Marin Launches New Rift Zone Alloy Range

Nov 14, 2022 at 5:04
by MarinBikes  

Press Release: Marin

The Marin Rift Zone is made to party, whatever your jam may be. Your ideal partner for everything from all-day epics, to local shred laps, and everything in-between. Critically acclaimed since their debut over five years ago, they epitomize our Made For Fun mantra above everything else are the heart and soul of Marin’s full suspension lineup.

Rift Zone alloy models are all-new from the frame-up for 2023, with more travel, fresh geometry, updated suspension kinematics, and refined details. Furthermore, the lineup has been aligned between the 29” and
27.5” wheel size models.

And this just in, the new Rifty has already won Gold, with Marin-sponsored ambassador and all-around awesome human Martha Gill taking the top step on the podium in the Dual Slalom at Crankworx Rotorua 2022.


Frame

Series 3 aluminum frames with new tubing and forgings freshen the Rifty’s overall aesthetics, with a shorter seattube and lower standover from previous models. Slick braze-in cable guide entry and exit ports look great and eliminate cable/hose rattle. Cable routing is built into the forging, and the bike is a zip tie free zone. Out back the dropouts are now compatible with SRAM’s UDH rear derailleur hanger. The Rift Zone is also a quieter bike, with all-new chainstay and seatstay protectors with increased coverage to minimize chain slap. Proper ISCG tabs and threaded BB shells remain.

2023 Marin Rift Zone
2023 Marin Rift Zone


Travel

Rift Zone 29” and 27.5” alloy models see travel bump up 10mm in the front and 5mm in the rear, now at 140mm/130mm respectively, bringing the bike firmly into the trail category. Rift Zone 26 and Rift Zone Jr models now see 130mm travel front and rear.


Geometry

Both 29” & 27.5” frames share key geometry figures, with 65.5° headtube and 77° seattube angles, along with 430mm chainstays. In short, we pegged the fun-o-meter by making these important updates to the angles. Rift Zone 26 and Jr see similar updates, with 65.5° HTA and 76° STA, with 425mm chainstays.

Kinematics and Shock Tuning

The team here at Marin spent countless hours dialing in the frame kinematics, ensuring maximum performance with current shocks on the market. From there we worked with engineers at Fox, RockShox, and X-Fusion to dial in the tunes to deliver the best combination of pedaling efficiency on the climbs and flats, while delivering bottomless-feeling control on when the going gets rough. The new Rifty doesn’t just have more travel, it also improves on the way the travel is used.

The Lineup

One key feature that hasn’t changed is the Rift Zone assortment, with three each 29” and 27.5” models, and the 26” and 24” for the young rippers. Now these models have been homogenized between wheel sizes, so colors, specifications and pricing remain the same at the various 1/2/XR levels, no matter the rolling stock.

Wait, what’s that? What’s up with this “XR” model? That’s the replacement for what had previously been the Rift Zone 3. The new XR is our “riders’ spec” model, a spicier take on the Rift Zone with some of the best bang-for-the-buck suspension and drivetrain spec available.

2023 Marin Rift Zone 1
2023 Marin Rift Zone 1

Rift Zone 29”/27.5” 1
• All-new Series 3 MultiTrac frame, 130mm travel
• X-Fusion Slide (29”) & Sweep (27.5”) Boost RC forks
• X-Fusion O2 Pro R shock w/custom tune
• Shimano Deore 1x11 drivetrain
• Shimano MT201 hydraulic disc brakes w/180mm rotors
• Vee Tire Crown Gem tubeless-ready tires
• 27.5” available in XS frame size
• $1799 US/$2299 CAD/£1695GBP/1999€

2023 Marin Rift Zone 2

Rift Zone 29”/27.5” 2
Key upgrades from Rift Zone 1:
• Marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork
• RockShox Deluxe Select RT Debonair rear shock
• Shimano Deore 1x12 drivetrain
• TranzX dropper post
• Vee Tire Flow Snap 2.35” tires
• $2399 US/$2999 CAD/£2195 GBP/2599€

2023 Marin Rift Zone XR

Rift Zone 29”/27.5” XR
Key upgrades from Rift Zone 2:
• Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork
• Fox Float X rear shock
• Shimano SLX/XT 1x12 drivetrain
• Shimano M420 4-piston brakes
• Maxxis Assegai MAXX TERRA EXO 2.5” tires
• $3499 US/$4449 CAD/£2995 GBP/3499€

2023 Marin Rift Zone Jr

Rift Zone 26”/Jr
• All-new Series 3 MultiTrac frame, 130mm travel
• X-Fusion Velvet Boost RC fork, 130mm travel
• X-Fusion O2 Pro R shock w/custom tune
• Shimano Deore 1x11 drivetrain
• Shimano MT201 hydraulic disc brakes w/180mm rotors
• Vee Tire Flow Snap 2.4” tires
• $1799 US/$2299 CAD/£1695 GBP/1999€

Availability

All models are scheduled to be available in global markets in November/December 2022.




201 Comments

  • 647 7
 Why would I buy this incredibly capable bike, when for only $1500 more can buy a Yeti frame?
  • 132 2
 so you would become a hiker with a frame
  • 89 2
 If you bought this you would miss out on all the fun of knocking BB cups out of your 5.5k frame
  • 75 4
 @vhdh666: Maybe, but you'd be a hiker with a YETI frame
  • 21 0
 @vhdh666: But then other people/hikers could take pictures of you and your yeti and try to convince other people they have seen the Yeti.
Of course they would be a bit strange and awkward and would only show blurry pictures where you can barely see a bit of TURQuoise behind a tree... Nobody would trust them as it's common knowledge that noone can buy a yeti these days !
  • 59 1
 @vhdh666: frame hiking is a new and exciting sport just waiting to happen
  • 109 0
 @bulletbassman: frame hiking is Illegal on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County California.

Regulations ahead of their times.
  • 3 0
 @bulletbassman: I know that
  • 5 1
 @Ososmash: but only withe-bike frames
  • 78 1
 e-bike frame hiking is considered cheating by many though those who actually practice the sport claim that it is actually harder on the body. Whether this is true or not, without checking myself whether this is true or not I want to make a firm claim that it is cheating one way or another. e-bike frame hiking should be limited to the elderly, weak and (nearly) disabled.
  • 7 113
flag cuban-b (Nov 14, 2022 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 So then what happens when a yeti rider rips harder than any of you lol
  • 7 0
 @Ososmash: MMWD Rangers already have Precogs for this purpose- tickets pending.
  • 6 0
 @tomo12377: sorry tomo sb160 bsa now.
  • 9 0
 @vinay: Most e-bike motors have walk assist, so definitely cheating.
  • 1 0
 @jsnfschr: :worship:
  • 4 0
 @senorbanana: ahhhh the 5.5k price is finally justified, well done yeti
  • 1 4
 @commental: Depends on the hike - hike-a-bike with an ebike on ones shoulders would definitely be worse.
  • 5 67
flag bman33 (Nov 14, 2022 at 10:57) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: Exactly. The three Yeti riders in my group can most likely outride the majority of folks talking sh*t about Yeti (yes they are stupid $$$$). I will await my downvotes.... Big Grin
  • 3 1
 @commental: Sploosh.
  • 7 37
flag cuban-b (Nov 14, 2022 at 12:50) (Below Threshold)
 @bman33: I guess we got our answer. Cry and stomp on pinkbike hahaha
  • 3 40
flag bman33 (Nov 14, 2022 at 13:06) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: Yep as of posting this, I am at a solid 14 downvotes! Big Grin
  • 3 42
flag cuban-b (Nov 14, 2022 at 13:14) (Below Threshold)
 @bman33: imagine being triggered my some stranger defending Yeti on the internet lolol
  • 2 37
flag bman33 (Nov 14, 2022 at 13:33) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: Again...Yep. Already 2 down votes on my first 'Yep'.... haha
  • 2 25
flag TucsonDon (Nov 14, 2022 at 13:42) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b: They get downvoted into oblivion, obviously.
  • 1 31
flag cuban-b (Nov 14, 2022 at 14:19) (Below Threshold)
 @TucsonDon: reading comprehension > you
  • 11 1
 @jsnfschr: a hiker with a yeti frame must be a dental hygienist
  • 4 37
flag cuban-b (Nov 14, 2022 at 16:13) (Below Threshold)
 You people need to stop worrying about others fortunate lives. They’re not your enemy
  • 5 0
 @bulletbassman: just think of all those sweet jumps you could do with your Yeti frame?
  • 3 0
 @bulletbassman: For all those who couldn't get both the Yeti frame AND Parts...
  • 6 1
 @cuban-b: are you sure about that?
  • 2 0
 @vhdh666: I'm sure yeti even has a super sweet video about this... Ohh yes, it's called something like "hiking the dolomites with the 160". Great cinematography.
  • 1 0
 Because I just paid a few grands to my dentist for root canal and implants…..
  • 1 0
 @twinsdad: explain
  • 1 0
 All this frame hiking talk has got me fired up. I think I’m gonna frame hike up the whole enchilada
  • 2 1
 You could buy this capable bike and take all the parts for your YETI frame, still cheaper than buying a complete YETI bike...
  • 2 0
 @teejaaymtb: maybe you could set the FKT for frame hiking up TWE.
  • 122 1
 Decent spec, decent price!!
  • 77 4
 Whoa there this is pinkbike, we are only allowed to complain about prices here. If you don't have something rude to say about the cost of a bike you keep it to yourself.
  • 4 0
 apart of the brakes or at least their trekking bike levers
  • 3 2
 @dsciulli19: yeah. How dare I set aside my usual snark when a product that nails it comes up???
  • 16 0
 $1700 for a new FS in 2023 is incredible.
  • 4 0
 @davemays: I did like a quintupletake when I saw that. Great value across the range.
  • 2 0
 @davemays: TRUTH. In 1986 I paid $750 for a Kuwhara Cougar. Marin is crushing it.
  • 17 0
 I own a 2022 Rift Zone 3 27.5” and it is a solid bike for the price. I’m too old to race, so it’s perfect for an enthusiastic senior citizen rider like myself. The new 2023 Rift Zone line continues the reasonable price point for riders who want a capable FS bike without breaking the bank. Marin fills a customer niche many other bike companies tend to ignore.
  • 1 0
 Decent looks and playful yet stable geometry too. 430 CS.
  • 106 1
 Personal story:

I cracked a rear triangle on my Marin, their dealer (Royal Distributing) and the Marin warranty rep, worked so fast to get me a new RT, I barely lost a week of riding. Then the front triangle cracked the next season, so within a week I received a new frame.

None of these were catastrophic failures, so I won't blame manufacturing.

I have only had great experience with Marin Warranty dept. If you don't buy it for the insane value, buy it for the customer service.

Marin has their fingers on the pulse of what riders really want: Capable, affordable bikes, and amazing warranty.

Shout out to Bob Ullman, and Scott Bannister (kings among men) for salvaging my season two times in a row.
  • 18 0
 That's great, glad to hear they have a good response to warranty claims. Is it lifetime?

Reminds me of a Trek I broke about a decade back, I cracked it on a ride on a Thursday, on my way home, I stopped past the dealer to show them it crack and let them know I'd be back on Saturday to drop off the stripped frame for warranty. I stop in on Saturday with my broken frame and the guy hands me a new frame. Turns out he sent in the claim that day, the dealer rep had been at the local Trek warehouse and when the warranty came through, he just grabbed the frame and brought it down to the shop the next afternoon. I got the frame Saturday just after the shop opened, before they had a chance to call me. Went home, threw all the parts on it, was out for a ride just after lunch. Literally was out of bike for less than 36hrs.
  • 5 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: I believe the frame warranty was five years, and I was Just shy of that by a month or two. The could have been sticklers about that, but I didn't get any of that. They just got right to work with processing the claim.
  • 6 0
 So……Marin still stands behind their product (unlike Giant and Specialized). This alone would motivate me to look at Marin bikes!!!
  • 40 0
 Glad to hear dude!

I work at a shop that retails Marin, and our warranty dude is the best warranty dude in the biz. Dude's the only company that reimburses us financially when we have to rebuild a bike due to a warranty issue. They sent the wrong bearings for an Alpine the other week. Contacted my dude, he sent out the correct set within days and told us to keep the incorrect set just in case it's ever needed, free of charge.

Between the spec value, how well the bikes ride, how focused the company is on customer service, I'd honestly say Marin has done more than brought their brand back; they should be one of the most talked about brands in cycling right now.

While there's some stuff I don't dig, bushings instead of bearings kinda stuff, the value goes so far it doesn't matter. Compare a Rift Zone 2 to a Scott Spark 960 or a Kona Process 134. Both of the latter are great bikes with flaws, but the Marin just comes in at a better price with better parts. It's no contest.
  • 10 0
 I worked at a Marin dealer years ago. Fast and knowledgable warranty dept, but we didn't have many issues with the bikes and carried most of their mountain and gravel lineup. They're kind of like Kona was in the 2000s, the bikes are surprisingly good and the value is great.
  • 2 0
 I had a similar experience with my 2018 Hawk Hill. Was so impressed with how responsive Marin was to the rear triangle crack. I was back on the trail in no time. Loved that Hawk Hill and wouldn't hesitate to buy another Marin.
  • 70 0
 The 2 seems like a great deal. That's probably the bike I'm going to recommend to people curious about the sport for the next year at least.
  • 28 0
 And they'll all think you’re nuts because they saw a bike just like it for £800 at decathlon…
  • 6 1
 Huh, I thought the 2 was the worst deal here. I'd rather get the 1, add the exact same dropper for £100 and have £400 left in my pocket as well as no play in my fork (seems to be the z2's common issue).
  • 17 0
 @bananowy: the trouble with the model 1 is that 141 QR rear hub. In my experience, it got loose and wobbly frequently and so I upgraded to thru axle within a couple months of buying the bike. Much better to get a proper 148 through axle in the first place.
  • 9 0
 The issue is finding a Marin in stock anywhere.

I don't have personal experience my self, but many owners complain about the build quality- pivots go out early, bolts are made of cheese, etc. But I guess its better than paying $5k for a Yeti frame that cracks.
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: yeah, I’ve got experience with that. The pivots are fine, but the stock linkage bearings only lasted me one riding season.

The only bolt that has been a problem is the top shock bolt. it was always coming loose, so I finally modified the whole linkage rocker to accommodate a longer bolt and backside lock nut. I made a YouTube video sharing the multi trac mod.

Even with that modification, the bolt still becomes bent more frequently than it should. I’ve begun to wonder if the bent bolt happens because it’s a two piece rocker arm rather than one piece.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: Havent had that on my 22 RFT 27,5 V2 model after riding the last 1.5 years.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: I can attest to stock bearing sbeing garbage, however if you buy from a good shop when you bring your bike back in 2 months with all f*cked bearings they should warranty it.
  • 3 0
 @Landonarkens: iirc neko mullaly had that same issue using a 2 piece rocker on his wc bike he's been messing with but didn't want to make it solid for various tuned flex reasons, but would make sense that much more shear going through the bolt.
  • 1 0
 @Landonarkens: Does it have a bridge between the pieces? My Konas have had little bridges between the 2 piece rockers screwed on. If not maybe another mod?
  • 1 0
 @bananowy: My kid has a 2021 1, and I swapped the recon for a revelation. It's been on two bike park trips and many miles of xc trail. rear axle has given no trouble
  • 1 0
 @davemays: There's no bridge between the rockers, but there is a bridge between the seat stays. I would think that would provide enough stiffness?

It's not a big deal now that I know what hardware store bolt to buy for $3, instead of buying the official Marin shock bolt kit for $25...

Hint, do an eBay search for "Socket Allen Head Cap Screw Stainless Steel M8x1.25x65", or get the 55mm length if you're not going to use a backside locknut.
  • 3 0
 @Landonarkens: If you’re bending that bolt you might try alloy steel instead of stainless. The tensile strength is more than double.

Then again, if it’s bending because you’re bottoming out really hard, you might be better off keeping it as a sacrificial part...
  • 1 0
 @huntingbears: yes, I’ve clapped my bike a few times… Thanks for the tip! I think I’ll keep using stainless. Cheap to replace.
  • 2 0
 @bananowy: the z2 is just a godawful fork. Other than the dh fork marzocchi air springs (and fox rhythm) are pretty terrible and it really sucks you can’t upgrade them. Performance forks are awesome, the grip damper is so rad for the cost and they have a real air spring. Rockshox low end like the yari are great considering you can just drop a damper in them. The fact they come with the same air spring is great too. But both the damper and the air spring on the z2 make it not worth the money, even if they don’t cost much
  • 1 0
 @Landonarkens: I agree - I had the entry level Hawk Hill with a similar rear axle setup. It was totally fine, but the nuts needed constant monitoring. Upgraded the wheelset to a thru axle and never looked back. I do appreciate the use of the QR hub on the entry level model to keep costs down, but for the price diff, the RZ 2 is a notable improvement across the board (if you can swing the $$).
  • 54 0
 Quite refreshing, a brand still grounded in most of our realities.
  • 24 0
 They're obviously making up for those weird sliding butt hole tube things a few years ago.
  • 43 2
 Unless you're a label whore Marin bikes make a ton of sense. This brand doesn't get the recognition they deserve. The bikes look really good in person too. I've purchased a couple of Rift Zone juniors for my kids and the next bike in my own quiver will be one.
  • 37 0
 Somethings off…… no headset cables? Hidden shock is missing also? Frame is not 5500 usd?! Even reasonable geometry!

It’s a miracle thank you Marin for making a bike they people actually will want and is able to be worked on!
  • 37 2
 Are normal-sized cars forbidden in the US?

youtu.be/-jgq5Iawk-g?t=290
  • 5 0
 Got a good chuckle out of this. Thanks.
  • 9 16
flag gaberoc (Nov 14, 2022 at 10:44) (Below Threshold)
 Those are normal sized cars.
  • 3 2
 I don't understand those are normal
  • 1 2
 I don't get it...
  • 15 1
 @JohSch: think about it this way:

Are Americans normal sized ?
  • 2 0
 Their petrol is cheaper than ours :/
  • 2 0
 @zede: hurts (because it's true)
  • 1 0
 no, but they essentially are forbidden in europe - through taxes, regulations and infrastructure
  • 2 1
 @hamncheez: normal sized cars in europe are the size of toyota corolla - very dark place
  • 2 0
 @irafd: Ha, I want to bring a European to Texas (not Austin). You go into a diner to eat and the (dirt) parking lot is full of 2500s and F-250s, mostly desiel, all engines running to keep the AC going while the patrons eat.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: and everybody inside is eating steak and not bugs Big Grin how dare they!
  • 1 2
 The #1 vehicle sold here is the F-150. People here have this really weird fetish with vehicles that have way more capability than they'll ever need or use. I'd say over 90% of trucks here aren't actually used as trucks.
  • 3 0
 @willied: false. The purpose of a truck is social signaling, which an f150 is great for.
  • 27 0
 This vs the new Norco Fluid FS please!
  • 7 2
 Both are reasonably priced decent bikes, The new Fluid has been getting good reviews and on the A4 you still get decent 4 piston brakes in the Tektro HD-M535 and a dropper but it does cost $200 more than the Rift Zone 1. Both seem good options depending on what you're looking for.
  • 4 1
 @mrdimi: not in EU. Fluid A4 cost 3k€ with Recon fork for such money (A1 is 5k€). Marin is way better deal.
With Rift Zone 1 price, you can consider it as a frame option, with some bonus parts to ride =)
  • 4 0
 A 4 piston brake caliper for the front is around € 75,-, cheap upgrade and easy fix!
  • 3 0
 @wyric: I was looking at US prices. I think the prices are so similar in the US/Canada and the design is similar enough that if you're looking for one of these bikes you pick the one that fits what you're looking for and willing to spend. Some may want the dropper already installed while others want to buy their own. Same with the brakes, I don't know the Tektro ones personally but have the Shimano MT-200's retro fitted on another bike and they are decent for the price.

If the Marin is cheaper for you than definitely a better choice.
  • 2 0
 Came here to say this. Really close to pulling the trigger on a Fluid A1 or A2. The value seems great.
  • 7 0
 @teereqs: I'm a dealer for both. I'd absolutely take the Norco in a heartbeat. It's from the same design mold as an Optic which is one of the best riding bikes anyone's made. Was bike of the year when it came out. The ride quality is in a different class. Plus you don't have that 141 boost QR to upgrade and you won't have any of the bearing/quality issues of the Marin.
  • 2 0
 @alexisfire: Thanks for the insight! My other choice was going to be a Stumpy evo, but the Fluid just seems like money better spent.
  • 1 0
 @alexisfire: I've had zero issues with bearings on my 2020 Marin Hawk Hill 1, and i've ridden it hard and done multiple days at the bike park.

Great point on the QR rear axle though - when i upgraded to a boost thru axle it required a new rear wheel (i bought a new wheelset because i didn't want mismatched wheels). PITA EXPENSIVE upgrade, but totally worth it because i wanted 12-speed Deore and the stock freehub was HG.
  • 15 0
 Yes Marin, so underrated and so much fun! Stick to doing what you do as it's absolutely what people need right now Salute
  • 12 0
 A 2022 26” full squish ?

I wish I was a little bit smaller, then I’d be a baller.
  • 3 0
 for real, that 26" in a slightly bigger frame size would be a wicked slope rig
  • 13 0
 In Warners voice - "Look at the price"!!
  • 10 0
 Hey Pinkbike comment section, it's time to vote by wallet. Money talks and bullshit walks. Quit bitching about expensive bikes and buy yourself one of these asap.
  • 2 0
 LOL if I had to go out and buy a new bike today I probably would.
  • 2 0
 Likely would if I hadn't recently bought a new bike. My cash did go to another no-nonsense, great value brand so you can say I've put my money where my keyboard was Wink

I hope these sell well, Marin has done a good job here.
  • 1 0
 I purchased the 27.5 RZ1 in an XS size for my then 11 year old last christmas, it's been a great bike
  • 1 0
 @bananowy: What did you buy?
  • 1 0
 @grotesquesque: A Privateer 141. Ordered in December last year, had to wait until May but they kept the old price so it was a good deal for the build kit.
  • 1 0
 @bananowy: Ah yes, you caught the last train before the price hike. Good times. I got my Tyee around the same time and shortly after that the same configuration jumped in price by almost €600. Unreal.
  • 1 0
 @grotesquesque: nice, i looked at Propain too - beautiful bikes and well priced. In fact the Hugene review in PB field test kind of gave me an idea of what would be a good bike for me. Unfortunately brexit ruined EU direct to consumer brands' prices for us here so I had to take the Hugene and the Meta Tr off my list.
  • 8 0
 I got the 2017 Hawk Hill 1 back in 2017 as my first full suss bike. Basically 2017 version of this one. Would not recommend the MT201 brakes to anyone doing any serious riding. Super fun bike though.
  • 5 0
 Agreed...upgraded to Deore 4 piston 6120s
  • 1 0
 Yeah, the low-end Shimano trekking style levers are the weak point of the whole line-up.

Get MT520 or M6120 4 piston brakes or at least the Deore style levers and you´re good.
  • 4 0
 @fstws6: I have the 2020 Hawk Hill 1 that I've upgraded to somewhere in between the 2022 Rift Zone 2 & 3. The brakes were the last thing I upgraded, to the same brakes you have.

My honest opinion is that the MT201's are great for beginner riders. I was able to brake with 2-fingers on them, but once i rode some demo bikes and friends bikes with 1 finger levers i knew it was time to upgrade.
  • 11 0
 Good for Marin...this gives me hope for the industry.
  • 7 0
 I'm glad to see they stopped using SX Eagle on these. That was by far the worst part of my 2020.
  • 3 0
 OEM stuff always seems to be going back and forth between SRAM and Shimano. Currently it seems like the era of Shimano for lower and mid-end stuff and SRAM primarily for their AXS stuff.
  • 8 2
 @vinay: Good. With the exception of code RS and cranks, I would rather run low end Shimano than any sram. Not sure how they haven't figured out how to build a working derailleur clutch yet.

Sram type 2 derailleurs (single direction adjustable clutch) were way better than their current ones.
  • 5 3
 Has SX drivetrain on a few of my bikes and never had any issues, even got NX on my hardtail and it's been faultless.
  • 3 1
 @rad-but-also-sad: Same here, no issues with my NX.
  • 1 0
 @rad-but-also-sad: I believe Sram improved SX after the initial release, something that was made of plastic became made of metal? Anyway mine had a lot of flex that caused mysterious bad shifting. I upgraded to a mix of NX and GX and that has been fine. Also mine had the Sram Powerspline BB and that was terrible, it didn't last a month.
  • 6 0
 The sex eagle? I thought they shut that place down months ago
  • 2 0
 Mondraker bought all the SX drivetrains to put on the 4000 euro Raze!
  • 4 7
 SX is still better than Deore 12 speed even after Shimano finally fixed their crank issues and upgraded the Deore stuff. But if you're going to be this low end, Microshift is better than both.
  • 1 1
 @alexisfire: true, the Deore 11speed drivetrain shifts quite bad after only a couple of months. Just buy an old series xt, its way better and can cope with 50t too.
  • 2 0
 @CobyCobie:
Shimanos quality control these days isn't good either. I see it a lot when I build up new bikes and ebikes in the shop.
Still bone dry clutches on any derailleur.
Still the same issues with their brakes.
I wouldn't recommend a deore mech to anyone who rides fast and hard. They get sloppy way to fast, even at the B-bolt and sometimes rip apart at the place where the b-screw connects with the main body.
XT is much better imo.
  • 1 0
 @alexisfire: Lol. You can't badmouth Deore 12 spd! Everyone who hasn't ridden it is sure it's better than Eagle X01! Which they also haven't ridden.
  • 1 0
 @OneTrustMan: Fair enough. I cannot stand the fact that every 12spd sram product I've ever ridden has flopped around like a fish. Gx, X0, X01
  • 4 0
 No trunnion shock (I think?), 27.5 option in all sizes, fair price - really glad bikes like this continue to exist! Easy to lose sight of that after a couple overpriced new model releases of late...
  • 2 0
 Thank goodness for some decently priced bikes. Yes they aren't carbonised dental sleds but they will put a smile on your face as you career down a muddy path. Most of us are really suffering in this global financial crisis, it's nice to see some product which is actually attainable.
  • 2 0
 Marin makes incredibly capable bikes for a pretty reasonable price when compared to the rest of the market. I'm a huge fan of their min/max philosophy with the Alpine Trail XR which comes with a well built aluminum frame, mid level componentry, but XT/SLX drivetrain and rockshox ultimate and super deluxe coil. Came from a Santa Cruz and I freakin love mine. Highly recommend giving them a look if you're in the market for a new ride
  • 2 0
 I've had my Marin Hawk Hill 3 from 2018 and there has never been a doubt in my love for it. Marin makes some incredibly affordable bikes with high-end parts. Personally I wish mine had a bit more travel in the front and rear but the bike is still amazing!
  • 5 0
 All I see in this press release is subject-verb disagreement.
  • 5 0
 Like the last version, I wish they would sell these frame only
  • 1 0
 They are dropping a bunch of frame only options in feb i believe the NZ Instagram people told me
  • 4 0
 These should sell like hot-cakes. If I was looking for a new bike I'd get one of these.
  • 2 0
 Marin has come a long way in the past 5 years. Good geometry, sweet pain jobs, well thought out parts spec, and good build quality. Their gravel bike and hardtail range is good too!
  • 3 0
 Marin has become a wallet friendly, sleeper brand, these days. The San Quinton and Rift Zone lineups, some of the best bang for your buck, bikes going.
  • 1 0
 I have an alpine trail, super fun but I wish the head tube angle wa a bit steeper. Super short chaisntays + slack head tube is a weird combo. Other than that love it and the warranty program gas veeb great! deleted a rear triangle and got a new one put on within a week at no charge!
  • 2 0
 it uses a zs44/56 headset? just put a angle set in it. - Same as what the local place is doing to the sentinels, they ride much more balanced now.
  • 4 0
 Holy shit you mean it's possible to make affordable, decent speced mountain bikes?!?!
  • 3 0
 Who’s going to actually buy this bike? There’s no headset routing, it’s 2022 FFS, you can’t run cables outside the headset in this day and age.
  • 1 0
 I've got a 2021 rift zone 3 and it's been rock-solid other than the house-branded rear hub. The build was great value and it even looks good! plus it was immediately available during the great bicycle drought of the 20's.

The rear hub issue might be my fault, when I picked it up in 2020 I went out for a ride immediately without checking or fiddling with anything (other than switching out the seat and pedals) and the cassette locking came loose and the axle wasn't properly tightened from the shop. Over the next year the hub started developing a little play making intermittent clicking noises and sounded a little rough.
  • 1 0
 I sold a high-end carbon 29er (won't name names, but just wasn't happy with the bike) and bought a Rift Zone 2 recently. My times on our local trails are pretty much the same, so the bike certainly isn't slowing me down. I am particularly impressed with the way the frame responds to pedaling, as I wasn't sure what to expect after moving over from a frame that was renown for its pedaling efficiency. I don't seem to be giving up any time on the climbs based on the stopwatch (or Strava in this case).

Another aspect that surprised me was the weight. Granted, I swapped out a lot of parts from the stock build with higher end parts, like a SID Ultimate fork, lighter cranks, Roval Control wheels, and a Bike Yoke Divine SL dropper. Nonetheless, the weight came in at 27.5 lbs sans pedals. Not bad for an aluminum frame with 125mm of travel.
  • 1 0
 Bought a Rift Zone 2 two years ago now just to get back into trail riding. What a great bike. Tossed on some upgrades as I started riding more aggressively and now considering going for a bit more travel just to reduce my fatigue on longer trails and compensate for my skills on bigger hits.

Having a hard time considering getting rid of my Rift Zone though. Happy to see the changes they made, particularily that they chopped the seatpost a bit. Upgraded components as well and the price has only increased $110 over 2 years ago.

Kudos to Marin
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 Under 3k field test?
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: FS only, under 3k would still be dope.
  • 2 0
 Rocking the 22 RiftZone 27.5 V2 model and the minor changes add a nice appeal to the bike. I've had no issues with mine, although i've upgraded most of it Smile
  • 1 0
 although I'm not too keen on the new color schemes..still like my black/blue/yellow paint job!!!
  • 3 0
 Ripping at the Lunch Loops! I knew that photo had to be of the Prenup switchback.
  • 2 0
 I really don't get it. These are very nice bikes which are well equipped. But why not charge a 100 $/€/£//¥/Pokedollar more and spec some decent brakes.
  • 1 0
 My son got a Rift Zone Jr 26" this past spring, and he loves it. Been to Loon and Highland Bike Parks with no issues. Will be looking to upgrade the fork and rear shock once he puts on a little more weight.
  • 1 0
 Well this just ticks all the boxes. Cheap, good spec, good geo, choice of wheel size, and nothing obvious missing. I will absolutely be recommending this to newer riders looking for their first FS.
  • 2 0
 I wish there were more slalom races so i had an excuse to build up that 27.5” rift zone as slalom/jump bike.
  • 3 0
 Made in Indonesia by Polygon I believe.
  • 3 1
 Nothing wrong with that. Polygon bikes are solid too.
  • 2 0
 @BlackVR: their build quality has usually been good. They have decent alloy affordable bikes like the Siskiu www.polygonbikes.com/id/siskiun-id
  • 2 0
 Really good pricepoints and the bikes look decent. It's hard to knock this by Marin.
  • 2 0
 I think I found my new bike. I have been lusting for a spectral 125, but I can get this local and it is a screaming deal.
  • 2 0
 Marin seems like such a great brand. Too bad they don't have a 160-170mm bruiser enduro rig, I'd be pretty keen on that
  • 3 0
 The price is so good nobody noticed that this looks like a session ??!!
  • 1 0
 Is it me or do 90% of bikes look like the same these days?!
Nice bikes and good value to be fair but other than paint job they look like giants, treks etc etc
  • 1 0
 I started noticing Marin bikes again a few years ago and they are definately doing good things and making bikes at a reasonable cost. Way to be Marin.
  • 1 0
 Speaking of yeti's just brought a 2013 sb 66 frame and built It up single speed and it fucking rips! Got a 27.5 big bike but there definitely space for 26 short bikes for fun
  • 1 0
 Got the frame for £200
  • 1 0
 literally tried to buy one five different ways and nothing. Emailed company direct, contacted bike shop, tried to order on third party sites. All nope
  • 1 0
 Geometry on the 27.5" XL looks, wrong..? can anyone at Marin confirm if that is some typos?
  • 1 1
 The best deal at the moment is the Vitus Escarpe, which is currently £3,200 reduced to £2,400 at Wiggle. Carbon frame, Lyrik, SLX drivechain and SLX brakes.
  • 2 0
 Great bike made better... but kept the prices down. Slow clap.
  • 1 0
 How is it possible that Duncan (the king of manuals) couldn't do the manual line? My faith is seriously shaken!
  • 1 0
 All about aluminum, four bar frames with sensible build kits. 27.5 options are also a plus.
  • 1 0
 Ran into these guys while filming on Pre-Nup. Cool crew, bikes look great in person!
  • 2 1
 oh wait, there's a full 27.5 version ... still don't care, it should be mullet compatible everywhere now - not 275 or 29
  • 2 0
 Digging these fade paint jobs.
  • 1 0
 really like the colours, reminds me of bikes i had in the early 90s. love it
  • 1 0
 best brand love my e1 cheech
  • 2 0
 So sick, bigups to Marin
  • 2 0
 Marin is crushing it.
  • 1 0
 Frame looks absolutely gorgeous -- rivals commencal for looks/value.
  • 1 0
 Amazing value - looks great as well. Those fade paint schemes are sick.
  • 1 0
 another 29" with 460 reach in M - f*ck it
  • 1 0
 The main was fixing the kinked seat tube on the last gen. Great deal!
  • 1 0
 The XR almost looks like a Commencal AM meta from 2021.
  • 1 2
 Wonder if we'll see more Vee tires specced on lower end builds. They seem promising.
  • 2 0
 Got rid em for Spec Butcher Grid Trails after 3 months riding..didnt like them!!!
  • 1 0
 @fstws6: I love my Snap WCE 2.5 on the DH bike
  • 1 0
 Phenomenal values!
  • 1 0
 Colors are blehk.
  • 1 2
 nice looking bike but, mini mullet is the future
  • 1 1
 36" in front, 20" in the back.
  • 1 2
 why cant marin make nice bikes....
  • 1 2
 Yawn
  • 2 4
 Looks like a Session.
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