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Colombus Thron on Marin Verona(7 posts)

Colombus Thron on Marin VeronaJoshua
Mar 11, 2002 5:48 PM
I have been diligently searching for the road bike that is going to give me the most bang for my buck. Today I was in a shop and test rode a Marin Verona with colombus thron and full 105 with mavic rims. I can get this bike for 1050.00 out the door. I was wondering if any one knows aboutthe quality of Thron and if the Marin is a good bike. My other option in my price range is a Alum. Felt with full 105 and Mavic rims also. I liked both these bikesa lot. HELP!!!
Thanks
re: Colombus Thron on Marin VeronaDaveG
Mar 11, 2002 6:53 PM
Thron is towards the lower end of Columbus' line but it is still a good tubeset. Using Thron won't compromise the ride quality, but it does mean slightly thicker tubes (heavier). There are good discussions of various steel tubes at www.torelli.com and strongframes.com. I am biased towards Marin because I own a steel Vicenza (Columbus Brain). I think they have very good build and finish quality. They are also built in Italy. If you aren't ultra-concerned about weight, the Verona might offer a better ride and perhaps some more character than comparably priced Al bikes. Take some test rides and decide for yourself.
re: Colombus Thron on Marin VeronaElefantino
Mar 11, 2002 7:14 PM
I had a Marin custom built for me back in 1988, just after the company started. OK, so it was a mountain bike. But the guys who started the company were really concerned about frame finish and built quality. It was the only 24.5 inch MTB they ever built, and it weathered years of the roughest trails in Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa, Calif.

They are smart people. Their decision to go Italian was smart, in that it carved them a niche, that has been enhanced with the demise of Univega, as a American builder of moderately- to upper-tier priced Italian bikes.

If you liked the ride, and you have ridden other bikes for comparison, I say get it. Your backside is the ultimate decision-maker. If you haven't ridden others, I second the suggestion to try comparably priced aluminum bikes. I think you'll find that in your price range, no aluminum can come close to the feel of steel.

FWIW,
Mike
Thorn infoNessism
Mar 11, 2002 7:49 PM
Thorn is both an oversize and a thickwalled tubeset. These two characteristics add up to make for a fairly heavy frame and also a very stiff one. This stiffness may be desirable if the frame in question is 60+cm, but otherwise you may find the ride to be quite choppy.

Given the two choices you list, I would go for the Felt. The ride will be similar to the Thorn frame but it will be lighter.

Ed
re: Colombus Thron on Marin VeronaDaveL
Mar 12, 2002 5:27 AM
I have a Univega with a Columbus Thron frame - small size: 50cm. I love the way it rides. Handles the country roads well, smooths road shock. I'm no expert on cornering, etc. but the handling is good. I'd recommend it, just from my experience with this frame.
re: Colombus Thron on Marin Veronaharry hall
Mar 12, 2002 6:57 AM
I have assembled and test ridden both; I do some contract assembly for a merchant with no service department. I'd buy the Verona in an instant over the felt. Reasons: I know too much to care what a bike weighs, the Felt has an absurdly long top tube and sizing (a 54cm Felt has the seat tube length of, say, a Trek or Bianchi in the 52cm size--with a 56cm top tube!; if you're proportioned like a basset hound I guess a Felt would fit) the Verona has smarter geometry in other areas; it's a true multi-purpose road bike with room for fenders and 42.5cm chainstays. The welding and alignment on the Felt are average generic Taiwanese stuff. The welds and alignment on the Marin steel bikes are equal to any famous'n'fancy Italian brand; a Marin could have the decaling of Colnago, Pinarello, or DeRosa and nobody would have cause to question. If you're a smart shopper you will get the Marin unless you're about 5'10" with a 22" inseam!
re: Colombus Thron on Marin Veronabrian
Mar 13, 2002 6:40 AM
hey,

i have a de bernardi thron OS in 61cm and it is not the lightest bike thats for sure. it is however very stiff (compared to my old 1994 specialized allez comp steel bike) without beating me up. All the flex I can generate/detect is in the handlebars, so the frame is solid. I have seen the marins at a local shop, they sure do look nice and of good quality. I always wonder why i don't see more on the road. I wouldn't hesitate to buy the marin.

-Brian