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Marin Wolf Ridge 8 29” Carbon Fiber Full Suspension Mountain Bike for $2519 (52% off from $5299.99) at Chain Reaction Cycles

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2019 Marin Wolf Ridge 8. MSRP: $5299.99. 47% off = $2799. Apply coupon code CLEAR10 for another 10% off for a total of $2519 (52% total savings). Shipping to SLC, UT, USA was about $64. https://www.chainreactioncycles.c...prod186789

All-mountain / enduro-level travel. Solid components overall. A few that stand out are the SRAM GX groupset, XT M8000 Shimano Hydraulic brakes, a RockShox Lyric RC fork and the KS Lev dropper (though this wouldn't be my first choice on a custom build).

Few things I would change if purchasing this bike: 1) Swap handlebars with a carbon bar for better compliance; 2) Setup wheels as tubeless. The wheels appear to be tubeless ready so it's an easy conversion; and 3) While I'm converting the wheels to tubeless, I would throw a Maxxis DHF up front and a Maxxis Aggressor on the rear.

Couldn't find many reviews of the 2019 model so I'm including links to the 2018 model. It doesn't look like there were any material changes (e.g. head angle, chainstay length or seat angle) year over year so the review should hold for the 19.

Review links:

https://www.mtbiking.com.au/bike/...lf-ridge-8

https://dirtmountainbike.com/bike...dozen.html

https://dirtragmag.com/articles/r...lf-ridge-8
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Code CLEAR10 takes another 10% off, bringing total to $2519, an all-time low (+ ~$65 for shipping). trying to convince wife to let me buy!
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CLEAR10 takes off another 10% (edit: beat me to it)
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Code CLEAR10 takes another 10% off, bringing total to $2519, an all-time low (+ ~$65 for shipping). trying to convince wife to let me buy!
Great catch. Updated title and description.
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Im confused with the size? Is this too big for 5"1'? Thank you
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Im confused with the size? Is this too big for 5"1'? Thank you
Small is listed as 5'3" to 5'6" which is the smallest size available through Chain.
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Im confused with the size? Is this too big for 5"1'? Thank you
A LOT of bikes will be too large for somebody 5' 1" inventory shows small is available but even that may be too large for 5'1"
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This is an OUTSTANDING deal for a GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain bike Enduro 160mm bike!

I live in the Midwest and have no need for this much bike but if I lived in the mountains and hit larger Enduro features I would be all over this bike.
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These are likely closeouts from the Performance Bike/ASI bankruptcy. Marin (the manufacturer) was never paid for that inventory, but it was allowed to be sold in a wholesale lot. It screwed over both Marin and their dealer network, unfortunately. Still an excellent bike, and Marin's designs have been excellent over the last few years
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Marin also manufactures a lot of their frames in Indonesia, so they have had a competitive advantage in the States avoiding tariffs.
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Anyone have an idea of how much a medium weighs? Couldn't find it on the site. Asking because this will be my winter commuter and then hit the mtn bike trails in the other seasons and I carry my road bike up stairs and need to be able to do so with this as well for it to work as my commuter.
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Anyone have an idea of how much a medium weighs? Couldn't find it on the site. Asking because this will be my winter commuter and then hit the mtn bike trails in the other seasons and I carry my road bike up stairs and need to be able to do so with this as well for it to work as my commuter.
The large is 13.5 kg or 29.8 pounds. It will be close to that but likely a titch lighter.
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Marin also manufactures a lot of their frames in Indonesia, so they have had a competitive advantage in the States avoiding tariffs.
About 80% of all bike frames are made by Kinisis in Taiwan. The China tariffs have had little to no impact on costs even with components made in mainland China.

OP wrote: "Few things I would change if purchasing this bike: 1) Swap handlebars with a carbon bar for better compliance"

Say what? Makes no sense. After breaking a carbon seat post on a Trek road bike, carbon fiber for seat posts and handle bars I avoid, especially since the weight difference is negligible.

Btw, Marin is a great company!
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Anyone have an idea of how much a medium weighs? Couldn't find it on the site. Asking because this will be my winter commuter and then hit the mtn bike trails in the other seasons and I carry my road bike up stairs and need to be able to do so with this as well for it to work as my commuter.
Full squish commuter bike? Umm, ok. Gravel/cyclocross bike is calling you. Then you won't be concerned about weight.
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About 80% of all bike frames are made by Kinisis in Taiwan. The China tariffs have had little to no impact on costs even with components made in mainland China.

OP wrote: "Few things I would change if purchasing this bike: 1) Swap handlebars with a carbon bar for better compliance"

Say what? Makes no sense. After breaking a carbon seat post on a Trek road bike, carbon fiber for seat posts and handle bars I avoid, especially since the weight difference is negligible.

Btw, Marin is a great company!
I find the carbon bars to be more forgiving/compliant in the terrain I ride. But to be fair, I don't have first-hand experience with a fiber break thus far—knock wood. I might change my tune if that happened.
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