from Torbay, Devon, United Kingdom
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2008
Strengths: Lightweight, Very Inexspensive, Quite Plush
Weaknesses: Lightweight, Innacesible Internal Rebound Adjustment, Tops-out easy, No modulation of damping
Firstly, let me say that this review is judging the forks almost regardless to the price. The value of these forks are unbeatable, and I don't think you will find any better triples at this price. However, that would make a pretty boring review, and would in now way help you guys understand this fork any better. Moving on...
I know I have put 'lightweight' in the Weakness Section, and the Strength Section. That is becuase the weight of these forks will be either a good or a bad thing, depending on you, your style, and what you will use them for.
Let me explain. They are so light, that getting them off the ground in jumps is no problem at all, and you have to push the front of your bike down to compensate for the lightness. They really do just make your bike float on smooth jumps. HOWEVER, when going over rough ground and rock gardens and such, or just doing any Downhill Trail riding fast, they simply rise over the ground rather than compressing, becuase they are too light. This would suit a heavier rider, who could really keep them planted, however it would also require a lot of your weight shifted to the front of the bike, which is not ideal when it comes to steep descents and high speeds. So it really is all down to who you are, and what you will be doing.
The biggest drawback, in my opinion, is the lack of an easily accsessible rebound control. To adjust the rebound, you will need a custom made 30cm long, 12 mm hex/allen key to shove up the arse of the forks. And the factory set rebound is a little on the fast side, sometimes making it feel as if the travel is stopping dead at a certian point and being forced back.
Another downside to these forks is the fact there is no difference in the 'stiffness' or 'resistance' of compression at an inch into the travel, or the full 7 inches. In other words, the high-speed damping that you will want going over little roots and bumps feels the same as the kind of damping you get when you are bottoming out of a huge ladder drop, meaning you either have the forks soft for the trails but will bottom out on drops, or hard for the drops but will feel rough over bumps. There really is no in-between, and no difference between the speed the forks move at one inch of travel, and the speed they move at 7 inches of travel.
To make matters worse, chaning the air pressure seems to affect the forks a little too much, in the sense that one minute they're too soft, and just a few pumps later they're completely solid. A lot of this is becuase of the fact you can't change the rebound, it makes the forks will stiffer as it springs back to position before the forks really get a chance to move.
But being the cheapest triples Marzocchi have ever made, I suppose your wondering whether or not they have the trademark Marzocchi plushness. Well after hours of mindless twiddling and altering all the setting, they do! When you have them set up right for what you are doing, they move with ease, and not 'stick' or move in 'bits' like other budget triples do. You do get the feeling that your forks are top-quality for the pricetag, and you feel safe in the knowledge that you have an affordable top of the range make of fork.
The bottom line is this: If you are getting a bike with these forks on them, and you are looking at big jumps and general freeride, they will suit you more than fine for quite a while, and when you feel its time to upgrade, go grab yourself a pair of new 888's.
If your buying a bike with them on and intend to do downhill, then they will easily survive, but you won't get the best feel ever out of them and it will take a while to get them right, you will want to upgrade to some Boxxers in the not so distant future. But they will suffice until you have that cash.
However if you already have a decent bike, and are looking to upgrade to some triples, stick with your singles for now on, save your money and then splash out on some slightly newer and more advanced forks, ideally 888's for FR, Boxxers for DH.
So in general, if your bike comes with them on, you won't have any problems for the time being, and for the price you can't go wrong. But the second you start getting serious about your riding, you will start to quite desperatly seek a fork a little better.
Similar Products Used: marzochhi super t's ..marzocchi bombers
Bike Setup: rocky mountain rmx..drop off forks halo s.a.s wheels..
from Calgary, Alberta, canada
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2007
Strengths: nice cheap fork
Weaknesses: hard to adjust
It is a very good fork for price. but with low adjustability and not very responsive on small bumps. and very slow rebound it sucks. recently i was riding with my fork a bit stiff. so i would only sag 30mm i went off a little 8 footer overshot the landing and bottomed out. tehn in a couple off hours i lost almost all air pressure in one stanchion so much i would bottom out on a j-hop
Poh Soon Teng
from San Pablo, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2007
Strengths: Holds the wheel and goes up and down
Weaknesses: Dampening was horrible and after 3 months of use, play started to develop in between stanchions and lowers. Opened it up and checked the bushings and they were perfect. Called Marzocchi and they asked me to send it in but dont think it would be worth it as they only sell for like $100 used.
POS fork. Imo, it's only got the Marzocchi name to help sell bikes. Not Marzocchi quality
Similar Products Used: Fox Talas 36R, 888rc, Sherman Firefly, Shiver
Bike Setup: Ibex Zone
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2007
Strengths: Very light because not much material is used, and extremly stong at torque pressure. I like the bottom out feeling, easy to adjust and to tune. Very long life fork. Rides like MAD !. Better than ANYTHING for this price ! LOVE iT.
Weaknesses: maybe the sound... because of it's internal lock valve. But put a longer sag and it is ok
Buy it while it lasts. A very nice product for small money. I trust my life in it.
a Weekend Warrior
from Prescott, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2007
Strengths: Very good looking, lots of plush travel, never bottom out, very sturdy forks.
Weaknesses: Adjustability, but thats about it.
A very quality fork, good for the money, very easy to ride on, soaks up lots of the bumps, however, the adjustability isn't there. Even without the adjustability it is still one of the best priced forks, for the outstanding quality that I've come to expect from Marzocchi.