Marin 2000 Verona Older Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

road race & triathlon, Campagnolo Mirage Triple components, Marin fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 16, 2002]
Dutch
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

all 105 components. traditional geometry. aesthetically pleasing design and paint job. price.

Weakness:

a bit heavy, not as quick for hill climbing.

Great value for smooth ride of columbus steel and shimano 105 components. Not especially light, but very responsive compared to other bikes in its class.

Similar Products Used:

tested comparable bianchi, specialized, raleigh, lemond, diamond back, and trek. Found that I prefer steel (at least at this price range). Very comparable to bianchi, but my first choice (bianchi imol

[Jul 21, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This is an update to my previous post...please see the Bottom Line

Weakness:

None

I was mistaken in my previous review. The 2001 Verona is still Steel. If you like Shimano equipment, you owe it to yourself to check out this bike. My apologies for the previous misinformation.

Similar Products Used:

None

[May 04, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This is a beautiful and well made bicycle. The frame is very comfortable and soaks up lots of road noise. A very smooth ride. For a steel frame, it is also suprisingly responsive. The handling is quite crisp. The crankset and rear derailleur are outstanding although the front derailleur leaves a little to be desired as it is somewhat clunky. Although the best thing about the frame is the ride, Marin makes the just about the most attractive bike out there and this is no exception. In a world of aluminum look-alikes, a Marin is a refreshing change. Get it for its outstanding performance, but its also nice to look at. I usually do rides of 25 to 30 miles on a wide variety of terrain although sometimes I do longer rides of 50-60 miles. You will feel great all along.

Weakness:

Front Derailleur

Awesome. The 2001 with Shimano 105 would be the only thing better.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Cirrus

[Jul 13, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great ride but still stiff enough for my 195lbs to stand on without turning to mush. Campy Mirage components...the more I ride, the better they work.

Weakness:

This bike is a little heavier than some (but not too bad). The Vittoria tires have not held up well at all...I'll be replacing them this week. Replaced the Selle Italia saddle (too hard for my old back end).

The Marin Verona was easily the best value for the money. I love the steel frame, and the Campy Mirage keeps getting better. I was a bit concerned about the composite brake levers/shifters, but no more...they have worked flawlessly. I personally dislike the Shimano brake lever/shifters, so while I tried some Shimano bikes, Campy was my only real choice. The Marin fit me better than the Lemond. The Bianchis were nice, but they couldn't get the size I needed in the model I was looking at. Personally, I'm sad to see the Verona in 2001 uses an Aluminum frame and Shimano components. I would not buy the 2001 model (or any aluminum bike for that matter). The aluminum just doesn't provide the soft ride I'm looking for. If you're a beginner racer or a fast recreational rider and can still find one of the 2000 models, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Similar Products Used:

Rode a Cannondale since 1985. I built it up with Campy Veloce, which worked great. Very stiff bike, but also very uncomfortable. I also tried Lemond and Bianchi and looked at GT and Trek before buying the Marin.

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