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    Marin Larkspur CS1 vs. Novara Buzz


    I have been following this forum for sometime but this is my first post

    I am a beginner looking for a bike to commute 3-4 miles one way to work everyday and looking for a suitable bike.

    I have came down to the Marin Larkspur CS1 and Novara Buzz based on my requirements, budget etc.

    Do you have any recommendations on which one I should go for? I am a male, 5'7, 160lb.

    I am also getting a good deal on the Felt Versa city 3, but I have not considered it yet. Any opinions on if that is better than the other 2 I metioned above for my requirements?


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    The Marin is made out of Aluminum and the Novara is steel.

    The Marin might be a bit lighter, but chances are the steel framed bike will be a bit more comfy of a ride.
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    I test rode both at local REI. Although Novara felt more stable, it was a little heavier too. I found the riding both of them equally comfortable, hence the confusion.

    Are parts of any one of them substantially better than the other one. I didn't feel much difference between the disk brakes on Novara vs the regular one on Marin. Would that change over time?

    Any thoughts on Versa city 3?

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