This is a brief story from Dan Joyce who is currently leading the Junior category at the NPS DH. Dan has agreed to provide us with the insiders story from the NPS pit. Watch out for him and his Marin Quake at NPS and regional races throughout the season.
Why I ride Marin
I First got a Marin Quake after testing one at a demo day at a bike shop in Bristol, at that time I rode mainly trail centres on a hard tail, and was at the time, looking to buy a long travel hard tail to continue this, but after testing the 08 Quake 7.2, I changed my mind completely! The confidence the suspension gave was awesome, and for my first ride on a full suspension bike, it was amazing! After this, I went on to buy a 07 Quake 7.1 from that bike shop, which I raced my first season of DH on, and continually upgraded through the season. Unfortunately, just after I had bought some Rock Shox Boxxers for it, it got stolen, which left me bike less and wondering if I would be able to afford a new bike. This is where Zero G stepped in, due to having bought my old hard tail from them, and that bike having snapped, my dad went in to ask about warranty on the frame, while that did not pull through, something else did. Jon, the manager at the shop, had contacts with some of the guys at Marin, and he arranged for me to borrow a brand new, 09 Quake 7.9 from them, while we sorted out insurance details. I borrowed this bike for a number of races, and got some decent results with it, after a few races, Zero G decided to sponsor me, and help me out with getting a new bike, this was great news for me as my insurance money still hadn’t been sorted! Eventually, my insurance cleared, and with the money I received, I decided to buy the Quake I had been testing from Marin. I did this as I love the way it rides, the Quad Link just works so well, it absorbs all the bumps, from small hits right the way through to landings of huge jumps. Where it really shines is through braking bumps and rock gardens, If you (the rider) are prepared to stay off the brakes, the bike will accelerate through these, something that other suspension systems fail to achieve.
Many thanks to Jon Carter and all at Zero G for all their support.
Check out Dan on pinkbike.