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Old 03-24-07, 12:58 PM
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first bike...

novara aspen - 2007
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...ory_rn=4500839

Marin Bolinas Ridge Bike - 2007
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...ory_rn=4500839

which bike is better? both are relatively cheap by your guys' standards at around $420...

also which size would a 5'8 barefoot person get?
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Old 03-24-07, 01:05 PM
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I would reccomend the Marin.
5'8..maybe 17 especially-18in frame. It;s best to get fitted first.
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Old 03-24-07, 07:15 PM
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I would say the Marin also.
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I'd go with the Marin. I'm around 5'9 and ride a 17 inch Marin. The geometry has probably changed since 04 though.. I test rode a 15 17 and 18.5.. the 18 was huge and the 15 had lots of toe overlap that i didn't like.

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419 sounds expensive for that though.. I'd wait for a sale.

the Marin also has a more stretched geometry than the other bike.. more seat angle and a longer toptube. If you want a more upright geometry like the Novara.. I'd try the usual suspects a trek 4300 or a hardrock

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