Marin Wolf Ridge All Mountain Full Suspension

4.52/5 (23 Reviews)
MSRP : $2400.00


Product Description

  • Front Hub
  • Shimano XT
  • Front Derailleur
  • Hope Hydraulic Disc
  • Shimano Deore 32 Hole Disc


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RealCautin a Racer from Lakewood, CO

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2012

Strengths:    Suspension design, durability, low price, comfortable.

Weaknesses:    No protection (protector) against chain slap for rear swing arm.

Bottom Line:   
I've owned/ridden/raced many bikes from singlespeed to hard tails to 29ers up to 6" full suspension trail bikes. In the process, I've always had more than two bikes in my stable. Bikes and fades come and go, but the only bike I've kept all the time is my Marin Wolf Ridge QUAD TARA. This is the bike I would keep 'till I die if I had to choose just one. It climbs like no other thanks to it's floating pivot point suspension. You can set it to 4" travel for XC racing, 5" for technical trail without affecting its climbing ability or even 6" for all mountain riding with some medium size drops (up to 5 ft). I have no idea how many miles I've put on this bike, I've ridden it in all kinds of terrain, weather and situation, it's been even ridden a few times in waist deep water, not to mention snow, sand, dirt, rocks, mud, roots, sub zero temperatures, marathon races, 100+ miles epic rides..... everywere! The suspension bearings have never been serviced but there is still no need to do it. They are smooth and thight just as they were the first day. I could spend all day writing about this bike but the weather is gorgeous out there and I'm going out for a ride! I woud recomend this bike to anyone looking for an all around bike but unfortunately, since it's an old model it's becoming harder to find. There are more modern and expensive bikes now days, but since their performance is almost the same I wouldn't spend thousands of dollars just for the looks ;-)

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Favorite Trail:   Apex Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Bob's Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Giant, Kona, Intense, BMC, Santa Cruz...

Bike Setup:   TALAS 130mm, full XTR group.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gladegp a Downhiller from Norway

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2011

Strengths:    Stable and solid, fun downhill, nice geometry

Weaknesses:    Heavy frame (3.7 kg with shock and maxle), some pedal feedback in grannyring, 1 1/8" headtube

Bottom Line:   
Nice bike for people liking a slacker geometry, nice and solid bike, used it in bikeparks and local trails. You'll have heaps of fun on this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $349.00

Purchased At:   Bought the frame sep

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z1, RP23, Hope Pro II, Stans Flow, Juicy 5, SLX/XT/XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bertfull a Weekend Warrior from Hampton

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2010

Strengths:    Frame. Launched it from several drops more than six feet without failure. Lands smooth. Great all around bike.

Weaknesses:    Price.

Bottom Line:   
Great price...wish they were less expensive.

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Favorite Trail:   Freedom Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Giant, GT, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Fox Floats up front. Gravity Dropper. Otherwise fairly stock.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by The Diesel a Weekend Warrior from Ringwood NJ

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2009

Strengths:    NONE!!!!

Weaknesses:    Frame period. To weak for serious all mountain riding.I only wiegh 185 pounds and I broke the frame twice never got more than a year out of a frame set at 6 inches.Wore out pivots in one year

Bottom Line:   
Broke two frames in two years. Im 48 years old dont jump more than 3 feet max.The cracks would occur all the way around the down tube right at the shock mount twice.Ive been riding for 16 years have built 4 different bikes always used fox settings for my wieght and ability.Marin said I ran to low an air pressure I always rode with a shock pump and watched my o ring I told them no way.They made me a deal and gave me the new design quad tara with the rp 23 shock for 200 dollars.Bottom line if you ride trails with alot rocks at high speeds dont get this frame. The Giant riegn x blows this frame away. Also the new wolf ridge does not peform as well as the old wolf ridge. IT has shorter travel feel and tracks like crap.I ride 3 times a week get something that can handle the abuse

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Favorite Trail:   The Monster at Blue Mountain

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Adrenaline Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Giant Riegn x, Rocky Mountain Element

Bike Setup:   Marzoccchi z1 freeride 150mm fork,race face cranks,bar seat post,shimano xtr brakes,cross max rims,2.35 nevegals tubeless

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nuel a Downhiller from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2009

Strengths:    Suspension system, Quad just amazing on rough terrain.

Weaknesses:    Wheelset and brakes, too weak for all mountain rides.

Bottom Line:   
Love the frames and suspension, rides like longer travel bikes, climbed great, and looks cool because you hardly see any body rides one.
This is my second Marin Quad Tara, get one while they are still available, and it's cheaper and better then other top bikes out there.

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Favorite Trail:   Bootleg Canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Similar Products Used:   Custom built 04 Marin Quad Tara, custom built 07 Cannondale Prophet.

Bike Setup:   Switch to Mavic 823 wheelsets and Shimano XT brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KiltedOne a Weekend Warrior from Innerleithen, Scotland

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2009

Strengths:    Strength to weight ratio, Maxle front and rear, Hope hubs, Quad 2.0, Descends like a bigger bike, climbs like a smaller bike!

Weaknesses:    Weight compared with other 140mm bikes(but really more like a 160mm bike), Air U-turn Pike lacked feel, Gravity BB died after 6 months winter/spring UK grit and grime.

Bottom Line:   
Initial impressions were of a tremendously capable bike being hampered by a lack of feel and in my view travel at the front end. With the upgrade to a 66SL set to 160mm this bike really came alive. (Notice the 2009 Attack trail uses a 160mm RS Lyrik....)
The Quad 2.0 is fantastic, and feels like far more than 140mm, however still maintains that "snap" of a shorter travel bike. With the seat up it climbs fantastically finding grip where there is none although to completely eliminate pedal bob you will need to use the RP23's propedal.
This bike is really all about the descending though. Drop the seat and it feels like a mini DH/SS bike and the Maxles mean it is absolutely flex free. It really encourages you to ride aggressively, shaming bikes with far more travel at both ends.
If you compare the bikes weight with other 140mm bikes it is definately on the portly side, but this does not take into account the way the bike rides. I would definately compare it to 160mm+ bikes for a more equal ride comparison. Further more, there is some easy weight saving to be made if you require. I dropped a pound just by changing the OE seatpost/saddle combo.
All in all the perfect bike for my local trails(Innerleithen/Glentress/Uplifts etc), and its booked in for the Passportes and a week in the Alps this summer.

All in all I can't recommend this bike enough.

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Favorite Trail:   Kiroughtree

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1899.00

Purchased At:   Edinburgh Bike Co-Op

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Pitch, Kona Magic Link

Bike Setup:   Stock Marin Wolf Ridge 2008 Upgraded with: Marzocchi 66SL, SRAM X.0, SLX double chainset, SRAM DH 11-26 cassette, KMC SL chain, SDG saddle/seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thv3 a Weekend Warrior from Innerleithen, UK

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2009

Strengths:    Strength to weight ratio, Spec, 20mm front and 12mm rear maxle, Hope hubs, Stroker trail brakes, Quad 2.0 suspension platform, Fox RP23 to eliminate any bob when required.

Weaknesses:    Not the lightweight choice, Pike Air U-Turn lacked feel(I got one of the first into the UK and it should have had a Pike coil), Gravity BB died after 6 months UK grit and mud.

Bottom Line:   
Initial impressions were of a tremendously capable bike being hampered by a lack of feel and in my view travel at the front end. With the upgrade to a 66SL set to 160mm this bike really came alive. (Notice the 2009 Attack trail uses a 160mm RS Lyrik....)
The Quad 2.0 is fantastic, and feels like far more than 140mm, however still maintains that "snap" of a shorter travel bike. With the seat up it climbs fantastically finding grip where there is none although to completely eliminate pedal bob you will need to use the RP23's propedal.
This bike is really all about the descending though. Drop the seat and it feels like a mini DH/SS bike and the Maxles mean it is absolutely flex free. It really encourages you to ride aggressively, shaming bikes with far more travel at both ends.
If you compare the bikes weight with other 140mm bikes it is definately on the portly side, but this does not take into account the way the bike rides. I would definately compare it to 160mm+ bikes for a more equal ride comparison. Further more, there is some easy weight saving to be made if you require. I dropped a pound just by changing the OE seatpost/saddle combo.
All in all the perfect bike for my local trails(Innerleithen/Glentress etc), and its booked in for the Passportes and a week in the Alps this summer. YEAH HAH!

All in all I can't recommend this bike enough.

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Favorite Trail:   Kiroughtree

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Edinburgh Bike Co-Op

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Pitch, Kona Magic Link etc.

Bike Setup:   Stock UK 2008 upgraded with: Marzocchi 66SL, Sram X.0, SDG saddle + seatpost, Wellgo MG1, Shimano SLX Double chainset, SRAM 11-26 DH cassette, KMC SL Chain.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ova de barz a Weekend Warrior from South Yorks UK

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2008

Strengths:    OK, I have had this bike for most of the Spring: it's the new 2008 140mm AM range model, and it does do what Marin promise.
I too sold an SX to get this bike. For an XC bike it's got amazing performance on the downs. drops 2 ft to flat no problems, moderate jumps no worries. The quad suspension climbs very very well indeed. Nice and stiff frame.


Weaknesses:    I've bust 3 sets of Pike forks, incl. an upgrade pair. I'm not abusing the bike, these forks are rubbish. Everytime they get wet the travel adjust breaks. I've had coil pikes before, these air forks are pathetic: poor progression, shabby build and spike on drops unless set up very carefully

Bottom Line:   
It does ride AM. It is light enough for big climbs. (just, and you may want some lighter tyres) I like the white bars / rims.
It is a good buy (as opposed to hand made frame sets), the frame warranty Marin offer still exists to original owners.

You cant quite do what you can do on a SX, I'm no FR legend and I need all the help I can get out on the trails. Think aggressive XC / AM (i.e most UK trails) as opposed to bike parks.

I think this is an ideal UK all day bike. A brave change by Marin, from a high up bounce along the trail full suspension ride of times gone by to an aggressive low slung all day AM machine that is a lot faster then you think both up and down.


Beware the fork....

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Favorite Trail:   local trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   local LBS

Similar Products Used:   SX, VT, Enduro, PRST 4.

Bike Setup:   upgraded fork to Magura Thor. ( best AM fork you can get IMO), upgraded brakes to Hope M4 (better, but for the cost so they should be!) Time freeride Z pedals (just cant get on with cranks bros... cant get in.. time much better)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by glen a Weekend Warrior from London, United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2008

Strengths:    Light, well specced, well balanced, good for uphill, great for downhill, Life time warranty on pivots and bearings, Hope Hubs. Front and rear Maxel quick release.

Weaknesses:    Fat grips,

Bottom Line:   
This bike feels amazing, I was riding a Specialized Sx Trail before this but wanted to be able to ride uphill. With the seat up it peadals well and does not feel heavy, drop the seat and the ride position feels similar to my SX Trail, and that bike was great for fast downhill runs. This bike has great components and looks cool too. The Rock Shox Pike 426 is a lot fiddlier than the Fox 36 Van R, but the U Turn and Lock out make it much friendlier for going uphill.

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Favorite Trail:   Cwmcarn

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3600.00

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Cannodale Prophet 2

Bike Setup:   Stock 2008 Marin Wolf Ridge.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xchaotic a Cross Country Rider from West Yorkshire

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2008

Strengths:    I bought the bike thanks to the reviews submitted here and it delivers on it's promises! Floats smoothly through any kind of terrain, and climbs like a hardtail due to great combination of rear Fox Float RP23 with ProPedal and quad-link suspension. Steers easily, brakes on rough slopes with a touch of a single finger... and it's still lighter than my previous cheap hardtail! I could go on, but to sum it up, I can highly recommend it to anyone who considers switching from hardtail to a proper all-mountain machine.

Weaknesses:    Some say it's got too wide handle bars - to me it's an advantage and fits my arms perfectly.

Bottom Line:   
Great all-mountain bike! Climbs quickly, descents even quicker.

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Favorite Trail:   Hellhole Rocks

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Blazing Saddles

Similar Products Used:   None, only various hardtails, road bikes etc.

Bike Setup:   Stock Marin Wolf Ridge 2007

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aran a Weekend Warrior from RSM, CA

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2007

Strengths:    The suspension is sweet. I have not been able to bottom it out, although you'll never see me getting more than 4' of air. The suspension also works great climbing, which is the strength of the VPP. It rolls over bumps so well. And the frame looks so beefy, yet it weighs in around 30 lbs.
The RP23 rear shock works great. It must have magic in the air chamber.
I really cant believe how happy I am with this bike. I used to make fun of guys on Marins. Now look at me.
Also love the Race V saddle.


Weaknesses:    I cant sleep with her. She spends too much time in the garage alone and not out in the dirt where she belongs. There is brake jacking, but not as bad as my last bike.

Bottom Line:   
It was a cheaper VPP bike, yet nothing about it is cheap. It climbs so well with active suspension while climbing. Standing while climbing doesnt do much if you dont overweight the backend.
Bumps and jumps dont scare this beast either. And the fact that I'm able to keep up with the group even though most ride lighter bikes is a tribute to the frame, not me.
All the parts that came on the bike work good. Will upgrade shifters someday. The HFX 9 brakes work well.
The only complaint is the rear dllr cable. It runs the whole length to the back. That affected shifting till i poured oil down the housing. now works great, but i'd rather not have to do that.

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Favorite Trail:   The GOOSE

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Adrenaline Bikes

Similar Products Used:   KHS FXT Pro, Trek 8900, SC Superlight

Bike Setup:   Fox Float RL, RP23, XT rr dllr, Deore fnt dllr, LX shifters, FSA stem, post, bars, firex cranks, nevegal 2.35 tires, forte terramax wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh Fetter a Cross Country Rider from Springfield MO, USA

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2007

Strengths:    Climbing is flippin awsome, this bike will climb a wall- I swear... handles awsome, don't mind being a little high centered, a couple of rides & was used to it & flyin, handles everything I through at it, efficient on progressive setting or not, best bike ever!

Weaknesses:    only thing, wtb rear hub, can't adj.. thats it!

Bottom Line:   
This bike is soo fly, love it! enjoyed every ride, pushed it hard freeridin- no prob, feels soooo light, loved my heckler but this bike blows it away! Get some 2.5s run about 20 lbs, & scream down some hills! Ohh yea , great bike & looks great too, best color-has to be seen in person. Thank you Marin! Buy this bike if you love to be in the woods, want to get up the hills w/ease & love flyin down the otherside, you can cross country race it too.

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Favorite Trail:   Chadwick

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Queen CIty Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Heckler W/5th element, Jamis Dakar Expert(not comparable)

Bike Setup:   Stock, except tires-IRC TrailBear 2.5- a must for ozark loose rocks!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cgrocho a Weekend Warrior from Glendale, CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2007

Strengths:    Incredible climber
Light, stiff, very plush
easily adjustable travel
RP3 shock


Weaknesses:    attn to detail in a couple areas
blows through travel at 6"


Bottom Line:   
400 for this frame with an RP3... what a steal. As others have said, this thing really stays planted on the climbs. The quasi-VPP suspension design is top notch. It does blow through the mid-part of its travel easily if not set up just right. I keep it at 6", even at that it's very efficient. As far as descending - I'll never have the cojones to do what this bike is capable of. I will say that the rear brake mount was finished sloppily and the derailleur hanger is cheesy (attaches with 2 screws), but they got the important things right on this frame in a big way. I'll put its performance up against any big-bucks boutique bike any day. BTW I am 5'11" and the 17 inch fits me perfectly.

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Favorite Trail:   Santa Ana River Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Bob's on eBay

Similar Products Used:   Giant VT1, Jamis XLT

Bike Setup:   Sherman Firefly+ 110-150mm, SRAM X9 drivetrain (gripshift), Laserdisc lites on Mavic 819s, Avid mech disks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jerzy like new jersey a Weekend Warrior from usa/poland

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2007

Weaknesses:    high center of grvty. lack of image. poor stock wtb wheels.
cheap std cassette.


Bottom Line:   
Swapped all parts i dislike. bought wolf with customizing on mind. x.o./x9 drive witha a 9.0 cassette, nicer wheels and better cockpit plus different pedals made this bike fly.
Very efficient, climber (i did alps) but sketch in twisty due to high ctre of gravty. (they sell a lovering lit in UK). Once mastered, unbeatable. I worked as a bike mag tester for yrs....still love my rig, evnthou i ride hndreds of testers. love full adjstbiltity -talas and tara allow me to compete in xc/marathon and do ocassional en/am/dh stuff. Underestimated in us, praised in uk, reasonable buy. Much stiffer than santas......

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   bicyclebuys

Similar Products Used:   yeti 575, teocali super, blur lt, ac1, turenr5spot, cake, phase1, grand marquise, mkIII, Eli, and more

Bike Setup:   non stock drvtrn -x.o./x9. mavic 517 on xt hubs, carbon fsa over bar, accent stem, nevegalstick-e, rest 2004stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jason a Weekend Warrior from Bradford, UK

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2006

Strengths:    Value

Weaknesses:    Just a Marin

Bottom Line:   
Returned to MTB's 15mths ago(motorbikes). 04 Rock Springs 11 mths then upgraded to this in June. The only thing this lacks is boutique cache.. From local rides to Jacobs Ladder, Kirroughtree, Mabie, Dalbeattie and Ae forest, the only weak link is the size of my balls. The adjustable travel is pointless but i won't hold that against it. Looks purposefull in anodised black and gives me the confidence to try almost anything, All Mountain bike for normal trail riders, be honest with yourself....

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1750.00

Purchased At:   Aire Valley

Similar Products Used:   04 Marin Rock Springs

Bike Setup:   Standard

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