NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Either choice is a good bike. The Marin has cable actuated discs, and I don't know much of the brand, so that could be a good thing or a bad thing. I just don't know w/o looking at em.
The Specialized has Vee brakes and those will be more that enough unless you're riding a lot of downhill or extremely muddy conditions.
Take both of them out for a test ride and buy the one that's most comfortable.
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