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Mountain Bikes

Marin Wolf Ridge Pro

There are definitely arguments against the Marin Wolf Ridge Pro, but they’re largely superficial – and this, quite frankly, isn’t a beauty contest. Performance is paramount, and the Marin Wolf Ridge Pro has an insanely good feature in its R3act 2-Play rear end. The ride feel is a different take on any rear suspension we’ve ridden, and alongside the lateral compliance of the rear end, it makes for a ride that’s mind-blowing. It’s like riding a flying carpet as it swoops over roots and rocks with ease. It rides with a pleasant predictability on descents, adding confidence-inspiring stability and control. As it’s so balanced, you immediately feel at one with this bike. Fortunately, that plush downhill-focused performance comes at no cost to its climbing, which demonstrates great efficiency. Platform damping on the rear shock isn’t even necessary, and minimal pedal-induced, back-end movement is noticeable. The R3ACT design exemplifies something wholly new and shows how Marin have really pushed the envelope – it’s well-deserving of an award!

Weight: 14.27 kg | Price: € 8,999

About the Award

The Design & Innovation Award is both a seal of approval and the benchmark achievement for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. The Design & Innovation Award is more than just a title-giver or a round of applause for brands. It’s the definitive award that decisively tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching considered verdicts. This year once again saw select international journalists, professional test riders, and industry experts invest more than 6,000 hours of their time to partake in the DI.A process.