Marin Mount Vision 5.7 review

UK favourite gets a revamp

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,995.00 RRP
Marin Mount Vision 5.7

Our review

The best Mount Vision yet, but it can't match its big-name rivals for value
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Marin’s MountVision has been a UK favourite for many years. For 2010 it’s been revised to be more trail-friendly, leaving less of a foot in the cross-country/marathon race camp.

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Ride and handling: Awesomely smooth with neutral, confidence-inspiring handling

The MountVision has had regular geometry tweaks over the years. This season’s refresh involves a slacker head angle, steeper seat angle and lower bottom bracket, all of which make it an even more confident ally on the trails.

That’s backed up by Marin’s excellent Quad-Link suspension. The rear end is still more steeply progressive than pretty much anything else you’ll find, but the trade-off for the hard-to-find last few millimetres of travel is unparalleled smoothness over the kind of small and medium bumps that make up most of most trails.

Frame: A little lighter and better looking for 2010

At a glance the 2010 MountVision looks the same as the 2009 model, but there are numerous changes. The front end now wears an oversized head tube and a semi-integrated headset, giving more weld area and more bar height setup flexibility.

At the back, an all-new swingarm is lighter than the old one, while the Quad-Link linkages have been narrowed for better leg clearance. In between, the geometry’s been tweaked too – slacker at the front, steeper at the back and a lower bottom bracket. The new frame also features filled and smoothed welds – it adds a tiny bit of weight, but looks great.

Equipment: Apart from stout RockShox Reba fork, parts spec doesn’t excite

Marin have usually managed to deliver better value than you might expect for a relatively small company, but the Mount Vision 5.7 doesn’t shine too brightly here. The stout RockShox Reba fork with Maxle Lite 20mm through-axle is a highlight,

However, the SRAM X-5/X-7 transmission mix, Truvativ Firex cranks and Hayes Stroker Trail brakes are all a notch down from what we’d like to see at this price. It all works, but the spec contributes to a bit more heft than the competition and you may feel the need to upgrade earlier.

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Despite the dialled ride, all our testers marked the Marin down on value grounds – when other bikes can manage full Shimano XT for just a little more money, X-5 and X-7 just doesn’t cut it.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Mount Vision 5.7 (10)
Brand Marin

Available Sizes 17.5" 17.5"
Brakes Stroker Trail Hydraulic Disc with V6 Rotor
Cranks Firex 3.2, 44/32/22 with 2 Alloy Chainrings and Giga X Pipe External BB System
Fork Reba SL 120mm, with Maxle 20mm Dropouts, Dual Air Preload Adjustment, Rebound Adjustment and Motion Control, Lockout
Frame Material 6066 Aluminum, Fully Hydroformed Mainframe and New Lightweight Swingarm, Quad-Link 2.0 120mm Suspension System, with Modular Dropouts
Front Derailleur Deore
Head Angle 68.5
Rear Derailleur X-7
Rear Shock Float R with Rebound Adjustment
Seat Angle 72.5
Shifters X-5, 9 Speed Trigger
Weight (kg) 13.4
Weight (lb) 29.5
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.1
Top Tube (in) 22.2
Wheelbase (in) 43.3