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Martin nail trail

Postby Bassquake » 17 Aug 2011, 1:36pm

Hello peeps....
Bought a mountain bike from the "flea" market yesterday... a marin nail Trail.... its in pretty good nick...
however, the welding on it looks really rough and ready, and this made me think that maybe the previous owner had just put these Marin stickers on the bike.... I also have a Cannondale tourer and the welds on this are invisible...

Wonder if its fake?

thanks chaps

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Re: Martin nail trail

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 17 Aug 2011, 2:37pm

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Re: Martin nail trail

Postby Bassquake » 17 Aug 2011, 4:11pm

Thanks Mikews... clears that one up

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Re: Martin nail trail

Postby Cymraes » 17 Aug 2011, 10:26pm

Yep, we've got a couple of Marins, both bought new, and the welding is seriously rough on both. Shame.

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Re: Martin nail trail

Postby hamster » 22 Aug 2011, 11:33am

On the Cannondales the filed the welds to make them smooth. The Nail Trail is an aluminium bike, so it has larger welds, and the don't file them. The only thing to worry about is if the welds are irregular. If they are very even, than that's fine. Most Marins I've seen (and I own two) have extremely even welds, although the Alu ones tend to be large.

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Re: Martin nail trail

Postby Bassquake » 2 Sep 2011, 4:49pm

Thanks guys...the frame is in pretty good nick... im planning on spending a little on it and getting it up to scratch for use as a winter bike....

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Re: Martin nail trail

Postby ratherbeintobago » 10 Sep 2011, 12:21pm

Can you post some pictures? May be easier to judge whether it looks right. Other option would be to email Marin UK the serial number?

Andy