Marzocchi Dirt Jumper III 2004 Front Shocks

4.15/5 (73 Reviews)

Product Description

Dirt Jumper models I, II, and III all utilize our one-piece magnesium casting along with the fender style forged CNC crown and with the larger 32mm alloy stanchion tubes. As with the Z.1 series, the DJ series offer hard-core freeriders and dirt jumpers Marzocchi’s continued commitment to the evolution of street.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Angelenia Jolie a Weekend Warrior from A gay one

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2009

Strengths:    Really good for drops upto 12 feet. Look good. Great for dirt jumps.

Weaknesses:    Not many.

Bottom Line:   
Great forks for beginers, city slickers, or somewhat experienced riders. If your friends make fun of you because they are the stock forks tell them to shove it because they are actually pretty good. You don't need to go buy some 500 dollar set of forks to be a good rider, these are great.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   With my bike on kiji

Bike Setup:   Norco Wolverine (awesome bike)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt marx a Downhiller from cochrane

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2008

Strengths:    great fork has good rebound and good travel

Weaknesses:    pinch bolt cracks very easy and is kind of heavy

Bottom Line:   
awesome and lame at the same time

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Favorite Trail:   a-line

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   cop

Similar Products Used:   03 dirt jumper 3

Bike Setup:   kona howler 07

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jack Francis a Downhiller from Swansea

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2007

Strengths:    quite strong , excellent for dirt jumping

Weaknesses:    tend to crack at the top of the stanchions , nothing to worry about though

Bottom Line:   
very good forks treated me well

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Favorite Trail:   my own =]

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   dmr rhythm, dirt jumper 2, hayes nines , etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trix from Sheffield

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2007

Strengths:    Big & beefy stanchions, look nice and the crown is on par with some triple clamps in size.
Can soak up just about any thing, managed to take them off a 12ft drop, landed harsh and they just soaked it up.
Fantastic option for those on a tight budget

Weaknesses:    Little bit heavy but unless your an XC freak you aren't going to notice it.
Rebound can be a little bit slow and sluggish for small bumps eg roots etc
Drop outs chip quite easily

Bottom Line:   
These were my first back in 05 bought 2nd hand but weren't even bedded in.
Have yet to break them despite cranking my headtube and writing off a couple of front wheels! and plenty of other stacks.
Awesome for newbies and those on a budget.
If you get offered a set, grab 'em and see just how much they can take cus they're bombproof

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand from internet

Bike Setup:   02 X-cess frame
Halo SAS wheelset
04 DJ3's
Deore/Tourney gearing
Husslefelt crankset
FSA pig headset
Maxxis Holy Rollers/Minions

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by daniel mcelroy a Weekend Warrior from california

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2006

Strengths:    they are extremeley strong, very plush, awesome for dirt jumping, and pretty much everything.

Weaknesses:    dosent have one that i have discovered.

Bottom Line:   
this fork is a all around awesome fork, its strong, and plush. i love this fork.

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Favorite Trail:   nisene marks

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   cambria bikes

Similar Products Used:   mz comps which i broke.

Bike Setup:   04 specialized hardrock pro, dj3s, soon to have a mrp, ditch witch rims, shimano 6" disc brakes, man o war dirt jumper seat ,and new wtb freeriding tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by finger lickin good a Downhiller from PMC, CA

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2005

Strengths:    stong, havent bottomed it out yet, cheap

Weaknesses:    kinda loud, heavy for the first ten min. Nothing to b*tch about!

Bottom Line:   
don't ride with a MZ COMP its a health hazard!

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Favorite Trail:   the one with the jump

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   MZ comp (broke)

Bike Setup:   P.1, DJ3, e.13 bash, lock on grips, front brake

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mess a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2005

Strengths:    Strong, stiff, bombproof. Look mean. Smooth, seemingly bottomless travel.

Weaknesses:    Heavy? I don't notice it, but they do weight more than even some triples.
Disc mounts are a little odd.
Rebound click, but its no big deal.
Lack of adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
Well, I got these extended out to 130mm and had lighter oil put it, which makes them a far more respectable trail fork. For jumping, the stock setup kicks ass. I nose-down landed from about 2m up onto concrete and these forks ate it like it wasnt there. I didn't even feel them bottom. Similar landing would have snapped my old RockShox. If you're light, let most of the air out, don't worry about bottoming them out.
They look awesome, the crown is big enough to eat other forks for dinner.
Good budget fork, especially if you want something bombproof and don't care much about adjustment.

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Favorite Trail:   Makara Peak

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Z1, Z1 Wedge, Z3Qr20, Psylo...

Bike Setup:   '01 Kona Stinky with Dangerboy 6" plates, 24" DW on back, Alex dx32 on front, formula cable discs... etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brett magneson a Weekend Warrior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2005

Strengths:    lots. its so plush. the big fr crown. 130mm travel.(2003 version). everything you would want on a hard tail. get it now!!! sucks up everything.

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
K guys, this is such a good fork. it can handle the big hits, suck up the little bumps on the runway of your favourite jump and still does it with class.

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Favorite Trail:   christopher lake ski-doo trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   dj2, exr comp, 2005 dj3 some others

Bike Setup:   2004 specialized p.2, ditched teh exr comp for this dj3. everything else stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben Howells a Downhiller from Yeovil,Somerset,UK

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2005

Strengths:    Very strong, take big hits and bad landings well

Weaknesses:    No noticable problems

Bottom Line:   
Very strong, good for street, dirt, a little stiff for trails and DH (on a 24" street bike anyway!) but do a good job in these areas regardless!

I actually snapped the m arch brace on these recently, they are second hand though and have had a fair bit of use. Still a very good fork, my friend has had 04 DJ2s (not 20mm) for ages and they are still going strong! Would have got them done on warranty, but then my bike was stolen. Gonna get some 06 DJ3s for me new bike!

Don't bother with the higher DJs unless you want a 20mm axle or some extra adjustment - these work just fine.

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Favorite Trail:   Ham Hill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   DJ2s (just the same), MX Comps

Bike Setup:   DMR Rhythm 24", mostly stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James from Cranbrook, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2005

Strengths:    Clean, smooth look, air assist, cheap, super strong, stiff, responsive, cheap-ish.

Weaknesses:    Too much paint around drop outs, no rebound adjustment causing "top out" (top out is when the fork rebounds to fast and makes a "THUNK" noise)

Bottom Line:   
I got this as a warrenty fork when I broke my Z1 and love it. I heared lots of complaints about weight, but I didn't notice, and I'm only 100lbs. I have used this fork for ski hills, trails, urban and dirtjump. My only real complaint is the lack of rebound adjustment. Buy it and huck with a worry free mind.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Gerick Sports

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1 drop off, DJ 2, Manitou Sherman

Bike Setup:   Specailized P.3 frame, DJ 3 frok, TANK headset, Atomlab bars and stem, Atomlab wheels, RaceFace cranks, VP pedals, axiom BMX seat, pazzaz seat post, Sram X7 derailer, Avid disc brakes...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alex from Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2005

Strengths:    Not sure, couldn't get past the weaknesses. But seriously, the fork worked decently (it held my front wheel to my headtube, anyway) for 2 and a half years, and I guess that's not bad.

Weaknesses:    I cracked the crown twice, and I think the internals are blown (I've been told, I can't tell the difference). Also, the springs it came with were too soft.

Bottom Line:   
I have a nasty habbit of cracking rims, and I'm not the smoothest of riders, but I've never broken a frame (yet), so I don't see why this fork had to crack twice. I'm not even doing anything that could weaken it (ie. using a 24" back wheel, or putting it on a bike built for shorter forks). I plan to continue riding it though. I don't have the $ to replace it. Luckily half the time I'm either in the air, or manualling, so my theory is that it should last a bit longer still before it snaps right off. PS. On an unrelated topic, I'm selling a mint condition 2003 Marzocchi Dirt Jumper III. Only got ridden once. Make me an offer.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came stock on '03 Norco One25

Similar Products Used:   I guess my '00 RM6's stock Z.1 is kinda similar.

Bike Setup:   Mag 30s, Hayes 9 carbons, SS, etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel Someone a Weekend Warrior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2005

Strengths:    The Dirt jumper series is totaly bomb proof. My fork is a Dirt Jumper III and has 4" of travel. It is great with the air pre-load because i can stiffin it up for the big hucks and leave it loose for park. It is buttery smooth on trails, commutes, etc.

Weaknesses:    This fork could use a little more travel and is crazy heavy!!!

Bottom Line:   
This is and excellent fork for beginner bikes or for street abuse/dirtjumps. This fork will take what ever you through at it. Very cheap but still bomb proof.

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Favorite Trail:   Whiter Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $345.00

Purchased At:   olympia cycle

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Splice Comp. Dirt Jam Comp. Rock Shox U-turn

Bike Setup:   2003 Norco Bigfoot, rear built up Double Track, shimano Deore components, Dirt Jumper III. etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Racer from Cali

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2005

Strengths:    -strong
-tough and strong design

Weaknesses:    -heavy
-adjustment is minimal, but what do you expect from a budget fork

Bottom Line:   
-plush with little adjustibility
-great price
-strong but heavy

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Favorite Trail:   Calibazas

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   Marzocchi

Similar Products Used:   -Fox Shox 36
-Manitou Shermin Breakout Plus, Stance Flow, Nixon Platinum, Dorado DH
-Marzocchi Dirt Jam Pro, Dirt Jumper 1 and 2, Drop off, All Mountain 1, 888 RC, 66 RC,
-Rock Shox Team Pike, Team Reba

Bike Setup:   Chain Guide- Truvativ BOX Guide
Crankset- Truvativ Hussefelt
Fork- Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 3
Front/ Rear Brake- Hayes HMX-2 XC, mechanical disc, 6" wave rotor
Front/ Rear Tires- Specialized Adrenaline
Pedals- Specialized Low Pro Mag
Rear Derailleur- Shimano Deore
Rims- Sun DitchWitch
Stem- Truvativ Hussefelt

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ryan Waters a Downhiller from Bozeman, MT

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2005

Strengths:    Super strong, plush, stiff, cheap

Weaknesses:    Heavy, not very sensetive, lack of adjustment, rebound is too fast

Bottom Line:   
This fork rocks. It's not very sensetive on the trail but it's made for dirtjumping so it doesn't need to be. It's a little on the heavy side, but all of that weight is kind of reasuring. Marzocchi kind of skipped on adjustments, but for the price what do you expect. If you want a more sensetive and adjustable fork then you should buy the dirt jumper 1 or 2. If you want a bombproof fork for for cheap then get this, you won't be sorry.

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Favorite Trail:   Keyhole

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   internet

Similar Products Used:   01 z-5, 03 Jr. T2, 03 Super T, 03 Sherman Firefly, 04 Sherman Firefly

Bike Setup:   04 Kona Shred, Race Face, E-Thirteen, Sun Singletrack, Highroller Semislick

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Anthony from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2005

Strengths:    strong, wont botttom out, and reliable

Weaknesses:    A little on the heavy side but strong as hell

Bottom Line:   
Great price for what its worth, very reliable and no other fork is better for the price. Amazing for dirt jumping and drops.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   ReMy

Similar Products Used:   Dirt jumpers

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Chase

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2004 Marazochi Dirt Jumper III

Looked all over Google and this site yet I can't find an exploded view of this fork. I'm overhauling it as a favor for a friend. Long ago he took out the springs, has been running the fork on air alone. I want to put the springs back in. Anyone know a guide to do this?Read More »

Dirt Jumper III adjustments

I just bought an 05 Marin Rocky Ridge that has a marzocchi dirt jumper III fork (130mm of travel), it blows through the travel though and feels really soft. I know that the fork doesn't have any air in it for the preload yet (I checked it with a air pressure gauge. I will do the air tomorrow), but I ... Read More »

Marz. Dirt Jumper III

I have 04 marzocchi dirt jumper III's and they bottem out after they hit 110mm but some of my friends have 05 dirt jumper III's that bottem at 130mm and they say that I can get mine to go down to 130.. not too sure if this is true if anyone knows.. please post :)Read More »

Dirt Jam Pro == Dirt Jumper III?

Seeing lots of these Dirt Jam Pros on new jumping hardtails and wondering if anyone has the full scoop on what they actually compare to? I'm thinking it's pretty much the same fork (internals and crown/stanchions) as a Drop-Off or Dirtjumper JIII with only a single SSV? I have one on a jump/4x hard ... Read More »

Marzocchi MZ Comp 100mm vs Dirt Jumper III

What is the Marzocchi MZ Comp 100mm like, and what kind of riding can it handle? I'm not that heavy (170lb), and looking for a versatile fork for urban, 2-4 ft pavement drops, and the occasional DJ, but I'd like it to be OK for riding XC trails as well. Would the Marzocchi MZ Comp 100mm fit the bi ... Read More »

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