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    Opinions on this Marinoni touring bike?

    I'm tempted by this bike, although I don't need another tourer: I have a Nishiki Continental and a Long Haul Trucker.

    Any opinions? How's the 8 speed Athena group? Anyone ever heard of the "M-Everest" frame?

    And, yes, it's my size. (I was rather hoping it wasn't, so I could put the temptation behind me!)

    Marinoni Touring Bike | road | Ottawa | Kijiji

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    My vote would be a resounding "Yes!". If its anything like my Marinoni, it will be noticeably different from both of your other tourers, and an interesting companion to your '87 Bianchi, perhaps. I use mine for everything from commuting and credit card touring to centuries. If I was still a "fast group ride" participant, I'd use it for that, too.

    Mine is a 1987 built with SLX tubes, called a Sports Tourer by Simonne Marinoni when I asked about the serial number. I love this bike and it gets nearly all my riding time. It has great ride comfort and responsiveness, and is very versatile with tire clearance up to 700x32 and dropout eyelets. Mine even has threaded fender mounts inside the steerer tube and under the rear brake bridge, although the Rambouillet has become the dedicated "fender bike". The build quality is fantastic, and the full chrome rear end is still excellent after 27 years. It is fully chromed underneath, but the paint is also holding up well. Mine is a relatively quick steering bike with steeper angles, but still stable downhill thanks to a low bottom bracket and longer chainstays, so maybe that's his design philosphy for big frames like my 62cm (ctc). The frame details are different from what "yours" shows, and I wonder if mine was a originally custom for someone (not mentioned by Mrs. Marinoni). The build components are my preferred eclectic set using Sachs (Campagnolo Chorus equivalent) 8-spd brifters and RD, Shimano hubs and brakes, and Ritchey triple crank. I believe Campagnolo Athena was a lower end line, but equally rebuildable along with the other Campagnolo advantages.

    Here are a few pictures, and clicking on any of them will take you to more shots.



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    Thanks for that.

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    I have a Marinoni Special SLX as well and I love it. My only hesitation with that bike would be the campy 8 speed bits for real touring. Parts for that group are getting hard to find. The frame looks great though.
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    John, if you want someone to talk you out of getting the Marinoni, boy did you come to the wrong place. Of course we're going to tell you get it. In addition to our own bikes, we live vicariously through each other's fun bikes.

    So hurry up and go help us live it up a little.
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    Never heard of that model designation, but at that price, in my size, I would buy.

    Classic-styled Marinoni's with wide tire clearances and cantis are very uncommon.

    I'll be in Ottawa tomorrow. The bike is FAR too small for me (and I'm 4000km from home), but if you don't buy it, there's a good chance I will.

    Seriously, though, it would likely fit my girlfriend, whose parents are in Gatineau...I suggest you get on it.

    The Campy stuff should function well, and it looks like parts/wheels should have lots of life left. Keep the Surly for the rigors 'real touring'; take this out on day trips and rough roads...

    Edit: Is the bike your size, or is 55cm your size? I'm not convinced it's actually quite that big (check that HT length for reference), and the seller says it's "about" that size.
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    Okay! I just sent him a message: I'm going to go see it tonight! (Thanks, Mike: that was the nudge I needed!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
    My only hesitation with that bike would be the campy 8 speed bits for real touring. Parts for that group are getting hard to find.
    I use Shimano cogs on Shimano cassette hubs, and Wheels Mfg conversion spacers (basically Shimano 7-spd spacers) that shift just fine with my wife's Campagnolo Chorus 8-spd brifters and RD, and the same works great with that Sachs 8-spd setup on my Marinoni. There are plenty of Shimano (or SRAM) 8-spd cassettes available, and you'll have a greater range, too. We were also disappointed with the wear life of the Campy cogs compared to Shimano.

    The brifters are easy to rebuild, and Branford Bikes can do it if you prefer. Of my three older pairs of Ergo 8-spd brifters, I think I've rebuilt three (two rear, one front) of the six over the last 20 years.
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    Well, I got it.

    It rides well and I'm very pleased.

    I can see why it wasn't selling though. The vendor had done a rattle can repaint — he seems to have done a reasonable job, but still, no bling appeal. The front derailleur is Ulterga, not Athena (I'm fine with that), and the canti brakes are something I'm not familiar with (maybe Eurox?, I'll post a picture later.)

    Still, very nice bike.
    Last edited by John Nolan; 08-20-14 at 07:00 AM. Reason: Ulterga, not Ultra

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    I think there were some Campy cantis, but I've never seen them. Not familiar with Ultra - is the front mech Campagnolo?

    Campy 8 really doesn't index the front, it's more of a "stepped friction" setup, allowing for feathering. If your front mech is Shimano, that's really no problem.

    My wife has used Campy 8 for a few years, and it is original to her bike which was new in 1997. I don't think you have any reasons to worry about durability. Make sure all the bearings are clean and greased, however!

    I also haven't had to readjust any of her Campy for about three years - it just works.

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    Sorry, typo: I meant Ultegra.

    Thanks for the info.

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    Follow-up: the brakes are "4Rox T.O." cantis. Any one know anything about these?

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    Marinoni will repaint and re-decal the frame set for less than $200, red always looks nice.
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    For everyone's info:
    Simonne at Marinoni tells me the bike is a 95 Touring model with Columbus SP tubing.

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    Thanks for the follow-up, John. Is it too early to provide your ride impressions?

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    My experience is that if I am at the point of asking the question whether to buy or not, invariably I buy. I just can't live with the nagging question going over and over in my head.

    My suggestion - buy - and I can see you bought it. Well done.

    It looks like a pretty decent bike as well.

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    I've only taken it for a little spin: I'm going to swop out the saddle and change the handlebars, but it seems like a dream bike for me. I'm delighted.

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