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.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: dmr rhythm, dirt jumper 2, hayes nines , etc
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
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
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.
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.
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
Date Reviewed: October 8, 2005
Strengths: Very strong, take big hits and bad landings well
Weaknesses: No noticable problems
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.
Similar Products Used: DJ2s (just the same), MX Comps
Bike Setup: DMR Rhythm 24", mostly stock
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)
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.
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...
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.
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.
Similar Products Used: I guess my '00 RM6's stock Z.1 is kinda similar.
Bike Setup: Mag 30s, Hayes 9 carbons, SS, etc.
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!!!
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.
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
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »