Marin Nicasio

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28.8, 27.6, 28 lb
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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.

Bottom line

The Nicasio is a versatile bike, available in four models that cover commuters, bikepackers, weekend enthusiasts and endurance riders. Criticisms are minor. Componentry on entry-level models is not high-end but receives high praise for reliability. The different models provide options for varying budgets. If you can tolerate a slightly heavier ride in exchange for steel comfort, the Nicasio offers an affordable entry into off-road drop-bar riding.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 rated expert review

Marin Nicasio Review

Weighty but inexpensive and very enjoyable entry into the world of steel adventure riding.

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The Marin Nicasio RC Is So Stylish It Hurts

For anyone who wants a bike that’s stylish AF, loves the simplicity of a classic steel frame, wants the benefits of plus-size tires, and appreciates the low maintenance that comes with an internal drivetrain…

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Johan Cyclist

Marin Nicasio | Highway Tourer | Review [Russian]

Here we have Promax brakes. I have absolutely no complaints about them.

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Velo vs Wild

Review of My Marin Nicasio 2018 [French]

The bike uses a Shimano Claris 8-speed drivetrain. It’s entry-level Shimano but frankly, it’s great. One fault of this bike is the weight of the frame.

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Marin Nicasio 2 – At Last, a Steel Gravel Bike That Looks Good? [Polish]

So to be honest – a bike with similar parameters costs practically as much as this Marin, and there is no hydraulics 🙂

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Test: Marin Nicasio – Enter the World of Gravel [Slovak]

I would recommend the Nicasio to a rider who is looking for a faster machine than his mountain bike, but at the same time does not want to preclude the possibility of venturing into lighter terrain.

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User Ratings

82/100 based on 12 ratings
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