Marin Belvedere Commuter Bike

DESCRIPTION

  • Shifters: Shimano EZ-Fire 8 speed
  • Crank: TruVativ XFlow
  • Rims: Alex DC19
  • Hubs: Formula 6061
  • Brake Levers: Shimano integrate

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 01, 2010]
vix
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very sturdy and comfortable to ride. Once outfitted for whatever task (it's my car) the bike hauls some goodly amount of weight.

Weakness:

Lots and lots and lots of flats, but I believe this was due to being in Albuquerque, Nm. Their grass there is the best goat-head producing plant on the planet! Nothing seemed to fix this problem. I changed out the tires for ones with Kevlar, used flat resistant wheel strips AND tube goo, making the bike awful heavy! But alas, those goad-heads still won the battle and it was near impossible to ride in the springtime. So I lost out of 6-8 weeks of riding last year due to inability to keep air in the tyres. I'm hoping that particular problem will no longer exist now that I've moved from Nm, but until the bike arrives here I will not be able to test this.

Shifting gets sticky/slippery fairly quickly. The bike had to go back into the shop twice w/i 6 months for tune-ups due to cable stretch. However in it's favor the break-in period seemed to be shorter than in other bikes I've owned/own.

I love this bike. I picked mine up while looking for something that I could use for work/shopping with the possibility of touring, and it has performed wonderfully.

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