Marin’s all-new drop bar range caters for every niche

We get a glimpse at Marin's all-new Nicasio Plus and Lombard 2 drop bar bikes plus a coupler and carbon prototype at Sea Otter 2019

Marin Nicasio

Marin is on a real charge at the moment — it’s been hard at work developing a new range of bikes that include everything from the funkily-suspended Wolf Ridge and Mount Vision bikes through to the dropper-equipped go-anywhere Gestalt X.

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We took a look at its brand new drop bar bikes that are available now but designated as 2020 model year bikes.

Marin Nicasio Plus details, specs and prices

Marin Nicasio do-it-all bike
Marin’s Nicasio is made of steel and looks sleek
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The new Nicasio Plus builds on the original Nicasio’s go-anywhere credentials and is based around the Series 1 frame that’s been designed to be beefy and strong to help tackle the tribulations an adventure or endurance cyclist might encounter on long rides.

Marin Nicasio
The Nicasio has plenty of mounting options and the steel look is simple and elegant
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The bike’s party pieces include mounts for bottle cages and accessories, pannier racks and mudguard mounts both front and rear.

Using a 9-speed MicroSHIFT 1x drivetrain with an 11-46 tooth cassette range that’s mated to a 42-tooth chainring, Marin hopes that there are enough gears to take you wherever you want to go.

Marin Nicasio
The tan wall tyres match the bike’s colour scheme perfectly
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There are WTB Horizon 47mm wide 650b tyres that are wrapped around Marin’s own 25mm internal width rims.

The Nicasio Plus is due to retail for a budget-busting $849.99.

Marin Lombard 2 details, specs and prices

The Lombard 2 is a new entry into the drop bar market for Marin. It has a totally new frame that’s been designed for commuting during the week and gravel riding at the weekend with geometry that’s claimed to be fast and stable.

The bike has been designed to tackle both on- and off-road adventures and could be a budget beating one-bike quiver for the casual commuter and weekend adventurist.

Marin Lombard
The simple colour scheme looks great and it only costs $1,449.99.
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Standout features include 40mm wide 700c Vee Tire G-Sport tyres, Shimano’s 10-speed Tiagra groupset and Tiagra hydraulic disc brakes.

The bike’s got mudguard and pannier mounts and the frame and fork feature bolt-thru-axles. The frame’s graphics are reflective to help you be seen in the dark, too.

Marin Lombard
The Lombard 2 uses Shimano’s Tiagra brakes
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The Lombard 2 is going to cost $1,449.99.

Marin prototype carbon fibre adventure/gravel bike

Marin proto adventure bike
The prototype is made from carbon fibre.
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Marin’s lips were fairly well sealed about this brand new all-carbon adventure-come-gravel bike we spotted at the show.

We couldn’t help notice how many different mounting options there are on the bike’s frame and after a quick count, we spotted seven individual options.

Marin proto adventure bike
We think there might be just enough bottle cage mounting options!
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So for those of you who don’t like to travel light, this could be a bike for you. Release dates, prices and even a name are yet to be announced but we’re sure it’ll be reasonably priced and perform well — a theme for Marin Bikes at the moment.

Marin staff coupler bike

Marin Coupler bike
This particular coupler bike was set up for bikepacking
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Details were even thinner on the ground for this one-of-a-kind Marin staff ride, but we can tell you that it’s a coupler bike which means it can be folded down to be no bigger in size than its wheels.

Marin Coupler bike
The coupler bike had all of the essentials bolted to it including whisky and gherkins
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It has 100 percent more gherkins and whisky than any other bike on the market at the moment and is made from steel. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the gherkins and whisky make it as a standard feature on all of Marin’s bikes in the future.

Marin Coupler bike
One of Marin’s staff rides, this coupler bike looks unique!
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