a Weekend Warrior
from san Mateo Ca U.S.A.
Date Reviewed: October 29, 2007
Strengths: super strong and light for A 170mm fork!
Weaknesses: not to much. I have just one gripe. you can not run a 2.8 2.7 or smaller
this is my 2, 03 super,t . i sold my old one to a friend,for a $100 and I got one in better shape for. $200 on craigslist.org..so my bottom line is the 03 super t is A grate fork for freeriding jumping DH it can do it all..
Similar Products Used: Dirt jumper Pro, Rock Shox team
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain RM9
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2006
Strengths: not too heavy external preload and rebound adjust
Weaknesses: not great tyre clearance, qr20 system works but can damage when over tightend
This fork is dam good! Baught it in 05 for 250 quid! Which was half the price of things like 888s, and they have veryt similar damping (just no external compression), and i think if theyre set up welltheyre good matcj for any dh fork just dont have the travel for a really heavy rider. ive raced with them and beaten plenty of guys runnig brand new top notch things like 888s, boxxers world cups etc and theyve never bottoedout and i weihg 12 stone! Little bit of flex under braking (with my hope 6 pots !!!) Effective rebound adjust is very useful, light enough for pulling manual back hopping of stuff, 180 bunnys hops and all that kind off pissing around!
Bike Setup: big hit comp mono 6 tis single tracks...
from orange county Ca
Date Reviewed: April 11, 2006
Strengths: buttery blush, and exellent compression, also the hscv cartridges are relativly easy to use and work on, light for such a well built dc fork. These soak up the small stuff well and take large hits good too.
Weaknesses: more adjustments would've been nice
Great forks for all applications...'cept xc..., takes small hits no problem, no lateral flex, have bottomed out on 12 footer(i have medium springs in it, and only weigh 140) i dont know what the bozo jt below is talking about, the stantions are strong as hell on mine, no scratches or dents after some strong hits, so i have no regrets whatso ever about this fork, an exellent buy, and i would recomend to anyone, espically if you fide boxxers right now, i like these waaayyy better.
Strengths: 04 version has adjustable lower crown So much better than Juniors and cheaper than Boxxers
Weaknesses: Low oil height Seems to twist somehow when crashed but pops back Integrated fender crown Crappy manual!
I've been using these forks for just over a month now and am very impressed with their performance. They've had a lot of trail use and racing and they never seem to stop working. Even when they bottom out it doesn't feel too harsh, drops and bumps are handled fine and adjustment is quick and easy.
But there are a few minor niggles:
The standard low oil height is a pain in the arse but to be honest it's bearable, it's not like it costs much for a bottle of oil. When I crash them they twist but they easily pop back into place, I don't know whether this is due to the integrated stem or pinch bolts but its bugging. Not a major problem though. Next theres the lower crown, I hate it. It looks good and everything but I dont like how small the fender is so I would rather fit another one, however the huge crown stops me mounting some types of fender as the support struts cant get around it. Finally the manual is crap, I really wish Marzocchi would just print a small manual for each fork rather than killing the worlds trees producing a telephone index that you dont have a clue what your reading about, took me ages to find the rebound controls because the diagram was frankly rubbish.
I would still recommend them though, none of their problems are worthy of moaning about and at least they dont need tuned from the box unlike some others...
Bike Setup: 04 Shore with Super T and Fox Vanilla RC, Maxxis Highroller 2.3 Tyres and 50/60mm integrated stem.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 23, 2005
Strengths: smooth, stiff, they look invincible,look good.
Weaknesses: Much heavier than I thought.
Just bought these 2 weeks ago. These are very nice forks. They compliment a 6 inch travel bike nicely, as they are not too long. Tried out 888's on a demo 9 and they made that feel raked out, so I settled for these. They feel twice as strong as the junior t's. I've heard people saying that junior t's spiked,and didn't understand what they meant untill I bought these. If you were to hit a series of small bumps and then a large one the junior t's would stop working and jar your hands off the bars. With these, they stay buttery all the time. I rode a track I normally ride and ended up waiting for my mates for a whole minute and a half. They turn trails with baby head sized boulders in to a smooth chute. I don't know how the people above broke them? they make the head tube on my stinky look puny. The nicest thing is you can hear the valving working away nicely as you ride rough trails. Tried jumping my most feared drop with it. The drop might seem puny to some but my skills aren't top notch. The drop is about 5 feet high and over a blind grassy jump with a tarmac landing. It made the jump seem easy. I've only got to watch out for the extra speed it's allowing me to carry. The weakness is that it ways a whole pound and a half more than my old junior T's(yes I did remove the ste). This means that if you're riding 30 milers like me you'd better be prepared to put in the leg-work. Very good for the weight conscious do it all'er. Like a big fork in a small package(It feels like a miniature 888).
from Anytown, USA
Date Reviewed: December 24, 2004
Strengths: Simple design. Didn't break. Like the black look. Good dampening. Good price.
Weaknesses: Tire size restrictions. Comes with too soft springs for anyone over 160lbs.
I saw below someone said an Intense DH 2.7 will fit. If you run a reasonably wide rim they will rub. Even with a narrow rim it must be tight. You don't want to run it in the mud. I've found anything rated 2.5 fits, most 2.6 and a few 2.7s fit. The Intense 909 2.7 does fit with a pretty wide rim. Kenda Kinetics 2.6 and Kenda Blue Grooves fit, not sure about 2.7 Nevegals. This is for the '03 model only, not the 04. If it was not for being so narrow, I like the fork. I've since purchased a Shiver for the tire fit issue.
Bike Setup: bighit dh,super t,hayes mags all the good stuff.
from Walnut Creek, Ca. 93497
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2004
Strengths: Plush fork, nice and stiff make 6' drops feel like your landing on a pillow.
Weaknesses: The crack they call a dropout. I have had this fork for 4 months and already broken the cast aluminum piece on the bottom. I called Marzocchi and they said it was my fault and I had to buy a new one for $35. I went to the bike shop and they said it happens to them all and it's a bad design but Marzocchi won't replace either part. I won't buy another marzoochi fork with this drop out.
Don't buy a Marzoochi fork with this type of drop out it's garage.
from calgay, alberta, canada
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004
Strengths: it looks nice
Weaknesses: weak, skinny stanchions that crack and break.
I thought that I was buying a "freeride - downhill" fork, as the chart on the Marzocchi web page and on the box. But after using it for only one summer, maybe 15 days riding, the fork snapped in half. It didn't crack or bend or creak or flex... the entire fork snapped in two pieces directly below the lower crown. I luckily escaped any injury from this, unlike a young kid a week earlier in Calgary who had the same thing happen but he smashed his face open in the process. As I went to get some coverage by the manufacturer, they told me it was such a freak occurance they won't cover anything. This was the response from the Candadian Marzocchi representative, everyone's favorite bike/parts/repairs monopolist "NORCO". I have yet to speak with an actual Marzocchi representative but having Norco represent them is an embarasement.
I highly recomend the Shiver line of forks from Marzocchi, but nothing else. I will never touch anything from Marzocchi that has a 32-35mm stanchion... especially that death trap the new 888.
I also ask that everyone not buy/support anything coming out of the Norco banner. They have become the Wal-mart of the bike industry in Canada, but with them "customer service" is their absolute last priority.
I have pictures of the faulty forks, and I am more than happy to share them with anyone that wants to see the garbage that is the Super T.
from Somewhere in California
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2004
Strengths: Integrated Stem, stiff, plush, and easy to install
Weaknesses: If you buy it new, it will probly wont come with enough oil. Im going to truse other reviewers and try topping it off with some more oil. Im also loosing almost a whole inch of travel because of the missing oil. Hopfully adding more oil will solve that problem.----Even with this little misfortune...im not complaining, the fork still feels like butter
This is an awsome fork. I use it for freeriding and some downhill. Id reconmend it to anyone who is looking for a nice big fork with alot of travel. It'l take drops like nothing else, and super smooth on the decents. Skip the Jr. T and get the Super. Dont let the fork oil thing bother you,,,all you gotta do is squirt a little more in and itl be perfect. Even with the oil, i still give it 5 flamin poops. THis is one awsome fork!
Bike Setup: Cannondale Gemini 900 - DH setup w/ Blackspire guide, 03 Super T, Fox Vanilla RC rear shock...+ stock components
Date Reviewed: June 13, 2004
Strengths: not to heavy
Weaknesses: i cannot stand the dropouts, lower crown is pressfitted instead of bolted on so forget replacing a stantion, after a little while of abuse it makes terrible noises left and right
i wouldnt recomend putting this fork on a giant, its way too tall. the bushings practicaly disintigrate after half a season of racing because the bike is so chopper. If you are racing downhill buy a race fork like the new 888 or a dorado