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Marin and Bianchi road bikes(7 posts)

Marin and Bianchi road bikesSue Schroeder
Aug 6, 2003 8:06 AM
Hi--

I am going to be a new road biker (longtime runner with torn acl who faces 4 months with no running--buying a bike asap).

I am debating the purchase of either:

1) Bianchi Campione, steel frame, 18 speed, Campe Veloce/Mirage ($850)
2) Bianchi Veloce, steel frame, 27 speed, Campe Veloce ($1127)
3) Marin Verona, steel frame with carbon fiber fork and seat stays, 27 speed, Shimano 105 ($997)

I don't want to make a huge initial investment, as I am totally new to this sport and when I recover from knee surgery will probably return, at least in part, to running.

Although I know the racers don't like the third gear... I'm thinking with my bum knee that might be an asset. I know Bianchi is one of "the" brand names in road bikes, but a biking friend was quite impressed with the ride on the Marin, which is about a 1.5 pounds lighter than either of the Bianchi's. My concern is the durability of the carbon fiber seat stays... which apparently are
a new type technology, but make the bike really light. I am also wondering about resale of Bianchi's vs. the Marin because I figure I may learn more about road biking with experience and decide I want something else.

What do you think?

Sue (sas@fw.umn.edu)
re: Marin and Bianchi road bikesDave Hickey
Aug 6, 2003 8:18 AM
Welcome to the club. Have you ridden any of the bikes? Fit is very important on road bikes. I'd suggest buying the bike you're most comfortable riding. You are correct that Bianchi is a classic name, however both of the bikes listed are mid-range Bianchis and really don't carry any more prestige than the Marin. As for a triple, If you have a lot of hills, get the triple. Your knees will thank you.
Absolutely no problem with carbon stays. They'll last longer than the steel frame.
re: Marin and Bianchi road bikesorange_julius
Aug 6, 2003 8:32 AM
If nothing else, the geometry of the bikes might suggest
that you take another look at the Marin. It looks to me
that Bianchi has a longer top tube than the Marin does.
Women tend to have longer lower and shorter upper body than
men, which means that women tend to prefer shorter top tubes
on their bikes.

Then again, Bianchi does have bikes designed with women
riders in mind. I don't know if the two Bianchis which
you are considering are women-specific. Ultimately,
bike fits are very personal, since it depends on your person!

So be sure to keep this in mind when you test ride the
bikes again, and mention it to the shop you're buying it
from. It's a tricky thing, because as you said you're
new to road biking. The best thing would be to get a
female cyclist to help you out. Why don't you ask the
UMN cycling club or something? I remember going through
this agony when trying to find a bike for my girlfriend.
Fortunately the shop was very helpful and she was quite
happy in the end.

Personally I would prefer the Bianchi due to the geometry,
but then again I am a guy with typical guy dimensions!

Hope that helps.
Very good advise here....nmDave Hickey
Aug 6, 2003 8:35 AM
"advice" not " advise" ...nmDave Hickey
Aug 6, 2003 8:38 AM
A few more tidbits...funknuggets
Aug 6, 2003 10:26 AM
I recommend a little longer test rides, and make sure other items, such as fit and tire pressure are the same on both, as beginning riders, especially on short test rides will notice more of the dampening aspects such as tire pressure and saddle type. Pay particular attention to how much pressure you place on your hands and wrists.

Being a new rider, you are going to be uncomfortable in some respects. Just go with what you like best, feels best, and has the best shop warranty. Marin with 105 seems like a nice ride at that price.

So sayeth the funk
Chris
If the fit is rightjtolleson
Aug 6, 2003 12:20 PM
I think it would be hard not to jump on the Marin. Most recreational riders enjoy the triple, and the price for a steel/carbon bike with Shimano 105 is excellent.