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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin Fairfax. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
9 reasons to buy
- While this line is built for exercise or leisure, testers note it could convert into a solid commuter by adding fenders and racks.
- Riders say longer rides are comfortable on the Fairfax due to its upright seating position and flat MTB-like handlebars.
- With three standard builds and two step-through builds, the Marin Fairfax is a bike that appeals to a broad audience.
- Some reviewers appreciate the low-cost entry point of the Fairfax 1. Others love the improved stock components and carbon fork of the Fairfax 3.
- Power CX7 mechanical disc brakes on the Fairfax 1 and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes on the Fairfax 2 and 3 provide excellent stopping power.
- The bike handles well at faster paces, up average inclines, in wet weather, and over loose road debris.
- Riders are pleased with the Shimano Sora drivetrain on the Fairfax 3. The 2x9 setup handled gearing requirements up long, steep hills.
- The bike is lightweight, making it easy to maneuver along city streets and bike paths.
- Many reviewers commented that the Fairfax is good value for the money and a great bike to get started with.
4 reasons not to buy
- Many reviewers noted that the Shimano shifters were clunky and not smooth under power.
- Some testers noted they had to replace the cheaper drivetrain components within a year of consistent riding.
- Several reviewers were disappointed that the stock 35mm Fitness tires on the Fairfax 1 didn’t offer flat protection.
- In 2021, the bottom bracket on the Fairfax 1 and 2 was recalled due to the possibility of it breaking during use.
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