$900 GRAVEL BIKE?! IS IT ANY FUN?! (Marin Nicasio Plus Review)

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Review of the Marin Nicasio Plus, a 650b endurance road/gravel bike that is low budget but high on fun! Support independent bike reviews and join our Patreon Community!

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39 comments

  1. Pablo the Pilgrim 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Would anyone recomend to use this bike with racks and panniers for 1-2 months trip? (Mostly road- Denmark-Spain).

  2. Scott Brown 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Is it worth jumping $500 to the Posseidon custom 1x 11(SRAM Apex) set up or $650 more to get to the Salsa Journeyman Apex 1 if in budget?

  3. Mark Clouse 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Hi Russ, I watched your video on the Marin Nicasio and enjoyed it much. I'm looking for a durable, versatile and simple (KISS) touring bike and I'm looking at a similar variation of the Marin 4 corners elite. They get nearly 500% range and this might even be overkill as I have realized that when I'm out riding, I almost never pedal above 25 mph. My eyes are starting to water and there are now many cracks and chuck holes in the pavement, So I stop pedaling and start being very careful as I ride above 25. So if you take the 42t gearing off the front and put on something like a 36-38t, you get more low range and loose the high range that is nearly never used. Kind of like cars that are engineered for 100+ mph, but we rarely drive anywhere close to it. So the thing I wish you had done with your video is puts some bags and touring weight on the bike and see how it handles. I think that would significantly slow down the fast action characteristics of the geometry – me thinks? What say yee? If commuting, you want the agility, but loaded down on the trail or road, what happens? Thanks mark (tried to send this on your webmail, but it was broken)

  4. Lander Bossuyt 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Hey there, I bought this bike because of this review. And I really enjoyit, on the road and in the woods! I was just wondering, do you have any recomendations for a front and rear rack? I want to be able to carry a child seat on the rear as well as some bags, and a basket or bag in the front. Thank you in advance! Love your channel, keep up the great work 🤙

  5. Chris Davis 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    So, I noticed on the Nicasio+ product page, Marin describes the bike as the 2019 Most Supple Bike of the Year (with two wreaths). Since they value your endorsement so much, perhaps they will send you more bikes to review?

  6. moentertainement 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    i’d rather buy something better but used if i couldn’t afford more expensive. This shit is a tank. My hard tail is lighter. And those toy shifters, no merci!

  7. saneroner 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Can It fit 2.1 tires? Thinking about an all around er vintner and this would be perfect but I want something I can put some big studded tires in the winter.

  8. Louie & Elijah 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Russ I've been looking and debating what should i get. Recently my car took a dump on me. Been riding my mtb to work 10 miles each home to work. To make it short.i can't afford ecpensive bike and looking at salsa claris 650 or marin nicasio plus?. Im from colorado if that helps. Thank you and i love all of your channel.

  9. Bill Gassett 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Largest tire fitment? If you answered already, I apologize.
    I am ready to pull the trigger on this and in no small part this video helped immensely!
    Thank You

  10. Jordan Lee 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Do you think the chainstays can accomodate a 50T chainring without tooth rub for fast fun commuting?

  11. Arif Azhari 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Nice seeing the review russ. I've been watching it a couple of times. Perhaps you already knew that marin had NICASIO 2 released which i guess is alittle bit more premium version of nicasio . Will you make the review of that nicasio 2 ?
    Since nicasio and nicasio 2 already available in my country.
    Look forward for your next bike review video.

  12. D B 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    How does the ride compare to the Salsa Journeyman 650b? I get the impression you liked this bike a lot better. Thanks

  13. Brannon Jones 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    I can’t find any info on whether or not the wheelset is tubeless ready/compatible or not. It’s not mentioned specifically by you in this review or the unboxing. Or on marin site. Is it just to be assumed a wheelset on 2020 adventure bikes are tubeless, or was this to keep it in budget under $900?

    I know many rims can be converted to run a tubeless tire, just really weighing this against a Salsa Journeyman and GT Grade Elite (Alloy). Both spec tubeless wheelsets.

    Great review Russ! Keep up the great content!

  14. Ride Bikes 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    anyone still here? lol. the breezer radar vs nicasio + both under 1000. Which one would you buy?

  15. Pierre gaudillere 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Hi russ,
    What is the size of bike in the video? I am considering buying it but I'm between 52 and 54 size. Would you say this bike fits "large" or "small"?

  16. Doug Underwood 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    So I'm unclear, Russ, did you like this or the Breezer better for a less expensive GB?

  17. Michael Monroney 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Hey, congrats on getting your review video up on the Jenson bikes Nicasio sale page…

  18. Sean Gavin 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    I have microshift 2×8 on my road bike and love the 2 paddle shifting and not using the brake leaver

  19. Peter P 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Considering a Marin Pine Mountain with a rigid fork. Wonder what you think of that as a bike for bikepacking?

  20. King Kona 9 May, 2020 at 14:34 Reply

    Is the bottom bracket threaded? I really like the look of this bike, apart from the cranks.

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