Marin 1999 San Marino Older Road Bike

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1999 Marin San Marino, road race & triathlon, Campagnolo Veloce components, Marin fork

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[May 07, 2009]
john
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

fast,climber,desender,responsive,eye gazer

Weakness:

could be a little lighter.an upgrade in components would solve this though up to the individual

I bought a 59cm Marin San Marino off a mate.Knowing the frame was 2 cm larger than i normally own,I couldnt resist.To me the ride was awesome.Sprinting,climbing,and racing flat out.These bikes stand out with the lovely paintjob that would give Colnago some competition and glass finish chrome.Perhaps a hint of Italian (steel frame bikes) inspiration in these bikes appearence.I no longer own the bike as it only made sense to have something the correct size otherwise I would still own it.

Similar Products Used:

i presently own a colnago tecnos,(steel frame)a little heavier compared to todays roadbikes but comfortable.and a colnago dream(aluminium)not so comfy but its a rocket.preowned a klein and a cannondale dream,peugeot,cannoadale,klein

[Apr 21, 1999]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Nice components, Columbus Brain tubing, nice rims, decent saddle, nice finish.

Weakness:

22.5 pounds for 59 frame size (with Exus E-1 pedals, two bottle cages and frame pump).

I bought the Marin as it felt better than the rest. A very nice ride. I have taken it out on my usual two hour trip around San Rafael and China Camp in Marin County. There are some small hills and I was fortunate enough to enjoy some headwinds. The bike was very stable going up and down hills, as well as slicing well through the wind. On a straightaway, it's as smooth as silk. I'm not sold on the Veloce drive train yet, though this could be due to the infamous Campy break in period. The Chorus Ergo shifters and Veloce brakes are quite nice. The bike is set up as a racer, but weighs a pound and a half more than I would like. Still, at around $1700 (including pedals and chorus shifter upgrade), this weight is about average for steel bikes in my frame size. The Bianchi Veloce weighs about a pound less with pedals and a carbon fork, but the ride and fit aren't nearly as nice. The Marin ride is solid and comfortable, with just the right amount of frame flex when you stomp on the pedals. It takes off quickly. The Bianchi was mushier. You also get a nicer parts mix and frame on the Marin...Overall, I am very satisfied with the bike. I will write another review once I have logged in more saddle time. If you are considering a road bike, make sure you look at the Marin line. They are known as a mountain bike company, but their road bikes are superb and reasonably priced.

Similar Products Used:

Bianchi Veloce and Alloro, Trek, Klein, LeMond

[Aug 12, 2000]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fast, responsive, stiff, sprints well, comfortable for at least 40 miles of fast riding. Campagnolo quality and performance.

Weakness:

Cheap seatpost (I changed to Chorus). Original upward sloping stem.

I love this bike! I have owned bikes with higher level components and more famous names, but this bike sprints with the best I have ridden. Bike climbs and descends well; it handles well and is stable but responsive. The Campagnolo components are wonderful, quick, quiet, smooth and reliable. The only limits on the performance of this bike are those I impose by not being in prime riding condition. There are lighter bikes, but I believe this bike performs as well as the best, ceteris paribus.

On 40 mile rides with riders who are often better trained than I, and ride lighter, more exotic frames with Shimano (garbage) components the San Marino has allowed me to stay with the group and outsprint them at the finish. For the money, this bike offers good performance and quality. Weight wimps, caveat emptor. Riders seeking durability and performance, buy with confidence.

Similar Products Used:

Older Campagnolo record equipped road bikes by Raleigh, and Motobecane,

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