Marin Team FRS Bike 1998 or Older

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Team FRS Bike

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[Jul 15, 2008]
roothooked
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

great up hill, and just as good going downhill..

Weakness:

needs more travel on front/rear

it still is today a great bike when upgraded.. :D

Similar Products Used:

n/a

[Jul 18, 2003]
Scott
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light for a DH, makes a good freeride, very durable

Weakness:

Poor components on this bike

This bike was bought off of ebay as a freeride with a triple chain. It was good as a XC, bit heavy as you'd expect but as a dual freeride/downhill it was fantastic! It's a good allround bike, but I'd def go for an upgrade on the suspension for sure, and brakes, but you couldn't go wrong with the frame, or rest of the bike. Solid all round bike. For the price I paid off ebay, even with the not quite stellar compos I'd say it was a bargain!!

Similar Products Used:

Haro X3

[May 20, 1996]
D. Banning
weekend warrior

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING



Having ridden several full suspension bikes, I settled on the Marin Team FRS for several reasons. First, This bike handled much better than the other bikes I rode; the steering is very quick and yet very stable and predictable at the same time. The rise is plush without being mushy or vague. The components are first rate (White Cranks, XT derailluers, etc.) with the exception of the goop-shift 800 shifters and the marin lite brakes. I swapped the shifters/brakes with the new '96 XTR rapid fire and V brakes- AWESOME!!! <:) I would highly recommend this bike for anyone looking for a very good FS bike for around $2K.

[Apr 28, 1999]
Lauren
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Overbuilt frame - Tough and stable

Weakness:

Overbuilt frame - Heavy

I rode this bike in Tsali North Carolina. Climbing was pretty tough but the down hills
....were amazing! This bike is as supple as my old LTS! I hammered it down the
Thompson Loop and I think lesser bikes' would have exploded!If you can get one of these bikes, upgrade it to 99 standard and you'll be
happy since there are few bikes built today that are this tough.

Similar Products Used:

GT LTS, GT RTS

[Nov 19, 1999]
200 pounder
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Built like a tank

Weakness:

Weighs like a tank
Noleen rear shock is heavy.
Marin stock brakes suck.
Head set sucks

A great bike, but a little heavy. 20T stock granny makes it ok for climbing. Frame is indestrucible. It is a Marin speced version of the Manitou FRS and nearly identical as it was made by Manitou. I have pounded this bike for over 2000 miles in 4 years (not my only bike) in Moab, Downieville, Tahoe, Bay Area and So. Cal.and only once have I had to carry it out. Blame that one on that crappy headset. I suggest upgrading parts as you need them. I recently blew the seals on the stock Noleen. Factory rebuilt it for $70.00 and they would not deal with me directly. They make you go through a shop. This, and the fact that the shock weighs about a pound has me searching for a replacement. Problem is that this is a one-of-a-kind shock due to a funky bushing diameter. Cane Creek has a replacement A-10 listed but they've never built one and they say it's built to fit the Nail FRS, not the Team FRS. Marin says its the same bike. $189 will prove them right or wrong. Stock head set loosens up on every ride. Chris King on the way. Replaced brakes w/ XTR V's. New WTB ti saddle. Front crank next to go, probally Race Face. Also going to replace wheel set w/ lighter Chris King/Mavic. All these changes should get the bikes weight down to 26-26 lbs. One last thing, Poison Spider Bikes of Moab used the Team FRS as one of it's rental FS bikes. The mechanic that I spoke to said that this bike far and away held up better than any other rental FS bike that he had seen in his 10 years of working there. Ask yourself this, if you were riding a rental bike in Moab, how would you treat the bike?

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Santa Cruz Heckler
Amp B-4
Titus Quasimoto

[Feb 28, 1999]
Gav
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I'm also a downhiller. I work in a bike shop and have just bought myself a B17. The travel is amazing on this beast. Cross-country and downhill it just can't be beaten. 10 out of 10.

[Dec 30, 1998]
Simon Lambourne
downhiller

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I`ve had my FRS DH now since March 98 and i still think they kick butt. But i did come across i picture of the 99 FRS DH in MBUK and it looks like its going to be one of the best DH bikes of 99. I was planning on buying a B-17 and building it up to its best, but i thought forget it buy a Team DH!

[Dec 07, 1998]
Mark Brown
downhiller

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I am just about to purchase a new b17 as i think they are the best bike undre the sun for that price. Riding it is like a good night out with a hot babe ( you know what i mean) . I at the moment have a lavadome and would give it up anyday

[Oct 19, 1998]
sergio agramonte
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

Hi I test rode a B17 the rear suspension is awesome I never rode 6 suspension before. It eats the big hits pretty good and the ride feels firm, a lot like my schwinn s[9six]10 but with a lot more suspencion and been ready for disk breake instalation is a nice touc the only thing I would change is the frame color I dont like white the red is ok. Needless to say I want one now. Hey anybody want to buy a schwinn s[9six]10?

[Sep 03, 1998]
richard gregory
downhiller

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I have just seen the new Marin Bikes for 99 in a magazine and I think they look realy cool, when can we see them on your Web Page. I have see and test riden the B-17 and if the rest of the FRS bikes or the same you have out done your selves keep up the good work. What is the Web Page address to see the Marin bikes. :-))

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