Marzocchi All Mountain III 2005 Front Shocks

4.35/5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $459.00


Product Description

  • Dual SSV System
  • External Air Preload
  • SPRING TYPE One side: Air
  • One side: Long Negative Coil springs


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by leshark a Downhiller from Weston-super-Mare, England

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2008

Strengths:    Soo Smooth, lots of travel and light (I believe) Great all rounder, long travel, light (supposedly) and great price

Weaknesses:    Fair amount of twist/flex, really poor decals that are hanging off

Bottom Line:   
Great forks, seem best set with low air and about 30% sag, soak up everything once set up properly, lockout great for the slog uphill, I've used them on a hybrid all mountain build, only really annoying thing everybody says there one of the lightest single crown 5.5 inch travel forks (even Marzocchi) but I cant find anywhere what they actually weigh, looks like I'll have to strip the bike down to get the weight, unless anyone reading this can tell me (email me on leshark@btinternet.com)

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Favorite Trail:   Mendip

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   On Ebay

Similar Products Used:   None, my other bikes a Whyte PRST4

Bike Setup:   EPX Terrashark (Austrailin Carbon frame) Sun Downhill wheels
SRAM mech and changer, DMR Head/Handle Bars & SDG Ti Seat

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Horn a Cross Country Rider from South Shields

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2007

Strengths:    This product will take everything you thro at it can be used for everything you do from riding the streets to racing

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is that these forks are the best forks you will buy they are kinda cheap and are absolutaley amazing for all types of people.

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Favorite Trail:   hamsterley

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles.com

Similar Products Used:   boxxers and jr-t's

Bike Setup:   giant acid 2, race face ride, single speed, halo combat, race face bottom bracket

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Ringrow a Weekend Warrior from Somerset

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2007

Strengths:    Absorbs all the little bumps and also the large jumps. It is called an all mountain but it is just as good at jumps as cross country.

Weaknesses:    Very little adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
Well worth the cash

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Favorite Trail:   steep ones

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   bike city

Similar Products Used:   '07 Mazorochi dirt jumpers

Bike Setup:   felt Q220

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jaroslaw M from Opole, Poland

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2006

Strengths:    Good look, very stiff, weight, it shows his class on the trail

Weaknesses:    not 130mm travel - max.120mm, wrong oil level (makes annoying sounds while riding)

Bottom Line:   
Great fork for agressive xc/enduro/fr, 120mm travel. I think that the biggest + is a possibility to adjust the air pressure for rider weight.

I'm only dissapointed of travel and wrong oil level in my 2005 fork.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   www.ride-zone.com

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Black Comp

Bike Setup:   hardtail: Shimano XT/Hone/Deore, Sun Single Track, DT Champion, Amoeba, North Shore, Tioga Factory DH...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark beaveridge a Racer from England,Northampton

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2006

Strengths:    plush easy to set up,sweet looking and kinda cheap,good for all diciplines.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
they are my favourite forks i have ever used would not choose anything else

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Favorite Trail:   harlestone furs

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Similar Products Used:   manitou minute 1

Bike Setup:   identiti dr jekyll 4x setup

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay FiggA a Downhiller from cambridge, ontario, canada

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2006

Strengths:    This fork is absolutely amazing! it is a simple yet strong, easy to use,all you do is pump it up w/ an air pump to wat ever psi u like, u can adjust it for DH, or FR or AM or Xc Or u can pump it so hard that it is perfect for DJ or urban. u can fill her all the way and its so perfect for trials, thi

Weaknesses:    this fork would be even better if it had eta and possibly 150+ travel, but the 130 is perfect.

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is that this fork is the pimp, shes cheap in price but rich in quality, u just have to no how to tune it, just differ every class by about 15 psi! this fork would be assome for any one!

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Favorite Trail:   the "cove" fr park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   cycle

Similar Products Used:   Boxxer world cup, Jr T, RST GIlas, Nixons, and z1 freerides. Z1s are the worst forks ever made, they suck.

Bike Setup:   from head to toe= dual bar DH Bars, mobilus fr stem, am 3 fork, avid 5's gary fisher GED 05 13" frame, hussefelt cranks, single track rims.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cam boley a Weekend Warrior from barnstable, MA

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2006

Strengths:    Good quality, strong, kind of light, cheap

Weaknesses:    Not enough adjustibility

Bottom Line:   
Good fork for the price, tough and durable

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Favorite Trail:   Trail of Tears

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $279.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   RST

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg, AMIII, BB7, Rhynolite Wheelset,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jonny Goodness a Cross Country Rider from Tulsa, OK

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2006

Strengths:    Solid, much better feel than any air fork I have have ridden in the past. Takes a big hit just fine.

Weaknesses:    Not enough suppleness in the first 2 inches of travel... cant seem to find that happy medium between nothing and too much. It's an air fork though. Would benefit from some compression and rebound dampening controls but for $230 I dont mind changing the oil around until I get what I want from it.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is good for the money but lacks adjustability. You can get the results you want with it but you have to get into the fork... there is absolutely no trailside adjustability.

It's a really good design when it comes to stiffness though, it feels very stable.

If you buy this fork know that (1) it may be called all mountain... but you are still buying an air fork (2) it has no adjustability (3) it takes some work to set it up to your taste.

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Favorite Trail:   The goodones

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   Greenfish

Similar Products Used:   97 Judy, 99 Judy, 99 Manitou SX, Manitou Black Comp 80/100, Manitou Black Elite 100/120, Manitou Axel 80.

Bike Setup:   Bike is an 02 Giant AC Air with many replaced/improved features... Fork came with 7.5wt oil in it. Not enough rebound dampening. I have since changed the oil to 10wt and it has improved. I'm going to ride it like this for a bit and them if its not enough I'm going up to 15wt.

The positive sprin on this fork is tricky... you have to really play with the air settings in each leg as each leg gives a different feel.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Wallace a Weekend Warrior from Tucson

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2006

Strengths:    Air adjustability, Stiff enough for a 200 lbs guy (when set-up) Stable through the rough.

Weaknesses:    Tough to find out how to set them up.

Bottom Line:   
I am 200 lbs plus and doing the real all mountain thing and setting the fork up as follows has given me great results: 10 weight oil 45 CC from the top with the fork fully compressed. Pumped to 40 to 50 lbs of pressure. With the fork set this way it has saved my ass when bombing down some rough sections chasing my teenage son, and my crazy buddy.
This fork has has a solid feel and doesn't sponge out when you dive off 1 - 3 foot step type rocks. It has a little too much travel than my bike was designed for so my front end tends to float up on steep climbs, but it is a fair trade off. If you are looking to cut grams this isn't the fork for you. However, if you are looking for a true all mountain fork, and don't have a ton of cash this fork fits the bill.

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Favorite Trail:   Milagrosa

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shock Psylo, Marzochhi VF66, Manitou Minute 1.

Bike Setup:   Kona Kahuna - Manitou 3 way shock, Terra Max Wheels, Hayes Hydraulic Brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle from State College, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2006

Strengths:    Longer travel (130mm), soaks up all bumps nicely, dual air

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Im 6'4" and 240lbs without gear and I tend to ride aggressively. This fork has held up to everything so far. Can't beat it for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $249.00

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Pilot XC (100mm)

Bike Setup:   Fetish Cycles Discipline

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marek a Downhiller from Thunder Bay, ont , Canada

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2006

Strengths:    Well I think its pretty intense travel and very plush, good lookin... i like the black rods, pretty tought i think. Capable of pulling some sick stuff.

Weaknesses:    I havnt really found anything.. might be a litlle weak im not shur yet.. untill i break them (maybe).. took a 10 foot drop and heard a little bang i didnt know what it was.. Probably just bottomed them out but nothing a little more air in them cant fix(but im only 150 pounds)

Bottom Line:   
To tell the truth its pretty nice like iv been riding this bike for about a week and I have been beating the @#$% out of it and it seems to hold up nicely but time will tell... i think i bottomed it out once but i hit the drop wrong ( i felt my bikes pain)... but nice fork i think..

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   rollin thunder

Similar Products Used:   rock shocks pilot... and some other piles of something bad.

Bike Setup:   2005 Brodie bruzza.. tough bike (hardtail). all the standard stuff better derailer tho and like it had the shocks changed to the AM3's from drop off 4's i have no clue why... im going to complain tomorrow but i dont know these might be better...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Zagryn a Weekend Warrior from Northford, CT

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2006

Strengths:    Beefy, Marzocchi quality, decent weight for the price & beefyness of the fork. Dual leg air adjustment with standard schrader valve. Reasonably low air preasure requirement lends to the reliability factor ~ 50lbs for a 200lb rider such as myself.

Weaknesses:    Fork came with wrong oil set up & needed oil tuning before it could be used (lacked sufficient rebound dampening & topped out violently just by pressing down & releasing). Works great now that the oil level is to spec. Owners manual has minimal useful info dispite being as thick as it is.

Bottom Line:   
My MX Comp solidified the praise I've heard for Marzocchi forks. Once tuned, the AM3 takes my confidence in the bike's front end to a new level. Great value for a 200 lb rider looking for a rock solid all mountain fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Tyler Mill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Blue Sky Cycling

Similar Products Used:   ~95 Rock Shock Mag 21, ~97 Judy, ~99 Manitou Mars (whimpy shock that ate through air seals like crazy even after beefyest springs installed, just needed too much air preasure, 02 Marzocchi MX Comp

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse Hollowpoint Team, Sun Single Track rims, XT, Hayes mechanical discs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by david dobson a Downhiller from charlotte, nc. usa

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2006

Strengths:    rigid, plush or stiff. adjustable by preload or oil viscosity. i got the bear bones fork

Weaknesses:    bear bones fork

Bottom Line:   
by changin the air preload and oil viscosity i can set this fork up for freeride, tril riding, or urban assualt. if you know what ur doin u dont need all those facy dials....but they do come in handy great fork for what it is intended

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Favorite Trail:   poplar tent/ beach springs

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   south park cycles

Similar Products Used:   rock shock psylo

Bike Setup:   khs fr2000 (6 inch) truvativ dh bar and stem, mavic dee max ust, conti ust tyres, gripshift, shimno dr train, avid juicy brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tom chasse a Weekend Warrior from presque isle, me usa

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2006

Strengths:    This fork is strong, simple and a great value. No bells and whistles but does the job very well

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This is a no nonesense hard charging fork. It does the job with no problems and no bells and whistles. I set it up right the first time and never have to mess with it. Just the way I like it. There are many more expensive and adjustable forks out there but if you get a great fork you don't need all that stuff. I love this fork and have had more expensive and adjustable one but never used the adjustments much and they just took money from my pocket. By using this fork I have more money to have more bike choices. I have a large stable. I like it that way it allows me to have more friends.

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Favorite Trail:   nordic heritage center vacationland

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $459.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Enterprises

Similar Products Used:   manitou minute 2, sid 100, bomber z1, bomber mx pro, bomber dj and several others

Bike Setup:   turner 5 spot all xt with thompson stuff my other bike is jamis xlt 3.0 mix of xtr and xt with race face stuff both have all mountain III's on them.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Boston

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2006

Strengths:    Good fork for the money. Feels solid and smooth, especially for rocky and rooty New England trails

Weaknesses:    Takes some patience to set it up how you like it. Zero on the fly adjustability

Bottom Line:   
For the price that I paid, ($200) you are not going to get a much better value. I had been worried about getting an all air fork but one ride on the All Mountain III cured that. Lets be fair, it doesn't feel quite like a coil but its darn close. I ride this fork on a hardtail that used to have a Manitou Black Elite on the front. The difference is night and day. While the Manitou Black is a nice fork and has a lot of adjustability, I didn't realize how unstable it was until I but the All Mountain III on the front. There is not flex or shakiness whatsoever. My confidence hitting rock gardens and doing smaller drops on the singlespeed has doubled.
I have mine set to 130mm of travel and put in a bit more oil than recommended for my weight to prevent bottoming. I set it up with Marzocchi's recommended oil levels and felt like I was just blowing through the travel, even on tiny drops. It took me about 3 or 4 rides to really adjust the amount of air and oil to get the fork how I like it. I guess that would be the only real downside.
That said, this fork is not a Z1 FR or Marzocchi 66. It is a lower cost fork with basically no one the fly adjustability. But if you know that when you buy it, you should be very happy.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   MTBR

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1 FR
Manitou Black


Bike Setup:   Orange Surly Instigator Singlespeed. Trail Pimp wheels with Woodman hubs, Azonic bar, stem and seatpost, Avid Mech brakes

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