Marin Four Corners
“Four Corners” as in the middle of the American west where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada come together. Buy this bike and plan a tour there yourself. It’s a versatile touring bike, and I’d bet a tour of that length would be enjoyable whether you rode along the paved shoulders of secondary highways, along the Great Divide trail or rumbling down gravel roads.
This is a great bike for century rides on the pavement, gran Fondos and gravel rides, long commutes, and just regular road or off-road rides with your friends.
This is a bike designed perfectly for the vast majority of Pacific Northwest riders.
If you can get over your whole “I might need a bike for a triathlon someday” delusion, this is the bike for you. Fenders, bags and cromoly tubing may not be very aerodynamic, but they sure make your bike ride a pleasant experience.
This bike has loaded-touring frame geometry with a slightly longer wheelbase and slack front end geometry, meaning that it’s a gravel bike with touring geometry that has been tweaked just a bit. The bike is comfortable for really long rides, and it will carry all of your gear without being too squirrely. The tires are 700c x 42mm wide and 650b x 57mm (2.1” mountain bike tires) will fit if you’re planning on more rugged use. The frame is made out of cromoly steel, which delivers a springy, compliant ride quality.
The Four Corners has everything you want. It comes with mounts for 5 water bottles as well as racks & fenders, it has a triple crankset (pretty awesome in an era with so many single front chainring bikes), a WTB Volt saddle, Shimano Tiagra components and TRP cable-actuated disc brakes. All for around $1100.