Marzocchi MX Comp ETA 2004 Front Shocks

4.71/5 (48 Reviews)


Product Description

The MX series blazes up the trails by delivering lightweight & durable performance in a wide range of trail conditions. The MX series fits the name because these forks are geared for maximum trail versatility delivering predictable steering control and superb damping quality under any conditions. This fork is perfect for those who desire aggressive XC style damping while retaining a feather weight feel.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alloyho a Cross Country Rider from westhampton beach, ny usa

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2006

Strengths:    super smooth and plush stroke, eta feature (great for steep fireroads and slow technical climbs , stiff, easy to set up

Weaknesses:    yeah right...

Bottom Line:   
bought this fork based on the reviews here and am glad i did. this is fork has the metal eta lever and 105mm of travel. feels bottomless... a touch heavier than the fox talas though comparable to the stock judy xc it replaced though the weight is not noticed once installed. this fork is a different animal than the judy though, way smoother, no stiction, no leaking (air or oil) and stiffer. to be fair, the judy served me well for the first couple of years, declining in performance thereafter (due to the plastic internal parts). the zoke inpires confidence for the east coast technical stuff (ringwood, case mt., etc). does bob a lot when cranking on the bars, more so than the talas. but what a great performing fork for the price at a third of the price of my talas. the eta is great for climbing and you can ride fast xc long island trails with better though a bit harsh at 30mm of travel handling and steering. get this fork if you want a do it all, set it and forget it, ripper of a fork. kick ass!!!

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Favorite Trail:   porcupine rim

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   nashbar

Similar Products Used:   1999 rockshox judy xc, 2004 fox talas rlc, suntour xc

Bike Setup:   1999 santa cruz heckler x setup as an all purpose trailbike...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Reynaldo a Weekend Warrior from Costa Rica

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2005

Strengths:    Light Weight, Bump Absortion, Control, great downhill performace.

Weaknesses:    Strange noise from left stanchion, for a bumpy climb, ETA makes it for a jumpy ride, making you loose control sometimes.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great fork, don't get me wrong with the weakness, nothing is perfect, but overall, i would recoment this product to anyone that really enjoys trails, hard ascents and agressive descents.
This fork has already saved my life, when i fell into a dry waterstream in a quick descent, it just absorved the hit, put the front end back up again and let me climb the other part, like nothing, this fork is amazing, i thoug that was all for me, but suddenly, i was again in the track blazing down.
This is a truly hardcore agressive XC fork (120mm)

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Favorite Trail:   Santa Ana Mountains

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint

Similar Products Used:   RST Aerosa, MOZO Usa (really cheap price and performance)

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Sport 04, LX drivetrain and deraileurs, Deore Hubs, Deore Mec Disk, Candy SL's pedals, MX Comp ETA 120mm

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by raj khemraj a Weekend Warrior from elkhart, ks

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2005

Strengths:    Strong and smooth. Minimal maintenance

Weaknesses:    ETA lever broke early on.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork that can be set and then forgotten. It can take a beating and leaves you looking for more.

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Favorite Trail:   MRT

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Judy xc

Bike Setup:   Blur

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Corey a Weekend Warrior from Southern OK / North Texas

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2005

Strengths:    Plush, smooth, rugged, soaks up rocks, holes, trenches, etc like a sponge. A sponge I say.
Awesome fork period. Considering its not a 600 buck fork it it is more awesome.


Weaknesses:    um, no.
well, the fork was shipped with too much oil in both legs, apparently a common problem a year ago that is easily corrected when you change it the first time (25 hrs use).

and how could I forget, the manual sux. It is 3/4 inch thick and tells you nothing.


Bottom Line:   
If you want/need a new fork and have 200-400 bucks to spend, look no further and buy this fork. There is no worries about if this is the right fork. You will have bought the absolute best fork in your price range and a few price ranges above.

When you first put the fork on it will feel a little sticky, not plush at all. You're thinkin, crap, something is wrong and I am going to have to send it back, get it fixed, and wait a few weeks before I can ride my new fork.

Don't worry, that is normal. Ride it , ride it and give it heck. In about 15-25 hrs of use, you will realize all of a sudden that....man this thing is smooooth. Its a break in period. The parts that Marz uses fit so tight with such little tolerance that you have to use them a little bit first and "knock the new off em".

Then change the oil (Golden spectro is cheap and great). The manual is of no use in this department, search the web for details and oil amounts.

Then forget about the fork except for normal maint.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   Judy junk that weighed a ton and doubled as a pogo stick.

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500 with many upgrades.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Guillaum a Weekend Warrior from Montréal,Québec

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2005

Strengths:    Very plush
Not so heavy
ETA works great


Weaknesses:    The travel is not perfectly progressive

Bottom Line:   
This fork is so nice when u first try it, very plush , soaks all bumps. After few weeks, u kinda don't remember u have a front fork, it works so great. With the small travel I did some urban,street, and its good, but for a 165lbs rider, I recommend to buy firmer springs. For example I have 35 PSI in it, never bottomed.

4 chilis for value cause its expansive.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Similar Products Used:   Marzos,Fox,RS

Bike Setup:   Hardtail Deore,XTR.urban

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Madsen a Weekend Warrior from Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2005

Strengths:    Hard core and can hold up to any thing you hit or run over. Will save your @$$ someday because you dont see soemthing and it just concours it! Came with a free head set for installiation.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy, the rebound shock needs to be pumped once a year. (No biggy)

Bottom Line:   
Awesome shock and should be used by everyone that isn't PRO already, Pros can afford a better shock taht runs at 500$ or so. Best for Amatures and people who are looking for a great ride on any trail.

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Favorite Trail:   NorthStar MTB

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   None, ONe of a kind.

Bike Setup:   Trek 6500 (2004) Drops, MTB, Race

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Randal from St. Louis

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2005

Strengths:    It Will Take everything you throw at it

Weaknesses:    None so far except only 1 color

Bottom Line:   
Ive TAKEN IT OFF 10 FOOT DROPS AND IM STILL ALIVE IM VERY IMPRESSED I WAY 230 LBS

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $299.00

Similar Products Used:   Minute 1:00 pretty cool too

Bike Setup:   Trek 6000 thousand frame with hollow poiunt true Vata Cranls, and big back wheel

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon C a Weekend Warrior from Grand Rapids, MI

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2005

Strengths:    Value, simplicity, ETA option, looks

Weaknesses:    Might be a little bit heavier than the higher end forks?

Bottom Line:   
This fork doesnt really need another positive review. But I have to give its props because there are very few high quality suspension forks that you can get for under $300! This fork just does its job and does it well. I havent had any problems with the ETA knob. The ETA gives the fork 2 personalities. You can bomb down hills with confidence, switch the ETA on and climb like a madman.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Custer

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Duke SL, Rock Shox Indy

Bike Setup:   Azonic Propulsion, FSA XC300 wheels, Avid BB7 disc brakes, Panracer Fire XC Pro tires, Manitou Swinger 3way, Sram drivetrain, Race Face cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kirk a Weekend Warrior from San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2005

Strengths:    I own 3 of these forks which are on alll 3 of my Kona Dawg bikes. They are all 2004 120mm ETA models and I LOVE them. For the price, I highly recommend them. Perfect for aggressive XC and can handle almost anything that gets in its way (except cars... LOL). They are strong and light with adjustablility. Lower the front to 4" for climbing or extend it out to 5" for downhill. Go out and buy one before the prices go up. Universalcylces.com were closing out the 2004 models for only $199. Of course, I jumped on it and purchased 3 for under $600. One Fox Talas will run you over $600. Hummm, what is a better deal on a fork that I can matchup with a Talas? 3 is better than 1. Marzocchi might be a stock or product you might want to invest in. Just read alll the reviews and most people agree. Happy trail riding!

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
I highly recommend them. If you can find anymore 2004 120mm with ETA, buy them.

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Favorite Trail:   Joplin

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Fox

Bike Setup:   3 Kona Dawgs all with Marzocchi MX Comp 120mm, King Headsets, Raceface components, Sun Rhino Lite rims, XT drivetrain, Panaracer Fire XC tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason from Jackson, NJ US

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2005

Strengths:    Plush ride, reliable, ETA, looks.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I've taken this fork to Mountain Creek, skateparks, dirtjumps, and on long cross country rides. I've beaten this fork up and it has never given me a problem. It has a very plush ride and the ETA is so quick to set and really helps on those steep climbs. For the money there is not another fork out there that can compare.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Beacon Bicycles

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Chameleon

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gareth Brooks a Weekend Warrior from Chester, United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2005

Strengths:    None as of yet, very nice fork and extremely comfy

Weaknesses:    I previously owned a marzocchi bomber Z1 fork which i'd owned for at least 4 years. I was used to the ease of adjustment with the dials on the top of those forks. This fork is adjusted via an air pump. So if you want to adjust it out on a trail you'll have to carry a pump!

Bottom Line:   
Good all round fork. Let down by ease of adjustment

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Favorite Trail:   Snowdon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Came with custom built bike

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Bomber Z1's and Rock Shox Judy's

Bike Setup:   Giant VT, Marzocchi Comp 04 upfront and Manitou SPV 3 way rear shock (very comfy). XTR groupset. Race Face cranks. Magurra Julie Discs front and back

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wietse Willemse a Racer from Tilburg

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff/strong, plush, lot's of travel and adjustable travel (ETA)

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I got myself the 120mm version of this fork and I'm amazed by the difference it makes. Like other reviewers here have mentioned before, this fork is really plush and soaks up everything that comes in its path.
The fork gives me way more confidence in comparison to my old Judy XC. Furthermore. It takes a lot of work out of my hands, because it steers and absorbs bumps just great. When racing on flat terrain or riding uphill I enable ETA which reduces travel to 30mm. I think it almost functions as a lock-out with the added benefit of lowering the front of the bike which makes climbing up those steep hills very easy.
I have never been this impressed about a mountain biking product before and recommend it to everyone who wants a strong, comfortable fork.

Marzocchi rocks!

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Favorite Trail:   Loonse en Drunense duinen

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Bike2build

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judy XC 100mm

Bike Setup:   Custom build Viper with LX components, shimano wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jay a Cross Country Rider from Orlando

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2005

Strengths:    Light, good handling fork. Holds air well. I rarely need to add it. I've taken it off drops over 6 feet without any problems. Came with a free Cane Creek bottom bracket.

Weaknesses:    The ETA knob. It seems to work its way forward and the next thing you know your fork is locked down and you have no travel. The ride goes from good to suck real quick on descents. I took the nob off and I like the fork much better. I know, why buy the ETA? Well for the money It seemed like a good idea at the time. One other weakness is the internal rebound adjustment, not very easy to access.

Bottom Line:   
I like the fork for the money. They are even cheaper now. if you are into XC this is a decent fork. Don't bother with the MX comp with ETA unless you like climbing. (Note difficulties mentioned with lever) Go for the regular MX comp and save a few more bucks.

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Favorite Trail:   Razorback

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint (with Cane Creek BB)

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox Judys, they suck.

Bike Setup:   GT I-drive with Fox float RL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt w a Weekend Warrior from uk

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2005

Strengths:    lasted 2 years of abuse

Weaknesses:    stupid little lock out switch tht comes loose dead easily, then agen i d thrash them tho.
they pop out now as well wenever ther given th chance, need them servicing...


Bottom Line:   
if u do come across these forks to buy somehow then as long as they are in gud nick then ur in for a gud buy,

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Favorite Trail:   delamere, uk

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   orange airo, halo combats etc all gud stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam Chin a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2005

Strengths:    Lock out, huge travel, smooth, light, tough.

Weaknesses:    Ummm, it's a little bit heavier than the fork it replaced. The switch has not fallen off of mine, like other people's have.

Bottom Line:   
The tiny bit of extra weight is well worth it. I accidentally went off a 4' drop recently. With the Judy SL, I would have died, or been rendered infertile. The Marz just sucked it up and kept me in the pedals. I can ride through trenches, over big rocks, anything. The adjustable air cartridge means it can be as plush or stiff as I want it to be. The ETA side is a WONDERFUL thing, especially with dual suspension, since it make climbing so much easier. I really like that the front end gets lowered and not just locked out. I also like that it is not total lock out. The supension left is enough to take care of the shallwoed downhills.
Get one of these used for cheap. It's a great fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Santa Monica mountains

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox SID, Judy SL; Manitou Elite; Marzocchi '02 Bomber; Duotrack 7007 (sweetest fork ever)

Bike Setup:   Bianchi Super GL

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