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.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2009
Strengths: buh-urly huge big kill 20 mill mad black fat sweet
Weaknesses: can only be on 1 bike at a time
got a azonic steelhead used. this fork and a outlaw wheelset were on it only thing that sold me was the fork. good call me! bombs like a gem and tracks the hairy stuff for me practically. this fork puts my brand new rockshox tora to shame with no lockout and less travel. friggin blows my mind man.
Bike Setup: slapped it on my oldass trek y frame‚ actually made it the funnest horse in my stable
from Suzhou, China
Date Reviewed: December 2, 2007
Strengths: Good looking...
Very good for its intended application... that's freeride. You can use the fork for XC... but don't comment on its weight since it is not inteded for XC, okay?
This fork is sick... the guy below who post on a negative review is gay. Why do the hell he purchased this Z1 DO if he's an XC racer? He's using the fork in its wrong application. This fork is not for weight wennies. This is intended for freeriding. Do respect the fork. If you are a freerider, surely, you'll love this fork. If your an XC racer, you're wrong in choosing this baby... your a dumb a@#... so for XC application, choose the marathon series or any zoke series that is intended for XC.
Similar Products Used: Manitou Sherman Firefly (2omm thru axle), zoke Drop off, Manitou Travis
Bike Setup: Voodoo Shango, FSA gravity lite crankset, sram rocket shifter pods, shimano ultegra cassette and rear deraluer, shimano lx front derailuer, sun rims mtx rims, maxxis hookworm tires, thomson elite x4 stem, da bomb seat post and handle bar (31.8 mm), hayes 9 carbon disc brakes (6" rotors), Selle success saddle, crank brothers 50/50xx pedals...
a Weekend Warrior
from Woodbridge Ontario Canada
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2007
Strengths: Its very strong especially since 20 mm forks are all the rage (i stick with qr though) It has survived a couple crashes and handled them like a champ. Very good for freeride and uses up just the right amount of travel which is essential when you only have 5 inches. Super efficient on the trails, not too heavy-not too light a terrific al around fork. Not too complicated and the prices nowadays on these forks are pretty low
Weaknesses: Its a little flexy but nothing very noticeable. Could use a preload knob instead of air.
These forks are fantastic. They are confidence inspiring and really handle well for a five inch travel fork. The first 2 or 3 inches is soft (can be changed with preload) and then in the last couple of inches it really stiffens up to soften big hits-which it is fully capable of taking even with a 200 pound rider riding it. I would buy this again but i'd probably upgrade to the drop-off 1 or fr, but this is basically the same only with air preload. Terrific fork for anyone from xc-er to all mountain rider to free-rider. Would also make a sick 4x dirtjump and urban fork.
Bike Setup: Norco VPS buzz (soon to be atomik) vuelta excalibur rims, avid bb7, truvativ hussefelt, sram x-7
a Weekend Warrior
from Ashford, CT, U.S.
Date Reviewed: May 18, 2007
Strengths: 20mm thru, 32 mm stanchions, stealthy black, cheap, air preload, compression adjuster, rebound adjuster.
Weaknesses: The paint absolutely sucks. It's nice and stealthy black from the crown to the 20mm thruaxle. But, the paint is very bad. The stickers were peeling right out of the box, so I decided to remove them. I don't mind that part, because I hate stickers anyway. I guess I should have used a hairdryer or something, but they came off so easy. The part I minded was the paint coming off with the stickers.
I will post another review in the future detailing the performance of this fork. For now, it will get 3 chilis. Marzocchi still has a chance to redeem itself in my mind, but this kind of problem I don't expect from a 50$ fork. I don't care if they have to paint magnesium, and it's hard to do; this is unacceptable.
Similar Products Used: Rockshox Pilot, Rockshox Tora 302, Marzocchi MZ2, Marzocchi Drop Off 1 (demo'd)
Bike Setup: Mountain Cycle Rumble w/this fork, not complete yet...
from laspinas city metro manila
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2006
Strengths: plush,bullet proof,fairly light,easy to maintain,can pretty much go anywhere,no too pricy,and c'mon, its a z1 that should say alot,had mine profesionally serviced,and it came back better than ever...man i love it...
Weaknesses: could use a bit more travel,say and inch more would be perfect...
i love it...its reasonably priced,light,huckable,looks nice....its everything you could want in a 5inch fork...
Purchased At: craigslist.com came with the bullit i got
Similar Products Used: 2003 z1wedge (my brothers),2003 exr pro,2005 drop off comp,drop off triple....
Bike Setup: santa cruz bullit(the works on it)
from Moscow Idaho USa
Date Reviewed: January 12, 2006
Strengths: Basically everything.. its strong as all h e ll, looks freakin awesome, plush very plush but still very stiff..crazy awesome fork
Weaknesses: it has a slight rattle, like a clicking noise, prolly the coil moving around
This fork kicks major a ss. i have never been dissatisfied with it, it works awesome for urban, Dirt jumps, freeride, anything you throw down. I love it and i wish to have many more great rides on it. if you have the chance, get one! i got a sick deal and it was basically brand new, but this fork is worth atleast $350-400 new i would think.
Every bike deserves a Marzocchi Drop-off 2! It's just great, and it's cheap and you get great performance for the price. What else can you ask for? I bought it from a friend so i got a good price on it which made it even better!
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Jett xc (worst fork on planet earth)
Bike Setup: Azonic Steelhead, Marzocchi Drop-off 2, Sun Double Track 24", Da Bomb hubs, Deore m525 hydraulic discs and some other sweet stuff
a Cross Country Rider
from berkeley,, ca, usa
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2005
Strengths: looks, stiff, plush, ETA, 130mm, Marzocchi durability
the Z1s and the the Sids are two "benchmark" single-crown forks that i compare the rest with. They both do well for thier own prupose.
Sid is for the climber, a serious xc racer or rider, who's concerned with climbing hills fast, thus finish fast, overall. We have a 21# al. hardtail with a Sid. My 145# son and I, at 205#, both like the Sid. Sid rocks for it's light weightness and performs well enough for overall xc riding...but when "push comes to shove" and I'm wanting to swing around switchbacks with drops and rock gardens on narrow single tracks on a real mountain trail with cliffs over rushing rapids, such as over the Downieville River or the Pauley Creek, I'd prefer the extra stiffness and control of a Z1.
If you are (or is apsiring to be) racing at the top 30% of Experts or Semi-Pro in XC races or if your are not strong enough that a two or three extra pounds are you bike is going to affect how well you can climb hills then go and enjoy the Sid.
Z1 is still the "all-mountain" or "free-riding" xc fork for those who want more confidance on aggresive & technical descends. rarely do riders get hurt on a climbs, but it's them gnarly descends that can snap your collar bone or your wrist: when the going get tough, the tough gets going with Z1s.
Fox is making great forks and so are the others, but the Z1 has established its yearly eminance as an all around performance fork. Now with an ETA, a Z1 rider can better enjoy the climbs. Compared to dual-crown forks, a Z1 is feathery light weight.
Think of it like this: you're a burly gladiator...sure you may survive with a short sword (Sid) 'cause you're skillful & tough, but with a better fitting long sword (Z1) you'll have more confidence...hence you'll be better prepared for battle.
Similar Products Used: 2004 Z1 FR ETA QR 130mm 2003 Rock Shock Sid 80mm 2003 MX Comp ETA 105mm 2002 Manitou SX 80mm (coils & oils 1998 Atom Bomb 70mm 1998 Rock Shock Indy S 50mm
Bike Setup: 1998 Steel hardtail, Hope Mono M4
from Vilnius, Lithuania
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2005
Strengths: strong, plush, PROGRESSIVE,
Weaknesses: quite hard to adjust it
the guy bellow who gave 1 chilli is stupid or what, if he is comparing DO with Sid so he is definately dumbass. this is a light freeride/dj fork. i like it, some people say that SSV is crap at high speeds etc, but i dont go fast downhill so i dont care. for single impact it works really fine, besides there is dual air assist and dual coil springs so when you compress the fork it gets sooooo progressive
Similar Products Used: crappy Manitou Axel comp, MX, and sh*t
Bike Setup: DC Amstaff, DO II, Halo combats, Easton..
from Brandon, MB, Canada
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2004
Strengths: Plush, Strong, Its a MARZOCCHI
Weaknesses: Black stanction coating not as good as the old Gold Anodized coating
This is a great fork for mild freeriding, street riding, and dirtjumping. XC riders will find it heavy, but thats what the Marathon series are for. 4 flamming turds instead of 5 because the black stanction tube coating is not as durable as the Gold anodized coating on previous Marzocchi forks.
Similar Products Used: 2001 JR.T, 2001 Super T, 2002 Z1 Wedge, 2003 Dirt Jumper, 2003 Jr.T, 2004 MX Comp
Bike Setup: Dedacciai Hardtail, 2004 Drop off 2
a Cross Country Rider
from SW Missouri
Date Reviewed: December 6, 2004
Strengths: none. completely crap.
Weaknesses: everything. I wouldn't buy this thing again. It lasted 2 seconds. It was waaaaaaaaayyyyy too overpriced and heavy as hell. I couldn't rape a damn thing. It was so stiff that I thought I was riding a bmx bike. I hate this fork!!! I hate marzocci for being gay. I hate every good review for this, they are lies.
this fork and marzocci blow. I hate giant warps, lx drivetrains, and rhyno lite wheels. I do like gary fisher sugar races. mmmmm sugar. u should buy the marzocci fork if your gay.
from vilnius, lithuania
Date Reviewed: September 29, 2004
Strengths: it has 130 mm travel, 32 mm stanchions, its very strong, works well, air preload system works very well, seals work fine
Weaknesses: kinda difficult to adjust rebound, no v-br mounts
yeah, many people say that this type of SSV damping feels like s**t at high speed and so one.. dont listen to it! its very good, plush and bottom-preventing damping! i like it very much. furthermore, great damping in strong fork is excelent combination. i like this fork very much! if you have questions on it, mail me
what could i say that hasn't been said already. nothing. this is the best fork i've ever ridden. stiff as hell. it's an absolut blast on a five inch travel bike like mine, able to climb some hills(bad rear suspention design), able to rape most hills on the way down(because of the fork). i would buy this fork again in a second if i needed one. i'm afraid this fork will out last me though.