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SRAM’s new GX Eagle hasn’t been live for more than a day, but consumers are already benefitting. That is, if you’re planning to buy a new mountain bike any time soon. Just like any of the lower tier drivetrains, GX Eagle benefits from trickle down tech in a big way. Offering the full spread of 12 gears with a 10-50t cassette, GX Eagle brings the cost way down which allows bike manufacturers to offer very well equipped builds at (slightly) more attainable prices…

Along with a number of builds we’ve had to sit on due to the embargo of the GX Eagle group, Marin just announced the third model in their Wolf Ridge line up, the 8. Using the same R3ACT – 2Play suspension as the Wolf Ridge Pro and Wolf Ridge 9, the Wolf Ridge 8 drops the price to $5,199.99. The bike should be available later this summer along with the other two models.

Key frame highlights:

  • Full carbon fiber frame, developed with biometric data to localize weight on each size
  • Naild patent-pending R3ACT – 2 Play rear frame member
  • Trail geometry with a low BB height, 66.5° head tube angle, 435mm chainstays
  • 29” wheels, 160mm front and rear travel
  • Exclusively 1x drivetrains

Wolf Ridge 8 Specifications

  • SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain
  • RockShox Lyric RC & Monarch Debonair R suspension
  • Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3 rims
  • US MSRP $5199.99
Ibis Eagle XX1 shown, GX Eagle image coming soon.

Introduced last week, Ibis took the wraps off their new longer, slacker, and more capable Mojo HD4. But what they couldn’t disclose was the SRAM GX Eagle build and new shock (still embargoed). Speced with the Ibis 738 aluminum wheelset, the GX Eagle build will run $4,899, $700 more than the SRAM NX1 build.

Also introduced last week, the new Santa Cruz Nomad will have a GX Eagle equipped ‘S’ build kit coming in at $5,299. According to their bike builder, the Carbon C frame with the S build kit will come in about 31.4lbs which seems pretty reasonable for a 170mm travel bike with a middle of the road parts kit.

Expect many (all?) of your favorite companies to be specing a GX Eagle build in the near future. For the price and the performance, it seems like brands would be silly not to.

First Rides & Actual Weights – SRAM GX Eagle mountain bike group

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Comrad
Comrad
5 years ago

Someone please put those wolf ridges down.

edge
edge
5 years ago
Reply to  Comrad

Why the hate? Have you ridden one?

Motarded450
Motarded450
5 years ago

worst looking bike ever and yes, aesthetic matters

Tom
Tom
5 years ago
Reply to  Motarded450

So, you’ve never seen a Klein Mantra?!

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
5 years ago

It’s amazing that a bike that bad looking gets to production. Guessing someone of major influence pushed the design and anyone w/ design sense didn’t want to go against the grain.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/37738430/ns/business-autos/t/cars-we-loved-hate/#.WTmVxbVuB-g
http://www.caranddriver.com/news/pontiac-aztek-restyle-car-news

Antney
Antney
5 years ago

Right? That Wolf Ridge is so ugly it almost makes the new Nomad look a little better. Almost.

Dustin
Dustin
5 years ago
Reply to  Antney

That Nomad looks great in my opinion.

Antney
Antney
5 years ago
Reply to  Dustin

I greatly prefer the look of the previous version. I’m sure it rides great, but the new one looks like an e-bike to me. :0

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
5 years ago
Reply to  Antney

Wow, it totally has the look of an ebike. That is one silly, clunky, no style design. Marin needs some designers to make things look good not just work good.

Hmmm
Hmmm
5 years ago
Reply to  Maus Haus

Ewe mean work well?

Seraph
Seraph
5 years ago
Reply to  Maus Haus

Marin has very little say in what their bikes look like. Most of the design of those new FS bikes is entirely up to Polygon.

Padrote
Padrote
5 years ago
Reply to  Antney

“that bike is ugly” is the lowest level of bicycle commentary

Seraph
Seraph
5 years ago
Reply to  Padrote

Actually that honor is reserved for “looks like a Session”.

Tim
Tim
5 years ago

Yes, the Wolf Ridge is radically hideous. Enough to make me wary of buying it (if I were in a position to do so).

Justin Walsh
Justin Walsh
5 years ago

Call me crazy, but I like the look of the Marin.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
5 years ago
Reply to  Justin Walsh

If you want one wait a little bit until they go on close out, ouch. Initial reports it rides pretty sweet but it burns the eyes a little more then I’m comfortable with. Part of the fun for me is changing parts to make it perform better and customize the look when doing so. The Polygon version is way better for sure. http://www.polygonbikes.com/ww/bikes/description/2017-square-one-ex8

ELEVEN_g
5 years ago
Reply to  Maus Haus

Agreed, the Polygon is better, but that swingarm, man, it’s a dawg….

dustytires
5 years ago

You’re crazy Justin.

Aaron Hoppe
Aaron Hoppe
5 years ago

When did $5K become “affordable” for a bicycle?

ELEVEN_g
5 years ago
Reply to  Aaron Hoppe

About the time bikes over 10k hit the market…

Seraph
Seraph
5 years ago
Reply to  Aaron Hoppe

That’s a good price for a full carbon bike with name-brand suspension and 12-speed drivetrain.

Craig
Craig
5 years ago

I can’t deal with how ugly that Marin is. I used to be a fan of Marin and have owned a couple over the years but they just don’t seem to get it right with their full sus bikes. I cant see this being a success on the shop floors. “Oh but it rides great”, yeah maybe it does, but that’s what the guy also says who is selling the good looking bikes too. Guess which brand I’m gonna buy?

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