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
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
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.
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
Small, Medium and Large with 6.7" of travel
Fox DHX Air 5.0
RockShox Totem Coil
FSA Orbit DL Pro 1.5" Alloy
Syncros Meat Hook
Shimano XT 11-34
Shimano Saint Shadow
Syncros FR, 20 mm rise
Shimano Saint w/ 8" front rotor, 7" rear rotor
Mavic EX-325 laced to Shimano Saint hubs
Kenda Nevegal 2.5, Stick-E
WTB Pure V Race
Syncros 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
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