Team Marin

My first race MTB.

I bought the team Marin back in 1993 from Fred Williams Cycles in Wolverhampton. I was doing a PhD at the time, had started racing with the University MTB club and was doing a lot of training and rides on Cannock Chase.

I’d applied for a post-doc post in Seattle, which had my experience written all over it, but when I wasn’t offered it I’d decided to spent most of my savings on a new race bike and a pair of Pace suspension forks. It was a win-win.

I had lusted after the Team Issue (Titanium) frame but it was way out of my price range so I had to settle with the top of the range steel framed Team with full XT. My racing, and indeed my life, improved the moment I got used to riding it. Compared to the Giant I was riding, it was like a thoroughbred horse, nervous and lively and very responsive.

Parts have been upgraded with the most recent being a new Chris King headset when the original died back in 2010. The hubs both cracked so were replaced and it’s on the third set of rims.

Original Specification

Team Marin

Brochure Photo

Frame & Fork
Frame: TIG-welded steel
Tubing: Tange Superlite Prestige
Fork: Pace RC35 AB

Group: Shimano Deore XT Rapidfire Plus
Crankset: XT 26/36/46
Rear Cogs: 7-speed, 12 – 28 teeth
Seatpost: Marin Lite
Saddle: Marin Lite Titanium
Handlebar: Marin Lite
Handlebar Stem: Marin Lite
Hubs: Shimano Deore XT
Rims: Araya RM-395 Team
Tyres: Marin Lite


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