In between the nasty sitting down and wearing away our fingerprints stuff, we’re out product testing and liaising with the industry. This morning it wasn’t raining- it was in fact sunny, and we were out mud-plugging in Bristol with ATB Sales- UK importers of Marin bicycles.
The Wolf Ridge is a member of the truly excellent Quad 140 series of bikes, which are simply the best thing Marin have ever produced.
Designed here in the UK by the irritatingly fit- and fast- Ian Alexander, Marin bikes have been reborn and pose a huge threat to many of the big players in the aggressive 5in market.
With 140mm of travel front and rear, the Quad 140 appears to be just another trail-bike, but take a look at the low-slung bottom bracket, and super slack 67degree head angle, and you will realise that this rig isn’t a regular trail bike- it’s a trail annihilator.
The best description I can offer of this bike is that it’s essentially a 4X bike designed for all-day thrashing. It’s not mega light, but it climbs like a beast thanks to the low slung front end. And descending is a joke- this thing will out do most 6 and 7in travel rigs with ease.
It really is that good.
There’s mud clearance too. And a shock that’s easily accessible, yet protected from the elements.
And there’s also a Maxle rear end- which clamps things tighter than a gnats arsehole. There’s no rear end wandering here.