Marin Rift Zone 27.5 (formerly called the Hawk Hill) series
If you’re looking for a fun and capable trail bike that won’t break your budget, look at these Marins.
The first one is Marin’s Rift Zone 1 full suspension trail bike. It’s a gas to ride, comes with some pretty great parts and is all yours for around $1700.
So what do you get for your money? You get a playful and tough design that you’ll love to take on twisty and technical singletrack trails. You get a trail bike with 120mm of suspension travel (front and back). You get the RockShox Recon air-sprung fork with adjustable spring rate, rebound and a lock-out switch. A bike that rolls on 27.5″ wheels shod with Vee Crown Gem tires and a Shimano Deore 1 x 10 drivetrain. There’s Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and cartridge sealed bearings in the headset, bottom bracket, frame pivots and wheels.
If you’ve been looking for a full suspension bike under $2000 you’ve probably found a lot of heavy bikes out there with at least one component or design element that looks a little suspect. Maybe you’ve found used full suspension bikes that were a whole bunch of worn-out parts rolling around on ten-year old suspension designs. Worse than those, you probably found new bikes that were basically down-spec’d race bikes that were no fun to play around on and too heavy to actually race.
This Marin will beat all of those “options” with great handling, fresh design, outstanding components and light weight (the medium size bike weighs 29lbs).
As for the second option, if you’d like a dropper seatpost and a few more component upgrades, consider the Hawk Hill 2, it has some nice extras and still comes in under $2000.
A trademark dispute in Europe has led Marin to rename these bikes as “Rift Zone 27.5” instead of having different labels on their American bikes. Whatever the name, they’re still the same amount of fun.
Stop looking for your next trail bike. You’ve just found the ones you’ll like best.