Marlin Bikes is an Indian Bicycle brand operating from Bangalore. Marlin Bicycles are manufactured in a state-of-art facility which also comprises of a R&D team equipped with latest know how which helps in creating new rider friendly designs. We got the opportunity to test ride the Marlin Thor and here is what we thought.
The Marlin Thor is built on a strong and sturdy Alloy frame. Fat bikes do require ample amount of material on the frame to handle the bulky tires and the rough terrains it has to endure. The frame geometry on the Thor ensured the riding posture was comfortable on the back, elbows and wrists. The Steel rigid fork was strong enough to absorb vibrations of the surface.
The Marlin Thor which I test rode came in a full Black primary colour and Blue/Red as the secondary colours. The matte finish paint job was of superior quality. The subtle graphics was simple and added a nice aesthetic to the Bicycle. The wide 4.9” fat tires with big threads helps the bicycle look rugged.
This Fat Bike comes with a Shimano Tourney derailleur at the rear with a 1x7 gear combination. There is no front derailleur on this Fat Bicycle. This derailleur is an entry-level MTB component and performed well during the test ride. The gear shifting was smooth with no lags during the test ride. This 7-Speed gears were controller by Microshift TS38 shifters.
The Mechanical Disc brakes from Tektro on the Marlin Thor are a great component for braking on the roughest of surfaces. Even though the wheelsets are heavy, these brakes are quick to react and felt balanced as well.
The handlebar was perfect in length and made sure the rider is comfortable and finds it easy to turn the heavy wheels on roads, sand and flat trails.
Tires on a Fat Bike are the real highlight as they are bigger and heavier than the average Adult Bicycle tire. The Thor rolls on a pair of Chaoyang 26” x 4.9” fat tires. These monster tires rolled nicely on flat urban roads and had a uniform tread design which provided good traction. To ride on the sand is the fun element on a fat bike and to do so comfortably one will have to reduce the tire pressure a bit to make sure the tires roll on the surface of the sand smoothly without sinking in the sand. The stock saddle was ergonomic in design to keep the rider comfortable on bumpy rides.
This Fat Bicycle from Marlin has a high quality Alloy frame and performance focused Tektro Mechanical Disc brakes. The comfortable riding posture along with the powerful brakes and fat tires make it comfortable to ride on roads, trails and beaches. Priced at Rs.39,990(as on 9th February 2021) the Marlin Thor is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a Fat Bike for fun and leisure riding on urban roads, flat trails and on the beach.
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