› Long distance commuter that’s up for adventure
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.