from Kenmore, WA, UA
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2010
Strengths: Inexpensive, advertised as long travel, good looks, mounts for disk brakes. Smooth travel. Good for long(er) travel cross-country.
Weaknesses: Top adjustments do nothing. Springy rebound. Was WAY too stiff in stock form. I could only use half of the travel, no matter the size of drop. I took Steve's advice posted here and took off the top hats (used vice grips and turned the splined plastic nut), pulled the springs, and removed BOTH elastomers. I cut one in half, to provide a little bit of bottom out protection, and put half of one elastomer back in. Finally had a usable fork. With this setup I can bottom the fork doing any sizeable drop, but this setup is for my girlfriend who's about 120lbs and just getting into all-mountain.
I got my first one on a bike (Trek Bruiser II), then purchased one to upgrade to long-travel on my old Gary Fisher Big Sur ('99). Was a decent move for the price at the time, however I'd not get it again. Go with the Manitou Splice, or Rock Shox Tora if you can get a good deal.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2009
Strengths: uumm, says marzocchi on the side?
they are no way stiff enough, if you take the wheel out and put try to twist the stanchions, they flex ridiculously. because of this,when you go round a corner at speed, or indeed round a corner, the wheel twists against the axle/fork and knackers the hub. aswell as the that, as it twists, the disk grinds against the inside of the fork and wrecks the disk, the disk wrecks the caliper and before you know it you have no front brake. your tires rub against the inside of the fork and wear your tires down. think thats all, phew!
it has wrecked the front of my bike and ive only owned the forks 6 months!!!
it came stock on my bike, but never ever ever buy a cheap fork. if your on a budget, by second hand off ebay. you get much more for your money and it is cheaper in the long run.
a Cross Country Rider
from Fair Oaks Ca United States
Date Reviewed: April 8, 2009
Strengths: very stiff and looks good
Weaknesses: dont know yet
bottom line is my Manitous totally blew out on me and i found the Marzoochi forks on craigslist for 80 dollars. A kid was selling them and they seem to be in great condition. Havent really had a chance to take them jumping or offroad but on the street i have no complaints.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 7, 2009
Strengths: the fork gets soft once broken in but other then that theres nothing really good about them
Weaknesses: i didnt really realize a difference in the external suspension settings, the forks are way to flexible and my front tire wiggles side to side on really hard turns or in ruts, the fork always builds up really thick grease on the inner fork
these forks are good for beginners but as they get older they do get softer but also the seals give out. These forks are not good for dirtjumping as the older they get because they tend to soften up over time to the point of needing replaced. The forks have unsatisfactory side to side stiffness as my tire does sway back and forth when im in really deep ruts are fast tight corners
Similar Products Used: manitou sherman, fox 40, marzocchi 888, marzocchi shivers
Bike Setup: specialized hardrock pro
the finster 94
a Cross Country Rider
from West mids, England
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2009
Strengths: Good well controlled travel and are pretty much indestructable
Weaknesses: Do not really absorb smaller jolts too well
Cannot get the full 120mm travel(only got 100)
These forks are very good value for money but if you want a fork that will take a large drop off and absorb small bumps, i reccommend paying a bit extra and getting a set of rockshox. All in all a very good fork and indestructable, (took it off a 6ft drop off fully open and its perfectly fine) Seriously reccommend them for beginner riders or XC riders.
Bike Setup: Saracen Mantra 2 (Forks came with bike)
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2009
Strengths: great for ridin around city,takes every thing you give it urban-wise
Weaknesses: tested on some local ground though and seemed a bit to soft, as in bottoming out easy. tried to ajust, ajust doesn't work. haven't took to any trails yet. i dont think they'll put up to vigorous riding.
simple forks, good for beginners, like me lol, wouldnt recomend takin em mtb, still, better than what i had.
a Weekend Warrior
from dallas, tx
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2008
Strengths: none ... sucks bigtime
Weaknesses: It is almost impossible to get any travel out of this fork. You have to hit bumps really hard and really fast to get anything. Worthless for anything not tarmac. Some say they have used it on dj's dunno how ... seems too weak to take the hits. I WOULD NEVER put this for on my DMR sidekick.
Bad ... Bad ... Bad fork. No travel, no adjustability, plain sucks. Came on my wifes bike stock. Only reason I own it.
Similar Products Used: Dirt jumper 4's, Rock Shox judy tt's.
Bike Setup: Giant Yukon
michael LIKES MEN
Date Reviewed: April 16, 2008
Strengths: good shock. never bottomed out. my friend that said the one before is full of poopy.. He used a similiar type for like three months and he loved it. but he got a new one. so hes all wack. amazing fork, not a problem with it. bouncy, cushions your ride.
Weaknesses: a bit to much rebound
good cheap fork, good for all riders from beginner too semi-pro that are dirt jumpers.. and that don't want to waist money.. good fork, i've had no problems
Favorite Trail: don't ride trails. all about the jumps
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Purchased At: my buddies house
Similar Products Used: nothing i can think of
Bike Setup: KHS DJ 100
from Whitby, Onaterio, Canada
Date Reviewed: January 7, 2008
Strengths: They look nice, do their job excellently. Very cushy.
Weaknesses: On my first pair of Mazocchi MZ Comps, they Stanchions (both) fell out, revealing the spring coils inside. IT was unfortunate that i was on the bike while it happened. But my second pair work fine. My first pair, must have had a manufacturing defect, or something. My second pair, work sweetly. There very beginer. There good forks, but if you plan on going big, spend the money get better ones. Otherwise, there excellent for XC, but i jump them.
There good, they work, i'd get em cuz there inexpensizve for mazocchies. But don't plan on doing crazy stuff on them.
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