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
We recommend adding a ply to the board if you weigh more than 280 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.
So upon setting up my board I Discovered that the holes drilled for the wheel bases were somewhat large, my bolts slipped right and them and when I tightened my bolts down they went about halfway into the board super deep, and after tightening them down to where the board wouldn’t have such bad chatter and pressure crack drowning sounds even though there are no pressure cracks yet after only riding it a few times and it’s not even being my primary board. I discovered after tightening the bolts all the way down that I could not get them out and that they are stuck about half way inside of the board which seems like a defect to me. I don’t believe that I’m strong enough to hand tighten a bolt that far into the board, typically when it starts to resist me and gets tight I let off and the bolt is flush with the top of the deck, somewhat sunken into the grip; however, in this case the bolt was way further in than it needed to be and actually caused some undesirable riding sounds as well as anxiety that my bolts may come out the bottom of the board. I love this company and I loved the stickers and hand written note I got with the deck and I support the hell out of this team when I can but this board makes a lot of noise and had my bolts stuck super far in. If there’s any way you can help rectify this I would really appreciate it
That does indeed sound like a strange occurrence. It's the first time we hear about something like that happening. Can you send us pictures of what's happening over on Instagram?
Thanks for the love! We widened the truck holes because we were having problems with Paris trucks. For some reason our previous precision-drilled mounting holes didn't line up well with them, but the problem has now been resolved. It's normal that your screw heads go somewhat into the board, but they should neither go that deep nor cause that kind of sound. Lets dm! it'll be easier to address exactly what's going on.
My compliments on the quality and production of this board! I run a Revel Electric kit on this deck and ride up to 20 miles each week here in AZ. This deck does not disappoint and is very comfortable, it will become an instant favorite! Great customer service as well!!
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.