Marin Wolf Ridge 6.8 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.25/5 (8 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Shift Lever: Shimano SLX, 2 Way Release, 9 Speed
  • Brakes Rear: Hayes Stroker Trail Hydraulic Disc with V6 Rotor
  • Pedals: Shimano M424 Clipless
  • Chain: SRAM PC-951
  • Rims: Mavic EN-321, 32 Hole Disc

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ivan

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2013

Strengths:    Fast descender,tough bike,good riding position and geometry.

Weaknesses:    Heavy,support from Marin is not very good (neded new bearings but payed for them on the end (130 $ ) .

Bottom Line:   
Good bike with good parts(i've upgraded all but crankset and wheels). Love the way how it feels on trail,climbing is easy when you lock both suspensions,put 160 mm fork in from (LYrik ) so it takes bigger hits too.Bit low BB so i hit rocks when pedalling (i ride on bit rocky terrain and in woods so bit hard to save pedals in good condition :) This is very good bike for AM-enduro riding,i also do some XC riding.You can also hit drops of 4-5 foot with no problem.Only thing better could be rear shock with longer stroke,but when you pump it on bigger pressure 1 bar then FOX recomends,works great.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gvs_nz a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2013

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   3 years.

Similar Products Used:   Reign
Meta 5
Meta 6

Bike Setup:   High volume RT3
Rev 150 or EXM 150 or Float 140

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by avishade 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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Krisbohm a Racer from Antelope, Ca

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2010

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

Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   pioneer trail, grass vally

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   2009 cannondale rize 5

Bike Setup:   all stock swapped out stock seat post for a crank bros joplin 4

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dieseldog a Cross Country Rider from Collegeville, PA

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2009

Strengths:    The quad link system is the laterally stiffest frames I've ridden. Really eliminates rider induced movement in the linkage if the rider stays seated.

Weaknesses:    For the price point the headset was sub par but other than that, very solid parts mix.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a solid all-mountain bike or a beefier trail bike, you can't go wrong here.

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Favorite Trail:   Merli Sarnowski

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth Moment, Giant AC2, Trek Liquid, 05 Wolf Ridge, Santa Cruz Nomad.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for King headset and upgraded to the lighter Nevegals in 2.35.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DoctorMike a Racer from Danbury, CT

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2009

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.

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mountain, Peekskill NY

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Doctor Mike's Mobile

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

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cgirou 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Lehigh University

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Demo Ride from Marin

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper, Trek Fuel EX8 (Current ride), Giant Trance

Bike Setup:   Stock as it was from a Marin Rep

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bcolburn a Downhiller 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

Bottom Line:   
It's a heavy xc bike, and a ok jumper but for deceding it's fun, ok bike

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Favorite Trail:   The Blvd. In Winter Park

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   Demoed at The Bike S

Similar Products Used:   Treck Remedy, Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Stock

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