First Look: Marin Rift Zone Carbon

Introducing the all-new Marin Rift Zone Carbon

Consisting of two models, the Rift Zone Carbon 1 and Rift Zone Carbon 2, they expand the Rift Zone line to provide higher-spec models for the discerning mountain biker.

Marin’s Rift Zone line up received a complete makeover going into the 2020 model year. Following industry trends, Marin gave these bikes updated geometry along with an all-new monocoque carbon front triangle. Designed to deliver on performance while being easy on the wallet, the Rift Zone Carbon is a stand out bike in its category. 

Model: Marin Rift Zone Carbon 2 – Category: Trail – Tire Size: 29” – Travel: 125mm/130mm – Price: $4399

Two carbon models are available using the same frame but differ when it comes to spec. Starting at $3499, riders can have a Shimano SLX, 12-speed bike with a Marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork and 4 piston brakes. Additionally, the entry-level carbon model receives a Deity handlebar along with an aftermarket PNW dropper post lever.

Model: Marin Rift Zone Carbon 1

Marin Rift Zone Carbon Highlights:

•High modulus carbon fiber monocoque front triangle, delivering the lightest, most-capable Rift Zone that we have ever made.

•Enhanced Series 4 aluminum swingarm. Modeled after the Alpine Trail’s swingarm, with oversized bearings and a locking collet main pivot to deliver the smoothest and most durable performance.

•Integrated rubber downtube protector, built to withstand whatever the trail may dish out.

•Modern geometry. Sharing the same progressive numbers as the 2020Rift Zone alloy models, with a 65.5° headtube angle, 76° seat tube angle, 425mm chainstays, and 480mm reach (size L).

•Dropper post optimization to let the rider run longer than stock posts if desired.

•Threaded bottom bracket and ISCG05 tabs.•130mm front/125mm rear travel

Marin Rift Zone Carbon Geometry

Marin designed the Rift Zone line up to bring fun and playfulness to every trail. Exactly what a rider might expect from a short travel 29er trail bike. For the full review on Marin’s Rift Zone Carbon 2 model keep an eye out for an upcoming issue of Mountain Bike Action magazine.  Until then find more details at


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