I had a quick ride around the car park at Leisure Lakes near Southport on an Indian Fire Trail (1996?) and was sorely tempted, but ended up buying an Orange P7 from Biketreks in Ambleside instead.
The Marin seemed more exotic, but felt incredibly stiff. and I was trading in a Clockwork so there was some brand loyalty/patriotism involved. Also, the guys at Biketreks were more friendly.
Loved the P7 (just obtained another!), but still wonder if I would have enjoyed the IFT.
If you can't be a good example, be a horrible warning!
Current rides:1994 Orange P7 (project), 1995 Clockwork (the f-in-law's), 1996 Orange C16R (the wife's), 2007 Ltd Edition Clockwork, 2011 Orange 5 Pro, 2014 Planet X Carbon road bike
Previous rides:1993 Orange Clockwork XC Pro, 1993 Orange Clockwork XC expert, 1994 Kona Kilauea, 1995 Kona Cindercone, 1995 Orange E3, 1996 Orange P7 XT, 1997 Saracen Maxtrax, 2009 Orange Evo 8