Marin Bikes Quake 7.9 - Interbike 2009

Oct 9, 2009
by Tyler Maine  




Marin Quake 7.9:
-Small, Medium and Large sizing
-180mm Quad Link 2.0 suspension platform
-150x12mm MAXLE Drop outs
-6061 Aluminum frame
-RockShox suspension
-Full SAINT drive train and brakes
-1.5" internal headset
-More leg clearance due to slimmer frame
-64.5 degree head tube
-uninterrupted seat tube for full length posts


Please visit www.marinbikes.com/2010/ to learn more about the whole 2010 Marin bike's line up or visit madmarchracing.com to find out about a demo nearest you.


69 Comments

  • + 13
 i don't usually like marins but that looks mean!
  • + 18
 I love Marin bikes and they just got even better
  • + 3
 looks like a lovely bike, n specced real well
  • + 8
 Thats Awesome!! I'm off to earn some money, bye Beer
  • + 3
 u seen the DH version????
  • + 0
 rode it at interbike, pretty nice. id just never buy one with actually money. but there cool
  • + 2
 looks beast
  • + 2
 domino, yea check my albums. it was at otter
  • + 8
 Does all the freeride and DH stuff like a beast... and then it'll turn around and climb like a goat.
10 year warranty..
My 08 7.3 (slightly different from stock is 39lbs)
Never feels like it bottoms out when you max the supsension.
Been selling them since 2006 -- they rock!!!
Been selling other bikes with around the same amount travel --- Marin's design has them licked.
  • + 3
 metalmike (3 hours ago) (Below Threshold) show comment
"I live in Marin County....we all know something you guys don't. Marin is OUT!!!!"

I am confused here, does living in Marin County change the way the bike rides? I live in Canada and I think it rides great...
  • + 2
 people say: "it looks heavy" -- don't know, what's heavy?

50lbs?

I had the 2007 7.2 -- beefed it up with Saint cranks, heavy duty Michelin tires, sorta heavy Kaprun wheels -- it was 42lbs.

My 2008 7.3 is only slightly modified from stock and it's dead-even on 39lbs (with Time Z pedals).

whatever weight you think that it, light or heavy, it never feels heavy when you're riding it.

and I'll say it again, it climbs like a goat - I have to say, I have had at least 15 or 16 different full squish bikes with around 6 to 7 inch travel - none of them come even close as far as climbing goes. And it matches or beats the rest in all the other FR depts. Throw a dual crown fork on it, you'll give all those big hit DH rigs a run for their money.
  • - 1
 wow 15-16 bikes oO must of had some right shitters to get thru that many
  • + 2
 Pininator, I have raced mine a few times. Super stiff through corners and the pedaling really cuts times down. I wish it had a bit more travel, hence why I got the 8" link from Shaums March. I have not been able to try it with the link yet but I cannot wait.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the reply! Our shop carries them, but we only stock their road and hybrid bikes. They definitely have a good reputation from our experiences with them. If only they'd send a demo for us to try...*sigh*
  • + 1
 hey eric. post some pics of that link bro..i would liked to see how he did it.by the way u no anyone that wants a 2fourtythree?
  • + 5
 It looks really good but the center of gravity is a bit high, just my opinion, probably rides like a beast though.
  • + 0
 That's one of the biggest B.S. things that companies/people say. Think about it. How much do you weigh and how much does the bike weigh? It's ~ a 20:1 ratio. So moving linkage and shock bits around the front triangle isn't going to change ANYTHING in regards to COG. Now, for a motorcycle, it's different...
  • + 1
 The closer the CoG is to the same level the bb and the axles are, the easier the bike will transfer weight. And yes CoG matters because you are shifting the bike under yourself, the lower the weight is on the bike, the easier it will be for your to tip the bike from side to side. That is a fact.
  • + 1
 looks like head angles are geting lower and lower over the years... Barels bike Mondraker with 60 degrees head angle, freeride bikes like that Marin with 64.5 degrees, almost the same of a Intense M6... looks like the trails are geting more dificult than ever and bike geometry is geting more futuristic...
  • + 1
 Pininator, Order one up for the shop man, it will definately be worth it. I came into my shop one day looking for a new frameset and no real idea on what I wanted. I took my buddies for a ride and ordered one up I liked it that much. Now 2 seasons later, and a bunch of parts, its spec'ed way more DH than before and still pedals really well. I absolutely love the bike cant think of anything else I would trade it on.
  • + 1
 Not trying to sound like a prick, but curious how many of you that love your Marin race dh? I've been pondering one for a while and haven't really seen many in this area, so I haven't been able to get much feedback. Thanks!
  • + 2
 i do and i love it..i have been a few seconds faster on this bike then i was with others
  • + 1
 Thanks! Interesting to hear for sure. I'm sure it can't be too bad if Shaums had input in the R&D.
  • + 1
 i love my marin..i rode one at a demo, came home and sold my socom and my custom felt redemption to get this bike.built mine from frame up.i got on my friends 88 and i got right back on mine..im waiting to see about the team d/h..but any ways these bikes ride so good..im very happy with mine..
  • + 1
 if shaums march says it rips. im giong to believe it. i use to ride with him, well following his dust, in santa barbara. this guy has been on a lot of bikes and he is real when it come to what he thinks about bikes. he has road for schwinn, ellsworth, chumba, norco and now marin. marin bikes rip. get over the looks . you cant see it when your on it haha.FYI the suspension design is a vpp and how the swing arm is so high, hardly any chain slap like the santa cruz bikes and intense bikes.
  • + 3
 I wish they could do a little refinement on the bike. A little refining would make it more refined. Maybe when they refine it I will buy the refined one.
  • + 1
 my only 'beef' (not that it's a real knock against the design) just a little undecided about the taper'd headtube but hey, --- the bicycle industry always copies the motorcycle industry -- they're doing it so I guess it'll stick.

I guess I just wish there was more sellection as far as headsets and bearings.
  • + 1
 i wouldnt trade my marin for anything, except maybe an evil or session 88, but even then i i would have a hard tme doing so. the quake is a efing champ and if i do get a new bike it just might be this
  • + 4
 looks better than a few months ago at sea otter!
  • + 1
 wow thats exactly what I thought when I first saw it!
  • + 0
 marin's always getting better..one of the few companies that has a unique rear suspension design that really works...this one with only 180mm beats the crap out of +200mm bikes. the same goes with the attack trail with only 140mm versus others with 160mm
:amen:Big Grin
  • + 1
 Hey felt20, its on my bike already so I dont know how good of a shot I can get.
Basically it looks like they just moved the shock mount location back about 1/4" or so. its a pretty tight fit down there now.
  • + 1
 I wouldnt trade my 7.3 for anything. The bike does everything, and doesnt feel like a wet noodle doing it. I cannot praise that frame enough, kick ass design guys!! I cannot wait for the Quad DH.
  • + 1
 yer man i agree
  • + 1
 just got a 2009 7.9 with full saint and went directly to whistler for 3 days! if you could only have one bike, this is it. 40.12lbs bone stock. corners like crazy and feels like a dh rig on big hits.
  • + 3
 lush bike, hopefully will drop in price soon as da 010 bikes hit da market Big Grin
  • + 1
 I haven't personally seen the Quake slammin' pure DH around these parts -- but the one I have seen on-line, I think all of them were set up with dual crown forks: 888, Boxxer and the 40's.
  • + 0
 I rekon it looks pretty ace, and you all seem to love the sus! Don't you think though, that its all set too high within the frame? I mean if im chattering downhill at a rate, i want the weight at my pedals not at my thighs! Maybe its better for hucking and jumping. Id love to ride one adn see what all the fuss is about
  • + 1
 Marin has never been that big in the states, considering they kept advertising they were among the first originators of the MTB.
  • + 1
 My Marin Quake 7.9 weights 36 pounds with air suspension and tubeless. Definately a versatile ride. Check them out at Venture Gear in Kelowna, BC.
  • + 1
 it looks sick and lots of ground clearance probably do some huge drops on that and never bottom out and short wheel base to so tricks should be pretty easy to!
  • + 1
 can u buy these in whistler? im going there in the coming summer and am after one of these, any help would be great
  • + 1
 nohypebikes, oh yeah that bike loves Whistler. We spend a week there every year, absolutely perfect for it.
  • + 1
 I am sure that Marin makes a great bike but I can't get over the way they look.
  • + 2
 marin are just the sweetest bikes and just got better to
  • + 2
 with all that linkage it must be pretty heavy? anyone know?
  • + 2
 4 posts up the guy says probably about 39lbs
  • + 2
 when will we see the DH version?
  • + 1
 Comeing from a guy who rides a stinky Marins are such good bikes it such a shame that everyone takes them on face vaule
  • + 2
 Like I said, I am sure they are great bikes. Leave my poor old bike outta this!
  • + 1
 lol
  • + 1
 Holy cow Shaums, less talking and more riding please!
  • + 1
 Beastly machine!! Looks like it could transform into a tank. Razz
  • + 1
 its soooo nice and improved this year... and so is the price :S
  • + 2
 looking good
  • + 1
 i just got one! hella siiick!
  • + 1
 it looks really sick with a coil shock
  • + 1
 Looks Sick! Not too different from my 09Quake 7.3
  • + 0
 Reminds me of the Cannondale Prophet design. Why wouldn't the video show how capable the bike is? Anyone?
  • + 1
 Sweet, I am going to consider this bike for my next purchase! Epic Bike!
  • + 1
 that bike would be nice with a downhill setup
  • + 1
 How much is the new frame supposed to weigh?
  • + 1
 i am so getting one of these...
  • + 1
 nice bike
  • + 1
 180mm thats great
  • + 1
 nice bike man
  • + 1
 quaaaake
  • + 1
 prtty sick frame
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