Marin Ignacio review

Drop-barred singlespeed-cum-fixie

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£900.00 RRP

Our review

Classy looks with a bombproof, if heavy, ride
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Costing the same as a decent fully geared, entry-level sportive bike, you’d expect the Ignacio to set the world alight with what minimal kit it does have and its ride.

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At first glance the specification is certainly beyond reproach, with trusted premium brand names all over: Sugino chainset and bottom bracket, a Nitto keirin approved track bar, deep section Alex Race rims built onto high flange 32-hole track hubs, with Vittoria 28mm armoured tyres and Tektro brakes.

The finishing touches are classy too, with leather bar tape, a matching tan leather WTB saddle and leather toe-straps on old-style alloy flat pedals with steel toe-clips. The frame looks the part, with much more subtle, classic looks than some of the racy, hi-viz singlespeeds on the streets.

If you want a true fixie rather than a singlespeed, you can flip the rear wheel in the horizontal dropouts and run it on the 17-tooth fixed sprocket on the other side. On the road, the Ignacio is solid, with a bombproof ride quality that smooths out the most broken up of city streets.

The bar is narrower than many riders used to modern bikes would prefer, and most people we know would ditch the pretty – but pretty annoying – toe-strap pedals in favour of some clipless pedals. Perhaps we should be grateful that, unlike so many new bikes, it actually comes with pedals at all.

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The downside to this solidity, though, seems to be slightly sluggish acceleration, despite a triple-butted 4130 chromoly steel frame paired with a triple-butted chromoly fork. Lighter wheels and tyres would no doubt set its acceleration free, but at the potential cost of some comfort and durability.

you can fl ip the rear wheel in the horizontal dropouts and run it on the 17-tooth fi xed sprocket on the other side
you can fl ip the rear wheel in the horizontal dropouts and run it on the 17-tooth fi xed sprocket on the other side:
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Product Specifications

Product

Name Ignacio (10)
Brand Marin

Available Sizes 51cm 53cm 55cm 57cm 59cm
Headset Type Alloy Cup, Black, 1 1/8" Threadless
Brake Levers Tektro Road R200A, Including Top Mount Brake Lever Extensions
Stem Alloy, Threadless
Seatpost Race Alloy Micro Adjust, 27.2mm x 250mm
Saddle Devo HP Comp, Covered in Fine Corinthian Leather
Rims Race28, Deep Section Aero Profile Double Wall, 32 Hole with CNC Side Walls
Rear Tyre Vittoria Zaffiro, 700 x 28c with Folding Kevlar Bead and Puncture Resistant Belt
Rear Hub High Flange Track, 32 Hole, Flip Flop, Freewheel and Fixed Gear, with Sealed Bearings
Pedals Traditional Old Style Road with an Alloy Cage, Steel Toe Clip and Leather Strap
Handlebar Nitto Alloy Track Drop, 25.4mm, Kerin Approved
Bottom Bracket Cartridge Track
Grips/Tape Fine Corinthian Leather
Front Tyre Vittoria Zaffiro, 700 x 28c with Folding Kevlar Bead and Puncture Resistant Belt
Front Hub High Flange Track, 32 Hole, with Sealed Bearings
Frame Material 4130 Cromoly, Triple Butted Edge Shaped Top and Down Tubes with and Horizontal Dropouts
Fork Triple Butted Cromoly
Cranks Track, with a 48T Chainring
Cassette 17T Cog Freewheel / 17T Fixed gear
Brakes R-720 Forged
Spoke Type DT 14 Gauge Black Stainless