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Top D7 speed on the flat, with my knees: 22 mph. After that, I'm out of gears. Lowest gear good for moderate hills, but not mountains.
This thread for an essay
on the D7.
Gear range on both the Mariner and Speed is the same, Mariner gets an alloy frame and is about a kilo lighter, with a slight upgrade with improved grips & tyres etc. The other comparison depending which country you are in is the alloy Vitesse D7 which is very similar to the Mariner. All the D7 bikes are fun, nimble, pleasant to own, in my experience of the Speed and Vitesse D7.
My average road speed on the Vitesse D7 is about 16 mph.
Saddles can become painful after an hour. :-)