Strengths: everything there the best in the world better than 888 boxxers anything. i jumped off a 90ft cliff and nose dived and they didnt even bottem out. when i got out of hospital i caryed on rydin hard and there still gd.
Weaknesses: every thing there crap bottom out off a cerb + hevy
Bike Setup: haro 8.3, shimano running gear, Titanium chain, hayes 9 brakes, DJ2 fork, toe clips....list goes on. whatever.
Brian "Disco Monkey" Buell
from Ft. Worth, Tx.
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2004
Strengths: Simple design Bomb Proof Air Assist a must 20mm axle
Weaknesses: Heavy (but it's a Dirt Jumper, so it's not a problem)
This fork is awesome for it's intentions. I use it mainly for Urban and aggressive Cross Country. I am just getting into Dirt Jumping, i will give you my *beginner DJ info when I get more experience with this fork on that terrain*. For those of you looking for a fork that you can throw on your bike, Adjust ONCE and tear it up anywhere and everywhere.. Your a Dirt Jumper, Urban Assaulter, Clydesdale, or even a simpleton who doesn't mind a little extra weight.. this fork is for you. If your a Techno wheenie, gadget guru, need to adjust something every ride, light is right.. I think I'll keep my feet on the ground kind of guy.. stay away, you don't need this fork. Here is the breakdown as I have experienced. I am a 6 year Shop Technician, and have dealt with many forks. I chose this one because I got into the urban scene and needed a beefy no nonsense fork I could thrash. Yes, you have to let the air out, take off the top caps, and insert the long allen key into the fork to adjust rebound. if you want to whine about this, just do it once, and forget it. I have only adjusted mine once and it's been perfect since. If you don't want to, take it to your LBS, they will be happy to do it. Now, I use my fork for the local XC trail and aggressive urban. This is where the Air assist system comes in. for XC, I let the air out, for urban, I air it up to about 20 psi *this is a LOW pressure system, you should never need more than 45 PSI, this helps keep the seals long lasting.
Bottom line. If you want a simple fork, you set and forget, this is for you. If you want to have control over your adjustments all the time, spend the extra cash and get the DJI *External Rebound, 1 side coil, 1 side Air Assist(on some models) some will come both sides air assist with Coil*
Rating - 5 Value because there is nothing better for the price, the air assist system eliminates the need to buy stronger springs, unless you want to of course. It's stiff and strong, comes in 20mm or standard drop outs.
4 overall only because some people will find the lack of external adjustments inhibiting.. in this case take hammer hit face.. or nearest person to you. If you were suckered into this fork without the FULL knowledge you needed in your purchase *ie: has rebound, but wasn't told it was internal* smack the guys you bought it from. Otherwise, you'll be a happy camper
Similar Products Used: judy tt(sucks/bottoms when you go off a curb), exr comp, dj3, vanillas and floats.
Bike Setup: 03 bighit, 04 fox vanilla rc, upgraded brakes, oury grips, getting 04 jr.t
a Weekend Warrior
from Baltimore MD
Date Reviewed: August 17, 2004
Strengths: Stiff. Basically a Z1 body, different guts
Weaknesses: not plush, bad as a trail fork when just out of the box.
This is a super stiff fork with the body of a Z1 but cheapo internals. I like the air preload. It definitely lends to its adjustablility. But the stock springs are firm to start so you never really need the air assist. This is a big difference from the past where Marzocchi's were notoriously undersprung.
I have Z3 5 inch QR20 fork from 2001 and a bunch of spare Zokes parts lying around from years of tinkering with Marzocchis. I decided to put a second SSV pump in place of a dummy rod it had in it. The results were identical to what the problem is with my new DJII.
The DJII is great with low speed impacts but if you land a jump or at high speeds, the compression damping is WAY too much. You end up with what feels like a rigid fork, even with 5wt oil and the SSV's turned all the way down on both sides. So learning from the Z3 experience, I popped the circlip on the left leg SSV pump and removed the damping core to make it a dummy rod. Adjusted the right leg damping, put in 7 wt golden spectro. Now it's a trail fork. Better high speed response. Not sure why turning both sides all the way down didn't do the trick.
I also removed a spring from the right leg and ran one coil and one air leg. Better adjustability and more plush.
With a little work, this can be a great fork. And you save a bundle versus buying a Z1. Of course you miss out on some of the other options of the Z1 but I've always just needed a rebound damper in my forks. No need for ECC, ETA, EIEIO....
from Cincinnati, Ohio
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2004
Strengths: Now broken in, my dirt jumper feels like butter. I weigh 150 and dont ride any air in the legs.. I also dont have a fork pump. I have yet to see the fork bottom out. This is plenty of fork for any of you small time hucksters.
Weaknesses: Marzocchi thought it would be cool to have Dirt Jumper II on one side.. the sticker looks cool, but I think it would be even more hardcore if they put it on both sides. And does anyone know if I can get those white "Bomber" sticker like off of the Z1s? If so let me know.
This fork rocks for the price I paid for it. The air adjustable preload/damping whatever is pretty nifty. If you want to you can lock it out. Its a pretty smooth ride once you break it in and seems to like a little abuse. It's a naughty little fork. Five Flamin Chilis.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 24, 2004
Strengths: absoltely sexy look, myne is setup for my weight, 175 pounds with 30 PSI and the stock springs, bunynhoppin' off a sidewalk, gets onyl 2 " out of travel, everythnig is great about this fork!
Weaknesses: i dont understand why people diss up on this fork being weak, its strong as hell! sure it has flex front and backworads but no sideways flex at all! wut? do u really except every other fork to have no flex? every fork should have flex, with no flex, the fork would break, and it really aint that heavy, if u think it is then its time for u to go ryde outside and go to thegym and pump iron, if i can bunyjop my 40 pound hardtail 3 feet high how high cna u bunyhop yur 45 pound DH bike?
buy this fork, if u ryde urban/DJ/ freeride, u will never regret this purchase, if u use it properly, this
Similar Products Used: foxfloat,sherman breakout, DJ1( similar but not worth the extra$$ for the roebound knob)
Bike Setup: .243, doubletrack wheels, hussefelt crank, 6"hayes hyrolik, DJ2!!!!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2004
Strengths: Strong, stiff, durable, i did not bottom it at all. thru axle makes fork super stiff.
Weaknesses: adustubility is sub-par. low sensitivity. fork seams to sleep when riding trough rocks and root gardens. not a big deal though cause its not that bad. its a dirt jumpin fork anyway.
i have abused this fork for a full year-doing drops 6 ft+, dirt jumping, free riding and street riding- and i have not had any problems with the dj2. the adjustability is sub-par but does not affect the peformance of the fork. i never had to service the fork, nothing broke, the qr20 bolts did not strip-dont over tighten and they wont strip i guess... good all round fork. i would recomend this fork to any one who rides street or dirt jumps. dont buy if you gonna freeride or down hill. get z's or for freeriding. they have better adjustment and have good sensitivity.
Similar Products Used: DJ 3,RS Boxxer,Judy TT,Exr;race;pro;comp,and (who hasnt) rigid
Bike Setup: 03 DeVinci guzzler w. fox vanilla r and 03 dj 2s w. hayes hfx 8 dh;8",and weirwolf 2.5";26" tires
a Weekend Warrior
from Melbourne, Australia
Date Reviewed: April 11, 2004
Strengths: Strong castings, thick stanchion tubing, wicked crown. When maintained, performs well
Weaknesses: Not entirely plush travel. Weight.
It is a great fork, it does what it was designed for, however it's no where near a Fox Vanilla. It was my first all mountain fork, it looked sweet and had a few features that i knew i need, and none i didn't.
If you want a Marzocchi fork for jumping or racing...then this i good, but if u want more, u'll need to invest a little more!
Weaknesses: the screws and caps on the bottom of the fork that holds the hub on snapped and Marzocchi had no problem replacing them. do not tighten these bolts past like 6 newtons (which is nothin at all, just a turn of the wrist)
good, fork, i'll write another review once i have broken it in a little more, but other wise, just watch how much u tighten the screws!!