Interbike 2008 - Marin Quake 7.9

Sep 30, 2008 at 23:19
by Mike Levy  
The Quake 7.9 is Marin's big travel freeride bike that is versatile enough to pedal to the goods if you need to. With it's unique Quad Link 2.0 suspension and a full Saint parts kit the 7.9 deserves a closer look!

Watch the HD Video inside and get to know the Quake 7.9!Marin Quake 7.9

Marin's long travel machine strikes an imposing stance when you first lay eyes on it. With a super solid and burly looking swingarm, a 1.5" headtube, and finished in dark gray anodizing, the 7.9 looks like it's traveled back from the future to kick some ass and take some names. Earlier we looked at Marin's Wolf Trail 6.8, now it's time took have a gander at it's long travel brother.

Marin Quake 7.9

Marin Quake 7.9




The Quake 7.9 is a deep bike, get to know it better by watching the video!


At the heart of the Quake is its Quad Link 2.0 suspension. A 4-bar linkage system originally designed by a former F1 genius, Quad Link is used throughout Marin's full suspension line-up and can be manipulated to work with shorter travel rigs like the 4" Alchemist, up to the 6.7" Quake that we're checking out here. Using two short links lets Marin keep the rear end stiff while enabling them to tune both the shock rate and wheel path.

Early into the Quake's travel the bike has a rearward wheel path which helps it keep its momentum up over nasty terrain

Early into the Quake's travel the bike has a rearward wheel path which helps it keep its momentum up over nasty terrain


Just how competent is the Quad Link design? Shaums March took his first World Master's Championship win aboard the 6.7" Quake, and repeated the win in '07 aboard a prototype DH sled that also used the Quad Link system. He recently returned home from the '08 edition with a silver medal, good work Shaums!



At the opposite end of the swingarm sits Marin's Modular Rear Dropout System.

This just makes too much sense. Replaceable dropout's on both sides of the swingarm let you choose between a 12/150 mm rear MAXLE if you are want the best in strength, or the 135 mm QR version let's you run a lighter and faster wheelset.

This just makes too much sense. Replaceable dropout's on both sides of the swingarm let you choose between a 12/150 mm rear MAXLE if you are want the best in strength, or the 135 mm QR version let's you run a lighter and faster wheelset.




Marin used a 1.5

Marin used a 1.5" headtube to finish the Quake's strapping front end


And if you have a 1.5" headtube you may as well run a Totem...

RockShox's Totem Coil is ready for action and just happens to look sick in all white

RockShox's Totem Coil is ready for action and just happens to look sick in all white




The Specs!

Frame sizeSmall, Medium and Large with 6.7" of travel
Rear ShockFox DHX Air 5.0
ForkRockShox Totem Coil
HeadsetFSA Orbit DL Pro 1.5" Alloy
CrankarmsShimano Saint
Bottom BracketShimano Saint
PedalsSyncros Meat Hook
ChainShimano HG73
CassetteShimano XT 11-34
Rear DerailleurShimano Saint Shadow
Shifter Cable/HousingStock
Shifter PodShimano Saint
HandlebarSyncros FR, 20 mm rise
StemSyncros FR
BrakesShimano Saint w/ 8" front rotor, 7" rear rotor
WheelsetMavic EX-325 laced to Shimano Saint hubs
TiresKenda Nevegal 2.5, Stick-E
SaddleWTB Pure V Race
SeatpostSyncros Derived 31.6




With the Quake's capable suspension and robust frame Marin chose wisely and spec'd the 7.9 to the tit's with a full Saint groupo. The new Saint Shadow derailleur is a sight to behold and looks like it would survive a nuclear attack. Complete with CenterLock rotor's and Saint Servo Wave brakes the build kit really tells you what the bike is meant for.

New lighter Saint cranks and finished with Syncro's new Meat Hook pedals

New lighter Saint cranks and finished with Syncro's new Meat Hook pedals




Matching graphics on the Syncros bar, stem, and post work great with the Quake's anodized silver finish. It's all in the details...

Matching graphics on the Syncros bar, stem, and post work great with the Quake's anodized silver finish. It's all in the details...




Check out the Quake 7.9, it's little bro the 7.8, and the rest of the Marin lineup at Marinbikes.com

-Mike "kakah" Levy


57 Comments

  • 15 3
 i never liked marins set up but the parts like the saint cranks and rockshock forks n synchros bar are lush
  • 6 3
 Very true. The only thing I dont agree on would be that they put a fox dhx air in back so why not put a totem solo air in front? It would definitly complete the bike.
  • 1 0
 in the video the guy said that it had a solo air, so the written spec sheet must be wrong
  • 5 0
 I have been riding the quake series for the pat 4 years built up as a racing bike and I can asure you that this bike is as capable to handle and tackle any dh race tracks. Keep in mind that it's primary purpose is a^Playbike that is capable of riding up the hill to tackle your favourite dh trail or bike park. The bike g's out super nicely, travels flawlessly through it's travel, its super stable at high speed and nimble in the air so you can throw it around anyway you like. Try it before judging it. It totally outperforms a vast majority of similar purpose bikes. Loo for the DH SLED that will come out soon. IT'S GOING TO BE INSANE !!!
  • 15 8
 Very nice bike, looks like it can take one hell of a beating.
  • 4 0
 I'm sure they wouldn't market a bike that was very poor in construction, it looks like it can take some heavy abuse. I'd ride that. I'd ride the hell out of it.
  • 3 1
 all you that judge this bike on looks.... grow up. i ride a quake and it climbs anything and will take any dh you throw at it. the only downfall is that it is a little heavy but with the right part choice they can be alot lighter. so like scrider said, try it be judging it.
  • 3 1
 I also have been riding the Quake for the past race season, I have had no problems what so ever with this bike. So don't judge it on looks before you ride it, it has the most sensitive rear end out of any downhill rig I have felt.
  • 2 1
 I acctually demoed a 2008 model. I rode it, hoping I would like it, since I live in marin, but it just didn't have anything goin for it, except the parts. honestly, my 5.5" trail bike is more fun, and feels more like a FR bike too. I do think that a little geometery change would really make that bike shine, but for now, it's just another bike.
  • 1 0
 Man now I am angry. I bought a 7.3 last year with the ugly ass gold paint... AND NOW THEY MAKE IT ANODIZED!!! ugh...
Its a good thing I love the bike so damn much.

*Luseboy* this bike is very hit or miss. When trying to set mine up I was not sure I would like it at all. The air shock was very difficult to find the sweet spot on, and always seemed to be too soft or too firm,
BUT once you get it dialed in the bike is awesome. I absolutely love mine, the only problem I have had is again the paint, and the Totem Solo air (which I still love).
  • 3 2
 wow that dude has to be the most truthfull no BS PM there is in the bike industry. i like his honesty and strightforward talk unlike most other bike companies all they worry about is trying to sell bikes(specialized)
  • 6 3
 No bike company should try to sell bikes ;-)
  • 5 2
 Am i the only person who really likes the look of it?
and the sus works so well when you get on one
  • 4 2
 i love the way it looks tooSmile
  • 4 1
 seconded
  • 4 0
 thirded
  • 2 0
 fourth-ded?
  • 0 0
 well got to say i like mine and its cool watchin a vid about it with a coffee with mine sat right next to me , black one as well though the white was my first choice, it is a little lardy but ill swap some bits thru the year , still pedals really well though , good bike
  • 11 9
 marin needs to put some money into aesthetic r&d, their bikes look bulky... heavy and ugly is a bad combination
  • 9 1
 have you ridden one? dont think so. looks are decieving.
  • 7 1
 they aren't heavy buddy...I've ridden a lot of marins, from their trail bikes to the proto DH quad link (omg how he do that Big Grin ) and it feels soooo nice.
  • 2 0
 You are all missing the point...
AESTHETIC r&d.... they LOOK bulky. The problem is that Marin's looks ARE deceiving.
  • 1 2
 why not flare the top of the down tube instead of all those silly weld patterns webbing the top tube to the down? it seems a bit asinine
  • 1 1
 i have 1 there sick
  • 0 0
 Im thinking of getting a 2008 7.3. What are they like as a pure freeride bike with some DH occationally?
  • 0 0
 I do both FR and DH with my 7.3 with a 05 66 (slackens up the head angle) and it feels GREAT on everything. Just plows over stuff and feels great in the air, but still super maneuverable
  • 0 0
 Sweet man! sounds great! Whats that 00 66 thing tho?
  • 0 0
 I was saying a have a 2005 Marzocchi 66 on it. which has a high axel to crown and also sticks the front tire farther out. So it slackens the head angle up a bit
  • 0 0
 O ok, sorry
  • 2 0
 nothing but talking about how important a light bike is and he never gives a weight..
  • 4 1
 the swingarms of marin bikes are insane!
  • 1 2
 luke ya sound like the kinda guy who buys all the latest fluro hype colours but doesnt give a shit about anything else. i think thats called a Posers world. IM glad marin have kept it low key not stupid over the top graphics. Appeals to more mature riders probably who have been the down the weight/all looks lane...

will be chasing one of these myself since the US dollar has dropped for us aussies.
  • 1 0
 i dont ride flouro bikes. i ride a simple matte red hardtail, and i think marin needs to do some work on the look of their full suspensions.
  • 1 0
 Been selling Marin's for several years now...love em!!! the Quake will kick butt FR or DH... we built a few with Boxxers... oh baby, really nice!!!
  • 2 2
 Nope i love the look of them too mate. Looks like its a crossbow or something
  • 1 1
 i will agree they dont look the greatest...but when you're riding one they do feel pretty good.
  • 1 0
 pretty good is an understatement.
  • 0 0
 Im thinking of getting a 2008 7.3. What are they like as a pure freeride bike with some DH occationally?
  • 0 0
 the rear suspension is so confusing!!!!
  • 0 0
 Hmm you better never look at a 303 then.Smile joke
  • 1 2
 man that guy in the video seems like a dumbass. sweet bike though... I rode last years quake, it was really nice.
  • 0 1
 I think only Haro has worse graphics. Unfortunate because both seem to be quality product.
  • 2 2
 agreed. that bike looks to busy.
  • 0 1
 looks like someone made a frame and decided to throw a bunch of metal onto it, little to bulky and heavy looking
  • 1 1
 how heavy is it???
  • 0 0
 mines 37lbs and its not a very good spec 1 so id imagine theyd get lighter
  • 0 1
 very nice! sick components on it too.
  • 0 1
 No Chain growth? I thought you needed a single pivot for that.
  • 0 1
 that would be sick with a vivid
  • 1 3
 oh yeah,the look OVERKILL.
  • 1 2
 i live in marin
  • 0 1
 it looks great
  • 2 5
 hmm I think that the frame is very ugly...
  • 2 5
 damn. nice part spec, but terrible bike =(
  • 2 5
 i want that bike!!!
  • 4 7
 ugly ass hel
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