Marin is smashing preconceived notions that affordable trail bikes should be dumbed down in order to attract first time riders. Meet the 2020 Rift Zone 3. It costs $2,650 USD, it's built around 29 inch wheels and a 125-millimeter-travel aluminum chassis. The geometry numbers are up to date, with a 65.5-degree head tube angle, a steep, 76-degree (effective) seat tube angle and ample reaches that range from 430mm on the size small to 515mm on the X-large models.
Rift Zone 3 Details
• Travel: 125mm rear / 130mm front
• Wheel size: 29"
• Aluminum frame
• 65.5° head angle
• 425mm chainstays
• Price: $2,650 USD
You get a 12-speed drivetrain and four-piston brakes by Shimano, with a SunRace cassette. The Rift Zone's cockpit is capably endowed with a 150-millimeter-stroke X-Fusion dropper post and Marin's house brand items, including a nice looking 780-millimeter aluminum handlebar clamped by a short, 35-millimeter stem. The bike I photographed had WTB's fast rolling and grippy 2.4-inch Trail Boss tires, filled out by 29-millimeter inner width tires. That may be a running change, as the spec sheet calls out Vee's Flow Snap 2.35-inch rubber.
Marin is also on target with the emerging "downcountry" movement by paring capable geometry with a little less suspension travel and a lighter build to maximize the versatility of this promising shredder. Front suspension is a 130-millimeter-stroke Marzocchi Z2 fork (I've been testing one and it rocks), backed up by a Fox Float DPS shock.
Marin says all Rift Zone models share the same linkage-driven, single-pivot-swingarm chassis. The Rift Zone 3 we feature here is expected to land in bike stores later this fall. Until then, cheers to Marin for offering accomplished riders a capable, up to date trail bike with an attainable price tag.
Rift Zone Geometry
The z1 itself was over $500 back then and took a little while to be spec’d On bikes.
If Shimano can get back in the lower-end OEM game I'm hoping we'll start seeing some really interesting entry level builds, instead of the same NX/SX + steel Recon combo currently on most sub-$2500 bikes. Maybe SLX/Deore + Aion / Trace / Bomber / etc. Would be really cool to see some variety again in that price range.
I don't really have a drivetrain preference as long as it's reliable, but I'd like to see more variety in suspension offerings. Xfusion, Suntour, Manitou, etc are making some great products at killer prices but you hardly ever see them spec'd on anything because all the OEMs seem to be doing SRAM/Rockshox package deals.
~$1000 under your price limit and superior spec all-round. Possibly best deal out there at the moment but I may be slightly biased.
Sensibly priced bikes with good spec and good geometry.
If I was brand manager I'd bail on the highest end buiøds and focus on low and midrange bikes pricewise.
I live in the Pacific Northwest and have been actively riding my area (Coast range mountains mainly ~ Black Rock, Alsea Falls, McDonald and Dunn forest) pretty much my entire adult life; I'm 57 and 33 yrs I've been riding those trails.
It's not a label beyond riding bikes, and this constant hashing out of the simplest of activities is just another way to wag a pinky "Oh... you're an XC weight weenie ~or ~ they're purely "down country, former enduro & newby blah blah blah >insert made up buzz word here ... "
We spend too much time artificially bisecting something that is organic and generally easily understood by the grin you get when you think of your favorite trails or plan your next adventure. So, adding yet another spintered name to this all encompassing thing to me makes no sense to me (joy and playing in the woods doesn't require it's own dictionary to understand). *just the ramblings of an opinionated old fart that loves riding more than just about anything else* P.S. Come ride Alsea Falls shuttle day weekend after next and you'll see what I'm talking about www.facebook.com/pg/TeamDirtIMBA/events
Talk to you soon
How small do I have to be to fit the XL frame size? 165cm/5'5"???
These two are M7100, that's an M7000 on the pics. What's up with that?
Do you have weights?
When most riders understand the the performance issues with a single pivot 4 bar.
You all call that cheap or buget??
Nothing negative about it pal, only bike cheaper then this that got good reviews is this
Yes, it's still a big chunk of money, but below this price range it's typically better to look at hardtails for the most bang for your buck.
But there are plenty of us skilled and experienced riders that still don't have a bike budget even close to this. Please stop perpetuating this image that skill and finances are connected
My point was not about just budget, but about Richard sticking skill and budget together.
"It is (affordable) if you are a rider in the market for a quality new bike with a good build kit and modern geometry."
is very different than
"It is if you are a *skilled* rider in the market for a new bike".
I am a skilled rider, but that alone doesn't make this bike affordable. Sell it for what it is relative to the competition. Plenty of unskilled riders will be in the market for this bike too.
For a bike with great geo and quality parts that can be pushed hard, and that will last for years and is 100% worth fixing/upgrading when stuff breaks, $2650 is not bad at all. Show me anything remotely comparable brand new for less....