2015 Marin Argenta A6 Road Bike Black £349 from Rutland Cycles  RRP £600 - First few sold will include the Comp Model's Carbon Forks!
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2015 Marin Argenta A6 Road Bike Black £349 from Rutland Cycles RRP £600 - First few sold will include the Comp Model's Carbon Forks!

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Found 9th Jul 2015
I've just been on Chat with James from Rutland, and he has confirmed that the first few of these that sell will include the Carbon forks from the Comp model which usually sells for £750. After that they will revert to the standard spec Endurance Alloy Road 1 1/8”. That sweetens the deal!

The Marin Argenta A6 road bike functions as a great entry level bike, fast commuter ride, or ideal winter steed.

Built from a series 3 6061 aluminium frame the Argenta is a bike built around the cyclist, a supportive and endurance orientated geometry and carbon fork makes a ride that's comfortable over distance. Mudguard and pannier mounts mean that the Argenta is suitable for all year round riding or winter bike, or a fast paced work day commuter. Equipped with a full Shimano Claris shifting over 16 gears the Argenta carries enough range with an FSA 50/34T compact chainset to climb steep inclines and provide power on the flatter sections. Alex double wall rims are built on to Formula hubs for reliable and durable rolling over British roads.

Suited to distance, commuting and all-year riding.
Full Shimano shifting with integrated shifting and braking
Alex Rims with Formula hubs.

Technical Information

FRAME 6061 Aluminum, Double Butted with Endurance Fit Geometry
FORK Endurance Carbon Bladed Road 1 1/8” (Only the first few will be sold with these, after they run out they will be the standard Endurance Alloy Road 1 1/8”)
SHOCK NA
NUMBER GEARS 16
SHIFTERS Shimano Claris STI, 2x8-Speed
CHAINSET FSA Tempo, 50/34T
CHAINRINGS 50/34T
CASSETTE Shimano HG, 11-32, 8-Speed
CHAIN KMC Z8
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Claris
REAR DERAILLER Shimano Claris
BOTTOM BRACKET Sealed Cartridge
PEDALS Composite with Alloy Cage
RIMS Alex AT470 Double Wall with CNC Side Walls
FRONT HUB Formula, 28 Hole
REAR HUB Formula, 32 Hole
FRONT TYRE Schwalbe Lugano with Kevlar Puncture Guard 700 x 25c
REAR TYRE Schwalbe Lugano with Kevlar Puncture Guard 700 x 25c
FRONT BRAKE Tektro R312 Dual Pivot
REAR BRAKE Tektro R312 Dual Pivot
BRAKE LEVERS Shimano with Integrated Shifters
HANDLEBARS Marin Road Compact Drop
GRIPS Marin Road Plus Tape
HEADSET FSA No. 8B 1 1/8 Threadless Sealed Cartridge Bearing
STEM Marin Alloy, Threadless
SADDLE Marin Speed Concept with Cromoly Rails
SEATPOST Marin Alloy Micro Adjust, 350mm
POSTCLAMP NA
WEIGHT 22.1 lbs / 10 kg (published bike weight is based on a size 55.5 frame)
BRAND Marin
MODEL MPN 690.A15.440.1.
GTIN/EAN

CARBON FORKS NO LONGER AVAILABLE
- JDPower

57 Comments

Not the most fantastic of deals.

Original Poster

MAdam98

Not the most fantastic of deals.



What don't you like about it? Are there other road bikes I should consider for £349?

The RRP holds up on this one, all the shops advertising on Google Shopping have it for £599.

I had a Marin mtb and found the quality, especially of the frame to be amazing. Built to last!

Original Poster

jonesinamillion

I had a Marin mtb and found the quality, especially of the frame to be … I had a Marin mtb and found the quality, especially of the frame to be amazing. Built to last!



Me too! I've got a Marin Hawk Hill mountain bike, it's been brilliant.

I think the carrera vanquish from halfords is comparable... guaranteed carbon forks and £30 cheaper right now without considering the additional savings. Please don't hesitate to slate me if I'm wrong as I'm no expert and still hovering over which road bike to buy around the £300 mark

Tyler Durden

What don't you like about it? Are there other road bikes I should … What don't you like about it? Are there other road bikes I should consider for £349?The RRP holds up on this one, all the shops advertising on Google Shopping have it for £599.



How about a Triban 500SE which is rated very highly at £299
decathlon.co.uk/tri…tml

With the carbon fork it's a reasonable deal, without it... debatable.

What makes this bike stand out from the likes of the Triban is the fact the tyres and brakes are decent, so no upgrades required there further down the line

50 teeth ring with 11 teeth casstte at back with 700c wheels is pretty fast.
My (modified) Mongoose mtb with 48 teeth ring and 11 teeth cassette goes as well.But I find I never able to make full use of it bcoz too many road humps; damn traffic lights; pedestrians walking on the cycle lane when they should walk on the other side of the shared lane,meaning have to keep starting and stopping.:(
Now if only I can find a long stretch of road with no damn road humps/potholes and few/no cars then I can realise the full potential.
Am thinking I should sneak into an airfield (or find a disused one) at night,then can give the bike a proper run at full speed.:)

I remember the days when Marin were a decent brand!

Original Poster

The Shimano Claris stuff is meant to be pretty good, and usually reserved for bikes costing £500 - £600. I dare say they are better than what is provided on the Triban 500SE.

Oh and the Marin obviously looks better ;-)

Grohller

I think the carrera vanquish from halfords is comparable... guaranteed … I think the carrera vanquish from halfords is comparable... guaranteed carbon forks and £30 cheaper right now without considering the additional savings. Please don't hesitate to slate me if I'm wrong as I'm no expert and still hovering over which road bike to buy around the £300 mark


Carrera is a brand made by Halfords.Marin are U.S.,do mtbs mainly and are the better make.
I'd go for the Marin if I wanted a road bike.

Grohller

I think the carrera vanquish from halfords is comparable... guaranteed … I think the carrera vanquish from halfords is comparable... guaranteed carbon forks and £30 cheaper right now without considering the additional savings. Please don't hesitate to slate me if I'm wrong as I'm no expert and still hovering over which road bike to buy around the £300 mark



I wouldn't compare a carerra to a marin. Leagues apart

The_Hoff

I remember the days when Marin were a decent brand!


Having a bit of a Renaissance I think, their mtb range last year was outstanding.

Tyler Durden

What don't you like about it? Are there other road bikes I should … What don't you like about it? Are there other road bikes I should consider for £349?The RRP holds up on this one, all the shops advertising on Google Shopping have it for £599.



this is always about this price and seems pretty decent:
http://www.merlincycles.com/merlin-performance-pr7-road-bike-73113.html

its not a bad deal but there are always bikes around this price with Claris and a carbon fork.

You can usually get sora under £400 if you shop around a bit and wait for a sale!

Tyler Durden

The Shimano Claris stuff is meant to be pretty good, and usually reserved … The Shimano Claris stuff is meant to be pretty good, and usually reserved for bikes costing £500 - £600. I dare say they are better than what is provided on the Triban 500SE.Oh and the Marin obviously looks better ;-)



I think you are think of sora for that price, you can often pick up tiagra around the £500 mark.

johnsmith1997

But I find I never able to make full use of it bcoz ....,meaning have to … But I find I never able to make full use of it bcoz ....,meaning have to keep starting and stopping.:(

= repeated sprints, so much better training for you, so you win
Edited by: "Hootwo" 9th Jul 2015

Looks a pretty tidy bike for the price.

Decent value, but spec is misleading, as it's not full Shimano shifting, that an FSA crank in the specs, not Shimano.

Not bad winter hack but would not consider without the carbon forks

http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p5226/CANNONDALE-CAAD8-2300-2013

So much better, only £50 more. One of the most highly regarded Alu frames. Carbon forks. Upgrade the gears in future, but you'll probably just buy a new bike if you get the road cycling bug.

Going to buy a second hand specialized elite for £350 would i be better buying one of these ?!?

There is a comment on the site now that says they have sold out of those that have the upgraded forks if that was important to you.

Not a bad deal but nothing spectacular, way overpriced at the RRP.

Lol. Boardman Sport Limited can be got for around d £250 sometimes and that has carbon fork. Really, this isn't a deal.

Usually few shopping decisions have easy answers, but anyone shopping for a road bike in this price range and not giving very serious consideration to the Triban 500 at Decathlon is, frankly, nuts. Not just my opinion - read reviews.

Shame. I've just spent 300 quid on power meters, LOL

Marin make excellent frames, well worthy of upgrading in the future.

Banned

BSO

edsmithie

Shame. I've just spent 300 quid on power meters, LOL


What!? How? Which ones can you buy for that cheap?

Original Poster

I just got an email from Rutland:

Hi Barry,I am emailing you in regards to the above order for a Marin … Hi Barry,I am emailing you in regards to the above order for a Marin Argenta bicycle. I apologise, however unfortunately we have experienced a high volume of sales in a very short period of time, and it seems that we no longer have any of the carbon forks available for your order.I apologise sincerely for this, as I realise we did not update the website quickly enough for you. As a goodwill gesture for this mistake however, and if you are happy to keep the bicycle, I would be happy to source you some products [worth £45] to go with the bike as a goodwill gesture, these would include: A pump A saddle bag A bottle cage A bottleOnce again I apologise sincerely for any inconvenience this may have caused; please advise how you would like to proceed.Best regards,-James



I smell BS unfortunately, as I placed my order early on today and after I had placed it I asked about the forks and was told they were definitely included.
I think they made a mistake on the listing and have tried to cover it up.

This is a deal breaker for me so I will likely be cancelling my order or refusing delivery if it's already on it's way.

Original Poster

WillieGallimore

BSO


Que!?

Tyler Durden

Que!?


Bike Shaped Object

there was a Claud butler deal for the same price with carbon forks and tiagra group set. This bike is no better than the basic decathlon triban at about £250

I managed to pick up one of these for a friend - http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-500-road-bike-id_8306944.html

Triban 5 £320 with the Sora groupset, carbon forks and a few other upgrates over this deal. Only small available online, other sizes instore. Might need to be lucky, this was over a month ago, most probably sold now at that price.

Tyler Durden, how far you have fallen. From leader of the revolution against consumerism to hotukdeals...

Tyler Durden

I just got an email from Rutland:I smell BS unfortunately, as I placed my … I just got an email from Rutland:I smell BS unfortunately, as I placed my order early on today and after I had placed it I asked about the forks and was told they were definitely included.I think they made a mistake on the listing and have tried to cover it up.This is a deal breaker for me so I will likely be cancelling my order or refusing delivery if it's already on it's way.

£45 for an accessory pack you'd find in poundland

vibesthai

Going to buy a second hand specialized elite for £350 would i be better … Going to buy a second hand specialized elite for £350 would i be better buying one of these ?!?


If the Specialized is in good condition i'd go that way. I have the Allez sport the one below the elite and it is fabulous. Think the elite comes with tiagra group set and will be a big upgrade on this bike here. Obviously check the condition.

mart321

I wouldn't compare a carerra to a marin. Leagues apart




haha, so wrong - Carrera bikes are very under-rated and most are/were made by merida or specialised. I still ride a Carrera Gravity that I bought in 1996! Just stay well clear of the cheapo Apollos! And Halfords don't 'make' bikes, they buy them in from manufacturers to their spec and put their own brand stickers on them. Carrera is their premium 'name' and comparable with other 'premium' brands.

Edited by: "retrogeezer" 10th Jul 2015

retrogeezer

haha, so wrong - Carrera bikes are very under-rated and most are/were … haha, so wrong - Carrera bikes are very under-rated and most are/were made by merida or specialised. I still ride a Carrera Gravity that I bought in 1996! Just stay well clear of the cheapo Apollos! And Halfords don't 'make' bikes, they buy them in from manufacturers to their spec and put their own brand stickers on them. Carrera is their premium 'name' and comparable with other 'premium' brands.



Ah I see, What premium brands would you say carrera is comparable to?

The usual shop brought bikes, GT, merida, specialised, etc etc. Just compare the bikes and spec then make your choice. Unless you are spending £5k or something or doing a custom build a decent spec Carrera is as good as anything else. It's like writing off a Samsung TV because you got it from Tesco.
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