Marzocchi Marathon S 2004 Front Shocks

4.94/5 (32 Reviews)


Product Description

Mg Marathon monolite one piece arch & sliders Marzocchi was there when Marathon racing was born. Endurance races and 24-hour events are increasingly popular, and components that address the unique needs of long distance riding are in high demand. Marathon racers want forks that are durable. They want smooth operation, mile after mile. These cutting edge designs satisfy those needs. These forks are experienced to the core, and they’ll see the sport of marathon racing into its old age.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tomemarelic a Weekend Warrior from Zadar, Croatia

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2011

Strengths:    Excellent performance on rough terrains, very fast rebound,springs in both legs, ETA system which is excellent for steep climbs and longer road trips, rough construction (almost every part is made of metal, even knobs), very light (~1,8 kg) and very easy to maintain

Weaknesses:    Oil levels in both legs need to be very precisely added to achieve full travel, which demands a lot of experience (original Marzochi specifications recommend oil volme which is way too big, and allows only 60-70% of travel)

Bottom Line:   
Excellent fork for my demands, performs very good in all situations, and ETA option is one of the best ideas to put on bicycle forks, ever. Plus, it seeems very durable, and is also a very good looking. Highly recommended.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   second hand (but int

Similar Products Used:   Suntour XCR - can be compared only because they are both forks :)

Bike Setup:   Fuji Tahoe 2008 frame, Marzocchi Marathon s '04, Deore and XT deraleurs & shifters, Deore V-brake brakes

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

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2008

Strengths:    Plush, gets full travel, tracks beautifully, wide range of rebound adjust, eta works great, can use standard pump for air preload adjustment.

Weaknesses:    None found yet

Bottom Line:   
Great fork as my Z3 was back in 2000. Handles superbly and with correct preload corners like it's on rails (American made Zaskar certainly helps here too !). I ride fairly aggressive XC and fork hasn't bottomed out yet and I weigh 180lbs. Compression dampening works a treat but is non adjustable, but why adjust it when it's spot on?

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Favorite Trail:   whakarewarewa

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z3, Pace RC 30, Manitou Black, Marzocchi EXR Pro

Bike Setup:   96 GT Zaskar, Full XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shane Oneal a Cross Country Rider from Salina KS, USA

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2007

Strengths:    Very smooth travel, has a crazy amount of dampening adjustment. ETA is one of the single coolest inventions ever.

Weaknesses:    Its a little flexy, but now more then other products ive used....

Bottom Line:   
Ive never ridden such a nice fork. additionally this is the first air fork ive ever owned. however i love it. the ETA is by far my favorite part of the whole fork. its a little flexy at full suspension, however as its compresses it stiffens up greatly. I love it, ill update later.....

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Favorite Trail:   Perry Lake trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   EBAY Rocks

Similar Products Used:   99 Z2 Atom Bomb, 98 Z2, Manitou Palmer Stroker FS TI. 98 Judy SL

Bike Setup:   1995 Trek 8000 Bonded Frame
2004 Marzocchi Marathon S 120mm, RaceFace BB, STXRC Cranks,Bontrager RE-1 pedals, XTR Front Drail. XTR 8-sp Rear Casset, XT R Drail, XTR Brakes, RaceFace SL HeadSet, Control Tech Stem, Profile Riser Bar, SRAM 9.0 Composit Leavers, SRAM Attack gripshift shifters, RockShox Suspension Seatpost, Selle Itallia Flite Tit. Saddle. Mavic X517rims(Citron) w/ XTR Hubs and DT double butted Spokes and Blue Nips, Panaracer FireXC Pros .

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by john a Racer from bflo, ny, usa

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2007

Strengths:    ETA, durability, simplicity, looks, italian panache, stiffness, cadillac-like smoothness.

Weaknesses:    might be a little heavy.

Bottom Line:   
a great fork.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   manitou, rock shock, other bombers

Bike Setup:   two year old full suspension mountain bike. 80 mm of travel. weighs thirty pounds.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GorDo a Cross Country Rider from Utah

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2006

Strengths:    Tough, good looking, well built

Weaknesses:    Heavy, may need thicker oil after the first couple years.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great fork. you can't beat Marzocchi. I have riden miles and miles on this fork. From SLick rock to wyoming, the toughest trail that will kick your can. This fork wont quite and it just keeps asking for more. The ETA just makes it that much better. A remote would be nice but you can't complain with the on the fly action.

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Favorite Trail:   Moab Slick Rock

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   super go

Similar Products Used:   Manitou

Bike Setup:   1998 Access frame, XT'd out

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brendan from Providence, RI

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2005

Strengths:    Durability, feel (once broken in) and the lack of lateral play. ETA

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is it's a great fork for the money. It's no lightweight, but then you'll probably spend more time riding it than repairing it. I was happy with it before the seals broke in, once they did I was even happier. Mine's the 120mm model so the ETA actually comes in handy on some steeper climbs (feels clunky when the travel is compressed but that's not really an issue). Overall the fork just has a solid feel, no flexing and no rebound issues to contend with at all. It goes where you point it and acts predictably. I probably have 60 or so rides on this fork (120 hours give or take)with no issues. For the record I weigh 155 and ride mostly rocky technical NE trails. I just started using the newer Marzocchi forks this year, and it made me wonder why I wasted time on the RS Psylos for so long.

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Favorite Trail:   Arcadia trail TOT

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Two crappy RS Psylos, an 03 Z1 FR. '98 Z2 Bomber. Old Judys and Manitous as well.

Bike Setup:   '01 Jamis Komodo Team mix of nice XC/trailbike parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave from boise

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2005

Strengths:    excellent damping,excellent quality,coil springs,not much flex,seals DO NOT LEAK.

Weaknesses:    none,

Bottom Line:   
look at the review in mountain bike action july 2005,the giant reign has a Manitou Nixon fork,it does not work! the "infinite travel" which is rip off of the Marzocchi E.T.A. system is crap! Marzocchi had a solution to enhanced climbing years ago,those guy at mountain bike action are so full of crap,you never hear much of anything about Marzocchi cross country/freeride forks they always rave about Fox fork,I know of numerous people who own them,the seals are crap! they leak oil and fox is slow to honor their warranty on this problem,any way I love this fork,too bad their new trail bike forks do not have springs on both sides,seems like air sprung forks are all the rage,sure they save weight however they will probably never be as good as a dual coil fork in regards to feeling progressive,ya I hear a "squish" sound when the fork is working...so what,you would hear the internals working on a motorcyle fork too if the engine were not muffling the sound.I am sold on Marzocchi and plan on purchasing an all mountain 1 to install on a new Heckler I just bought.Marzocchi has been in the hydraulic buisness since 1949 it is no wonder they make such a quality product.what good are all the features of a fox fork if the seals piss oil out? poor R+D. overpriced too.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   cbo

Similar Products Used:   manitou

Bike Setup:   2004 ibex trophy hardtail,stans no tubes conversion,race face x crank,all x9 drive train,reccomended set up for fork only 5 psi air preload

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob Conti a Cross Country Rider from Cleveland Ohio US

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2005

Strengths:    This fork is really durrable hard to bottom out if your not Extreme freeriding or downhilling.

Weaknesses:    ok well i have to ride urban sorta because i live in the suburbs outside of cleveland and i do a lot of like flatland and endoes and i also have discs so since the disks are only on one side when you brake hevily the opposite side of the disc pops out of place because its quick release and it has ben wearing the mount down a lot over the past few years.

Bottom Line:   
im not really an xc rider but there was really nothing that describes me i live in the cleveland suburbs so theres not too much to ride in way of freeriding im only 14 so im cant really afford much more im looking at the mantinou stance kingpins but i hear there bad. ive probally only ben like 6 feeet in the air before and they did not do so good on the landing.

overll i would say that there good for the money but if your going to so big stuff it will b worth in the longrun to buy a more epensive fork that will hold out better however if your just getting started its an exclene for but if your really in to it youl outgrow then quickly.

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Favorite Trail:   wherever

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came on my Hardrock

Similar Products Used:   notihn really

Bike Setup:   04 specialized hardrock, mz comp, and unfortunantly tektro IO's (they suck really bad dont get them).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dennis Verburg a Weekend Warrior from Kudelstaart Netherlands

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2005

Strengths:    -Smooth, ETA, Stiff, Bomb Proof, Easy to adjust

Weaknesses:    -Weight
-Disc brake limitation
-After 1 1/2 year I noticed some play in the bushings, needs overhaul, I think!
-Spring inside the fork make some noise sometimes.



Bottom Line:   
This fork is very reliable. In 1 1/2 year never had any trouble. ETA works very well.
But even this fork needs overhaul.
I have abused this fork in the French Alpes(downhill).
After France I noticed that this fork has limitations.
(play in bushings). But still the fork perfomes very good.

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Favorite Trail:   several routes in Limburg

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Roseversand Germany (came with bike)

Similar Products Used:   Rochshox Duke SL and Judy XC


Bike Setup:   Red Bull NPL, DT Swiss SSD 210L, Shimano XT, Magura Louise

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by johnny hack a Cross Country Rider from T.O.

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2005

Strengths:    * $275.00
* will last forever
* eats big hits and small chatter


Weaknesses:    N/A

Bottom Line:   
Incredible. I knew they would be good on big stuff, very impressive on roads and choppy stuff too.

Best deal I've ever gotten on anything.

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   03 exr comp (came on bike)

Bike Setup:   03 lava dome

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Cross Country Rider from Oak Harbor, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2005

Strengths:    Travel, bump absorption, price, stifness, quality construction, ETA

Weaknesses:    None found yet

Bottom Line:   
As a 220# rider this fork was sweet out of the box. I did add 15# to the air preload to compensaste a little for my weight. I will probably add more oil to the forks as well. That is when I feel like not riding the badboy. It is a perfect 5" travel fork that will not break the budget. Anyone looking to upgrade from a P.O.S. Judy will be blown away by this fork. You can still climb too with the ETA feature. This fork has kept me in my old bike for at least another few years.

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Favorite Trail:   Cranberry Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude Comp, XT front, XTR Rear, disks, Rhyno Lites.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Verneris a Cross Country Rider from Port Hueneme

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2005

Strengths:    This is a follow up on my last review. Since then I've ridden about 20-25 miles trail time on these and I am pleased to say I am even more impressed with these forks.

Weaknesses:    I still think the weight may be a factor but not much. Remote lock out would be a nice feature to maybe add-on later.

Bottom Line:   
After taking the Zokes on a 12 and 8 mile venture in Nor-Cal in some "real" back country i was pleased with the performance and feel of the forks. I rode up/down hills I never thought i would've been able to do. I don't think i bottomed out once. The ETA definitely helps with the tough uphill sections. This fork is definitely a good buy and i will not replace any time soon.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $245.00

Purchased At:   SuperGo

Bike Setup:   Same as below

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wild Bill a Cross Country Rider from Colorado Springs

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2005

Strengths:    ETA, responsive and super strong

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent all around fork. The ETA function is the perfect "on the fly adjustment". I have the 120mm version. Overall, a great fork for the price. This is a huge upgrade from the rockshock judy (junk) fork that came stock on my bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Marys Loop, Fruita and Monarch Crest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shock Judy SL-U turn

Bike Setup:   Giant Hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TCW a Cross Country Rider from Norman, OK

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2005

Strengths:    Plush, great tracking, ETA, Air assist, nice looking

Weaknesses:    Sometimes it makes a little squish noise when rebounding quickly.

Bottom Line:   
Wife bought this fork for me as a birthday gift, good wife. I was expecting the front end to feel a little more clunky because of he few ounces incurred by the Marathon S. Happy to report that the bike feels just a nimble, but a whole lot more high performance than before. On root/rock infested downs the shock absorbes everything wonderfully. I easily made some climbs I usually struggle with because the ETA drops the fron end to a perfect position to make loose-steep inclines seem almost too easy. The only other shock I've used that felt near the quality of the MArathon S was the Fox Vanilla 125RL. The two shocks felt similar. I weigh around 220lbs with all my gear on and the air assist feature made the stock springs fell a little more firm. The stock oil (7.5wt.) seemed fine but after the first change i might try just a little heavier, no more than 10 weight. I never thought it would be possible to by a shock at $275.00 that worked so well. I'm real happy with this product, we'll see how it hold up, so far so good.

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Favorite Trail:   Thw Womble

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   2000 Judy Race, Manitou SXR, 2003 Fox Vanilla RL 125

Bike Setup:   EPX Terra Shark, LX/XT, Hayes disks, Thomson post, Easton stem/bars, 4-inch travel in rear via a Fox Float RCL shock, 120mm Marathon in front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dirt Surfer a Weekend Warrior from Camarillo, Ca

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2005

Strengths:    Extra travel, ETA lock out, Stiff laterally, plush vertically. Good price on closeout

Weaknesses:    Didn't come with a Marzocchi Girl.

Bottom Line:   
I replaced my '99 Z1 that had worn out. This fork is awesome. It handles the rough, rocky trails I ride with ease. The extra travel allows you to float over bumps, rocks and ruts. The ETA lock out is great for climbing steep trails and tight single track turns. I makes my 4 year old bike feel new again. It saved me from having to upgrade the whole bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Backbone Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Speed Goat

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   '01 Intense Tracer XT all around, Hot S tires....

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