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Marin Cortina T3 CX£2,500.00

Marin Cortina T3 CX£2,500.00

Marin Cortina T3 CX: good on-road and not-too-bumpy gravel, but not quite as impressive over more challenging off-road conditions Marin County, California holds a special place in the mind of anyone either old enough to remember the birth of mountain biking, or who knows their history. Drop-barred rarity The eponymous brand has long been respected among the off-road fraternity, though forays into skinnier rubber and drop bars have been surprisingly few. But Marin’s Italian-monikered cyclocross machines might just go some way to reversing the trend. The chainstays start off horizontally before kicking up at the dropouts At first glance, the Cortina has a straightforward design, the bare unidirectional (UD) carbon and glossy finish masking the tube’s subtle shape shifts. There’s a tapered head tube, beefy carbon fork with tapered alloy steerer, triangulations in the top and down tube, bandy-legged seatstays that are flattened and become a split monostay, and chainstays that remain horizontal and flip up to meet the dropouts, maximising chain clearance. All cable routing aside from the front brake hose is internal for clean lines, and there are mudguard mounts. Brisk but a little hefty After some road rides to bed in the brake pads, the Cortina […]

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