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      Marin Larkspur CS1 2019 Hybrid Bike £161.99 at Chain Reaction Cycles

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      Wonderful bike for the price. Was £179.99 previously.

      Around the same price-point as the Carrera Axle which appears to have got more heat than previous Larkspur CS1 deals [due to brand and model recognition in the UK I guess?] but as far as I can see, this is a much better buy, it's lighter and has a cassette vs freewheel on the Axle.
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      It's a sad day when Carrera have more brand awareness than Marin!
      johnnystorm09/08/2019 15:10

      It's a sad day when Carrera have more brand awareness than Marin!


      Commuting every day for that past 4 months and perhaps 50% of bikes are Carreras, and I've seen one Marin bike, and that's mine!
      easyphones09/08/2019 15:12

      Commuting every day for that past 4 months and perhaps 50% of bikes are …Commuting every day for that past 4 months and perhaps 50% of bikes are Carreras, and I've seen one Marin bike, and that's mine!


      Quality rather than quantity!
      johnnystorm09/08/2019 15:14

      Quality rather than quantity!


      Certainly. I was waiting for absolutely ages for the Axle to go down in price (like, over 10 days omg!) and when it did, I was going to bite the bullet but I'm glad I got this instead.
      I am 5'8", should i go for the large? I do prefer a slightly larger bike. Sizing recommends a large for 5'8" up to 6'.
      Much better bike than the Axle but many of the Carrera's are far superior to the lower end Marin mountain bikes. The Bolinas Ridge 1 is a pretty low end bike with basic XCT forks and low end components. Many of the Carrera's have a better fork and drivetrain than that for less money. There are no Carrera or Marin factories just different importers who change factories regularly to get the best price. By chance I was in Halfords the other day when they were having a delivery of bikes and noticed some Carrera's and Voodoos were made in Indonesia which is actually where many Marin's are made so it is likely some models are made at the same factory. Some of the Carrera's are still made in Cambodia. Where as Bangladesh is generally considered inferior I can see nothing separating Cambodia and Indonesia in quality terms. My criticism of Carrera's mountain bikes is often dated geometry of their frames but I think Halford's purposely do that in order to get people to upgrade to Voodoos and Boardman bikes.
      easyphones09/08/2019 15:12

      Commuting every day for that past 4 months and perhaps 50% of bikes are …Commuting every day for that past 4 months and perhaps 50% of bikes are Carreras, and I've seen one Marin bike, and that's mine!




      I think lots of brands have got prohibitively expensive for most people, especially those seeking a bike just for the summer. So the Carrera's appeal re price I think.

      I noticed this summer that the overwhelming majority of obviously new bikes in my part of the world were Carreras. A year or so back and you would see plenty of Giants/Livs, Specialized, Meridas, etc.
      tintowellfan09/08/2019 16:32

      I am 5'8", should i go for the large? I do prefer a slightly larger bike. …I am 5'8", should i go for the large? I do prefer a slightly larger bike. Sizing recommends a large for 5'8" up to 6'.


      If you prefer a larger bike, I think you can safely go for the large as the crossbar is a bit lower on this and seems more relaxed. Of course, I could be talking rubbish.
      One of the reviews claim this Larkspur has plastic brake levers !
      That cant be right can it ?
      Biker.Jeff09/08/2019 16:55

      One of the reviews claim this Larkspur has plastic brake levers !That cant …One of the reviews claim this Larkspur has plastic brake levers !That cant be right can it ?


      Au contraire mon ami, they are plastic fantastic.
      Would there be much of a difference between this Larkspur & the Stinson on the same website at roughly the same price?
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      mpea99909/08/2019 17:06

      Would there be much of a difference between this Larkspur & the Stinson on …Would there be much of a difference between this Larkspur & the Stinson on the same website at roughly the same price?https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/marin-stinson-27-5-city-bike-2018/rp-prod186808


      Stinson has alloy brake levers, slightly different chainset (48,36,26 as opposed to 48,38,28) and 27.5 tyres. Quite similar, but the Stinson looks a bit cooler All in all, main difference is tyres and colours.

      EDIT: I appear to have fabricated the bit about the brake levers. I think they are the same, it is the brakes themselves that are forged alloy.
      Edited by: "easyphones" 9th Aug
      Biker.Jeff09/08/2019 16:55

      One of the reviews claim this Larkspur has plastic brake levers !That cant …One of the reviews claim this Larkspur has plastic brake levers !That cant be right can it ?



      Marketing missed a trick there, they could claim the levers were made from "corrosion free composite materials"
      andymagic09/08/2019 17:24

      Marketing missed a trick there, they could claim the levers were made from …Marketing missed a trick there, they could claim the levers were made from "corrosion free composite materials"


      Man, I miss my corrosion free composite material straws
      mpea99909/08/2019 17:06

      Would there be much of a difference between this Larkspur & the Stinson on …Would there be much of a difference between this Larkspur & the Stinson on the same website at roughly the same price?https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/marin-stinson-27-5-city-bike-2018/rp-prod186808


      Larkspur will be better for getting up speed on smooth surfaces due to gearing and tyres.
      Stinson will be better on gravel and rough surfaces due to higher volume tyres.
      tintowellfan09/08/2019 16:32

      I am 5'8", should i go for the large? I do prefer a slightly larger bike. …I am 5'8", should i go for the large? I do prefer a slightly larger bike. Sizing recommends a large for 5'8" up to 6'.




      A female friend of mine is 5ft 8 inch tall with a 31 inch inside leg. She bought the 17 inch which is medium and says that it is fine for her. The only thing she had to do was alter the pitch of the handlebar stem slightly to bring the handlebars closer to her. She loves the bike. She has the CS3 version but the bike is basically the same in size as the CS1 and CS2.
      bonzobanana09/08/2019 16:40

      Much better bike than the Axle but many of the Carrera's are far superior …Much better bike than the Axle but many of the Carrera's are far superior to the lower end Marin mountain bikes. The Bolinas Ridge 1 is a pretty low end bike with basic XCT forks and low end components. Many of the Carrera's have a better fork and drivetrain than that for less money. There are no Carrera or Marin factories just different importers who change factories regularly to get the best price. By chance I was in Halfords the other day when they were having a delivery of bikes and noticed some Carrera's and Voodoos were made in Indonesia which is actually where many Marin's are made so it is likely some models are made at the same factory. Some of the Carrera's are still made in Cambodia. Where as Bangladesh is generally considered inferior I can see nothing separating Cambodia and Indonesia in quality terms. My criticism of Carrera's mountain bikes is often dated geometry of their frames but I think Halford's purposely do that in order to get people to upgrade to Voodoos and Boardman bikes.



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      drharish3621/08/2019 00:32

      Should I get this or Btwin Riverside from …Should I get this or Btwin Riverside from Decathlon?https://www.decathlon.co.uk/riverside-500-hybrid-bike-white-id_8405209.html


      The BTwin is better spec'd but for £80 less, you're getting a better range of gears IMO, and a lighter bike. So I'd stick with the Marin, though both are pretty cool!
      It's £161.19 with the code BIKEAUG19

      I've been thinking of getting a bike for a while but I'm so overwhelmed by all of the differences! I had been looking at the Carerra Crossfire, just as it fits the budget and is easy because Halfords build it for you , but after looking on this site I'm not sure now. I take it Marin are more reliable than Carerra from the comments? I quite like the look of the womens Marin Stinson, but I also like the look of the San Anselmo DS2, however there aren't many reviews to go off. Is the Stinson a good buy or it is worth paying the £100 extra for the San Anselmo if it's just for general commuting and leisure rides along (quite poor quality) bike paths and the like?
      Edited by: "Psychobunni" 21st Aug
      Psychobunni21/08/2019 12:04

      It's £161.19 with the code BIKEAUG19 I've been thinking of getting a …It's £161.19 with the code BIKEAUG19 I've been thinking of getting a bike for a while but I'm so overwhelmed by all of the differences! I had been looking at the Carerra Crossfire, just as it fits the budget and is easy because Halfords build it for you , but after looking on this site I'm not sure now. I take it Marin are more reliable than Carerra from the comments? I quite like the look of the womens Marin Stinson, but I also like the look of the San Anselmo DS2, however there aren't many reviews to go off. Is the Stinson a good buy or it is worth paying the £100 extra for the San Anselmo if it's just for general commuting and leisure rides along (quite poor quality) bike paths and the like?


      Updated the price with the code, thanks!

      Very much dependent on budget, for the price, this is the best buy, I don't think the Crossfire gives an extra £120 quid of value that justifies the extra. Obviously if you can spend more, do, best this is a good bet.
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