Marin Mountain Bikes Nicasio Road Bike

Marin Mountain Bikes Nicasio Road Bike 


Born from the same ethos as the Gestalt series, the new Nicasio is designed to take you Beyond Road. These endurance models let you take any path you'd like, whether it is on the asphalt or up a gravel road with a secret view. The CroMo steel frames and fork feature clearance for tires up to 40mm or WTB's innovative Road Plus 650c x 47mm standard, while fender eyelets, powerful mechanical road-specific disc brakes make any weather and terrain manageable. Available with either a wide-range Shimano 2x8 or simple single-speed drivetrain, the Nicasio allows you to explore the areas you've previously seen as not suited to drop bars, with the speed and confidence necessary to take you Beyond Road.


  Available Models:

  • Nicasio
  • Nicasio SS


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[Apr 18, 2018]


I'm writing this to balance out the unnecessarily negative review below. Have been using this bike for two months now, and the Promax Render R brakes are just fine if set up well and given an initial bedding-in period. The Spyre C may be a better design, but the Renders are similar to BB7s which were once the best mechanical brakes around. Pad rub is easy to avoid, and power is adequate. Coming on from high-end aluminium MTB frames, I'm finding the steel frame of the Nicasio very smooth. The stock tires roll OK on tarmac, but I put on a pair of Panaracer Gravelkings on and the bike is now both quick on the road and more than capable on gravel/hardpack trails. The geometry is perfect throughout the size range for a good blend of comfort and performance. This is a great bang-for-the-buck do-it-all bike.


Components are bare essentials, but no complaints as of now. The steel frame is good enough to keep and upgrade the components around.

Price Paid:
Model Year:
[Oct 22, 2016]


Steel frame, geometry, tire clearance, price.


Brakes - kind of important if you like stopping.

Marin's initial blog post announcing this bike seemed too good to be true.

And it was. Marin cheaped out on the initial spec, replacing the Tektro Spyre brakes in the initial spec with Promax Render R(ubbish). They recently edited the blog post to remove mention of the Tektro brakes.

For those unfamiliar with the difference in the brake swap, the dual-piston design of the Tektro/TRP Spyre brakes provide the best bang for the buck in terms of mechanical disc brakes.

The Promax Render R(ubbish) on the other hand

So apparently those who like stopping will have to spend at least a couple hundred dollars on a set of decent brakes out of the box, which certainly diminishes the seemingly exceptional value this bike presented with its initial spec.

Who knows what other shortcuts were taken to cut corners and cost on this bike. This was effectively a bait-n-switch, and the review will be based on this fact alone. If/when Marin decide to fix this mess, this review will be updated.

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