Marin Eldridge Grade review

If you go back five or six years the Orange P7 and Eldridge Grade competed pretty much head-on. Both were top quality steel frames with good components and they had a strong following from racers and trail riders alike.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£1,045.00 RRP
It looks tall, but this Marin rides well.

Our review

An all-dayer with a classy spec sheet adds up to a great package but budget wheels let it down a bit
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If you go back five or six years the Orange P7 and Eldridge Grade competed pretty much head-on. Both were top quality steel frames with good components and they had a strong following from racers and trail riders alike.

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As alloy frames took over, Marin gradually dropped steel from its UK line-up. For a little while the name Eldridge Grade, the famous track down Mount Tamalpais in Marin county, was missing from its range.

Frame

This is certainly a worthy expedition machine

Then back it comes, all alloy, all decked out with an impressive spec sheet. The frame is a classy piece of work and with Fox Float 100R forks you’ve got a solid base on which to build an ideal all-day mountain hardtail.

Equipment

When you check the rest of the spec it all seems to be going well, and you do get a lot of bike for your money. The only obvious cost saving is in the wheels – the Eldridge Grade has budget rims with no eyelets and low-budget M475 Shimano hubs too (below Deore). We’d expect disc wheels to last as long as the bike they’re fitted to, and these are no match for the quality of everything else on the bike.

Ride

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Once you jump on board you find a lively, light and responsive ride. The high top tube gives poor standover height and the bike looks very tall for its size, but once in the saddle the fit is okay for most. Fox forks, Juicy 5 brakes, and a good overall ride shows that this is certainly a worthy expedition machine.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Eldridge Grade
Brand Marin

Spokes Brand DT
Rims XM-117
Max. Fork Travel 80mm
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.14
Rear Tyre Moto Raptor
Front Tyre Size 26x2.14
Front Tyre Moto Raptor
Available Sizes 15 Inches 17 Inches 18 Inches 20 Inches
Available Colours Pearl White
Colour White
Weight (kg) 12
Stem OS
Shifters Deore
Seatpost Alloy
Seat Angle 74
Saddle WTB Speed V Sport SEm
Rear Hub Disc
Bottom Bracket Power Spline
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Brakes Sole
Cassette SRAM PG-950
Chain Shimano HG-53
Cranks Firex 2.0 AM
Fork Skareb Elite
Frame Material Aluminium
Front Hub Disc
Rear Derailleur Shimano LX
Grips/Tape WTB Moto Grip
Handlebar Lite Double Butted Alloy OS
Handlebar Rise 31
Head Angle 71
Headset Type Threadless
Pedals M-520
Handlebar Type Riser