Marzocchi 888 R 2004 Front Shocks

4.22/5 (64 Reviews)
MSRP : $1149.00


Product Description

What if you closed your eyes and thought of a fork that possessed all the needs, wants, and desires of today's extreme riders? What would appear in the deepest, darkest corners of your mind? Marzocchi closed their eyes and then developed the all-new and radically dark Triple 8 dual crown fork - for those of you who want your darkest desires fulfilled.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by seansonic a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2011

Strengths:    Plush, reliable, crash proof after 8 years of abuse!

Weaknesses:    Sometimes a little bit of sticktion when they get hot on Alpine descents

Bottom Line:   
8 years in, many horrific stacks, for 6 of those it was my only bike and did everything aprox 10 hours of downhill per week, now only doing 3 weeks in the Alps and a dozen or so uplift weekends per year. Only serviced 5 times in 8 years and required 1 replacement rebound cartridge and 1 compression cartridge because O rings had blown. They still look good and feel like day one, despite having been down everything in Austria and France including the megavalanche track at flat out race speeds. I reckon that makes them a great value for money product that still outperform later variants.

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Favorite Trail:   Alps

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   STOWS GB DEC 2003

Similar Products Used:   Later 07 version 888 (200mm) & rockshox domains (180mm)

Bike Setup:   Azonic Eliminator (215mm)- bike weight 43lb - rider weight 12.5st

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Skytrash a Weekend Warrior from Penticton, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2010

Strengths:    Problem free and rides well.

Weaknesses:    Heavy and sucks up jumps when doing gaps. It is better for drops.

Bottom Line:   
Good simple fork. I had it overhauled once and ride it a lot. I am 230 lb and jump it ten feet a lot. No problems for the fork. I maxed the compression and put in heavier oil for my weight. Max out the rebound for climbing and if you go really slow you get to the top eventually.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   66, Monster T, Float 36 RC2

Bike Setup:   Stinky

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DHAdict a Downhiller from Reno

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2008

Strengths:    PLUSH, travel, rebound, strength

Weaknesses:    nothing, besides stickers come off easy, no problem

Bottom Line:   
This fork rocks. I highly recommand it. drops, rocks, jumps, even crashes, this can take it all!

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Favorite Trail:   Any thing with big air

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   demoed a few, manitou sherman

Bike Setup:   '05 Davinci

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bighit_rider a Downhiller from kent. england

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2008

Strengths:    so,so,so, sooooo plush. sexy in black, cheap, strong.

Weaknesses:    not one :)

Bottom Line:   
just an excellent fork. most are now cheap as its getting older.
thee best fork i have ever used !

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   boxxers x2, drop off iv, junior t, shiver sc, pike 454, fox talas rlc, manitou sherman sc.

Bike Setup:   bighit dh 2003, 888r, fox van rc, halo sas rear, funn xlrater/hope pro 2, avid juicy, hope mono mini, saints, e13, 3.0" tyres, dmr v8, holzfeller bars, xtr mech.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jessie a Downhiller from powe river, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2007

Strengths:    BEST FORK OUT THERE!!! great rebound and compression.

Weaknesses:    stickers come off easily (don't care)

Bottom Line:   
BEST FORK EVER. wont use another fork only marzocchi forks!!!!!


BOMBERS

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   suncoast cycles

Similar Products Used:   kingpins :-(

Bike Setup:   Santa cruz Bullit, 888, e13, MAG 30, avid juicy 7ns

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joe from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2007

Strengths:    Huge travel. Don't get damaged easily.

Weaknesses:    Need seals and oil at far too regular intervals.

Bottom Line:   
If they didn't need so much maintenance, I'd be very happy but after a month of hard riding, they become spongy and have to go back to the shop. I clean them, I don't spray pressure washers in stupid places yet they still die....

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Favorite Trail:   CBC

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   John Henry

Similar Products Used:   Nothing this size.

Bike Setup:   Norco A-Line with 8" rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patrick Mariolo a Downhiller from Roseville, California, US

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Strengths:    Ive hucked this so many times only the stickers get recked. They feel bomb proof and they are a dream in rock gardens.

Weaknesses:    stickers come off so nothing really

Bottom Line:   
the best fork ive used yet im thinking of either buying 07 rc2x or getting the rc2x rebuild kit cause i want high/low speed compression adjustments.

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Favorite Trail:   Single Shot

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   came with used bike

Similar Products Used:   888vf, fox 40 rc2, stratos super 8, boxxer world cup

Bike Setup:   demo 9 pro, 888r w/ ti springs, swinger 4-way w/ ti spring, e13 guide, x9 drivetrain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dory a Downhiller from CA

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2007

Strengths:    This is the RR, so its one below the 888R...

This thing is amazing for freeride. DH, eh, the VF dampning system is ok, but its still a little bumpy. It soaks up almost everything though and has made my bike much funner to ride.


Weaknesses:    Lack of adjustment, break mounts.

Bottom Line:   
Such an amazing fork... I thought it would be overkill for my bike but it turns out to work PERFECTLY! I can still actualy pedal, and even climb little bits!

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Favorite Trail:   If it goes down, i like it

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   PinkBikey!!!

Similar Products Used:   non, this is my first DC long travel fork.

Bike Setup:   IH Yakuza Aniki

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim a Downhiller from San Jose. California

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2007

Strengths:    For being NIB forks and costing 350, That is a strength let alone. Super strong. Super stiff. Super reliable. Still havent changed my seals or oil yet and its been a year.

Weaknesses:    Nothing. I guess marzocchi didnt remember that people were too stupid to read the instructions, hence the cracked lowers. Thats not really a weakness tho, just the riders weakness.

Bottom Line:   
These forks rock. I havent changed the oil yet, They will fit literally any frame on the market. And I mean any. You cant do that with most other forks. I ran into a hidden 2ft tall cement drain pipe when I was doing a creek run at my favorite trail, popped both tires, bottomed forks and rear. Nothing happened. That was it. No snapping, no cracks. Ive beatin the hell out of these forks and they still ride like new. Im getting new lowers put on to keep them going, they are that good. People who say they cracked the lowers are puttin way too much torque down. I tighten the piss out of my stuff and never had a problem. If you broke a lower spend the 150 and get some new stronger 2007 lowers. Not that hard. People complain about problems, I would like to see some rock shox or manitous take the abuse these have. A+

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Favorite Trail:   Magic Carpet

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shiver DC, Dorado, Rock Shox W/C, Monster T

Bike Setup:   Tomac Mag 204 loaded to the tits. Built for large drops.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jules a Weekend Warrior from england

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2007

Strengths:    smooth action when not broken, they're black.

Weaknesses:    weak, weak fork for freeride

Bottom Line:   
when these forks are working they feel nice, no stiction nicley tuneable but they break, I have now snapped a stanchion and the rh bolt on the top crown has sheared twice! for the money these forks cost they should be much, much stronger. buy a shiver or monster...

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   shivers, monsters, super t, jr t etc... etc...

Bike Setup:   demo 9 dh, custom build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keith Bayard a Downhiller from Hope BC Canada

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2007

Strengths:    Stealthy look, 20 mm axles, stiff feel, external rebound and compression adjustments, confidence inspiring.

Weaknesses:    it is now slightly outdated by newer forks.

Bottom Line:   
It has now been a full year after i purchased the fork.
It still feels amazing, very plush, but once you use around half of the travel the compression adjuster kicks in and thus the fork becomes bottomcless. The rebound adjustment make this fork easy to HUCK off of a 20 footer and not worry about the dreaded "KLANK" of a fork that bottoms out. The external adjustments also make this fork very versatile, you could go from dirt jumps to freeride hucks, straight to the race track, and the fork wont even flinch!!! IT is reasonable in weight at a sturdy 7.8 pounds, and i enjoy the tall axle to crown height because it feels at home going down any technical descent, or any sketchy rock gardens. This fork is the best all around dual crown fork out there, and you can score one for cheap on pinkbike.com.

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Favorite Trail:   Dog Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   ive tried em all and this one comes out on top.

Bike Setup:   888s on my 05 manik with double track in the rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joel a Downhiller from El Granada CA

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2006

Strengths:    Goes perfectly w/ my vp-free. Feels like I am never going to bottom it out. Looks like a beast.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, but it's a DH/FR fork.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork for the price you can find it at now. Seems invincible and like i'd never bottom it out. Very heavy, but I expected that. Awsome.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Fox 40, 2005 888rc, Z1, and Z3.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz VP-Free w/ 2004 888r, fox dhx 5.0, azonic outlaw wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Geno Geno a Downhiller from NOr Cal

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2006

Strengths:    Everything. Long travel. Stiff. Easy to work on. Great Fork

Weaknesses:    Nothing. Besides black getting too dirty. White wouldnt show dirt as much. Loudness. It is quite loud at times when rebounding.

Bottom Line:   
Great for. DOnt listed to all these negs. Ive taken a 10 and 4 20 foot drops. Forks still on. Still ridable. I rip the hell out of trails, ride urban, and dirt jump on my dh. Never had a probelm. Even rocketed my bike 30 feet in the air from a 14 foot lip. Came down, bounced about 5 times and landed on sanctions. No scraches, no dings. Went out to ride today, beat em up on a huge 2 mile rock garden. soacked everything up. I wont use another fork. Tested, and true. Marzocchi rocks. I used their bmx forx for quite some time, and now these. Also use bombers also. LOVE ALL. Try em. Wont get rid of them.

O last comment. If the people that say they break were right, then why did specialized put them on their demo 9's. HUH. They test everything to days end to make sure its worthy. And it was. Hense why it came standard on a 4k+ bike. They woulda gone to fox if they saw such better ferformance to price ratio. To this day they still come stock with 888's so do the big hit 2's. Nuf said. Im out gonna go ride some more.

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Favorite Trail:   Sorry, Cant list. ONly Private Property Trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $295.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   888rc
Shiver
World Cup Boxxers


Bike Setup:   Azonic Eliminator
Profile Cranks.
888's
intense mags on xtr rear with custom front. (profile cassette coming soon to rear) and a bunch of other stuff. Too lazy to spend time listing.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keith Bayard a Downhiller from B.C., CANADA

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2006

Strengths:    This is an updated review, from a while back, now i have been able to fully appreciate this fork. SO amazing-unlimited adjustment, smooth, feel, very sturdy, soaks up bumbs like nothing, tons of travel at 8 inches, stealthy look, lighter than monsters,AMAZING

Weaknesses:    could use some lowering crowns, do not like the red decals(so i put on some new gold and silver decals.)

Bottom Line:   
This fork is rock solid, cheap compared to any other new double crown fork, reliable, plush, smooth, and very low maintenence for its extreme capibilities, i would recomend this double crown over any other fork you have in mind, when you think of an amazing long travel double crown fork, think of a 888.

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Favorite Trail:   Dog Mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   PRIVATE

Similar Products Used:   04 monster, 05 drop off,03 jr.T, 05 super.T

Bike Setup:   05 norco manik, 04 888r, el norte, hussefelt, gigapipe, maxxis, kenda, envy, hayes hfx9, singletracks-dangerboy

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Graham a Downhiller from Scotland

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006

Strengths:    Structurally very strong in all areas. Looks really nice. Composite steerer tube. Great adjustability, which really works. Paint is hard to chip or scratch. Smooth travel, internals are reliable (mine has been in constant use for nearly 3 years). Great customer service.

Weaknesses:    Crowns would be better flat, but now you can buy the marzocchi flat crowns for not much.

Bottom Line:   
These forks (in fact, all marzocchi products) can not be beaten for reliability. I spent a lot of time deciding between a 888 and a boxxer, and I ended up with the 888. Boxxers work perfectly well for only a short time but a marzocchi will be working perfectly even 3 years out of the box.
I also gained lots of confidence in my riding because I knew that my fork would hold up through anything I could throw at it.
Boxxers are great too but they aren't as reliable. Manitou's are reliable but they are heavy. 888's are perfect =)

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Privately

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Stance Kingpin

Bike Setup:   Giant Glory with 888R and much more nice stuff =)

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