After a Santa Cruz Syndicate testing session in the wet, Jason Marsh ‘bodged’ together a front splash guard to protect the riders vision from the spray coming up from the front wheel. This ‘bodged’ sample was taken back to Tony Seagrave a friend who had been involved with several product design launches. Tony and Jason then refined the shape and sourced a sustainable material and together they produced a small batch the first MarshGuard for the 2012 Wold Cup in Fort William, Scotland. Bizarrely, that race weekend was pretty dry – until qualifying. With the weather forecast showing showers, Jason handed the new product to mechanics around the pits… everyone loved them and 90% of the riders in finals crossed the line with a Marshguard. Marshguard took its first World Cup win on a Trek piloted by Aaron Gwin. With the introduction of the 27.5-wheel size, shape and material weight altered slightly and then recently, with the launch of new forks from many companies and riders opting for the 29er front wheel in DH racing, Marshguard further innovated to source another more sustainable materiel whilst updating the shape and fit. From 2020 the fully recycled and recyclable MarshGuard arrived.
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