Marin San Anselmo DS-E

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin San Anselmo DS-E. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

13 reasons to buy

  • This rig easily delivered 25 to 37 miles of range on commutes.
  • The three available power-assist modes were well-paced.
  • The San Anselmo is available in three sizes.
  • The 10-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain covered ample range for all terrain.
  • Reviewers were impressed by the build and finish of the hydroformed frame.
  • Shimano hydraulic 160mm disc brakes delivered excellent stopping power.
  • Suntour’s NCXE suspension fork was highly adjustable and comfortable.
  • Schwalbe Marathon tires offered plenty of grip.
  • Cables are routed internally for a neat appearance.
  • The San Anselmo and San Rafael rode easily on gravel and hardpack dirt roads.
  • This bike comes with integrated Supernova front and rear lights.
  • A tester felt that the San Anselmo and San Rafael were priced competitively.
  • Ergonomic, lock-on, Marin brand grips proved comfortable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer felt that the original price for this bike was a little high.
  • The Shimano STEPS E6000 motor is noisier and bulkier than Bosch systems.
  • A low bottom bracket could lead to pedal scrape on turns.

Bottom line

Marin’s San Anselmo was seen, by reviewers and users, as a well-built bike suited to commutes of moderate length. The quality of components is high; including the front suspension fork, hydraulic brakes and drivetrain options. Whether kit with an Alfine internal hub or the high-end Shimano Deore drivetrain, the San Anselmo impressed. Prices were seen as ‘on-the-high-end’ when the bike was first released, but it can now be found for a significant discount. The men’s version, Marin San Rafael, is only different in that it has a straight top-tube with less standover height.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 expert reviews
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eBikeTips
Level 3 expert

Marin San Rafael DS-E – Deore

Level 3 expert

The San Anselmo and San Rafael share the same build, with the only difference being the mixte frame on the San Anselmo with a lower stepover… a very good all-rounder with a great build and excellent road manners.

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Budi Santt
Level 1 expert

Marin San Rafael DSE [Indonesian]

Level 1 expert

…very comfortable to use in urban areas…with a cheaper price compared to competitors in its class…worth considering if you are planning to buy a multi-functional bicycle…

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