• Frame - Series 3 Beyond Road, 6061 Aluminium, Internal Cable routing

  • Fork - Carbon w/Alloy Steerer, Post-Mont Disc

  • Rims - Marin ALuminium Double Wall, 19mm Inner, 24mm Tall, Disc Specific, Tubeless Compatible

  • Hub Rear - Forged Aluminium, 6-Bolt Disc, 32H

  • Hub Front - Forged Aluminium, 6-bolt Disc, 32H

  • Spokes - 14g Black Stainless Steel

  • Tyres - Panaracer Gravel King SK TLC 700x35

  • Derailleur Rear - SRAM GX 10 speed

  • Shift Lever - SRAM Apex 1x10 Speed

  • Crankset - Forged Alloy 1x10, Hollow CrMo Spindle, Narrow-Wide 42T

  • Bottom Bracket - External Sealed Cartridge Bearings

  • Chain - KMC X10

  • Cassette - SunRace 10-Speed, 11-42T

  • Brakes Front - Tektro Spyre-C Rod Mechanical Disc

  • Brakes Rear - Tektro Spyre-C Road Mechanical Disc

  • Brake Levers - SRAM Apex DoubleTap

  • Handlebar - Marin Butted Alloy, Compact 12 degree Flared Top, Flat Top

  • Stem - Marin 3D Forged Alloy

  • Grips - Marin Shock Absorbing Perforated Tape

  • Headset - FSA No.8B

  • Seatpost - Marin Alloy

  • Saddle - Marin Beyond Road Concept

  • Pedals - Commute Platform

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Whilst I was waiting for the wrist to heal, I started to watch YouTube videos of bicycle touring.  That's really where my heart is.  I stumbled across a lot of different YouTubers, one of the most popular is the BicycleTouringPro - I've watched all the European Tours a few times, each time taking something different from it.  I researched touring bikes over and over.


Over the weeks, the plaster came off, the wrist slowly improved and I wanted another bike. An interim bike to get me through the winter whilst I was deciding on my Touring bike.

I bought this bike second hand.  It's technically a 2018 model, one previous owner who purchased it in 2019.


The tyres and pedals are not as specified by the Manufacturer.  The tyres are good Panracers and fine for me. They are tubeless and currently have Slime in them.  The pedals are plastic, which is all I wanted as I am still not friends with any derivative of clipless pedals at the moment.  Whether this will change in the future, only time will tell, but for now, I'm happy with flat pedals, and mountain bike SPD shoes (not using cleats) which I have had hanging around barely used for quite a few years.


This bike is technically a gravel bike, hence the wider tyres and deeper tread.  

I found it different in so many ways to any other bike I have owned. Firstly it feels a lot heavier than the Carbon EnviLiv.  Not just to physically pick up as it's Aluminium, but heavier on the road due to the amount of tyre contact with the asphalt.  I struggled with the DoubleTap even 2 months after buying it.  This is purely down to the shifter being on the right hand side which is the same side as the wrist break which was still very much in recovery mode at the time.

The gearing with 1 at the front and 10 at the back means that there is a larger gap between the rear cassette sprockets. I did know that was the case, but didn't know what that felt like on a ride.  It's very different to the other bikes I have had where there is lots of gear overlap with multiple front sprockets.

It's a great bike and it has done some good rides on gravel aswell as asphalt.  I wouldn't have taken the EnviLiv carbon on a lot of the rides I've done with the Marin.

This is still the current bike which will indeed see me through the Winter 2020/2021.

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Take a look at the Future Bike page, design is well underway..... 

The image of the Marin cockpit on the right gives a hint as to some of my thinking....