suggest that it is well made. Black and grey hues are daubed on a majority of the frame and components, with even the rims getting this dark finish, which actually looks very attractive. Consumers who want a subtle finish will approve.

Gary Fisher Marlin 29er 2011 Specifications

  • Frame: 6061 T6 Aluminium, butted and hydroformed tubing, cold-forged dropouts and bottom bracket, G2 29″ geometry
  • Front Fork: SR Suntour SF11 XCT V3 with mechanical lockout, preload, custom G2 geometry, 51mm offset crown, 100mm travel
  • Rear Shock:
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Altus
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.4
  • Number of Gears:
  • Shifters: SRAM X.4, 8 speed
  • Chainset: Shimano Altus
  • Chainrings: 42 / 32 / 22 tooth
  • Bottom Bracket:
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-820, 8 speed, 11-32
  • Chain:
  • Pedals: Wellgo ATB, boron axle, alloy cage
  • Front Brake: Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc, 160mm rotors, 6 bolt
  • Rear Brake: Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc, 160mm rotors, 6 bolt
  • Brake Levers:
  • Handlebars: Bontrager Approved Big Sweep, 15 degree sweep
  • Stem: Bontrager Approved
  • Headset: 1 1/8″ threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
  • Grips:
  • Rims: Bontrager Ranger 29″ 32 hole
  • Front Hub: Formula DC20
  • Rear Hub: Shimano M475
  • Front Spokes:
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  • Front Tyre: Bontrager 29-2, 29×2.1″
  • Rear Tyre: Bontrager 29-2, 29×2.1″
  • Tubes:
  • Saddle: Bontrager Evoke 1
  • Seatpost: Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 20mm offset
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