Marin Wolf Ridge review

Looking at the 'new' TARA Rage bikes, you'd easily be forgiven for thinking not much had changed on Marin's long travel all rounders. Detailed suspension and geometry changes for 07 make a massive difference and there's some smart kit choices as well.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,975.00 RRP | USD $3,100.00

Our review

Bit weighty, but serious all-round fun from Marin's midtravel hound dog.
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Looking at the ‘new’ TARA Rage bikes, you’d easily be forgiven for thinking not much had changed on Marin’s long-travel all rounders. Detailed suspension and geometry changes for 07 make a massive difference, however, and there’s some smart kit choices as well.

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Marins are always relatively tall in the saddle bikes to keep ‘pedal over’ ground clearance high, but you soon drop into a fluid ride height zone. The Wolf Ridge is not as pedal influenced as previous Marins but it still communicates traction levels very well. Suspension stiffens nicely when you stamp down the power and then relaxes to suck up the hits. This makes it an easy bike to manual or wheelie. The shorter rear end and easy rear squish means you can fire out of tight situations with a real flourish, encouraging you to really work your weight on techy trails.

In the taller shock setting it’s a natural long day XC bike, but move the shock and it hunkers down for proper pull-on-your-pads-and-play attitude. You can slam into the end of travel and overwhelm the forks pretty quickly though unless you’re smooth, so don’t do DH everyday.

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The new Wolf Ridge is an absolute howl on the trail. ‘3D’ agile and great fun to thrash hard on techy singletrack, man-made trails or even the occasional DH run, it’s an immediately likeable UK all-rounder that’s definitely worth a much closer look.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Wolf Ridge
Brand Marin

Spokes Brand WTB
Wheelbase (in) 42.9
Seatpost SL 280
Shifters Shimano LX
Standover Height (in) 30
Stem FR200 OS Threadless
Top Tube (in) 22.1
Weight (g) 2780
Available Colours Matte Jade
Saddle WTB Pure V
Available Sizes L M S
Front Tyre Moto Raptor
Front Tyre Size 26x2.14
Rear Tyre Moto Raptor
Rear Tyre Size 26x2.14
Max. Fork Travel 130mm
Handlebar Type Riser
Seat Angle 71.1
Rims WTB SpeedDisc All Mountain
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 13.8
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Bottom Bracket Howitzer
Cassette SRAM PG-970 Power Glide II 11-34 9-Speed
Chain Shimano HG-53
Chainstays (in) 16.8
Cranks Firex 2.0 AM
Fork Fox 32 Float RL 140mm
Frame Material Aluminium
Front Hub Laserdisc Lite
Rear Shock Float RP23
Grips/Tape MotoTec
Handlebar Maximus
Head Angle 68.9
Headset Type Threadless
Pedals Acid
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Rear Hub Laserdisc Lite
Colour Green