2023 · MarinRift Zone 29" 1

A 29″ aluminum frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components. Compare the full range

2023 Marin Rift Zone 29" 1
Travel130mm rear, 140mm front
Wheels29″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 11
BrakesHydraulic Disc
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Rift Zone 29" 1

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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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All-new Marin Rift Zone trail bike gets shreddy-er, from 29er to kid's models

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.

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Marin Rift Zone XR first ride review - MBR

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 The seat tube reinforcement strut has also been replaced by a gusset, there’s a slightly shallower bend to the seat tube, the internal cable routing has been improved and the non-driveside chainstay is no longer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.

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Marin Launches New Rift Zone Alloy Range

MarinBikesNov 2022

• $3499 US/$4449 CAD/£2995 GBP/3499€.

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Review: Marin Rift Zone Carbon 29

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.

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Marin Rift Zone XR review: coil for the trail

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.

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Marin Rift Zone 29 2

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...

  • Reasonable price

  • Modern trail riding geometry

  • Nice component spec for the price

  • Versatile on-trail performance

  • A little heavy

  • Underpowered brakes

  • A little sluggish on the climbs due to weight

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Marin Rift Zone 29 1 review

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

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Tested: Marin Rift Zone 2

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.

  • Unbeatable value

  • Smart spec

  • Forgiving but familiar geometry

  • Supportive suspension

  • Oddly shaped brake levers

  • Shimano chain and crank would have been nice

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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 StandardBSA, 73mm, Threaded

ColorsGloss Charcoal / Black/silver; Gloss Orange / Blue/silver


X-Fusion Slide Boost RC, 29", 140mm Travel, Compression and Rebound Adjustment, 44mm Offset

Rear Shock

X-Fusion O2 Pro R, Custom Tune, 210x55mm, M8x25mm Hardware Top and Bottom

Bottom Bracket

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

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore, 11-Speed, SGS

Front Derailleur



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

Brake Levers

Tektro HDM-280


Marin Aluminum Double Wall, 29mm Inner, Pinned Joint, Disc Specific, Tubeless Compatible


14g Black Stainless Steel

Front Hub

Forged Alloy, 110x15mm, Disc, 32H

Rear Hub

Forged Alloy, 110x15mm, Disc, 32H


Vee Tire Co. Crown Gem 29x2.35", Dual Control Compound, Tubeless Ready

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