Just wondering if anyone has any first hand experience with the Rift Zone 3. Theres lots of reviews for other bigger or more popular brands. Marin seems to get lost in the shuffle. I have a Kona already so I will say I’m a fan of less mainstream brands. I’m looking for something to compliment my fat bike for the summer months. We are pretty flat here in Minnesota, so I dont need much travel. Any input would be appreciated positive or negative. Thanks!
The short-travel progressive-geometry 29er is definitely the way to go and the Marin Rift Zone 3 looks like a pretty good bike. Also check out the Ibis Ripley, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Norco Optic, and Norco Fluid FS. For bike in the $2500-$3000 price range, you want to try to get the best fork possible. Avoid the Rock Shox Recon fork. The Marzocchi Bomber is a good fork and is actually made by Fox.