WOW heaps of great and fast replies. Thanks you…. You guys have me all excited about it now!!!
Geoff... I got the Team for AU$140.
I also bough a 1996 completely original Marin Hawk Hill for my partner 6 months back. Long story, but she is currently on a very low end 05 Giant Rincon and was complaining how heavy, slow and clunky it was. I was going to ‘modernise’ the Hawk Hill somewhat with a newer drive train and wheelset to give her a light, fast and funky rigid retro bike, but she was just never sold on the idea. Crazy I know
The Hawk Hill is a lower spec bike but I got it off Ebay for about AU$130. So original it still had extrusion bits on the tires and almost not a brake mark on the rims.
I think the thing is that Marin is relatively unknown here and I just think people don't see a value in them (agreed?). It’s a totally different story from something like an old Specialized Stumpy or FSR though (silly prices here), and we don't really get many of the exotics the guys get in the US and Europe.
Thanks again for al the feedback guys. I’ll go away, mull it over and come up with and action plan for the bike.