Dirt Rag Magazine

First Impression: Marin Rocky Ridge 7.6

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Marin designed the 27.5-inch wheeled Rocky Ridge series for aggressive trail riders that prefer hardtails. There are certainly are lots of folks out there who prefer hardtails over full suspension for a multitude of reasons: lower initial purchase price, better parts spec at a similar price point, mechanical simplicity, or just riding style.

This is a lot of bike for $2,600. The stout aluminum frame offers all the latest standards we’ve come to expect, including a tapered headtube, ISCG mounts, internal dropper post routing and a 142×12 thru-axle. Interesting spec choices include a SRAM 1×10 drivetrain with X7 shifter and X9 Type 2, clutch-style rear derailleur. Crankset and chainguide are supplied by e*thirteen. Braking duties are assigned to SRAM’s four-piston Elixir 7 Trail units with tool-free reach adjustment. The inexpensive-but-excellent RockShox Revelation provides 130mm of travel up front. KS provides a Supernatural 125mm-travel dropper post with one of the more ergonomic remotes I’ve used.

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A less expensive Rocky Ridge7.4 model is available with the same frame and different components for $1,950.

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All built up, I was extremely stoked with the Rocky Ridge’s classy aesthetics. This mostly-black bike simply looks awesomely cohesive, with just enough red accents to keep things interesting. This design lends an air of sophistication that over-sells the asking price.

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In my first few rides aboard the Rocky Ridge, it was quickly apparent I was going to like this bike once I adjusted my timing back to riding a hardtail. Never ceases to amaze me just how different the timing is between suspension and rigid bikes.

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The Rocky Ridge is reasonably light at 27.4 lbs. Combine that with short 16.5-inch stays and a 43.5-inch wheelbase and you’ve got a pretty snappy feeling bike with enough stability from the 67.5-degree headtube angle and 12.7-inch bottom bracket height to provide confidence at speed and in the rough stuff.

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I’m looking forward to spending more quality time aboard the Rocky Ridge prior to the upcoming long-term review in a future issue of the magazine. Kudos to Marin for bringing yet another interesting trail hardtail to market. This bike shows a lot of promise.

 

 

 

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