Marin Mountain Bikes San Rafael Hybrid Bike

DESCRIPTION

Frame Material: 7000 aluminum
Frame Angles: Unspecified
Sizes: 13.5", 15.5", 17.5", 19", 20.5", womens 15", womens 17"
Colors: Brushed
Fork: Odesa 168, 63mm travel
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: forged alloy 3 finger
Handlebar: Double butted alloy, 1" rise
Stem: forged alloy 30 Rise
Headset: 1 1/8" threaded double sealed threaded
Front Der: Shimano T-300
Crankset: Suntour CR-410, 28/38/48 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Alivio
Pedals: resin
Tires: 700 x 35c City tread

USER REVIEWS

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[May 22, 2018]
cgrainger


OVERALL
RATING
2
Strength:

It features a lifetime warranty on the frame, but this is because it is the only part that doesn't break constantly.

Weakness:

Like most, I have owed several bikes in my life and have never had so many problems with a bike. I use this Marin for commuting to work twice a week and the odd ride on a paved and gravel trail. Within a year, the rear tire started going flat. I took it in and was told a spoke was broken. This was one week after a tune-up. Less than six months later, I had another rear flat and had to change the tire in the field. I stopped at the bike shop to get a spare tube and ended up buying a new tire as the original had already worn down. Two das later, I stopped into the bike shop on a whim to get a couple minor adjustments and was told a rear spoke was broken... again! I've never had a spoke brake on a bike, and now twice on the same bike. They talked me into getting a new wheel for the rear which I did. So now, less than 2 years in, I have had to replace the rear wheel and tire on my brand new bike. As I rode away from the store, all of sudden my gear cable brakes. I have to ride back with no rear gear shifting. This is also a first out of all the bikes I've ever owned. The shop owner blamed it on my handlebar bag, which I have since removed. I can no longer go for a ride without the anxiety of wondering what will brake next on this cheap POS. Bikes are supposed to be robust and take a beating no matter the price range. The shop owner also accused me of "riding heavy." Well, if you call going down the odd curb "riding heavy," then yeah, I guess so. But I used to do jumps with my old Raleigh as a kid and never had anything brake. Anyway, I am now divided between trying to sell this melon or slowly upgrading it over time and maybe getting to a reliable point. Next time I will buy a Giant or something.

Price Paid:
650
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2016
[Feb 02, 2018]
sandymoonstone


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

😊 🚲 23 years old and durable. 😊 🚲 Well balanced . I ride most of the time without holding the handle grips. 😊 🚲 The wheels come off easily for storage in back of my Jeep.

Weakness:

😊 🚲 No negatives .

Price Paid:
$500.
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1995
[Apr 12, 2008]
dallasdaz
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

light weight. This is not a mountain bike. Does great on hills. Good shifters, derailers and wheels.

Weakness:

Didn't like the seat (cruiser type).
Pedals are cheap and below quality of the rest of the bike.

Great return to riding. I rode a lot when I was younger. I'm trying to build up to competition level and this bike was a great tool for early conditioning. Tires, wheels, frame and forks have been terrific. I had to replace the pedals after 300 miles. They were sub-par to begin with but actually developed a lot of drag. The cassetts are alright and the derailer has required quite a bit of adjustment. I've put about 2K miles on it and it is just starting to show signs of wear. Still a great bike. REI has been great with some early issues and even replace a part that was slightly deffective.

Similar Products Used:

NONE

[Jun 08, 2007]
Roy
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lockout option on suspension on front forks.

Weakness:

don't know

I saw the above review, and wanted to point out that the front forks have a lockout option. They can be locked into position if you don't want the cushion. Maybe the forks were locked. The front suspension had plenty of cushion on the bike I tried. In fact, I thought that it was going to take some getting use to. I currently have an old 10speed with standard forks, and am use to the jarring of the road. I want something where I don't have to lean over so much, but can still ride on some lengthy rides when I work up to it. It was very comfortable to ride. Really, I thought that this was a great bike. The only reason I didn't buy it was that I didn't want to buy the first thing that I tried. I'll probably go back tomorrow and get it after doing a little reading tonight. maybe I'll stop somewhere else just to make myself feel better that I've shopped around. I would add that the people at Campus Cyclery in Cincinnati were great to work with. A no pressure, great service, type of place.

Similar Products Used:

none

[Jul 12, 2004]
roster19
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Very light bike, smooth shifting

Weakness:

The suspension fork might aswell be solid cause your average Joe won't get it to budge.

I tested this bike at my local shop to discover that the suspension on the fork was extremely stiff. Seriously it took a big buff mechanic to get it to budge. The mechanic also says the fork was working perfectly when he built it. He refused to get me a new fork so I didn't waste any money on the bike. On the plus side the frame was racing light!and the gears shifted very smoothly.

Similar Products Used:

Trek recreational hybrid 7200

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