Marzocchi Z1 Drop-Off I 2004 Front Shocks

5/5 (16 Reviews)


Product Description

The Z.1 freeride series represents the pinnacle in long travel single crown design. The first Z.1, introduced in 1996, started the freeride movement by allowing riders to perform beyond their previous capabilities which were hampered by poorly performing products. The new Z.1 is made for riders who still love the up hill climbs as much as the downhill’s and allaround riding performance is the difference between a good ride and a great one. We feel that the new Z.1 freeride series unleashes performance demanded by today’s cutting edge riders.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JJ C a Downhiller from Poway

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2007

Strengths:    there ZOCCHI's!! plush and stiff, look good, 130mm

Weaknesses:    hmmmm none

Bottom Line:   
awesome fork, would buy it again especially for only 80 bucks. Not to flexy even though they are quick release. nice black 32mm stanchions. Awesome all around fork for anything from dirt jumping to freeride to a little dh

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Favorite Trail:   billy goat

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi 66's, drop off tiples(crap), exr pro coil(crap) manitou sherman, manitou splice comp(crap)

Bike Setup:   06 redline skookum with azonic outlaws, e13 Lg1 chain guide, azonic big drop saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Weekend Warrior from Concord, CA

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2007

Strengths:    These forks are great. I jump on them, drop on them, and do a little downhill too. They hold up great under anything.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Great forks whether you're dropping, dirt jumping, downhilling, or just riding. These forks are the bomb. BUY THEM

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Diablo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   03 Dirt Jumper 3, rockshox j3, boxxer

Bike Setup:   Fully customized 06 Rockhopper frame, 04 Drop-off comp, Race face evolve cranks, hayes sole, nine, s&m 101, mavic 321, ditch witch rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shikee from texas

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2005

Strengths:    nice and plush, eta kicks ass for climbing in the mountains

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
my first bike was a schwinn moab with an 80mm mantuna sx, next bike came with a 130mm zocchi z3 which i thought that was the shiznit ... until i got this shock, and i was blown away at what a difference a quality shock meant for my riding style makes

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi 130mm 01 z3

Bike Setup:   '01 rocky mountain slayer, '04 marzocchi z1 drop off 1, 4 piston xt hydros, x.9 shifters/derailleur, race face diabolus cranks and headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Kayley a Downhiller from Newbury park CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2005

Strengths:    Perfect colors, plush travel, ETA is sick for the uphills, air assist helps everything.

Weaknesses:    Crashed and now the ETA is turned on in the front and back but that isnt really a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is absolutely sick, when I got it the thing was to soft and could bottom easy off a 5 foot drop or less, so i put some air in it and not much at all and cranked the rebound down because the air made it way higher and now the fork is so great it is definetly the best free ride single crown fork with 5 inches travel ever, and if it to soft put some air in it.

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Favorite Trail:   Fast downhill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   this beats all the other Z.1's out there

Bike Setup:   KHS FR304

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shawn a Weekend Warrior from Bay Village, Oh

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2005

Strengths:    Stong and Sexy, 5" travel, easy adjustability, Color(s)
Relatively light for how strong it is.


Weaknesses:    It's not installed on every rig out there.

Bottom Line:   
Best fork i've owned. I'm a hucker/dj'r, and need a strong fork. i have no worries about landing a 5/6'ft. drop onto concrete w/ this thing. Or screamin down the roughest hill at Plattekill. It's a good feeling to have a stable rig under your $$$ when death is only a cheap fork away.
10 flammin' dog dribblets for this sukka.

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Favorite Trail:   RaysMTB.com - check it out!

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $290.00

Purchased At:   BlueSky

Similar Products Used:   DJ1/2

Bike Setup:   Identiti Dr. Jekyll, Mavic f219s, avid disc, bling blings, Funn Serial Killa, Roox torque bars, all the fixin's.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from South Korea

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2005

Strengths:    Smooth, adjustable, ridgid as in no flex, keeps the front wheel on the ground, looks great with the black stanctions,

Weaknesses:    5 lbs plus, lost the rebound adjusting knob on the first trail ride.

Bottom Line:   
Replaced a RockShok Pilot SL with this fork. My first ride over the root infested, pedistrian lined, foot path wide trail, was like night and day different. I am happy with the Z1, my body is happy with the Z1. But,I did not relize how bad the rear shock was until now. The Z1 DO1 works so well now I can feel the need for a new rear shock.

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Favorite Trail:   Peyongtec Suwon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $278.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   Z2 BAM

Bike Setup:   GT i-drive 2003 2.0 with XT derailiures front and back

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Blue a Weekend Warrior from Middle Georgia

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff, Haven't bottomed out yet.
I can run over anything with this fork.
Price--great value


Weaknesses:    Slight bob when i come up out of the saddle
Crap logo stickers
Noisy- not really a weakness


Bottom Line:   
I definitely would buy this fork again!!!
I don't know if the ETA is worth it, might want to go with drop-off2. I rarely use ETA because i forget to turn it off.Somtimes my cables will hit it and turn it on--bad.
If you want a fork that can take serious abuse and is almost mainteance free go with this, you will not be disapointed. Be sure to get a brake adapter and a pump.
Marzoochi Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Stance-dog crap, froze up and coating on sanctions wore off after 4th ride. Manitou six- Ultimate dog crap

Bike Setup:   Hard trail set up for freeride

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by christian a Downhiller from Alta Loma

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2005

Strengths:    pretty much everything. eta is really nice for going up hill. the air preload is great too. i weigh about 200lbs and have the air preload set to 50 psi like the owners manual says and it feels really smooth. the colors are nice too.

Weaknesses:    none so far.

Bottom Line:   
great fork for hittin jumps or light to moderate downhill. pretty much what ever you throw at it.

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Favorite Trail:   all over the place

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   http://www.blueskycycling.com/

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi mz race that came stock on my bike.

Bike Setup:   04 kona scrap, 04 drop off 1, maxxis 2.5 high rollers, avid ball bearing 7's with 203F and 160R rotors, avid speed dial 7 levers, titec dh saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2005

Strengths:    ETA!
Metallic ETA lever (perfectly sized) & knob.
Got some airy stuff to adjust.
Strong for a 9mm QR fork.
Dual coil springs.
Kick arse looks.
Stickers...easy to take 'em off for that "Ninja" look.


Weaknesses:    9mm QR....Warning (!): keep an eye out for that QR lever tightness...be sure to check before every ride or after few jumps.
'Zoke $30 fender's too way short where it counts.
The 130mm does make the angle more slack on my hardtail: good for steep descending, but not so good for switchbacks and fast single track handling.


Bottom Line:   
ETA's sweet for the longer climbs. Maybe it's all in the head: ETA's dope.

Damping's fine. Come a long way since them elastomer "damping" - ohhh lordy.... i shudder at the thought. You younger folks may not remember them elastomers...can you say "pogo."

You can get this classic or a '04 Z1 FR QR20mm (even better!) for $350 now... or the 2005 150mm Z1 QR20mm for $650~$700 for the lusty travelers.

Now my frame, she has found true love, after all these years. Bye bye MX 105, was a good affair, but haviing only one cold steel coil-spring made the other leg full of cold air...smart-yes, but not satisfying: compromises suck.

Z1 is the single crown "ring" that rules them all.

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho BSA, Fairfax, CA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   universal

Similar Products Used:   MX ETA 105mm

Bike Setup:   Xc race (yup, I'm racing this) & trail bike, steel hardtail...lovin' it.
Mono M4 8" rotor with 2.1 knobby tire.
My old bike wasoriginally born with 50mm fork geometry, so while I was tempt to go big 150mm with the 2005 Z1 I felt the 130mm may allow my strong crmo sttel frame to last a bit longer..i'm still trying to destroy my frame, but all I get are injuries to myself.
I weigh 205#.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2004

Strengths:    Plush. Solid. ETA. SSVF.

Weaknesses:    Crap graphics, gonna take em off. Crap cable guide....who cares, a zip tie set is about £4. Maybe a touch heavy for a lighter rider, but I weigh 200+ and can probably lose the weight of the fork on one ride..

Bottom Line:   
These forks are simply superb. Haven't had much time to set em up yet so still running with no air preload and random rebound!

I weigh 200+ and still haven't bottomed em off 3-4 foot to concrete. I'll wait till I preload em before anything bigger. They suck up anything. Roots, rocks, I don't even bother pulling up at kerbs now!

The ETA really does help on climbs, especially on a full susser. With back remaining active it and the front locked down you can realy pull up on the bars and dig in with your rear end without wheelieing in to a backflip.

I had a pair of rockshox Judys before, which I strangely really liked till I snapped the elastomer, but these blow the Judys away easily.

Only niggle is the graphics which I am gonna remove and the hose guide is far to small for the kind of brake you would expect to fit to this fork for freeriding, but as above you can get a zip tie set of guides for pennies.

5 chillis for value, I would have paid RRP for these if I hadn't got a deal on Ebay and 5 overall. Excellent work from the Zocchi team.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro SX Frame, Zocchi Drop-Off 1s, White Halo SAS F+R, Hope 7" Mono M4s F+R, XT/Deore mix

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by The Sock a Downhiller from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, eh?

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2004

Strengths:    Stiff, adjustability, ETA and it's looks damn sexy

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Great upgrade for trail riding. Replaced stock EXR on Fluid and it's awesome for what I ride. So far taken it on trails and it has taken everything I could throw at it. I couldn't ride hard on my EXR like I can on my Z1. ETA is awesome for climbing, going up hill is a breeze. Not one complaint.

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Favorite Trail:   Don Valley, Etobicoke Creek, Fish Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   '04 Marzocchi Z1 FR, '03 Marzocchi EXR, '02 Manitou Magnum

Bike Setup:   '03 Fluid 3.0, Sun Rhyno Lites on Formula Downhill hubs, Maxxis Mobster tires, rest stock Fluid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fergus barry a Downhiller from cornwall,england

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2004

Strengths:    super strong ,smooth,it is very good for trails but can also dirt jump well,ive done a 7 foot plus jump on it and not bottomed it (but i am only 14 years old and only about 140 lb) looks good and enables u to corner very well can take big tires.eta realy helps when u want to get some where a bit further away the lack of bobing and the position makes it alot more easy

Weaknesses:    the rebound knob plastic cover fell of somewhere but i can still adjust it

Bottom Line:   
if you want a fork that can take the hits is strong can dirt jump and gets u from a to b for a resonable price.

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Favorite Trail:   poldice valley

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   bike chain

Similar Products Used:   magura/rond 2stroke, rockshox pilot, manitou sherman breakout,canondale lefty.

Bike Setup:   ddg shooter frame,hope m4 front brake, dmr cheiftan cranks,magura hs33 rear brake, mavic rims, maxis high rolers.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason a Downhiller from newark,de

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2004

Strengths:    Plusshshhhhhhhh, adjustability, ETA is great for those climbs especially on a tall freeride bike, no more teeter tottering the wheel on and off the ground when cranking up those hills, just drop the fork and go. seriously high quality and badass looking

Weaknesses:    ETA doesnt drop THAT much out of the forks travel, maybe its cuz im running 20psi since im so heavy,
travel isnt truly 130mm, i get about 100mm out of it, maybe again thats cuz of the high psi im running in the air preload side.


Bottom Line:   
this fork is GREAT, maybe i got a dud, but some riding/experimenting might change things, im gonna lower the fork pressure, cuz i cant seem to bottom out this fork, so i dont think lowering itwill hurt anything,
i cant get the full travel of the fork, but this may be cuz of the high pressure, the same goes for the functionality of the ETA, it only dropps the fork like 2" when compressed HARD, so maybe i can fix this,
overall the looks, functionality, and high performance of the fork is top notch, but the decals gotta go, i agree with the previous review, when you pay 500+ dollars for a fork, you expect some etched/machined graphics.
overall, 10 flaming columbian hamsters, cuz i think the functionality problems are due to my home setup.

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Favorite Trail:   Iron Hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   KHS direct

Similar Products Used:   cheap rst's, roxshox judy

Bike Setup:   KHS FR1500,Kore DS/FR wheelset,AVID 203mm front and back mechs, mallet c's, LX/XT group, AVID sd-5's,marzocchi Z1 dropoff I, WTB seat

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sigmund a Cross Country Rider from Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2004

Strengths:    Smooth... sucks up everything nicely - roots, rocks, kerbs... you name it :)
Strong... no flex, even with regular axle and 8" rotor.
ETA allows you to drop the front a few inches for steep uphills... it actually does make a difference.


Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
Very nice fork, especially for the nice on-sale price I paid (250EUR).

Been finally able to try it out for a few hours on my usual XC route and the difference to my old MXC is amazing. I weigh 220lbs (ca. 100 kg) live weight and my old for used to make interesting & suspicious sounds under hard braking, not to mention flexing on turns.

The DO eats up everything I throw at it, beit small bumps, or larger roots / rocks. Very smooth riding :) Don't really know whether to attribute the smoothness to SSV-F, or to the general design of the fork. (I run it with ca. 15psi of air-assist preload)
No flex, no creaking, even when using an 8" rotor on a regular axle.
ETA is a nice feature also, as it enables you to drop the front of your bike a few inches instantly for those steep uphills... and then bring it back to full travel with a twist of a knob...

Would definitely recommend, especially for the money I paid :)

If you're deciding between DO1 and DO2, also consider that DO1 has SSV-F, and DO2 has SSV valving, it's not just the ETA. Ride it before you choose and decide for yourself.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   www.zweirad-stadler.com

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi MXC Air & Coil, various RockShox and RST

Bike Setup:   '03 Scott G-Zero frame, Deore Cranx, LX shifters & derailleurs, XT 03 rear disc brake, XT 04 front disc brake. Other parts mostly stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jay mcardell from tywyn

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2004

Strengths:    good all round fork' nice and plush not to heavy good when on roads with the eta not bad for skate parks.

Weaknesses:    the eta swich is a bit to large, some times if you do a jump you can knock it on with is not good for the forks.but nothin eles these are great forks.

Bottom Line:   
great forks recomnend them to any on. but if your not thing of doing much road use get drop off 2.

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Favorite Trail:   tywn

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   www.wiggle.co.uk


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