Marin Wolf Ridge 9 review
Marin’s striking new Wolf Ridge 9 is hailed as a true do-it-all trail bike. Its innovative “R3ACT – 2 Play” suspension system, outsourced from a company called Naild, is claimed to provide unparalleled pedalling efficiency with superb terrain tracking. But how does it ride?
The frame is constructed from unidirectional carbon fibre, delivering 160mm of suspension travel. The carbon swingarm houses a pair of bushes and a seal — just like a fork leg — allowing it to slide up and down on a cylindrical stanchion, which in turn pivots on the mainframe just in front of the bottom bracket.
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A horizontal link stops the swingarm from twisting and helps determine the motion of the rear axle.
While Stan’s wheels, a SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain and Rockshox Lyrik fork are solid performers, the Guide RS brakes, inline Monarch Debonair shock and hard compound WTB tyres feel a little cheap considering the price point of £6,350 / €TBC / $TBC / $TBC.
Marin Wolf Ridge 9 spec overview
- Frame: Unidirectional carbon fibre, 160mm travel
- Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3, 160mm travel
- Shock: RockShox Monarch R DebonAir
- Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
- Wheelset: Stans NoTubes Flow MK3 on Neo Boost hubs
- Brakes: SRAM Guide RS, 200mm/180mm rotors
- Bar: Deity Blacklabel, 800mm
- Stem: Deity Copperhead Stem, 35mm
- Seatpost: KS LEV SIO, Custom Offset Head
- Saddle: WTB Volt
- Weight: 14.0Kg (Size L)
Marin Wolf Ridge 9 ride impressions
The way this bike pedals is uncanny. Whether cranking out of a corner or grinding uphill, the suspension barely bobs at all. This makes pedalling very efficient and responsive, without the need to toggle a lockout.
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