I love my Marin bike. I had a hybrid bicycle that I used on group rides and when competing in triathlons, but after enduring the middle ground of both worlds, I finally made up my mind to spend the money and get a quality road bike. I spent some time doing research, and after a few coworkers told me to check out California’s Marin Bikes, I finally found a bike worth the investment. My biggest focus when choosing a bike was on the drive train. I wanted to get at least Shimano 105 shifters and derailleur because I felt they would last longer and have a better performance. (I am the queen of using all of my gears…) Marin’s Argenta fulfilled this want/need. After riding this bike for about a half a year, it’s still a solid bike. The aluminum/carbon frame is light and something I can easily pick up and maneuver out of elevators or down escalators (ah, urban life). I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a decent road bike for anything from leisure rides to racing the rest of the work commuters down the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail. Also, if you are looking to save money, look at last year’s bike models.