A 29″ aluminum frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components. Compare the full range
|Travel||130mm rear, 140mm front|
|Drivetrain||1 × 11|
For This Bike
1 × 11 — 11 speed
Rift Zone 29" 1
The Rift Zone 29" 1 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding up hills.
The Rift Zone 29" 1 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding downhill.
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5'2" – 5'7"
5'5" – 5'11"
5'9" – 6'2"
6'0" – 6'4"
Tyler BenedictNov 2022
The new Marin "Rifty" gets a sweet new alloy frame, more travel, and a consistent spec and geometry across all wheel sizes to fit any rider.
Danny MilnerNov 2022
From a brand steeped in heritage comes a bike that focuses on the stuff that matters: suspension, handling and price. Check out our guide to the best mountain bikes Need to know Alloy trail bike with 130mm travel Revised frame geometry and kinematics over previous generation Updated frame detailing with bespoke protection, SRAM UDH hanger and internal cable routing Three spec levels starting at £1,695 for the Rift Zone 1 (Rift Zone 2 is £2,195) Jr version comes with 26in wheels Sometimes the simplest ingredients make the most delicious dishes. The Spanish turn a tomato, a clove of garlic, some salt, olive oil and a slice of crusty toasted bread into a moorish appetiser that distils the essence of Mediterranean flavours. Italians can effortlessly convert some fresh pasta, a drizzle of olive oil and a shaving of truffle or parmesan cheese into a plate that tastes as good as any Michelin-starred dish. Which brings us to the new Marin Rift Zone, an unassuming trail bike, that’s plain vanilla next to the likes of Trek’s feature-laden Fuel EX and Specialized’s manipulatable Stumpjumper Evo, but has been infused with the flavour of a freshly scraped pod rather than the blandness of a drop of essence. Although outwardly similar to its predecessor, the Series 3 6061 alloy frame has been reworked with new tubing and forgings. The seat tube reinforcement strut has also been replaced by a gusset, there’s a slightly shallower bend to the seat tube, the internal cable routing has been improved and the non-driveside chainstay is no longer elevated. It still gets a chunky tapered head tube, radically sloping top tube and Marin’s MultiTrac single-pivot suspension design, where the vertical shock is driven by a rocker link. Shock length and stroke remains the same compared to the previous model (210x50mm), but Marin has teased out another 5mm travel to bring it up to 130mm. Although most, if not all, of this extra travel will be down to the chainstay lengths having been extended to 430mm across the size range. As the old Rift Zone was not lacking in length (at the front at least), Marin has not felt the need to comprehensively overhaul the sizing. Instead reach numbers grow by 5mm across all the sizes except the XL, which goes up 10mm. As head tubes have also been extended by 10-15mm, and the seat tube has been steepened by 1º, the seated riding position shouldn’t actually feel too different. But by stretching what was one of the shortest chainstays on the market, the new Rift Zone should feel more in proportion than it used to. The head angle remains a balanced 65.5º, at 337mm (measured), the BB height is thankfully not as tall as advertised, and Marin must be commended for keeping the seat tubes stubby and the standover generous. Which means the profile of the Rift Zone not only resembles an old four-cross bike, but it can be thrashed around like one as well. Consumers get to choose between …Continue reading »
Exploitable handling, whatever your level. A bike that can grow with your skills. Fun to ride. No gimmicks.
Overweight. You’ll find better spec from a direct-sales brand.
• $3499 US/$4449 CAD/£2995 GBP/3499€.
Dario DiGiulioNov 2022
The Marin Rift Zone occupies a very unique spot in the bike market, as a short travel frame meant to attack relatively serious terrain.
Antony de HeveninghamOct 2022
The Marin Rift Zone XR - XR stands for eXtra Rad - bumps the front travel up to 140mm, adds a coil shock and beefs up the build.
Jeremy BensonDec 2021
The Marin Rift Zone 29 2 is an affordable short travel trail bike that would make an excellent daily driver. This aluminum-framed 29er has 125mm of...
Modern trail riding geometry
Nice component spec for the price
Versatile on-trail performance
A little heavy
A little sluggish on the climbs due to weight
Alex EvansNov 2021
Highly-capable and upgradable chassis that inspires confidence on the descents
Highly capable on the downhills, thanks to spot-on geometry
Great suspension and shock tune with plenty of support and pop
Good mix of drivetrain components
Lack of a dropper post is frustrating
Tyres need upgrading to unlock more performance
In the longer term, I’d replace the flexy fork, too
Travis EngelFeb 2021
This short-travel shredder takes a modern trend and brings it to the entry level. The Marin Rift Zone 2 does (almost) everything.
Forgiving but familiar geometry
Oddly shaped brake levers
Shimano chain and crank would have been nice
All New Series 3 6061 Aluminum, 29” Wheels, 130mm Travel, MultiTrac Suspension Platform, 141 Boost Spacing (upgradable to 148x12), 73mm Threaded BB w/ ISCG05 Tabs
BB Standard: BSA, 73mm, Threaded
Colors: Gloss Charcoal / Black/silver; Gloss Orange / Blue/silver
X-Fusion Slide Boost RC, 29", 140mm Travel, Compression and Rebound Adjustment, 44mm Offset
X-Fusion O2 Pro R, Custom Tune, 210x55mm, M8x25mm Hardware Top and Bottom
External Sealed Cartridge Bearing
FSA No 57E, Semi-Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 1 1/8" x 1 1/2”
Marin 3D Forged Alloy, 35mm
Marin Mini-Riser, 6061 Double Butted Aluminum, 780mm Width, 28mm Rise, 5º Up, 9º Back
Marin Speed Concept
Marin Alloy, 30.9mm
Marin MTN, Closed End
Shimano Deore, 11-Speed, SGS
Marin Forged Alloy, Integrated Steel 32T Narrow Wide Chainring, Boost Spacing
Shimano Deore, 11-Speed, SL-5100R
Sunrace, 11-Speed, 11-51T, ED Black
KMC X-11 Silver and Black
Tektro HDM-280 Hydraulic Disc, 180mm Rotor
Marin Aluminum Double Wall, 29mm Inner, Pinned Joint, Disc Specific, Tubeless Compatible
14g Black Stainless Steel
Forged Alloy, 110x15mm, Disc, 32H
Forged Alloy, 110x15mm, Disc, 32H
Vee Tire Co. Crown Gem 29x2.35", Dual Control Compound, Tubeless Ready