I was looking at a couple Marins, the Larkspur and San Rafael, to be specific. The SR is about $50 more and includes upgraded rear derailler (Acera vs Alivio), upgraded shifters (Shimano EZ fire vs Alivio), a suspension fork on the SR, and possibly upgraded rims WTB on the SR and Alex on the Larkspur.
Does the extra $50 seem worth it for the San Rafael instead of the Larkspur?
I was helping my dad fix the fence and he took my Trek 7.5FX for a spin and said the riding position made his back uncomfortable. I was going to buy him one of these as a birthday gift.
Would these bikes have an upright riding position? I noticed that they have adjustable stems. Are there other bikes I should consider?
Marin San Rafael: http://www.marinbikes.com/2010/bike_...&serialnum=202
Marin Larkspur: http://www.marinbikes.com/2010/bike_...&serialnum=200