Marin Presidio 2 review

A great option for commuting, fitness, and fun and hopefully a gateway bike to a life full of cycling

Marin Presidio 2
(Image credit: James Stout)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

If you just want a “bike” and you want it to do what most people expect a bike to do without you having to preen and polish it, this is the bike for you.

Reasons to buy
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    Beginner-friendly design

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    Extremely versatile

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    Low maintenance drivetrain

Reasons to avoid
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    Clunky twist shifters

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    Backswept bars could be wider

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If there has was one positive part of 2020, it was the bike boom. Bike shops were classified as essential businesses when COVID forced most of the economy into hibernation. With gyms closed and summer largely devoid of holidays, festivals, and group activities, the world discovered cycling and cleaned out the bike shops. For months, I would get texts asking what a good bike was for a beginner about once a week. During the summer, I was on speed dial for everything from tubeless tyre installation to gear indexing.

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