Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Marin Muirwoods – freak bike

Posted by Matt | June 19, 2009 | 4 comments so far

Marin Nail Trail with slick MTB road tyres
While we’re on the subject of ‘repurposed’ bikes, we may as well cover my freak bike.

Yes I know it looks weird. 26″ wheels with road slicks on have the habit of doing that and with a carbon fork up front with masses of mud clearance it all looks a bit lost doesn’t it. And have you noticed my super long stem and risers? Not a great look but it seems to work.

Frame Marin Muirwoods 1998
Forks Carbon Cycles carbon fork
Headset Superstar Components
Bars EA50 riser bars
Stem Marin 120mm original fit
Shifters 2003 Shimano Deore LX (M570)
Front mech Shimano Deore
Rear mech 2003 Deore LX in steel blue
Chain SRAM PC951
Cassette 2003(?) Deore LX 11-32t
Chainset 2003 Shimano Deore LX in steel blue
Front brake 2003 Shimano Deore LX V-brake (M570)
Rear brake 2003 Shimano Deore LX V-brake (M570)
Rims Mavic XM-117
Hubs old, old Shimano Alivio
Tyres Specialized Fat Boy
Rear Shock N/A
Seatpost Marin original fit
Saddle SDG Bel Air
Pedals Shimano 520

Filed under Bikes in June 2009


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. chris says:

    Hi there – am in process of fixing up my old Muirwoods of the same vintage and am struggling to get a rigid fork for it – am scouring ebay with no joy so far. where did you pick up that 1″ steerer fork?

  2. Dave says:

    Search for “exotic carbon” on ebat or go straight to their website at which isd a bit cheaper. Matt’s is 1 1/4″ though I’m sure. Check their website though as they do do a 1″ fork.

  3. Matt says:

    Yes, my fork has the 1 1/8 inch steerer but I believe there is a 1″ version too. I recommend you go for the 42.5cm height forks as these will replicate the kind of geometry that the original bike would have had.

    Mine are a couple of cms longer as I thought I might put them on my Inbred frame at some point and are definitely a compromise on the Muirwoods with the steering occassionally feeling a bit vague. I’ve now put on flat bars and a shorter stem which has made a big improvement.

    Overall though, it’s a nice set-up. I’ve put some fat tyres back on and found it to be a great bike off-road if you can live with the lack of suspension. Just ride it with a bit more finesse…

  4. Karl says:

    Hey i have my old marin forks as i swapped them out for some front sus.

    They are from the same vintage 1998 in the metalic light blue..

    Give me a shout if you are interested..


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