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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Marin Nicasio. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- The Nicasio was reported to perform well over long-endurance rides.
- Rack mounts, bottle bosses and various eyelets equip the Nicasio for weekend adventure.
- Shimano hydraulic discs served well on the RC. Promax brakes were reported to respond well after correct setup, working well in all weather. Discs allowed for flexibility on wheel sizes.
- A reactive approach to acceleration was experienced from this steed.
- The wide-ranging 11-32 cassette helped counter the Nicasio’s weight and performed well on hills. Shimano 2x8 gearing also received praise.
- Geometry was found to be comfortable across a range of sizes.
- The Nicasio struck users and experts as being great value, considering it’s versatility.
- Clearance is ample, accommodating tires up to 700c x 40mm or 650b x 47mm (and mudguards).
- From the Nicasio, reviewers reported excellent control on singletrack.
- The steel frame rode smoothly and quietly. It was described as being comfortable, stable and sturdy.
- Schwalbe Spicer 30mm tires performed well on uneven surfaces and increased comfort, on and off-road. The RC’s plus-size gumwall tires were visually pleasing and versatile.
- The Nicasio was regarded as a low-maintenance machine - especially the RC, for its internal gearing.
- Sliding dropouts on the RC allowed for an easy fixed-gear or singlespeed conversion.
- The Nicasio RC was admired for its metallic blue paintjob. The orange Nicasio was called beautiful.
- Experts and owners called the Nicasio RC the ‘perfect commuter’.
10 reasons not to buy
- Some reviewers were concerned over sections of exposed cable.
- The Nicasio’s steel heft placed it at the heavy end of its class.
- The RC’s 8-speed gearing limited its range on steeper climbs.
- Basket-weave grips on the RC, were not the most comfortable.
- One expert found the provided saddle to be uncomfortable.
- Apparently, paintwork on the 2018 Nicasio 2 chipped easily.
- One buyer received a bike with scratched brake and gear levers.
- Another buyer’s Nicasio arrived with a bent fork.
- Tires on the RC weren’t so resilient across all-weather riding on big-city roads.
- A buyer felt that the RC’s pedals were cheap and plasticky. In addition, their bell broke on the first ride.