Freeride / Downhill Longboard
Designed for the pros and the everyday shredders, the Marble 38’s bold shape has been toned down a notch. Featuring a more progressive micro dropped platform with equally progressive radial concave, the mild wheel flares are a great reference point for your feet, the machined wheel wells allow for bigger wheels, and three inches of wheelbase options help you get completely dialed in on this tamer board.
We designed this board so both the avid downhill rider and the casual city shredder could have a blast. Set it up on alonger wheelbase and you have yourself a directional top mount ready to go down the gnarliest mountain passes or set it at its smallest wheelbase to have something that can slash banks, ollie over curbs with its tastefully mellowed down tail, and make quick turns to initiate slides with extra style.
Freestyle : 6 / 10
Freeride : 10 / 10
Downhill : 9 / 10
Weight : 4.8 lbs
Stiffness : 9 / 10
The recommended weight for riding this board is equal or below 300 lbs
Bio sourced Greenpoxy laminates two sheets of pre-tensioned, pre-cured triaxial fibreglass sandwich to four plies of Hard Rock Canadian Maple and a central ply of Poplar. Poplar reduces the weight of the deck while the Maple retains rigidity. The high strength fibreglass not only strengthens the board and its pop; it keeps the water out while eternally protecting the graphic from rocks, curbs, and board slides, and makes the board immune to warping.
The pre-tensioned and pre-cured fibreglass that surrounds the Marble’s wooden core keeps it consistent throughout, offering extra pop, a solid ride, and just the slightest bit of predictable play. With gentler kicktails and less leverage needed to get the board airborne, flatground precision is now on a whole other level.
Simplicity enthralls; complexity gets lost in the cacophony.
Zenit's Marble 38 is a great deck. It has a number of great features squeezed in here: flushmounts, micro drops, radial concave, prominent wheel flares, and a large kick. For some people, this combination will create a locked-in pocket that allows for stellar control while sliding, as well as lots of pop for tricks.
For me, however, it has one too many features. I wish one of the flares, prominent kick, or micro drops were eliminated. Rather than creating a clean, comfortable pocket that allows me to easily initiate slides while also locking my toes in while getting sideways, the crammed features leave my foot at a somewhat awkward angle in order to keep my foot in a stable position. I'm glad the new flares and kick have been mellowed out, and I hope they get even more mellow on future versions. If I could pick, I'd take the wheel flares down a good bit more and just sacrifice the ability to use extra-large wheels. I think there's space to soften those flares without losing wheel clearance to a harmful point.
That criticism aside, the board is still amazing. It has loads of pop and thrives most as a freestyle-freeride hybrid. If you like to use the tail when sliding, this board is going to feel wonderful. Some people will love the pocket for downhill tucking, even though I don't. The kick is a bit too long so I struggle to keep my rear foot in a nice, secure spot while tucking. As with any downhill board, though, a lot of that is just personal preference. I don't mind a boaty feel, I think it's a great design that maximizes the standing platform while still giving room to move my feet around. I just think the kick is a bit too long and prominent.
Overall, the Marble 38 is THIS close to being a perfect freeride board, imo. Mellower wheel flares and a shorter tail would make for a much more comfortable rear foot pocket without losing security. I highly recommend this deck for anyone getting into freeriding, especially if that person also wants to do a bit of freestyle. Few single kick topmounts will ollie as easily as this thing. Zenit continues to push themselves and respond to rider feedback in their designs. The Marble is here to stay, thankfully, and it continues to get better with each new edition.