Marin Mill Valley Hybrid Bike

DESCRIPTION

Frame Material: 7000 aluminum, double-butted
Frame Angles: Unspecified
Sizes: 13.5", 15.5", 17.5", 19", 20.5"
Colors: Silver
Fork: Unspecified
Rear Shock: Unspecified
Brake Levers: Shimano SL-R440
Handlebar: aluminum flat bar
Stem: forged and CNC 4 bolt road
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless Double sealed
Front Der: Shimano Tiagra
Crankset: TruVativ Elita, 30/42/52 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Tiagra
Pedals: Alloy, Toe Clip and Strap
Tires: 700 x 28c Hutchinson Excel

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 04, 2017]
Todd

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Smooth ride, comfortable position, good handling, FSA cranks

Weakness:

Braze ons for racks

A good road bike for mountain bikers. Stable and quick on city streets but versatile enough to ride dirt and gravel. I shortened my stem, added aero bars and now it is a fast commuter and smooth riding century bike.

[Feb 16, 2007]
jdv
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Carbon fork and seat stays.
Frame strength and geometry.
Stable and predictable handling.
Direct pull cantilever brakes.
Double chain ring.
Weight.

Weakness:

R500 wheelset.
No braze-ons.
Pearl white is beautiful but quickly shows the dirt.
Aero bars not possible.

After about 3 years of riding on a Fuji MTB with slicks, I decided it was time to get a more dedicated street bike. I tested a variety of bikes at my local bikes shops and nearly purchased a Trek 7.5FX, until I found a great deal on this bike at REI; MSRP for the 2006 Mill Valley C. was $1280. For about the same price as the Trek 7.5FX I got carbon seat stays and upgraded components. The tradeff was the wheelset, the shimano R500s will likely need to be replaced within a year or two (I'm 190lbs). I primarily use this for a 6 miles (each way) commute and weekend/ evening rec rides in the 15-25 mile range. The flat bar is great for commuting and gives me a much more stable body position in traffic. The carbon bar ends are small but anatomically shaped and correctly positioned. The seat (WTB Shadow V) took about 200 miles to finally break in, but is comforatble now. Overall, I'm loving this bike and the speed I can attain with it (once I ditch the rack and panniers). I regularly pass roadies in their drops on the Pinellas Trail. However, the rolling resistance of 28mm is still limiting and I plan to replace them with some Contis in the 23-25mm range. To date I have about 550 miles on this bike and other than one flat from a glass shard, no significant problems. I have made minor adjustments to the cables and the toe in angle on the front brake. I am very pleased with the frame and the combination of speed/comfort this bike offers.

Similar Products Used:

Test rides on Trek 7.5FX, Trek Pilot 2.1, Giant FCR1, Specialized Sirrus Sport, Sp. Sequoia Sport, Raleigh Route 24

[Dec 10, 2006]
Anonymous
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great geometry, comfortable ride. Dependable, quick

Weakness:

the wheels set very weak. When i stared to riding it daily, i was in the shop having to true my wheels, swithced them out for a set of mavic open pros triple cross and they work great

This bike is an awsome bike. I ride it as a commuter bike and transportation to and from school. Super comfortable even after 40+ mile rides.

Similar Products Used:

None

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