Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

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Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby asaxton30 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:29 pm

So...I've been looking for the right MTB for me for a while.

Same old story, I used to ride, now I'm fatter and older, but want to ride again. So I resurrected the old Carrera Optima out of the shed, stuck some decent tyres on it, and have been doing between 14-20 miles 3 times a week for the last few months. Got to say I've rekindled my love for riding.

So, after looking for the last three months, I thought I had narrowed it down to what I wanted...a Specialized Rockhopper Expert, but there was always a niggling feeling at the back of my head I wanted a full suss bike.

Anyway...whilst bimbling around on eBay yesterday, I saw this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/130776149190? ... 500wt_1414, and before I knew it I'd bought it. Gulp.

I've got to say I have a tiny bit of buyers remorse. I spoke to a friend who rides, and he said the spec was decent, but I'm concerned that because the frame is from 2003 (at least I think it is) it's going to let me down. I know it's a little bit heavier than more recent bikes and I've read articles saying the derailleurs tend to break easily and the brakes could be better.

BUT the big questions is...have I done the right thing?! I know the answers not going to help me now, but at least I'll know!!

Cheers all.

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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby benpinnick » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:33 pm

They are good bikes. Solid and well made. The brakes are likely tobe a bit pants by modern standards, but thats a fairly fresh drivetrain, and a good condition frame by the looks of it, so I think you've done ok. Ride it first but I would consider new tyres and saddle straight away (£50), and maybe a shorter stem and wider bars to freshen it up and you'll be ready to roll.
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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby benpinnick » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:35 pm

Oh, and if the brakes are a bit pants, you could consider getting new organic pads for them. That will help.
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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby asaxton30 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:51 pm

Thanks for the response...makes me feel better!

I like the fact with modern MTBs most, if not all, parts are upgrade-able so you offer good advice by using it, seeing what I like and what I don't like and taking it from there.

Didn't know about organic pads, so will do a quick Google. Cheers.

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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby cooldad » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:58 pm

Looks rather nice for the price.
Try Superstar for pads. Ben is wrong though, I would get kevlar - they are red.
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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby asaxton30 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 13:26 pm

Like these?

http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_ ... o1s939j784

In a nutshell, what's the main difference?


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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby The Rookie » Tue Oct 09, 2012 13:28 pm

It won't ride badly, it will almost certainly need some TLC and you'll probably want to upgrade a few parts, you'll definitely want newer tyres but thos older Mazza forks are far from being bad!

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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby cooldad » Tue Oct 09, 2012 13:30 pm

Or in their own words
3 Superstar Compounds:
Organic - High power soft pad for great feel and power, excellent bite from cold
Sintered – Hard pads for long life in abrasive condition, extra long life
Kevlar – Soft race pad for ultimate power but Kevlar fibres give much longer life than Organic
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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby asaxton30 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 13:48 pm

I thank you both!

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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby asaxton30 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 08:28 am

Just a quick update...I got it and it's awesome! Can't believe how different one bike can be from another.

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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:25 am

Welcome to Marinland. Not to be confused with Marin County :)

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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby chez_m356 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:34 am

asaxton30 wrote:Just a quick update...I got it and it's awesome! Can't believe how different one bike can be from another.

a friend of mine has something similar, a 2003 eastpeak apart from a change of bars,stem and saddle its still in its original spec and still running sweet, those old marin's just seem to last forever
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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby benpinnick » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:52 am

YeehaaMcgee wrote:Welcome to Marinland. Not to be confused with Marin County :)


Surely they're the same place? What with Marins coming from Marin County n all.
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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby YeehaaMcgee » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:10 am

benpinnick wrote:
YeehaaMcgee wrote:Welcome to Marinland. Not to be confused with Marin County :)


Surely they're the same place? What with Marins coming from Marin County n all.

No, Marinland is the magical land, hidden from the views of "other folk" by the perpetual cloud of smugness created by Marin owners and their pride in their bulletproof, lifetime warrantied frames and bearings :lol:

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Re: Marin Rock Springs 2003 - have I done the right thing?

Postby asaxton30 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 15:11 pm

Marinland or Marin County...either way it's sunny! :)


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