The New Marin Rift Zone | Everything You Need to Know.

Marin have given their venerable Rift Zone trail bike an update and launch a four model range based around an all-alloy frame.

Marin launched the alloy version of the new Rift Zone this week, with the now obligatory frame, kinematic and geometry tweaks.

This bike was influenced heavily by Marin’s athletes, retaining the good from the outgoing model and improving on what wasn’t so great. For starters you get the Series 3 alloy frame that has new tubes and forgings, and crucially, clips seat tubes across the board. Braze-in cable entry and exits aim to produce a rattle and zip tie free setup.

Travel has grown to make the bike more capable too. 10mm on the front and 5mm on the rear may not sound like much but there’s also changes to the kinematics that use that travel differently.

The range been made with a focus on bang for your buck, with the XR model topping the range at under three grand, there’s no bikes here that you could swap for a very nice new van or second hand Porsche Boxster.

The Rift Zone Range is four bike strong, kicking off with the Rift Zone 1 at £1,655.00, rising to the Rift Zone XR seen here at £3,095.00 RRP. There’s also a kids’ Rift Zone at £1,675.00 too. All three models of the new Rift Zone are available in 27.5 or 29″ wheels, but with no Mullet option. There is a 26″/Junior (24″) option too.

Geometry

The Rift Zone is available in Small, Medium, Large and XLarge.

Reach on the Medium is 460mm with a seat tube of 400mm. Head angle is 65.5 degrees with a seta angle of 77 degrees. Chainstays are 430mm across the sizes with a wheelbase on the medium of 1205.1mm.

2023 Marin Rift Zone models

2023 Marin Rift Zone 1

Key features:

  • X-Fusion Slide Boost RC 140mm fork
  • X-Fusion O2 Pro R shock
  • Shimano Deore 11-speed drive
  • Shimano MT200 2-piston brakes
  • Shimano MT hubs on Marin alloy rims
  • Marin alloy seatpost
  • £1,655.00 RRP

2023 Marin Rift Zone 2

Key features:

  • Marzocchi Bomber Z2 140mm fork
  • RockShox Deluxe Select RT shock
  • Shimano Deore 12-speed drive
  • Shimano MT200 2-piston brakes
  • Shimano MT401 hubs on Marin alloy wheels
  • TranzX dropper
  • £2,155.00 RRP

2023 Marin Rift Zone XR

Key features:

  • Marzocchi Bomber Z1 140mm fork
  • Fox Float X Performance shock
  • Shimano SLX/XT 12-speed drive
  • Shimano MT420 4-piston brakes
  • Marin alloy wheels
  • X-Fusion Manic dropper
  • £3,095.00 RRP

2023 Marin Rift Zone 26″/Jr

Key features:

  • X-Fusion Velvet RLC 130mm fork
  • X-Fusion O2 Pro R shock
  • Shimano Deore 11-speed drive
  • Shimano MT201 2-piston brakes
  • Marin alloy wheels
  • Marin alloy seat post
  • £1,675.00 RRP

You can read Pete’s review of the 2023 Marin Rift Zone 29 XR on our Bike Reviews page here.