Thinking of ditching your car for a bike in the New Year? Thanks to ever increasing bicycle infrastructure and the work of advocacy groups like People for Bikes, it’s becoming easier than ever to do so. Even if you don’t plan on completely giving up on your automobile, a dedicated city bike can make errands by bike a pleasure rather than a chore.
You could easily spend a fortune on a new bike, but for many riders looking to bicycles for transportation, value is as important as performance. Based on their Pavement line up for 2015, Marin seems to understand the concept as well as any manufacturer. Nearly everything in the Pavement line is new with fresh frames, improved spec, and better value. On various frames you’ll find internal cable routing, improved disc mounts, and more integrated accessories and accessory mounts than ever making it easier to just jump on and ride.
Commuter ready right out of the box, the Fairfax SC6 DLX is one of the more interesting bikes in the line up. Complete with a Shimano Alfine 11 speed internal gear hub, Gates Center Track belt drive, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes puncture resistant tires, the SC6 DLX adds commuting ease with a Super Nova E3 lighting system that receives power through the front dynamo hub. An integrated fender/rear Ractime Custom Integrated Match-It QL3 rack system makes rides in sloppy conditions a bit more pleasant, and the entire bike with all the accessories comes in under 30 lbs (28.28 lbs). As the top level Fairfax the price reflects that, but at $2399 complete, the bike is still a bargain.
That theme continues with the rest of the models after the break…
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