Marin Fairfax SC1 fast commuter bike - £250 delivered @ Edinburgh Bicycle Co.
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Marin Fairfax SC1 fast commuter bike - £250 delivered @ Edinburgh Bicycle Co.

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Found 5th May 2016
Excellent deal on an entry level commuter

arin Fairfax SC1
The initials 'SC' means this is a Marin Speed Commuter hybrid bike. In other words, it matches close to road bike-like speed potential with the flat bar control you will be familiar with if you're used to a mountain bike.

The Marin Fairfax SC1 stands out by being built on a particularly clean, lightweight 6061 aluminium frame featuring internal gear cable routing.
Its endurance road bike-like geometry (72.5 degree head tube / 73.5 seat tube angle) makes for a bright, engaging ride.
Note also how the frame seatstay joins the seat tube lower down than usual - this upgrade tightens up the rear triangle to maximise power output and makes the whole bike feel more ‘alive’, responsive and quicker steering.
This versatile bike's frame and fork will take full mudguards and a rear rack.
(If you need anything fitted to any new bike, just ask when you order it and we will waive our normal fitting charge.)
The gearing is MTB derived - Shimano 3x8 Altus Rapidfire - but with a higher-geared SunTour 48/38/28 chainset, which offers a gear for near any hill, up or down, when matched with the 11-32 Shimano cassette.
Schwalbe Road Cruiser 700 x 32 tyres with Kevlar Guard Puncture Protection roll fast, but won't flinch if you take a dirt track detour on your commute home.
The alloy V-brakes are simple, efficient stoppers.
'Marin Fairfax SC1
The Fairfax SC1 can get you from point A to point B in the quickest way possible, or take the long way home with equal ease. Designed as a fast-rolling bike for commuting and fitness riding, the Fairfax features a lightweight, formed Series 2 aluminum frame with a sporty riding position that blends comfort and efficiency. A smooth riding cromoly fork and puncture-resistant tires help take the edge off of potholes while a 24-speed Shimano drivetrain ensures easy shifting.
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Good price for this
Good price for this
You can get one for £212.50 using voucher code FREEKIT15 - it shouldn't work like that but ends up taking a further 15% off
Is this considered a better first road bike than the Avanti Giro posted for £330? I can't link to the thread because I'm using the mobile app. The seller for that one is wiggle.
I've begun reading a primer on what to look for but I figure it can't hurt to ask for opinions while I do my own research.
Need to edit price as code works!!!
If you are serious about getting the miles in at a decent pace then I'd go for a "proper" drop bar road bike. If you want a more comfy position and fitting a rack and mudguards are more important than outright pace then get this. it's also got a lower gear range in the sense that you can take hills at a more relaxed pace.
Avanti is probably better as a fast commuter, but this Marin is good too. If I only had very short distance to go, like 3 miles, id go Marin. Further, Id go Avanti.
How does this compare with the Kona Dew 2015 on sale at Halfords Your text here
Milldo

How does this compare with the Kona Dew 2015 on sale at Halfords Your … How does this compare with the Kona Dew 2015 on sale at Halfords Your text here



The Marin bikes gearing is higher specification, it's lighter (11.6 kg to the Kona's 12.5 kg) and almost £70 cheaper with the discount, so for that it would be my choice.
Good price for this, though I wish they wouldn't put an 11-32 cassette on these, 11-28 is better in my opinion unless you have really serious hills to go up, would prefer the slightly closer ratios, though easily changed I suppose, for about a tenner.
SFconvert

Good price for this, though I wish they wouldn't put an 11-32 cassette on … Good price for this, though I wish they wouldn't put an 11-32 cassette on these, 11-28 is better in my opinion unless you have really serious hills to go up, would prefer the slightly closer ratios, though easily changed I suppose, for about a tenner.



Where I live it's completely flat everywhere, I won't be able to pick up much speed as I live in a town, so 30mph zone. Would the 11-32 be OK for me?
fishmaster

Where I live it's completely flat everywhere, I won't be able to pick up … Where I live it's completely flat everywhere, I won't be able to pick up much speed as I live in a town, so 30mph zone. Would the 11-32 be OK for me?


Its fine, but you'll never use the 32t, or even the 28t gear (or even the smallest chainring if its completely flat!) In the lowest gear you'll be pedallng like billy o and spinning out at about 5mph. Personally I'd prefer slightly closer ratios over a gear I'll never use. I've just changed my ridgeback's 12-32 for an 11-28. I can still climb my steepest hill round my way which is about a 5% incline with the 28t gear. But it's a matter of personal preference and fitness / experience.
i have had a very good experience with Edinburgh coop!.
newdealchaser

i have had a very good experience with Edinburgh coop!.


Second this
Wow I was never aware there's so many complexities involved in biking.
Sizing, 5'11, 19" or 20.5"??
MilkTheFrog

Still prefer this as a basic … Still prefer this as a basic hybrid:http://www.wiggle.co.uk/verenti-division-1-2016/


Disc brakes though, really not necessary on a hybrid, added complexity and pads are expensive. Discs have a place on mountain bikes and downhill but complete overkill on road bikes imo
SFconvert

Disc brakes though, really not necessary on a hybrid, added complexity … Disc brakes though, really not necessary on a hybrid, added complexity and pads are expensive. Discs have a place on mountain bikes and downhill but complete overkill on road bikes imo



Eh, they can be nice on a road bike. Especially in Britain where you'll probably have to ride in the rain at some point if you're commuting. Also means you don't have to worry about rim wear or brakes rubbing from the tyres being slightly out of true. They're cable discs anyway which aren't too mechanically complex. Higher spec components for less money.
Many thanks, I have been considering getting a bike for a while but didn't want to spend too much. This is ideal and other places are still selling this at £400 so it is a good deal, particularly with the discount code. Many thanks!
MilkTheFrog

Eh, they can be nice on a road bike. Especially in Britain where you'll … Eh, they can be nice on a road bike. Especially in Britain where you'll probably have to ride in the rain at some point if you're commuting. Also means you don't have to worry about rim wear or brakes rubbing from the tyres being slightly out of true. They're cable discs anyway which aren't too mechanically complex. Higher spec components for less money.


Rim wear is really a non issue unless you cover serious distances in all weathers. I've only ever worn out one rim, that took 5 years on a bike used 30 miles a week and never cleaned. Cheap rims too and about 4 sets of cheap pads.
Voucher code works but shop called me to add to the order!:(
I've many hills around where I live and currently have an old Carrera Subway 1. I struggle and get demotivated having to cycle up hills to get home, would this bike make it noticeably easier (and faster). Thanks.

Milkthefrog coukd i ask why you think the verenti is the better bike? Thanks

MilkTheFrog

Still prefer this as a basic … Still prefer this as a basic hybrid:http://www.wiggle.co.uk/verenti-division-1-2016/


tatdownsarf

Milkthefrog coukd i ask why you think the verenti is the better bike? … Milkthefrog coukd i ask why you think the verenti is the better bike? Thanks


It isn't, was just actually considering this as I have a Santander offer for 10% off at wiggle, so would make it about the same price as this Marin, but realised it has a "crazy" MTB type chainset of 42-34-24. Highest gear is far too low for a hybrid at less than 4:1. Odd decision whoever built it but can only assume they got hold of a bulk load of those chainsets.
Dirkle

Voucher code works but shop called me to add to the order!:(


Me too! Had to order £40+ worth of kit. Still a good buy.
Is this a hybrid bike? The description says it is but it looks like a pure road bike.
rofldinho

Is this a hybrid bike? The description says it is but it looks like a … Is this a hybrid bike? The description says it is but it looks like a pure road bike.



It's down to the flat handlebar that defines it as a hybrid whereas a road bike uses a drop bar. I used to have a Giant Rapid which had basically the frame of a Defy road bike with a flat bar and that was classed as a hybrid too.
Mine arrived today! I ordered some extras to get the deal... specialized helmet etc. Bike looks awesome and Edinburgh Bike Co customer service was great. Not had chance to give it a good go yet but will try it out properly tomorrow. Thanks OP!
Edited by: "ben14" 14th May 2016
Voted hot but added much misery to my current state of indecision was considering the following three bikes before I came across this offer

http://www.biketrax.co.uk/m1b0s18p3130/SARACEN-Urban-ESC-2016

http://www.biketrax.co.uk/m1b0s18p2737/RIDGEBACK-x2-2014

https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle-lithium-2-2016-hybrid-bike-EV244088


additional info : 25 miles per week Edinburgh commute + At least 1 weekly 5-10 mile leisure rides occasionally off-road but never off-track if that makes sense. Mid-paced rider valuing comfort and low-maintenance slightly over top performance.

Will use C2W scheme.

Any advice much appreciated
MaGuirre85

Voted hot but added much misery to my current state of indecision was … Voted hot but added much misery to my current state of indecision was considering the following three bikes before I came across this offerhttp://www.biketrax.co.uk/m1b0s18p3130/SARACEN-Urban-ESC-2016http://www.biketrax.co.uk/m1b0s18p2737/RIDGEBACK-x2-2014https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle-lithium-2-2016-hybrid-bike-EV244088additional info : 25 miles per week Edinburgh commute + At least 1 weekly 5-10 mile leisure rides occasionally off-road but never off-track if that makes sense. Mid-paced rider valuing comfort and low-maintenance slightly over top performance. Will use C2W scheme.Any advice much appreciated


I would say this Marin is better than the three you have listed, and cheaper.
The Ridgeback has front suspension, probably unnecessary and adds quite a lot of extra weight. You get a nice smooth ride though. Other problem with suspension is that it does tend to seize up if used in bad weather after a few years in my experience.
The Pinnacle is light, but only 7 speed and gearing is lowish spec, 7 speed will be fine though but I think it is expensive for what it is
As for the Saracen, it's pretty much the same but slightly lower spec and more expensive.
If you are using it as a daily commuter in all weathers, any bike will need some maintenance, ensuring the chain is cleaned regularly and checked for wear is very important, ensure the chain is changed as soon as it is 0.75% worn, there are chain check gauges you can get for £2-3 on ebay. If the chain stretches too much it will wear out the sprockets and chainrings leading to a more expensive fix, I have neglected this countless times as you forget how quickly it wears out when used daily in all weathers and generally neglect it! You won't realise either that the chain has had it until it starts to skip on the gears, by which time it is far too late and you'll need to replace the cassette and possibly the chaining too (cassettes are £10+ but chainrings are at least £25 plus you'll need tools and the know how to do it, eg crank puller, socket set or large allen key.)
It's advisable to keep the wheel rims clean too as riding in town youll get a lot of brake wear, so the ability to change the pads will be useful, it's quite easy to do though without special tools (generally just an allen key and some pliers and a spanner)
Got mine, the bike is lovely, bits of the frame feel like carbon. Also wonderful service by Edinburgh Cycle, will defo use them in the future again.
No........... looks like all gone, fianlly got employer to sign up to cycle to work scheme as welll.

Anybody had any luck with stock,,,,,, ?

thanks
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