Bear Valley Women’s Fit Geometry on trail with Bike Radar.
The sub-£600 price bracket seems to be where the best value bikes are hiding at the moment and Marin’s Bear Valley WFG certainly fits the bill.
Frame: Eye-catching looks and a more comfy ride than you might expect
Love or hate the Bear Valley’s loud pink paint job, it’s certainly eye-catching, though we found ourselves reluctant to take it out if we were having a less than sparkling day as it attracted so much attention. Appearances aside, the 6061 alloy tubing is unmistakeably Marin.
There are plenty of hydroformed curves, a substantial rear end and an elegantly turned dropout. Double butting means the hefty stays don’t transmit trail shock too brutally, and the women’s fit geometry of the bike’s WFG suffix is welcoming to female riders without being overly patronising.
A quick glance at the Bear Valley will verify that everything you’d expect from a more expensive bike is present and correct – disc brakes, front suspension, comfortably burly tyres.
Emma Clarkson (no relation to Jeremy) reviews the sexy Marin Juniper Trail and says it knocks spots of a similar Specialized model. Read her full review on AOL’s Go Green website here: http://lifestyle.aol.co.uk/go-green/bike-review-marin-juniper-trail/article/20070731161809990011
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