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Old 10-10-09, 07:18 PM   #1
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Marin Hybrids

Went to the LBS today to pick up some small parts. While I was there I looked at some of his Marin Hybrids. They looked to be nice bikes for the money. Anyone have any experience or reviews? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 10-10-09, 08:51 PM   #2
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Marin makes nice bikes........
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Their performance hybrids are hot. Not 2010 Cannodale Quick hot but pretty hot.
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My daughter has a 2008 Marin Muirwoods -- it's been a terrific bike.
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My vout goes to Marin to.... very nice bikes !
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Their performance hybrids are hot.
The matte color schemes made them look kind of sinister too.
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I have two Marins, the Larkspur and the Point Reyes. I love both of them. I'd buy another Marin before I'd buy the favorite brand on this forum. I think Marin delivers greater quality for less $. And the unique look of their frames is a plus. Recently I replaced the drivetrain on my Larkspur. The frame seemed worthy of Deore parts and indeed, it is.

Yes, Marins are great bikes and don't get nearly enough forum coverage.
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I love my 95 San Rafael! Still all original.

Marin puts their energy into making great bikes rather than advertising .
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I have the Larkspur. I love it. Fast, light and well made.
$399 at Sun and Ski. I thought it was a good deal when I bought it.
After a couple hundred miles I think it is a great deal.
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I had a co-worker who owned two of them. We rode toghether from time to time. From what I could gather by riding with him and his feedback they are great bikes! He told me he purchased his from Sun & Ski because they offer lifetime tune-ups. I don't have liftetime tune-ups for my Trek from my LBS.
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When I decided to retire my Trek 820 for a hybrid, I thought I'd go with a Trek or Cannondale. Went to a few shops which carried one or another and finally went to another smaller shop (well respected in my area) which caried both brands. Told them what I was looking for and what my price range was and they pulled out a Larkspur and said it was what I wanted. Tried it out and bought it hand have been extemely happly with it. Well made, rides great & looks good. No problems with it this summer & I put 75-100 miles per week on it.
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Like both of mine. Also used to have a Fairfax that was really nice.
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ive got an 08 marin belvedere its fast, & pretty light 19.5lb with front and rear full fenders and for the price you cant really beat it. some of the componentes could use an upgrade but ive put a few thousand miles on it over the last couple of years and i havent had one serious issue outside of breaking the chain.
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I love my Marin lucas Valley. Don't want a Trek.
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I just love this bike. I have a road bike that is quite nice, but I ride this about half of the time.

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The 2005 Lucas Valley also had carbon seat stays. They listed for $800 but I bought this one new in 2007 for $460 at REI. Almost 5000 miles on it now without a single problem.







These bikes are actually more road than hybrid, as they have road tires and gearing. The only thing not "traditional road" is the handlebars. "Flat bar road bike" is not only a better definition, but is exactly what the manufacture calls them. Quick rides.
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The 2005 Lucas Valley also had carbon seat stays. They listed for $800 but I bought this one new in 2007 for $460 at REI. Almost 5000 miles on it now without a single problem.



These bikes are actually more road than hybrid, as they have road tires and gearing. The only thing not "traditional road" is the handlebars. "Flat bar road bike" is not only a better definition, but is exactly what the manufacture calls them. Quick rides.
Road bike or not that does look nice.
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There's a LBS just a few short miles away that carries Marin. I would have pulled the trigger on one by now but my computer took a dump so I had to replace it, instead. It looks like I'll have to flog some more miles out of the old '97 Multitrack 730. I can't really complain though...it's one tough mother.
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I have two Marins, the Larkspur and the Point Reyes. I love both of them. I'd buy another Marin before I'd buy the favorite brand on this forum. I think Marin delivers greater quality for less $. And the unique look of their frames is a plus. Recently I replaced the drivetrain on my Larkspur. The frame seemed worthy of Deore parts and indeed, it is.

Yes, Marins are great bikes and don't get nearly enough forum coverage.
My girlfriend has had her Larkspur for 3 years now and just loves it. I, just like you, am upgrading her bike to a Deore drivetrain, which I think is definitely deserved. One small complaint... the rear derailleur aluminium mounting bracket is a weak link. It fails way too easily and has been a pain. My local Marin dealer had to order the bracket three weeks ago and I'm still waiting...

My girlfirned just can't wait to try out the new combo... just gotta pray snow will hold back a few more weeks up here in Montreal.

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the rear derailleur aluminium mounting bracket is a weak link. It fails way too easily and has been a pain. My local Marin dealer had to order the bracket three weeks ago and I'm still waiting...
I guess I've been lucky as I've had no problems with the rear der mounting bracket.

My bike sure is spiffy now, with Deore rear der, Deore XL front der and brake levers/shifters, Avid SD7 brakes. I'm thinking I'll get the headset upgraded, too, sometime over the winter.

Good luck with your rebuild of the drivetrain.
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