Marzocchi MX Comp 2003 Front Shocks

4.33/5 (39 Reviews)
MSRP : $249.00


Product Description

- 85mm Travel
- Open Bath SSV Damping
- Coil Springs
- NEW! Cryofit Boltless Crown
- NEW! 1-Piece Mg MonoLite Sliders
- External Preload & Internal Rebound Control
- 105mm travel [upgrade option]
- 30mm Aluminum Stanchions


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Maxbuwaya a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2013

Strengths:    Strong light affordable. ( yup it's true!)

Weaknesses:    Decal availability I guess. Can't find any v brake tab. I've been hunting for it for 9 years!!! Here in the Philippines

Bottom Line:   
9 years have pass and never had any problems. Until now that I realize it almost run out of suspension oil. Decided to rebuild the fork. Repainted the fork to match its new Surly troll frame. Refill it with oil. Just the standard 15w-10 motor oil. Tried DOT 5 but seems the viscosity is too thin. Not to mention it melts the newly applied paint. :) Also bought an O ring at a local hardware chain store. Total cost of Fork Rebuild $11usd pretty cheap! Highest drop I did was 5 feet. The usual Xc trail hop and jump and a ton of air time on speed bump on the streets. Hoping this fork will last another 9 years. :)

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   9 years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Kings

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Judy RST Gila A bunch of suntours

Bike Setup:   Xc touring

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by petebarchetta a Cross Country Rider from wycombe, Bucks, UK

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2009

Strengths:    bomb-proof!! puts up with my 13.5 stone frame :) survives jumps and drops, a vast improvement from budget shocks. outstanding adjustability (cant stop tweaking it, in a good way)

Weaknesses:    none so far,

Bottom Line:   
cant reccommend this product enough, for alround use its outstanding, not really designed for the huge stuff, but if your into that get a bigger fork :)

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Favorite Trail:   Swinley Forrest. bracknel

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   bought from another

Similar Products Used:   chilli works 550 (a heap of .....) blew the seals :(

Bike Setup:   baracuda cyber alu frame, fox float triad rear shock, magura hs33 hydraulics, handcrafted brake boosters :P

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeff a Downhiller from syracuse ny

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2004

Strengths:    cheap

Weaknesses:    cheap and it shows

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is this fork is crap, by far the worst thing i've ever used for suspension. the only good thing if you want to call it a good thing is that its cheap and easy. Damn thing bottoms out on anything over 3' with a nasty metal to metal sound not meant to be heard. Another problem from this fork is 2 weeks after riding the i noticed the stanchions were loose. i guess marzocchi should stop the outsourcing

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Favorite Trail:   skytop

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   manitou black, DJ2 + DJ3 and judy xc

Bike Setup:   slightly mod P1

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bernie m. a Weekend Warrior from Laguna, Philippines

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2004

Strengths:    aside from being affordable, nice bounds, nice geometry, easy to load.

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
You gwet your money's worth on this fork!

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Favorite Trail:   Sta. Rosa, Muntinlupa Rails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $145.00

Purchased At:   Sabak

Similar Products Used:   SR Suntour, GTS, Manitou, & Post Modeme Forks

Bike Setup:   Hybrid, DH + XC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikko a Cross Country Rider from finland

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2004

Strengths:    this is for the air 105mm version. stiff, adjustable, price, plush, when set up right hard to bottom ewen with almost zero pressures. really easy to service

Weaknesses:    not the best mountings for v-brakes, clearly made for use with disc brakes. could be lighter, although stiffness justifies the weight. internal rebound adjustment is a bit hard to do

Bottom Line:   
really good fork for the money, 190 euros as new. a lot better than old sid i had, steers good and has increased my speed on rough stuff. seems like it could handle harder use than xc. i'd recommend these forks for xc and as longer travel versions also for trail bikes.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   mt-bike

Similar Products Used:   RS sid '98, cheap RST, manitou minute 3

Bike Setup:   KHS comp '96, some upgrades

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2004

Strengths:    Great value for money, very plush set of forks, you don't have to worry about your front end, can have complete confidence in them, they won't do anything stupid!

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
i think they are the best forks for people on a budget, They are great after a bit of tuning to your riding style. (i mucked around with air pressure with a cable tie around one leg so i could see how much travel you get with different air pressures) I use less air pressure than recomended but don't do very big jumps. I think if i had the money i would try fox forks as well, i hear they are good from people i know.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction

Similar Products Used:   Old judys and other rockshox forks

Bike Setup:   Custom bike built by Reoiker Cycles Timaru

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Denis a Weekend Warrior from Alameda, CA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2004

Strengths:    zero maintenance except for oil changes once or twice a year. no leak, no break down, no hassles. very plush, was tracking extremely well until the pilot bushings started to wear but after 2 years, what do you expect, and even then the performance is better than most of the forks around

Weaknesses:    weight and the fact that rebuilding the fork is an expensive proposition ( about $100)

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden steep downhills at over 40 mph because this fork delivers, and aggressive XC has not undermined its performance a bit in 2 years except for normal wear. It seems like this fork could take extreme abuse and still hold up just fine. very well designed and very high performance /price ratio

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   fox racing 100 float

Bike Setup:   santa cruz superlight

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Israel Magalit a Weekend Warrior from Quezon City

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2004

Strengths:    - stiff
- strong
- smooth
- affordable
- great looks [I have the red]


Weaknesses:    - heavy
- rebound adjustment is internal
- required break-in period
- not getting full travel [see the bottom line]
- slurping/sucking sound when hitting bumps at speed [could be a strength ;)]


Bottom Line:   
Like many reviews I've read on Marzocchi forks, the stock oil levels in my fork are probably too high, preventing full travel [only getting 63mm out of 100m]. I haven't had the time or the mechanical inclination to mess with it, so I'm suffering for now.

All in all, this fork has mid-level performance at an entry-level price.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Extreme The Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   none, first taste of suspension

Bike Setup:   Schwin Moab HT, MXComp 105 coil, Avid BBDB, Deore/7.0, WTB/Mavic317/Deore wheels

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by J. Brouwers a Weekend Warrior from Wouw, Holland

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2004

Strengths:    - stiff
- adjustable to any riders weight
- no problems with an 8" rotor
- strong
- durable
- reliable
- looks


Weaknesses:    - INTERNAL rebound adjustment
- open oil bath (hard to find perfect oil setup)
- frequent harsh bottom outs when set up to 25% sag, almost no sag when set up to a single bottom out per ride
- small bump sensitivity


Bottom Line:   
most of the weaknesses are not that bad considedering the price

I really hate it that I can't find a good set up

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $169.00

Purchased At:   Hibike, Germany

Similar Products Used:   Z5, Suntour

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro '01 trailbike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Misa Polan a Cross Country Rider from Czech Republic

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2004

Strengths:    Quality, smoothness, durability, easy setup, what else??? It's too much to write

Weaknesses:    I don know why, but the paint peels off very easily... The old Judy TT didn't act like that

Bottom Line:   
It's a huge leap from the Judy TT. It's my first real forks, so I'll see, how it really works. But it's cool... I set it to use the full travel, when I do 1 meter drop and I can't say a bad word about it...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500, Alivio/Deore, matrix rims, promax V brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rocky a Weekend Warrior from Alabang, Philippines

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2004

Strengths:    Marzocchi simplicity, smooth travel (i have the 105mm coil/oil), good looks, can be used for agressive XC/Trail riding.

Weaknesses:    Internal rebound, hard to climb as the fork sucks the power from every stoke (no lock-out), but cn be easily cured by smooth spinning.

Bottom Line:   
For the price this fork hard to beat! i chose the coil version as i dont really trust any air fork, with coil versions its so easy to maintain. The fork is so smooth throughout its travel. if you do some agressive trail riding and is consious about the weight this fork is for you. from my experience 4ft drops to flat is its limit, if you do higher drops get a 5in fork or a tripple it will last you longer. I also like big hucks but i leave it to my 03 MONSTER T mated to a 03 yeti ASX.

Serious shout-outs to the EL KAMOTE boys!

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Favorite Trail:   Tagaytay DH, Sta Rosa XC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   Endless Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   2002 EXR, 2003 DJ3, 2002 DJ1, 2002 drop-off, 2002 wedge

Bike Setup:   2002 GT Zaskar, 04 XT hydro-groupset, mavic X618 rims etc...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Francis a Weekend Warrior from Wellington, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap, looks cool, adjustable, hydro hose clip on caniti boss is slick

Weaknesses:    Does loose a little air, but don't all air forks?

Won't comment on performance until I open it up and change oil level, oil weight, rebound, etc.


Bottom Line:   
Ah no 85mm version? How come I have one?

This reveiw is for the air version, some aspects will apply to coil version.

Pretty good fork for the money and looks cool. I have the 85mm(yes I've measured it) air version. I want to open it up and fiddle with the oil levels, oil weight, rebound damping but I don't have a shock pump to pump it up again so I haven't gotten all the performance out of it that is possible.

Being an air fork, it's very adjustable. If you want to do big hucks, run a high (within recommendations) oil level and it will ramp up for bottomless travel. If you want to do XC, take a little oil out and it will have a more linear spring rate. Adjust air pressure to your wieght, change oil weights and internal damping screw to change rebound. Your local bike shop should be able to do this for you (for a fee) if you aren't confident with opening up your fork.

Seems pretty good so far and going by other people's posts, when I adjust it, it should be really good.

PS: Does anyone know how to convert the 85mm air version to 105mm? Also, are air MX Comps able to be converted to coils?

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche 0.0 Disc - Alu Hardtail with Hayes, Deore/XT and stuff

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jarno from Netherlands

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2003

Strengths:    I have the air model with 105mm of travel. Really, really smooth - handles both small vibrations and heavy hits. Gives you excellent control when going downhill and in turns without feeling "squishy". I usually ride in the city and this fork makes it sooooo much more comfortable. I hardly even notice a bump when riding off a curb. When the road is busted up from construction work I hardly even slow down, much less get off the bike. Why bother? ;-) A great time saver!

Weaknesses:    Not a good fork for climbing, absorbs too much of your pedaling power. Once I hit a bump while climbing just as the fork was rebounding from a pedaling stroke - nearly flipped the whole bike over backwards...

Bottom Line:   
If you want to know what a REAL suspension fork can do for your bike, this is the one to try it with. Excellent performance for a price that doesn't have your wallet groaning. The only thing lacking on this fork is a lockout, so I subtracted one point for that. Otherwise there's no other fork that offers so much value for money.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $235.00

Purchased At:   www.bike2build.nl

Similar Products Used:   several RST forks - all junk... Rock Shox Judy

Bike Setup:   Kyoso K7000 alu frame, full LX, Vuelta Airline wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jake a Downhiller from shropshire uk

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2003

Strengths:    Its anything u want it to be. Buttery smooth once bedded in properly, light, easy to adjust (air), also u can pump it up to 50psi and it can take large drops. Also strong, this is the part of my bike I am least worried about breaking.

Weaknesses:    Dunno, um...no ETA, only 105mm travel.

Bottom Line:   
dunno what that guy below was on about with it not taking 1m+ jumps??? did a 5m+ jump on it and landed fully nose-landing, it took it fine. also did an 8ft drop yesterday on it and its seriously ok...if u cant do more than 5ft drops on it then you're crap. i love it how i can do a 30k epic ride and then come back, pump it up and do a huck with no bother. buy this fork if u r a smooth rider on a low budget. its basically a really good xc fork, but also can take the hits if thats ur thing. its worth twice the asking price

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Favorite Trail:   nevis run, nant yr arian, swinley forest, isle of harris, gwydyr

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Bikedock

Similar Products Used:   SR suntours, marzocchi dj2

Bike Setup:   trek 810 hardtail, mx comps, raceface, titec, dmr, etc finishing stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paulbaguio a Cross Country Rider from Baguio City

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2003

Strengths:    Plushy and nice travel especially if you know the right air combination you will load. You can vary the type of travel according to the air loading you put into the dual air-tight chambers. Very sturyd fork design and movements. Built not only for Cross Country, but for Aggressive Cross Country and competion use.

Weaknesses:    I'm using the non-ETA type so The only thing the is really weak for all air type is the locking during uphill climb. Its really hard to conquer a hill is the fork is so plushy. The main remedy is to pump air back, which in return makes me have to carry the fork's heavy air pump (It needs another separate high pressure air pump other than the one utilized for tire tubes). the air type absorbs and vibration from the ground and dampens it throughout the system.

Bottom Line:   
Value for your buck. The 2003 MX Comp model has an advantage over its first version because it is specially designed for Aggressive Cross Country. But not necessarily big jumps. probably not so 1 meter jumps, it can resist (If you want some 3 meters jump you need to get those Bombers designed for DH and FR). For deep mini craters, the fork absorbs and does not bounce you back unlike the spring/coil types.

Overall, it has not failed on me (yet), loose rocks, hard pack, dirt and mud, ruts and even gutters... the technique is utilizing the right air load for the weight you have and the ride you will ride.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   P-Bone Headshok

Bike Setup:   Cannondale All Mountain F400, hyrdraulic Shimano Disc brake, Bomber MX-Comp

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Vintage Marzocchi MX Comp ETA - using different oil weight in each legs...?

Hi guys, Bare with me if I don't make sense, far from an expert here... I have just finished rebuilding my old Marz MX Comp/ETA 120mm, used to be an awesome fork, and still is on my old hard tail. Overall, performance is still great after 10 years of abuse. One thing that bothers me though is th ... Read More »

Marzocchi MX COMP ETA (2004) Internal Reboud Adjustment questions....

Hey guys, My old Kona hardtail has a Marzocchi MX Comp ETA on it. This for is supposed to have internal rebound adjustment located in the right leg. I read the manual and found a few posts about this but nothing really answered my questions. So I remove the dust cap/valve cap from the right leg to ... Read More »

2004 Marzocchi MX Comp - no rebound dampening

I converted my old bike to singlespeed recently and was out riding it in the mud this weekend. One thing I noticed when popping over a curb between two sections of trail is that my fork has what sounds to be a complete lack of rebound dampening. When I compress the fork to get the front wheel ... Read More »

Marzocchi MX Comp vs Manitou Vert-X

Well, I've got both these forks sitting in my garage and I'm not sure which one to throw on my Kona Kikapu. They're both around 10 years old, but are both still trail worthy and sealed. Which is the better fork? Neither is exactly "top of the line" but any first hand recommendations? I'm new at t ... Read More »

2006 Marzocchi MX Comp, top-out noises

Howdy knowledgeable folks, I was hoping you could help me out with some troubles I'm having with my 2006 Marzocchi MX Comp. It's a simple oil-bath air fork, 26er (not that that matters). I've always run it at pretty high pressures (~60psi) because I prefer the front end to not move unless it's a b ... Read More »

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