Marzocchi Shiver DC 2003 Front Shocks

4.86/5 (28 Reviews)
MSRP : $1075.00


Product Description

- 190mm Travel
- Open Bath HSCV Valving
- Coil Springs
- External Preload & Rebound Control
- 35mm Aluminum Stanchions
- 20mm Dedicated Axle
- Handlebar clamp & reduction shim
- 170mm Travel [upgrade optional]


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lyrik21 a Downhiller from Romania

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2010

Strengths:    Never says never. Long travel, looks huge (it is), scares little kids, plush. inverted design keeps the bushings all lubed up, ultra-low maintenance, soaks up drops and/or other objects that you might stumble upon. Adjustments work fine

Weaknesses:    Adjustments get stuck sometimes, rebound adjuster very hard to use without screwdriver. Drips oil from lower fastening nut. Heavy. Brake mount bent

Bottom Line:   
It will get you out of any tricky situation, be it on the mountain or on stairgaps/urban terrain. My right stanchion is bent, but i still doesn't spew oil. Lasts a lifetime. I have the 2001 model

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   888, Boxxer, Dorado

Bike Setup:   Hardtail hucking bike. Truvativ Racing XR cranks, Truvativ BooBar bars, hayes stroker trail with 203/180 hayes MAG rotors. Continental diesel and maxxis bling bling lopes tires on singletrack rims, otavec and formula hubs. Truvativ Hussefelt pedals. Single speed transmission with motorbike chain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Pete Marsh a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2006

Strengths:    plush, strong, takes hits and drops well. pretty simple to set up.

Weaknesses:    a little flexible. max tyre is about 2.5

Bottom Line:   
very nice fork. the only dual crown forks ive tried so far but i can't see much more that could be improved. recently had them overhauled which transformed them even more. hit 6/8 ft drops weekly and have no problems so far.

3 chilis for value as they were pre-owned so i cant really comment

5 chilis for overal rating.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   second hand.. ebay

Similar Products Used:   various sc forks. no dc

Bike Setup:   haro dhr, fox vanilla rc, strong wheels, 4 pots, single chainring up front. typical dh

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Taylor T a Downhiller from Madison Wisconsin

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2006

Strengths:    fat uppers. can use an integrated stem.

Weaknesses:    maybe a little flex( if your over 170 you feel the fork flex a bit) the fork is not made anymore. parts can sometimes be hard to come by

Bottom Line:   
one of the sickest forks ever made. shave they stoped making them.

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Favorite Trail:   quary ridge park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $175.00

Similar Products Used:   02 jrt, king-pin

Bike Setup:   05 big-hit with 03 shiver DC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrey Tsolev a Downhiller from Sofia, Bulgaria

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2005

Strengths:    Incredibly smooth travel, long service intervals, supremely reliable. Low axle-to-crown. Helps you improve your riding skills fast and smooth.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavier than a Boxxer, but once you ride it, you'll understand it's worth the extra grams.

Bottom Line:   
The perfect fork for Hardcore Riding, I would recommend it to people, who want to make a good investment, instead of buying a new boxxer each season, except for those racers, who's only purpose of life is to take seconds off the clock

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Favorite Trail:   Knqjevo Trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer's, Drop Off Triple's, Jr.T's

Bike Setup:   Scott High Octane 03', Shiver DC's 03', Hayes Mag, Maxxis Minions etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike salcedo a Downhiller from New york

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2005

Strengths:    look great , life saver for jumping , strong well built .

Weaknesses:    a little heavy

Bottom Line:   
great fork for dh and freeriding. i only had the shivers for about 2 weeks but have been hitting 20 ft drop with them and they hold up great. i had a set of 2003 boxxer wc's on my bike before and have hit the same drops and the shiver feels alot smoother the the boxxer did. i would say get them if u do extreme freeriding or dh but kinda a waste to buy them for more techinical riding like riding bridges and such the boxxer was a much better fork for really technical things.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi jr t , 888 , rock shox Boxxer WC , most dh free ride forks

Bike Setup:   KHS DH50 Frame - 03 marzocchi shiver DC - blackspire chain guide- race face cranks and BB , sun ringle s-type wheelset- maxxis mobsters 2.7

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt Joanisse a Downhiller from St catharines

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2005

Strengths:    NICE and plush and AWSOME i mean SWEET for DH

Weaknesses:    lil bit of flex and crappy for drops to flat but as long as u havea trannie go nuts! also heavy. other then that nothing else

Bottom Line:   
these forks are OF COURSE GOOD like when u pay 1000 + they better be good but if ur doing drops be careful, make sure theres a descent tranny. lots of travel very plush THE DH FORK ..... for drops i would go with monster ts.

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Favorite Trail:   showcase

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came stock on stap primo

Similar Products Used:   04 jr t and 03 monster ts

Bike Setup:   2002 stap primo 02 shivers, hayes 9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam a Downhiller from Charlotte, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2005

Strengths:    Smooth, long travel, hasnt bottomed out yet

Weaknesses:    weight, and dont ride cross country w/ it

Bottom Line:   
This fork is absolutely awsome, it works for pretty much any bike and you can use it for just about any type of riding, go out and buy one NOW!

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Favorite Trail:   Beeche Springs (Poplar Tent)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi junior T

Bike Setup:   '04 specialized bighit comp, shiver, xt, manitou rear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by karl keller a Downhiller from sanpedro Ca usa

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2004

Strengths:    very smooth takes drops grat. good for drops and extreame DH

Weaknesses:    cross country!!!!

Bottom Line:   
the best of the best rocks on extream DH and free ride. If you are a extream DH or free rider this is the fork for you

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Favorite Trail:   chain smoke

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   super go

Similar Products Used:   shivers sc

Bike Setup:   sgs DH fox vanilla RC back shock laser disc DH rims shiver DC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by J a Weekend Warrior from B.C.

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2004

Strengths:    Light, super smooth travel, very strong, good for hucking

Weaknesses:    a little bit of flex, the stantions can get scrached if not taken care of, needed stiff springs

Bottom Line:   
Ok I bought this fork on july of 04 and I do not regreat it. This fork replaced my 03 monster T2, so this fork is much lighte, on my 03 A-line it made the bike work alot better, the travel is alot smoother, and it never bottoms out (with the new stiff springs) , in drops it forgave my mistakes, on the NS it was great on the skinny's, I paid $1400 canandian for it and I would recomend this for to anyone who like's to get big air.

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Favorite Trail:   A-Line

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   High gear

Similar Products Used:   monter T2

Bike Setup:   03 norco A-line, 03 shiver DC

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nick a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2004

Strengths:    Extremely strong, good sensitivity, extremely low maintenance. Flex is fine.

Weaknesses:    Fork bottoms very harsh if too little oil, and locks if too much. Impossible to get a good feeling bottom with this fork. As a result, harsh impacts are painful to the hands.

Crown clamps tend to stretch a lot, so you need to be careful of torque.

Burp screws are too small, and can strip easily.

The uppers aren't quite long enough for long head tubes, so the top crown can hit some frames, or not provide enough clamping.


Bottom Line:   
Good fork. Strong enough for hucking, but the internals make hucking painful at times. Sweet for dh.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   AEbike

Similar Products Used:   Super T, Monster T, Avalanche

Bike Setup:   Brooklyn Machine Works Race-Link

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom Gredley a Downhiller from Kent, UK

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2004

Strengths:    rediculously smooth and plush, travel keeps on going and going, they look the mutts nutts

Weaknesses:    some (unoticable) flex

Bottom Line:   
this is my second set of shivers, i snapped my 2001 set, and got boxxers. didnt take long for me to want another set of shivers.
amazing fork, inspires you to go bigger and faster than before, and looks sexy at the same time.
if you are a pure racer then go for the boxxers, they are also great forks, plush stiff etc and 2lbs lighter, but shivers really are the bollocks for drops and still kick ass for racing

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Favorite Trail:   les gets pleney run

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   swapped with a mate for my 2003 boxxer race

Similar Products Used:   2001 shiver dc, 2003 tf tuned boxxer race

Bike Setup:   '02 bighit dh with '03 shiver, single tracks (26 front, 24 rear), travutiv holzfeller cranks, xt mech

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dv8 a Downhiller from somerville, ma

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2004

Strengths:    plush, strong, pretty stiff, tall (i like that anyway), adjustability, user servicable (that's huge, again, to me), inverted design. looks phat!

Weaknesses:    no lock-out for climbing (ha ha), typical of marzocchi, mine was just about dry when i got it - why doesn't marzocchi put their recommended oil volume in these things?

Bottom Line:   
this thing does everything you can expect a dh fork to do. 7 1/2" of travel, decent in the weight dept, killer looks - oh, and it will out perform any other fork on the planet for free ride or aggressive dh riding. when i first got it i thought i made a mistake. it bottomed so, so easily. then i rememberred it was a marzocchi (read check fluid levels). i flushed the 3 drops (per leg) of fork oil and replace it with 305 cc's (again, per leg) of motocross fork oil - this is the fix for every marzocchi fork. now, the first 2 - 3 inches of travel has that floaty mx feel so as soon as you're rolling you're into it, and it ramps up nicely from there. i traded a 2 year old risse champ fork straight up for this thing and it was brand new. deal of the century, i.m.o. after riding it for 6 months i would have no problem spending a grand on a new on when/if that time comes.

bottom line - buy this fork and you will be faster, if that's what you're looking for.

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Favorite Trail:   anything that flows

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   nothing that i've tried compares but i've used 6"zzyzx, 6"jr.t's, 9"risse champ, etc, etc...

Bike Setup:   foes dhs tube, shiver, r/f shore w/mrp, 8"hayes dh, dbl tracks w/gazzaloddis, basically everything you would expect to be hanging off a dh rig

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lazlo Sanchez a Downhiller from Victoria, B.C. Canada

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2004

Strengths:    Lovely plush travel eats up everything thrown at it. Great for a big boy like me (100kg) who likes to do big drops and ride too fast. Bottomed out a bit before I got some heavy weight oil put in. Now its perfect. Love being able to tune the fork dampening and spring rate so easily.

Weaknesses:    None really, other then it's kinda hard to wheelie the bike for the first time with these forks! HA HA. Also (not really a product weakness), but if you run a big fat front tire on 26" rim watch for the tire hitting the underside triple-clamp on big drops.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are really great. I ride motocross and they feel like the ones on my Honda CR250. Nice and stiff and lots of good adjustments for when you wanna go from doing some urban then head up to Whistler for a few runs. I got my Shivers used, and as soon as I had them set up for my fat ass they gave me nothing but big toothy grins all the way down the hill. If you can find a set of these bad-boys dont hesitate to pick em up!

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Favorite Trail:   Dirt Merchant \ A-Line

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike.com

Similar Products Used:   Monsters, DJII, Dropoffs etc...

Bike Setup:   Norco s-hore.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Downhiller from Worcester, Ma, USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2004

Strengths:    very strong fork, feels bottomless. love the inverted stantion tubes, very protected as long as u have the guards on

Weaknesses:    none so far, haven't even noticed the weight difference from my super T pro

Bottom Line:   
i like everything about this fork!! thats it... even the stickers...i know....im nuts...Marzocchi for life!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   03 Marzocchi Super T Pro, good fork, but i bottomed it too easily, forced me to upgrade

Bike Setup:   Specialized Big Hit DH, Hayes Disc, 03 Shiver, Doublewide wheels...indestructible bike!!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Racer from Surrey, UK

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2004

Strengths:    travel, strength, traking ability

Weaknesses:    heavy apart from that no problems

Bottom Line:   
i really like these forks, they feel so sturdy and reliable, you can out them where ever you want and theyll keep to that line, there a bit heavy so for racers i would advise boxxers, thats what im gonna get it time cos there a bit heavy, apart form that very good forks no faults what so ever, make you very confidetnt to go out and try bigger things

bottom line: best dh/freeride forks about, but for the racer i would go for somthing lighter, 888, boxxers

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Favorite Trail:   uk dh

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   jrn ts, boxxer race

Bike Setup:   yeti dh9, shivers

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