2023 Marin

Rift Zone 29" 2

A 29″ aluminum frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components.
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MSRP$2,299
FrameAluminum
SuspensionFull, 130 / 140mm
ForkMarzocchi Bomber Z2
Wheels29″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetDeore, FSA
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper
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Handling
nimblestable
Rift Zone 29" 2
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Gearing

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Lowest gear

(climbing)

25 mph

Rift Zone 29" 2

26 mph

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Spec Level

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Sizing
SM

5'2" – 5'7"

MD

5'5" – 5'11"

LG

5'9" – 6'2"

XL

6'0" – 6'4"

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Reviews
Mountain Bike Action
MARIN RIFT ZONE 29" 2 REVIEW - AN EARTH SHAKING TRAIL BIKE VALUE? - Mountain Bike Action Magazine

Dec 2023 · Nelson

Those ready to graduate to their first full suspension or young riders who are paying their own way into the passion of the sport should consider the Rift Zone 29” 2.

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BikeRadar
Marin Rift Zone XR 27.5 review

Jun 2023 · Tom Marvin

A super-fun ride that benefits from sharp reactions and a playful attitude

Highs
  • Well-designed frame with thoughtful features

  • Excellent rear suspension

  • Decent fork

Lows
  • Brakes lack bite

  • Not the best climber

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Flow Mountain Bike
2023 Marin Rift Zone Review | A heavy-duty trail bike for shredders on a budget

Apr 2023

The Marin Rift Zone combines killer geometry with a burly build kit at a low price. How does it ride? Read on for our Marin Rift Zone review.

Highs
  • Fantastic geometry

  • Playful and fun-loving attitude

  • High traction rubber

  • Supportive suspension

  • Practical and well-featured frame

Lows
  • Heavy for a trail bike

  • Sticky tyres are very draggy

  • Bigger riders will want to upgrade the brakes

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

Nov 2022 · Tyler Benedict

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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Loam Wolf
Review: Marin Rift Zone Carbon 29

Nov 2022 · Dario DiGiulio

The Marin Rift Zone occupies a very unique spot in the bike market, as a short travel frame meant to attack relatively serious terrain.

Highs
  • Fun and unusual synthesis of parts and geo

  • Great build kit

  • Adaptable frame platform

Lows
  • Mix of progressive and dated geometry

  • Heavy and sticky for a short travel bike

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Singletrack World
Marin Rift Zone XR review: coil for the trail

Oct 2022 · Antony de Heveningham

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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Outdoor Gear Lab
Marin Rift Zone 29 2

Dec 2021 · Jeremy Benson

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...

Highs
  • Reasonable price

  • Modern trail riding geometry

  • Nice component spec for the price

  • Versatile on-trail performance

Lows
  • A little heavy

  • Underpowered brakes

  • A little sluggish on the climbs due to weight

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Pinkbike
Field Trip: Marin's $2,849 Rift Zone Is An XC Bike at Heart

May 2021 · Sarah Moore

The Rift Zone is more aggressive than an XC bike, but its roots are cross-country.

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Geometry
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Specs
Build
Frame

All New Series 3 6061 Aluminum, 29” Wheels, 130mm Travel, MultiTrac Suspension Platform, 148x12mm Boost Thru-Axle, 73mm Threaded BB w/ ISCG05 Tabs

BB StandardBSA, 73mm, Threaded

ColorGloss Grey / Red

Fork

Marzocchi Bomber Z2 29", Rail Damper with Sweep Adjustment, 140mm Travel, Kabolt Bolt-On Axle, 44mm Offset

Travel140mm

Spring TypeAir

Bottom Bracket

External Sealed Cartridge Bearing

Headset

FSA No 57E, Semi-Sealed Cartridge Bearings, 1 1/8" x 1 1/2”

Stem

Marin 3D Forged Alloy, 35mm

Handlebar

Marin Mini-Riser, 6061 Double Butted Aluminum, 780mm Width, 28mm Rise, 5º Up, 9º Back

Saddle

Marin Speed Concept

Seatpost

TranzX, YSP18JL, 1x Remote, Size S 150mm Travel, All Other Sizes 170mm Travel, 30.9mm

TypeDropper

Pedals

-

Grips

Marin Grizzly Lock On

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano Deore, 12-Speed, SGS

Front Derailleur

-

Crank

FSA Comet, Modular 1x, 32T Direct Mount Chainring, MegaTooth Technology, Boost Spacing

Shifters

Shimano Deore, 12-Speed, SL-M6100-R

Cassette

SunRace 12-speed, 11-51

Chain

KMC X-12 Silver and Black

Brakes

Hydraulic Disc

TypeHydraulic Disc

Brake Levers

Tektro HDM-535

Wheels
Rims

Marin, Double Wall Alloy, 29mm Inner, Pinned Joint, Disc Specific, 32H, Tubeless Compatible

Front Hub

Forged Alloy, 110x15mm, Disc, 32H

Rear Hub

Forged Aluminum, 148x12mm, Centerlock Disc, 32H

Tires

Vee Tire Co. Flow Snap 29x2.35", Tackee Compound, Tubeless Ready

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