Bike Setup: XT Hollow Tech, Hugi hubs, Easton Monkey Light Bars w/ Thompson Stem, Thompson Seatpost, XT BB, Eggbeater pedals (yes they are better, I've ridden 3 others, and these are the best)
a Cross-Country Rider
from Kalama, WA
Date Reviewed: April 9, 1999
Strengths: Excellent handling, great climber and descender, fast single track really makes it shine. Best customer service.
This bike rocks! Sherwood makes the best frame I have ever ridden. Everyone who gets on it loves it. Very fast bike. They hooked up with Ellsworth and also formed a new company that is supposed to make a nearly identical but much cheaper American Made frame!! Aeon (eeon) I believe. Excellent customer service, replacement parts are cheap, or free!! If you have the cash, they are well worth it!
Bike Setup: 22.5 lbs!!! SID (PDS for training),XTR, TI everyehere, Real, Raceface LP's, Avid Arch Supremes, Frogs.
a Cross-Country Rider
from Lodi, Ca
Date Reviewed: March 23, 1999
Strengths: Immaculate construction,Excellent handling in all conditions.
Weaknesses: Ellsworth bought the company?
This frame is the best I have ever ridden, Totally neutral handling with good front to rear balance, a very inspiring ride! Climbs the steepest and rips in the Singletrack, what more can I say except this is the finest FS on the market hands down.....
Bike Setup: XTR drivetrain, Raceface crankset,King headset,Thompson post, XTR w/517's,Kore Elite,Tioga factory XC's killer!,White SC90.Fox Alps 4r.
a cross-country rider
Date Reviewed: February 24, 1999
I'm surprised that I haven't seen anyone pony-up with their thoughts on this fine ride as of yet. I have had my Marble Peak for a short while now, and it has performed every bit as well as I had hoped. I had been admiring a friends for quite some time, and have ridden it on a few festive occasions. This is a plush and responsive steed, and is ear to ear smiles on the up n' the down. I had put much thought and consideration into this bike, having struggled with parting ways with my old faithful hardtail (an elder statesman composite trek, which is certainly not done yet--I just bought it a new Ti seatpost, so it will still get some attention). I went through all the standard full boing's out there, C-dale, Y-bikes, GT, Klein (the Mantra is a strong bike, gotta say that)-nothing I was enamored with. The real contenders were the Ellsworth Truth, Rocky Mtn Element,Turner XCE, or Dean Duke XC--far out rides all of em' no doubt. For my style, and my hard earned $$$$, the Ventana won-out. A sweet frame, (gotta love those electric sex welds, which is available at a decent mid-range price, depending on what you bolt on. I went with Chris King headset(worth it), Raceface cranks/rings, XY post,low Riser bar, and BB (sure like their stuff), King hubs/Mavic 517's (sssssweet), XT, arch supremes (good, but I'm not sure any better than XT, I'm still debating on that), White Bros SC 90 and Fox Vanilla (exchanging for an Alps 5R soon). Still waiting on my damn Kore Elite Stem-a sweet stem, but Kore cannot get their shit together to get their part to market. Weighs in about 27 lbs, but rides light. Climbs shit I couldn't do before--and my decrepit body feels better later. I shoulda gone FS sooner. Oh yeah, the downhill is right on the mark, too, for sure, nimble and stable at speed. Five steamers.
Put up the Marble Peak in the classifieds.
Still in solid shape, but it was just a bit big for me and trying to raise the last few $$ for a new Ventana.
18" Frame. Blue. 1" Headtube.
I tried to find it a home before putting it up for sale. Unfortunately no go.
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Question for the experts.
I have an old school Marble Peak FS, I think a 1998, but I’m not positive when I bought it. From what’s left of the labeling it has a Fox Vanilla rear shock. The one with the large visible spring. The shock has never been serviced and is basically not working now. It ... Read More »
And it's a... Ventana!
Got the evil eye when this arrived. Stuck a bid on E-Bay and, um, well, it stuck. ;)
It's purty. Still deciding it's role. Lots of good bits hiding on it. All it needs to become a daily rider is a new chain, ccassette, and cables.
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The past few weeks my buddy's son has been waiting for his frame to come back from repairs, and I felt bad that he couldn't ride, so I offered up my "Spare" bike.
My Raleigh M50, hardtail that sees 95% commuter duty.
Sadly, it did not survive the experience. To Raleigh's credit, they are not h ... Read More »
do any marble peak fs owners know what the correct rear shock mount bolt (the longer one) length and thread size is? I just obtained a used 1997 MP FS and the bolt is a little too short (72mm overall) I believe I need at least a 78mm bolt. is it just a metric thread/5mm hex bolt???
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