Marin 1999 Vicenza Older Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Marin Vicenza, road race & triathlon, Campagnolo Veloce components, Marin fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 06, 2003]
Op en zie goed
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Comfortable compliant steel ride. Budget price for performance oriented bike. Awsome paint scheme, visual design. Aero wheels.

Weakness:

Weight, flex (particularly in bottom bracket), as-is saddle not high quality. Secondary components (post, saddle, stem) are of a budget flavor. Heavy wheels.

Review is based on 98 model. Reasonable entry level race bike. Campy components definite plus. Very compliant ride, but trade off is noticeable frame flex. I tend to spin rather than mash, but on hills or acceleration, can easily induce BB flex. More sluggish handling than I would design. Relatively heavy (26 lbs all up). Rates a 4 because it is a better than average product, but gulf between this 4 and a true five is vast. Probably deserves a 3.5

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[Mar 18, 1999]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

Because it has been a rainey month in Seattle, I have only been able to put about 150 miles since I purchased the bike. I really like it. I, like the other reviewer, like the fixed brake levers of the Campy better than the movable ones of the Shimano. It is probably something that you get used too, but I did't like it when i reached for the brake and moved the lever out of the way in the process. I shopped around for about 6 months before buying the bike. I think that for the price (I paid 1329) that it is a great value. The bike is comfortable and quick. I have had absolutely no problems with the bike. Some of my rides are fairly long and in places where support may not be near. This makes me wonder about the campy wheels (Scirrocco). Since the spokes are clearly made for the wheels, how hard would it be to get them serviced if for example a spoke were to break? I would appreciate hearing from others that have had experience with these wheels.
Overall I give it 5 chillis.

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[Mar 08, 1999]
Anonymous
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

None

Weakness:

None

Got the Marin for the days my Bontrager needed a rest or the trails were too muddy. The great roads in Marin probably are a big part of the reason, but I'm a roadie convert now. The bike rids very smoothly and surely, and I've not noticed the slightly heavier weight (which, for a near 200 pounder like me, is probably good for the bike's durability). The Veloce shifting took a while to get used to after Ultegra, but now I prefer the fixed brake levers. Only problem is the Campy cassette, which forces you to decide between hills (13-26, 13 not enough for speed) or flats (12-23, no bail out gear). All around good bike for the money. rating reflects fact that you don't get a five star without laying down at least 2 grand.

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[Jul 26, 1999]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

campy components
awesome paintjob
sweet wheelsvery configurable and easy to self-service

Weakness:

heavy ass frame
terminal saddle

Sweet bike. The thing looks beautiful, the guy at the shop (The Bicycle Connection) told me in this really thick russian accent how he was just like the founder of Marin. And the Vicenza was what he owned himself. I demo'd it and loved it. I was really lucky to get this baby under $1000 so for that reason alone it is a superior bike. Another good reason is that this bike can really hustle, and is easy to work on yourself. This bike would be a rock solid buy even if I had to pay full price

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[May 18, 2000]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

comfortable, stable and confidence inspiring handling
great paint and finish quality
a bit of Italian tradition (from a Mtn. bike company!)

Weakness:

weight; 23+ lbs in 59cc size
no name headset and seatpost

A bit of Italian cycling tradition. A great handling steel package which packs a lot of value. I also looked at the Schwinn Peloton and Lemond Buenos Aires but I prefered the neutral, predictable geometry of the Vicenza. I also got a good deal as a '99 leftover. I liked the handling of the steel fork even though it weighs a ton compared to the carbon forks on the other bikes mentioned. The welds, paint and finish quality are top notch and I like the niceties such as chrome stays, braze on derailleur tab, pump peg, and neat cable routing. A solid all-around bike although it adds some weight compared to Aluminum bikes in the same price range. The triple helps out on those climbs that have gotten steeper as I've gotten older.

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[Mar 11, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

smooth ride. sexy paint. campy parts.

Weakness:

I had a problem with shifting but it shifts smooth now

I bought this bike to ride centurys. I got it in March and rode a 120 miler in May and 2weeks later I rode the Davis double and 8 other centurys and double metrics. when I get in my body feels good. I turned 52 last week so I neededa bike that would be a good all around bike. It climbs good, and is good in and out of the sadle. I like the triple chain ring crank. It came in handy on the Death Ride. When this one is old and warn I would like to have a bike like this trusty steed.

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