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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:27 am 
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Marin experts.

How can you identify which generation a swingarm is. Are there identifying features on the later generation ones?

I'm looking at one, and am concerned regarding whether the swing arm is one of the ones more likely to crack?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:42 am 
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they got progresivley larger ie the top box section was much larger on the third generation also disc mount. Also colours may give the game away,Mount vision rear ends were orange on early models.

The first generation swing arm had a tubular top section!!

Not a very good discription i'm affraid.

All. :D


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thicker with disk tabs.

Thats what Marin replaced my swingarm with when the original one carcked like an egg.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:07 pm 
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This one hasn't got disk tabs, and is square section so must be 2nd gen?

Any idea if the third gens can be picked up?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:13 pm 
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New?

As a replacement from Marin? ATB Sales. lifetime warranty!

Second hand?

Someone on here must have one ?

Al. :D


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:33 pm 
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3233/2321089120_03e75a9340.jpg

If you can see on this 'period' picture (about 1998) my Alpine Trail is sporting a brand new, aluminum, all box section swingarm. This is a second generation swing arm. They were doled out by ATB Sales when the original steel one bent (as they all did!). Still no disc tabs.

Gen one had a tubular top section.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:13 pm 
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I disagree with the above posts, as mine has thinner tubing and more bracing, with the correct 1999 option of disc or canti mounts. See link for image from 1999 brochure.

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:24 am 
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First picture shows a first generation 1997 swing arm - the type that cracked.

Second picture show the lastest generation swing arm with disk tabs - this cost £200 and I was told there was only one more left in the country (18 months ago) after I bought this one from Marin.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:47 pm 
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So, between all these posts you have four of the five single pivot FRS swing arms. The 2000/2001 swing arm was a smaller strut design much as the 1999 one. After 2002 model year, they switched to the Quad Link design (correct me if I'm wrong).

Now, does anyone have a Fox Alps 5R, to fit a '98 model, I can buy?!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:14 pm 
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Benandemu wrote:
I disagree with the above posts, as mine has thinner tubing and more bracing, with the correct 1999 option of disc or canti mounts. See link for image from 1999 brochure.

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... &Type=bike


My silver cracked 1st gen arm was replaced by the red one in the second link


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