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Old 12-09-18, 10:36 AM
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Marin San Rafael DS2

Hi All!

I'm looking to ride approximately 16-25 mile rides on mostly paved roads/trails (very little gravel). Do any of you have any experience or thoughts about this Marin Bike model?

thanks,
Chris
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Old 12-09-18, 03:19 PM
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Hi, Chris. I have a Giant Roam, which is very similar to that Marin. I've done 30 mile rides on it before, with available time limiting the distance.

https://www.marinbikes.com/bikes/type/pavement-flat-bar

Assuming you get the right size for you, I think you'll find it to be a pretty comfortable and pretty versatile bike to ride. If your riding surfaces are nearly all smooth (you mentioned very little gravel), then you may consider something like a Muirwoods or a Larkspur/Kentfield. Both of these models use rigid forks which may give a "lighter" feel to the ride (more direct and responsive). If possible, test ride all three to see what you like the best.
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Old 12-10-18, 01:29 AM
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I got the Marin San Anselmo with the Suntour suspension system.I hardly ever need to use the suspension system. I suggest getting a lighter rigid fork bike.
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I plan to buy a Marin Sausalito or Lucas Valley frame from an ebay seller, randombike in Minnesota. I have yet to find out whether a carbon fork would fit these frames because some of Marin frames are designed for suspension forks. I would use light weight road wheels and Microshift 2x11 drive train for flat bar.
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Originally Posted by violini View Post
I plan to buy a Marin Sausalito or Lucas Valley frame from an ebay seller, randombike in Minnesota. I have yet to find out whether a carbon fork would fit these frames because some of Marin frames are designed for suspension forks.
There exist carbon forks designed to replace suspension forks. This fork from Exotic will most likely fit -- look at the tab for the 46.5cm version for 29er/700c bikes. It has an axle-to-crown distance of 465mm/46.5cm which should be very close to a typical 63-80mm travel hybrid suspension fork at full extension. It's not something with which I have personal experience, but I know other forum members here have used them. Check the Specialized Crosstrail thread -- I know I've seen a Crosstrail with this fork.
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Thanks for the info. I browsed the ebay listing, but couldn't find any carbon fork with 465 mm in length. My fork is 385 mm. It would be all right for me if the tire does not touch the down tube. Besides, I want higher head tube angle to reduce wheel flop.
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Originally Posted by violini View Post
I plan to buy a Marin Sausalito or Lucas Valley frame from an ebay seller, randombike in Minnesota. I have yet to find out whether a carbon fork would fit these frames because some of Marin frames are designed for suspension forks. I would use light weight road wheels and Microshift 2x11 drive train for flat bar.
Hey Violini, I just checked ebay and there are two different Marin Sausalito's that are being sold by this shop in Minnesota. One as you know is the hybrid that requires a suspension fork or as Hokiefyd pointed out, you can get a suspension corrected fork. Sausalito Hybrid

The other Sausalito is listed as a road bike, which is a bit confusing since there are some older Sausalito's that did not have a suspension and I wonder if these listed are that but the description on these talk about suspension. I would suggest confirming that with the vendor.
Sausalito Road

If it helps, here are some pictures of the two fully put together:


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From the above picture, the distance between front tire and down tube is quite large. The regular 380mm road fork would probably fit in there. The only problem I would expect is the shoe/front tire interference during sharp turn as I plan to order 15 or 17" frame. Since I ride most of the time two-wheel recumbent bikes of cruzbike type, I don't want to spend too much on a hybrid. I like the light Sausalito frame and hope the completed bike would weigh around 8 Kg or less with 2x11 drive train.

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