Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

1998 Marin East Peak

Posted by DaveC | March 5, 2006 | 8 comments so far

Dave's East Peak

This was my second Marin after a brief spell with a Muirwoods (same as Matt’s). I wanted to go full suss and loved the way the bike rode – still do.

It’s very different to the Inbred and also substantially more agricultural. It’s NOT a light bike!!

The upgrade bug led me to add the rear lock out shock and then a front disc brake, followed a couple of years later by a rear using the universal torsion bar that Hope used to do.

It’s now got a Specialized BG saddle, Chris King headset, Hope hubs, Mavic rims, Easton bars and Marzocchi forks!


East Peak specification (as at Aug 03)
Component Spec Component Spec
Frame 1998 Marin East Peak Headset Chris King (red)
Forks Marzocchi MXC Bars Easton EA50 2″
Front mech STX-RC Stem Easton EA30 90mm
Rear mech Shimano XT Seatpost Marin
Shifters STX-RC Saddle Specialized
Front brake Hope C2 Pedals Time ATAC aluminium
Rear brake Hope C2 Rims Mavic 517
Chain SRAM Hubs Hope Bulb
Cassette SRAM 8 speed Chainset Shimano Deore 170mm
Rear shock Stratos Helix Pro lock out

Filed under Bikes in March 2006


About the author

Dave's been riding seriously since about 1997 and is one of the founding Molefathers — along with Matt and Mark — that came up with the idea of a MTB website for Mole Valley riders.

He's had several different bikes but it's now mainly 29ers in Dave's stable, apart from an Orange 5.

Current Bikes: Orange 5, Salsa Spearfish and Kona Big Unit

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  1. xogeorge says:

    i had one of those lovelies back in 98 it took 2 months for it to get stolen iv still have my murwoods but its in bad shape, the ep was great in the time i had it ,like a bouncy tractor

  2. PACO LUZ says:

    Tengo esa máquina. La compré en el 98 y disfruté mucho con ella (ahora la uso muy esporádicamente) aunque me está entrando el gusanillo para volver a cogerla más a menudo. Me gustaría actualizarla (frenos de disco). Alguien me podría decir cómo instalo los traseros.

    Un saludo.
    Paco Luz.

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  4. di says:

    will a Hope M4 Hydraulic Brake And Disc Set fit a marin 1998 frs

    • MuddyDave says:

      Hi Di,
      I don’t think many 1998 FRS had the rear mounts but if yours did then you should be able to get it to work if you can get the correct adaptor for the M4. If there rear swing arm does not have two holes near the left hand drop out then no, you need to replace the swing arm. Some 99 frames did have them though so if the year is wrong you may be in luck. I used a special mount that Hope made for the C2 for bikes without mounts back in the day. Thanks, MuddyDave

      • Jez says:

        Absolutely love this bike brought it the day it came out .(cost 2 months wages 1 st year electrician.)
        Up graded the forks in 2002 ( marrizochi bombers) with hope mini disc brakes.
        300,000 miles, 22 years later with 4 traffic offences its still going strong,

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