Worth a bit of a drive for £50 I'd say.Always liked the darkness of the Bear valleys in contrast to all the other much brighter models.For £50 it wouldn't matter if it needed a few components replacing.Bargain for someone in my opinion.
Yeah, standard Marin cantilever brakes, still pretty cool even if I find them a pain to set up.
Bear Valley is seriously underrated if you ask me, friend used to have one and I rode it several times, it rode great, I think the lairy paint jobs attract the attention but the BV is arguably a better ride .
Never rode one bought they looked to be higher up the range than they were,loved the earlier matte finish ones,maybe 93/94 ish.Out of interest,any other notes on the brakes?Performance etc?Always wondered.Definitely looked cool if a bit chunky.
Yeah, in my experience they are fiddly to set up and not the best performers. They’re far from terrible, but I found more “normal” looking cantis actually worked better for me.
But they do look pretty trick, and look right at home on a Marin.
It is a 1996, same as mine. I found the brakes to be pretty good, but I've got Koolstop blocks on it. Maybe that makes a difference.
I was thinking of moving mine on but if it's only worth £50 I may as well keep it.