Strengths: Super stiff.
Very fast over washboard or trail chunder.
Active but climbs really well even on smooth climbs.
Superb contemporary geometry . it's a freeride bike back in fashion.
Can run 650B up to Neo 2.3 in the rear.
Nice gold pearl over frog green paint job.
Weaknesses: Frames a bit heavy for those short steep climbs.
OEM fox shock set up is a bit too progressive.
That head junction reinforcing is very retro and ugly.
This review is for the frame only. I've experimented with many bikes and frames over the last 4 or so years. i still own about seven. I keep on coming back to this one as it just does so much so well as a trail AM bike. It's the only bike i own which is stiff enough to run even a 140mm 15QR fox fork and still track as well as some with 35mm forks. It's perfectly balanced geometry is great for carving corners. I've changed to a large can RT3 with lowest IFP pressure to make it more linear and now it has a perfect suspension rate. Climbs well, firm mid stroke that just squeezes out all the travel on a big seated g out.The rearward initial axle path and high leverage ratio means it sucks up washboard and trail chunder better than most 150mm bikes i have ridden. Can also run 650B and BB is still a good height.I'd give it 5 but for it's weight.
Bike Setup: High volume RT3
Rev 150 or EXM 150 or Float 140
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: March 11, 2012
Strengths: super stiff, handles great, quad pivot feels smooth, pike adjustable travel is helpfull sincec its a heavy bike, rp23 really stiffents up the rear for little pedal bob.
Weaknesses: its heavy but the quad linkage and the adjustable pike really make up for it.
I ride a new generation heckler and the wolfridge climes way better than the heckler even though its heavier. It is also way sitffer especially in the rear and it handles better, much more responsive. It is kind of a tank and seems a little over built for a 140mm travel bike but I really like the feel of the bike and there is a lot you can change from the stock components to lighten it up if thats an issue. the quad linkage is killer. I give it 5 chilies because of the deal I got plus I love the way it feels.
Strengths: Well built bike, comes with great components all the way around for the price. handles great quad link suspension with fox rp23 shock works really well. Hayes stroker brakes do an awesome job of stopping front and rear
Weaknesses: only problem i have found is 20mil front axle takes some work to pull out of rock shox fork. I have read other reviews where testers hit their knees on the quad link I have not had an issue with this when the seat is fully extended, with the seat dropped my knees rub the links if im sitting down, which isnt an issue since when the seat is dropped im standing up and desending or jumping
killer all mountain bike for the price, handles much better than bikes with single pivot rear suspension. It is a bit heavy for xc but still climbs really well for an all mountain bike. this bike can handle anything you throw at it, ive jumped big stuff on it and hammered rocky sections and it has held up well to the abuse. If you looking at a all mountain 5" travel bike i highly recommend checking out the marins
Strengths: Suspension design is incredible, climbs like a goat, heavy-duty craftsmanship, great components spec, feels much lighter than the scale says, THE COLOR IS KILLER!
Weaknesses: Crappy headset, fork plays a little and was cut too short for my liking, caliper post in brake came bent and Marin doesn't stock the part b/c it was a custom make for this bike, but, intentionally, there is little wrong here.
I've had both xc and freeride oriented Quad-Link bikes from Marin, and this thing is the perfect combination of pedaling efficiency and all-mountain plushness. I've even rocked older models of Marin's all-mountain suspensions, and while those bikes were killer at the time, they don't hold a candle to this. It feels about 5 pounds lighter on climbs and with the 67 degree headtube, it descends like a madman. It might be a little short on travel for big drops, but for the majority of the riding I do (Northeast roots, rocks and steep, technical climbs) I'm really happy with it, although Marin has been exceptionally slow sending out parts damaged in shipping. Drop the headset right away and ditch those bunk Marin lock-on grips for something a little more substantial and you'll be all set. 3200 is a lot to drop on a bike, but the pedaling efficiency and downhill prowess of this rig contend with anything from Cannondale, Giant, Specialized or Trek. They might be tough to find, but get a hold of the closest local dealer and they'll hook you up. Also, the color is as badass as it appears in the catalog. Enjoy!
Similar Products Used: '03 Marin Wolf Ridge, '05 Marin Alpine Trail, '06 Quake Al-7, '08 Marin Mount Vision, Jamis XAM
Bike Setup: Stock as listed except for a Synrcos Headset, Oury Grips, Truvativ Stylo AM 24/36 double crankset w/bash
a Cross Country Rider
from Bethlehem, Pa, USA
Date Reviewed: July 23, 2009
Strengths: Stiff Frame, Good Climber for a 6" travel Bike, Solid Handling
Weaknesses: Disc Brakes were not great
I absolutely loved this bike within the first 10 minutes of riding it and wished I could have taken it home. This may sound crazy but I may consider giving up my Fuel EX8 to have this bike. I really enjoyed my demo ride and I was amazed as how confident I felt on the Wolfridge.
from Golden, CO
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2009
Strengths: The Pike is great because you can change the travel, It's good for climbing and xc riding
Weaknesses: The swing arms bulky and hits your knees when you pedal over rough stuff, not a very good jumper but i only jumped it a couple of times because the next day i blizzard hit and i couldn't ride it in time before i returned it, needs bigger rotors
It's a heavy xc bike, and a ok jumper but for deceding it's fun, ok bike