Bicycle Recommendations and Reviews

Not sure what bicycle is exactly right for you? Let us help - we scoured our minds and the internet for reviews of our favorite bicycles!  Doing our research led us to the discovery that the most commonly reviewed bicycles are the highest end bicycles in a line up - don't let that deter you, use it to your advantage.  Manufacturers often make a series of bikes, with the highest end of them getting reviewed, look into the other bicycles in that series, they often have many of the features of the highest end bike without the price tag. 



The Rocky Mountain Growler 20 is too good for its price. A review doesn’t get much better than that!

With 27.5 x 3.0 tires and 120mm of suspension this bike will make you love trail riding. While not the flashiest, or the fastest, or the lightest this bike still outperforms expectations. The geometry of this bike makes it feel more like an expensive mountain bike than an $899 bike.


The Marin Presidio 1 is a feature filled commuter bike with a 3-speed internally geared hub, puncture resistant reflective side walled tires, and disc brakes. With flexibility for wider tires and fender this bike can be made into an ideal commuter or a low maintenance fun ride!

The bike lineup starts with the Presidio 1 and continues up to the Presidio 4 which features an 11 speed internally geared hub and carbon fiber belt drivetrain!



The Marin Rift Zone 2 comes ready to ride hard with modern geometry, a dropper seat post, and a 1x11 drivetrain. Of course it is perfect for some not so hard riding too!

The reviewer raves about the bike handling over rough terrain, climbing ability, and descending enjoyment. It is even compared to an $8000 race bike!



Marin Fairfax SC1 - $489

The Marin Fairfax SC1 is a rare exception to only high end bicycles being reviewed - and because of it has become a customer favorite!

The New York Times review rates the Marin Fairfax SC1 the Best Hybrid Bike.  If you’re looking for a bike to use on your daily commute, for your weekend exercise, or maybe even an occasional group ride, the Fairfax SC1 might be the right choice for you.  It provides a stable, comfortable ride on city streets, yet it’s light and agile, and includes enough extras to make it an excellent value for its price.


Marin Nicasio - $749

The Marin Nicasio is summed up by Adventure Cyclist as, "If you have any doubts about the real-world value of a $750 bicycle, a quick test ride on the Nicasio should erase them."

Both the Masi Strada and Vincere Disc made it onto Bicycling Magazine's Best Road Bikes Less than $1500 for 2018.  Weather you prefer steel bike featuring retro-inspired styling or a stylish aluminum frame dialed for long-ride comfort you will not be disappointed with the Masi line up.


Haro Double Peak Sport - $519

Haro Mountain bikes have become a Bike Barn favorite with some of the best value bikes - the Double Peak Sport is one of our favorite entry level mountain bikes because of its price point, lockout fork, and hydraulic brakes. 

Haro FLC 29 Comp with SRAM X1- $2399

Listed as one of Bicycling Magazines Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes of 2018 - Liked for its quality build and affordable price, the FLC is designed for high-performance ripping.  Equipped with SRAM X1, RockShox Recon Gold RL fork, Shimano SLX drivetrain, and tubeless-ready rims paired with Kenda Honey Badger tires.



KHS Brentwood - $359

An under-appreciated bicycle style - the comfort bicycle is one of our shops best selling.  The KHS Brentwood is a top seller year after year; it is loved for its upright seating position resulting in maximum comfort.


Marin Hawk Hill - $1499


Marin Hawk Hill 3 - $2649

The Marin Hawk Hill has been repeatedly given rave reviews, bike radar said, 'A decent budget full-sus without all the fuss,' while dirt rag mag said, 'With game-changing bikes like the Hawk Hill, there’s a full-suspension option that not only makes budgetary sense at the time, but is also worthy of future upgrades.'

If looking for an upgrade, the Marin Hawk Hill 3 has been called 'a whole lotta rad for not a lot of coin' - this new for 2018 trail bike is made for fun, and won't break the bank.


KHS Grit 440 -$2699

Peloton magazine calls the KHS Grit 440 ‘adventure ready and enormous amount of bike for the price!’  

The Grit 440 is not alone in the line up of excellent Gravel Bikes offered by KHS with the Grit 220 and Grit 110 following, they both have aluminum alloy frames with carbon forks and mechanical disc brakes.  A Gravel Bike makes for a great option for an all around bike capable of any terrain you throw at it.


Marin Muirwoods - $769

According to BikesEtc the Marin Four Corners is best in test! Which means the Four Corners is great commuter but can be adapted for touring and mountain biking, stretching its appeal beyond the working week.

Marin Gestalt 2 - $1299

Listed as one of Cycling Weekly's Best Gravel Bikes for your adventures in 2018 - the Gestalt is an aluminium frame with carbon fork and Shimano Tiagra shifting, Tektro mechanical disc brakes, and wide 30c tires.


Please check back often for updates - or stop by the store anytime - it is impossible to showcase all of our favorites.