NI­CA­SIO

› Long dis­tance com­muter that’s up for ad­ven­ture

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - MARIN BIKES -

s there still room for a steel bike with an in­ter­nal driv­e­train in the fast paced cy­cling world that we live in now? Marin seems to think so, and you know what? So do we. The Ni­ca­sio RC is a laid­back fuss free com­muter/ ad­ven­ture bike for those who just like to keep it sim­ple whilst still look­ing fash­ion­able.

It has puffy, tan walled 650b tyres, a beau­ti­ful hip­ster gloss blue paint job and an eight speed thumb shift­ing driv­e­train gov­erned by an in­ter­nal hub that surely doesn’t need look­ing af­ter like a reg­u­lar Sora or 105. It’s meant to be a bike that’s al­ways ready to take you

Iany­where, whether to Janda Baik on a lit­tle camp­ing jaunt, the lo­cal shops to grab your favourite mag­a­zine or to just gal­li­vant around Kuala Lumpur.

With its riser type han­dle­bar, re­laxed ge­om­e­try and up­ward rid­ing po­si­tion there’s noth­ing not to like about the bike, ex­cept for the weight of course. But there is a good rea­son for that the frame is made out of steel. Weightwee­nies will be screech­ing at this point, but steel re­ally is not all that bad be­cause the metal prop­er­ties make the bike feel solid and smooth on the road, seem­ingly just eat­ing up im­per­fec­tions for fun.

This bike is meant for easy rid­ers who just love to ex­plore, and in­deed, it re­ally does put a smile on your face. Not ev­ery­body likes to wear re­ally tight Ly­cra over­alls and look like they just came off a tour bus with bikes that are prob­a­bly lighter than a plate of din­ner.

Some peo­ple do pre­fer heavy bikes that are easy to ride, com­fort­able and main­te­nance free. Speak­ing of up­keep, the eight speed driv­e­train is pretty much a once a year look over af­fair, and dur­ing our Kuala Lumpur test ride, it did have enough gear­ing to tackle long flats or city hill climbs.

Top The long top tube is the big­gest hint on how re­laxed the bike is. Bot­tom Even heavy steel steeds need disc brakes.

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