Ventana Marble Peak FS Bike 1998 or Older

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)


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Ventana Marble Peak FS


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rye Syfan a Cross Country Rider from Los Osos, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2003

Strengths:    This bike is a great handler. It climbs well and is nimble and quick on the down hill. Very stable.

Weaknesses:    The pivots are bushings not bearings so there is some mantenance required to keep the bike feel really active.

Bottom Line:   
I would recommend this bike to anybody. I've ridden with both a Fox Vanilla RX (spring with oil) and a Fox Float RLC (air w/ lock-out) and both were great. The air is more plush.

I've always found the bike to be laterally and directionally stable. I pull out of situations that amaze me (friends say I don't need a new bike...).

Bottom line: I've just upgraded to an El Saltamontes frame with the factory trade in program. It's great to be able to talk with the designer/builder of such a beautifull frame!

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Favorite Trail:   Baranca, Montana De Oror

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike

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)

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Justin Couch 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.


Weaknesses:    
Cost.


Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   
Siouxan

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
GT, Trek Y.


Bike Setup:   
22.5 lbs!!! SID (PDS for training),XTR, TI everyehere, Real, Raceface LP's, Avid Arch Supremes, Frogs.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by David T. 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?


Bottom Line:   
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.....

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Favorite Trail:   
Dead Camper

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
None


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.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by k-k-k-ken a cross-country rider from nocal

Date Reviewed: February 24, 1999

Bottom Line:   


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.

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FS: Ventana Marble Peak

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. [url]http://classifie ... Read More »

Ventana Marble Peak FS Question

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 »

Marble Peak - FS

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. JmZRead More »

Retro Rebirth - Marble Peak FS.

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 »

marble peak fs question

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??? geoffssRead More »

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