Marin Mountain Bikes Argenta 2002 Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

Dedacciai Energy Full Double Butted alloy frame • Aprebic carbon 1 1/8" Integrated fork with Alloy steer Fork • Ritchey Logic 1 1/8" Headset

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 20, 2008]
Chris
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

solid bike pound for pound. best bike you can get for the money, easily.

Weakness:

i upgraded to ultegra comps. Just wanted to make it a little lighter

I know it's not typical, but I used the argenta on a tour from denver to astoria, oregon. a bit over 2000 miles. 20 pounds of gear. The bike performed amazingly well. over 100,000 feet of climbing and it still wanted to keep going

Similar Products Used:

felt, scott, specialized

[May 27, 2005]
jmbadb
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stable, Responsive, Campy Components, Frame Design

Weakness:

Be carefull not to over-tighten the Deda Magic stem.

This bike has been a joy to ride. When looking at various bikes and frames, I was looking for something simple and high quality. I like the more traditional frames but understand the performance of the compacts. This bike is kind of the best of both world. Its frame design is semi-compact, not having a lot of slope in the top tube. Having Campy components was a huge plus in determining that this would be the setup that I would purchase. Also, the price was unbeatable for the level of ride that I was looking for. It is going on years since I have purchased the bike and I have liked it since test riding one.

Similar Products Used:

Iron Horse, Specialized

[Mar 10, 2003]
PatrickB
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great components and a light frame at a great price, not as harsh as some other aluminum bikes. Oh, and a killer paint job.

Weakness:

None yet.

I started looking for a road bike several months ago, as I have a short but somewhat hilly commute to work, and have been doing some casual cycling for exercise as well. After looking at a large number of bikes in the $1000-$1300 range since I want a good bike that will last me a long time. Before I found this bike I was most happy with the Bianchi steel bikes with campy parts (the campione in my case). I also rode a Colnago steel bike that was very nice, but out of my price range. On my last day of looking, I ran across the 2002 Marin Argenta on sale at Cycle Cave with fully campy centaur components, a light aluminum frame, and a carbon fork for $1300. It was by far my favorite bike of the ones I rode, and had by far the best components, too. All the other bikes in that price range were primarily shimano 105 bikes, 105/ultegra mixes, or campy mirage/veloce mixes. I got an XL (it's a compact-frame bike) and had to swap out the flat magic stem for a forgie XL stem with a bit of a rise to it, as I'm about 6'2" tall. It's been a great bike to commute on so far, and I've really enjoyed my weekend rides, too. The paint job is also very nice. :) One caveat - the 2003 Marin Argenta is a very different bike. It uses all Shimano 105 components instead of the much nicer Campy Centaur groupo. It also has a much more... understated... plain silver finish instead of the red and blue finish on the 2002 model.

Similar Products Used:

Lemond Buenos Aires - (nice bike but didn't care for the fit) Bianchi Imola and Campione Raleigh R600 (international was out of my price range) Trek 2000 2003 Marin Verona Specialized Allez Elite

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