Marzocchi Z1 FR I ETA 2005 Front Shocks

4.69/5 (26 Reviews)
Weight : 2378 grams MSRP : $699.00


Product Description

  • Hydraulic Cartridge w/HSCV
  • Open Bath Lubrification
  • 888 Style Cartridges
  • External Air Preload


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tom Richardson a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2007

Strengths:    Damn strong, never bottom out off big drops.

Weaknesses:    ETA isnt working properly (mainly due to a crash)

Bottom Line:   
Damn good forks, strong as you like, easy to adjust. ETA is good (not good when you damage it in crash)

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Favorite Trail:   Lordswood

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $297.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Rock shox, magura.

Bike Setup:   azonic, big hit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff, light, adjustable rebound, ETA, air preload

Weaknesses:    No compression adjustment

Bottom Line:   
Have only had a half dozen rides on this fork which replaced a '06 Travis Single 150 mainly 'cause of the weight difference (1 1/2 lbs.) Have to say now that the Marzocchi is just as stiff and I love the air preload instead of buying new springs. Gets better every ride as it breaks in

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $239.00

Purchased At:   NOS @ Internet Bike Store

Similar Products Used:   Too many to name...

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Heckler with Chris King, Hope, Raceface, XTR etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Oliver Lynch a Weekend Warrior from England, Bristol

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2007

Strengths:    Well,
Awsome all rounder, seem to go well with my kona coiler 04 as same length of travel. They have wicked adjustments and seem awsome plush and very stiff with 20mm axel.


Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Awsome forks, got everything a freeride would need. Resonably heavy so couldn't really say for hardore XC. Handles trailes amazingly does everything i need. Has lock out for up hills which works v. well with my lock out on my frame shock.
Pretty expensive for the new models but i paid $200 for it so i was a pleased.

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Favorite Trail:   stillwoods, Bristol

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Off a friend 2nd hand.

Similar Products Used:   04 Marzocchi drop off(130mm), Manitou splice super(130mm),

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z1 FR I ETA fork, kona coiler 04 frame, sun 4x mtx orange wheels, Truvativ cranks, sram gearing, easton handlebar, nokian tyres(2.3), hayes9 brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tomas from Gothenburg, Sweden

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2007

Strengths:    Handles everything along the trail with ease, price, stiff

Weaknesses:    Incorrect oil level from factory (too much)

Bottom Line:   
This is a review for the 2005 Z1 FR 150 1 fork.

What can be said about this bullet proof design? The coil damping is very plush and nice (after you have adjusted the oil level).

Just do the regular service, replacing oil, checking seals and it will last a long time!

Tried the fox 36 fork as well but it can't justify the 2x price tag.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   bike-discount.de

Similar Products Used:   Rock Shox, Manitou (never again!), Fox

Bike Setup:   Nicolai Helius FR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Applegate a Weekend Warrior from Norwich, Norfolk, England

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2006

Strengths:    -These forks will take on anything and still be gagging for more
-Very plush travel
-Very good all rounder
-ETA is great for riding too and from your local trails fast
-Works great on long-travel hardtail rigs due to the low weight compared to other forks


Weaknesses:    -Fair amount of brake dive when using something such as a mono M4, but even this is nothing really. Only noticeble when riding on hardpac or road (but its not exactly what you should be doing with them anyway(althoguh these are damn funny on a hardpac bmx/4x track)).
- Soft springs (only applies to heavier riders really)


Bottom Line:   
These will do most things you can think of and maybe some that you can't. Just if you gonna be doing large drops make sure you have the correct air in these if not, being a heavier rider can turn these forks into a pile of mush. also as afore mentioed there is brake dive, but hell, i can live with it for everything good about these forks. brillaint for long travel hardtail freeride due to the low weight and of course the manouvourbility that come with a single crown fork. Definately recommend these.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS - Second hand

Similar Products Used:   04 DJ2s (130mm), Stance, MZ Race

Bike Setup:   04 GT (HT)Ruckus 2.0, Z1 FR1, halo tornado wheels with Choir boy lite tyres, Saint Cranks, Mono mini brakes (F:180mm, R:160mm), Sram X7 gearing, KMC 9X chain, Holzfella stem, Intense grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam a Downhiller from Danville, CA

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2006

Strengths:    * Best performing fork I've every used. The fork's "feel" was perfect from day one, and still feels as great more than a year later.

* The ETA is outstanding! I pedal up a lot, and the ability to lower the fork for the climbs lets me stay in the saddle and spin. It seems like an unfair advantage over my friends, but then again, they can buy one themselves.

* The fork is good at so many things - it's great as an All Mountain fork, a FR fork, a DH fork.

* The weight is good for what it is!


Weaknesses:    Expensive I guess - but you get what you pay for. This was WORTH every penny!

Bottom Line:   
One of the best forks of all time. I use it for 95% of what I used a dual crown for, with less weight, and full steering. Plus the ETA rocks! I'll never have another fork without ETA or the equivelent.

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Favorite Trail:   Downiville, Tahoe, Moab...

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi MX Pro & 66, Rock Shock Boxxer, Fox Talas

Bike Setup:   Fork review - who cares

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by keen a Downhiller from Bay Area

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2006

Strengths:    Excellent Dampning. I weigh 195lbs. ran it with zero air pressure and it has been an excellent fork for my Bullit trail bike.

Weaknesses:    Has some plastic spring spacers inside that look quite suspect to failure. Some may find w/o spring options (air only) they are limited.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork . Has performed flawlessly. I did verify the oil heights now I just ride the sucker along w/ regular stanchion lubing.

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Favorite Trail:   Northstar

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   02'Z1 FR

Bike Setup:   01' Bullit ,05' Z1 FR, 729's, 5th element.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Derek a Weekend Warrior from Indiana

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2005

Strengths:    The damping is the best out there! But then again, I haven't tried the RC2X...nevertheless, the fork is simple and very, very effective. It's a great freeride fork that can double as a trail fork too as long as you don't care about being first to the top of the mountain. I like the adjustable oil levels, ease of oil changes, etc. The thru axle is great too! Rebound and ETA are all you need- just get on and ride it! I don't use any air preload...

Weaknesses:    Air preload is questionable. It works, but I'd like to see a mechanical version like FOX. But that's just me...

Bottom Line:   
This fork is everything you need. It's simple, effective/plush and strong. No need to send it in to change the oil etc. It's easy to maintain. Just set it up and you don't have to mess with it before every ride. Call downshiftcycles for all Marzocchi stuff- they are truly the best! Talk to Jared for the best deal!

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Favorite Trail:   The trail less ridden

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   downshiftcycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Psylo,FOX vanilla, Sherman, 04 Z1 (kicks just as much @ss! as the 05)

Bike Setup:   04 Bullit set up for moderate freeride adventures and extreme trail conditions

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Kelly from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2005

Strengths:    tunability, stiffness

Weaknesses:    weight, although it's comparable to a Fox 36, and isn't intended as an XC fork. Lack of travel adjust feature like found on the AM series.

Bottom Line:   
I can't say anything negative about this fork. This is my first Marzocchi and I have to say it feels pretty good out on the trail. Oil levels, viscosity, and rebound damping can all be adjusted to suit your personal tastes. It would be nice to have a travel adjust feature (The ETA is pretty much useless unless the trail is ultra smooth) and compression damping. I'm 180lbs without gear, and found that the stock springs were a touch on the stiff side for proper sag. I run the fork with no air assist, and have lowered the oil level to get full travel. I think it's a great fork for the money, and can be set up to suit any riding style.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Manitous, old Rock Shox

Bike Setup:   '05 Turner 6-pack

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben from Sydney, Aus

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2005

Strengths:    GREAT FORK !!! Super smooth and plush. They are really strong forks and the ETA works great.

Weaknesses:    None as of yet

Bottom Line:   
A super plush forks that works a treat for almost any type of riding. DJ or light DH works great with these forks. The ETA alows for an easy return back up the hill. I have hit drops in excess of 8ft and the forks have just soaked it all up, these forks are amazing. Got them super cheap as well !!!

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Favorite Trail:   Oxxie

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   flicks

Bike Setup:   haro escape frame, sram x0, hussefelt, e13, maxxis HR, these forks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Waterloo, Ontario

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2005

Strengths:    Smooth, stiff, looks cool, marzocchi quality/durability

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Don't get sucked into the Marz. 66 hype. 99% of riders out there would be better off with a Z1 FR1. This fork is plenty stiff for all but extreme freeriders and has a reasonable weight. It works well, it's super smooth and really sucks things up. I run a bit of preload (maybe 30psi....i don't really remember) and it's perfect for this 165lb freerider. I'm very happy. Oh, contact downshiftcycles.com as they have awesome prices on Marz and FSA stuff....they're often willing to go lower than what their website says.

If you're a rider who's concerned that the Marz AM1 won't be burly enough for you then get this fork. Only step up to the 66 if you are geniunely doing huge stuff cuz the 66 is taller axle to crown (which rakes out your steering and makes it less precise) and quite a bit heavier. Lastly, I really like the look of this fork cuz it matches any bike and looks quite handsome.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   DownShiftCycles.com

Similar Products Used:   2002 Marz Z4, 2001 Marz Z5

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Switch

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ping a Weekend Warrior from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff, Reliable and great performance once tuned. You get the FULL 150mm of travel. Super smooth with great damping and ETA for the climbs.
Good value and cheaper than the Fox36 or Sherman alternative.


Weaknesses:    Takes some time to break in, no external compression adjustment, so you need to get intravenous to tune it. Not the lightest fork either at around 5.6lb .. Also only available with the 'firm' spring .. so maybe not the best choice for lighter riders...

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding this fork for close to 8 months, and it just gets better and better with age! The seals took about 2-3months of riding to break in... the 7.5wt stock oil made the fork somewhat harsh over small to medium sized bumps, also the fork came overfilled unless you are over 180lb and hucking large drops ... I tried taking out the spring and compensating with air only, but could not tune out the brake dive.... so after the 2nd oil change to 5wt and reduced oils levels the performance is now perfect. Great range of damping, both low and high speed ... plenty stiff for my 170lb weight and with ETA, it's the perfect aggressive XC/Freeride weapon. I run zero air preload .. stock spring rate is perfect.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Sherman Firefly 20mm.

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Moment, Crossmax XL's, SRAM X9 etc etc..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by clark from vancouver

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2005

Strengths:    plush, stiff, eta is great

Weaknesses:    dives a little too much

Bottom Line:   
wow! nicest 5-6" fork i've ridden. ultra plush and stiff, reasonable weight. soaks up bumps like a dh fork - feels like more than 6". like all marzocchi's, its extremely tuneable with oil weight and levels. only complaint is brake diving, but getting used to it (not nearly as bad as the 888 though).

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   firefly, fox 36, pike

Bike Setup:   heckler

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by The collecta a Weekend Warrior from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2005

Strengths:    Thru-axle, 32mm stanchions, light for a marz, its all black

Weaknesses:    POOR QUALITY!! Ive gone through an 02 Z1qr20, and an 03qr20, and I am not impressed withe the quality control and cheap parts internally.

Bottom Line:   
Had to send it back after one ride. Ive heard and I suspect that these are now Taiwanese parts with maybe only the stickers applied in Italy. My spring was not machined on top and the cheap thin plastic spacer just rattled and clicked. Also the spacer wasnt long enough, so at full extension it just bobbled around with the spring.
I couldn't get more than 4" of travel on this fork either, even with no air preload. Sometimes this is from too much oil so I loosened the right cap and turned it upside down, NOTHING came out. WTF! All the other Z1's Ive had to upgrade to stiff springs, but this fork is just harsh. Its not the seals breaking in either.
Marzocchi told me that they don't make a softer spring this year, so Im pretty much screwed. Not happy with the new cheapness of this fork. Ill probably go find an old marzocchi to replace it with.
I will say that the Marz customer service has been top notch.

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Favorite Trail:   Platinum

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   Downshiftcycles

Similar Products Used:   '03Z1, 02Z1, dorado sc, flick, all the fox forks.

Bike Setup:   Foes Fxr, ti curnutt, this crappy fork, sram drive, xtr brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim Nasium a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Aus

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2005

Strengths:    so so so so plush. Easily adjustable, can handle most things you throw at them. and yes, they feel incredibly plush

Weaknesses:    hmmm... NONE

Bottom Line:   
These are a super duper fork. They are great for fr anf dh and the ETA means that you can come back up the mountain with the same ease as you went down. With these forks i am hitting 8ft+ drops and the landing feels so smooth (drops i would normally not consider on a ht). These forks are great if you are a freerider and dher. I have had these forks a small amount of time and am overly impressed with their standard. paying RRP i think is a little expensive but i got them dirt cheap so im happy...

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Favorite Trail:   oxford falls

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   these are single crown 888's

Bike Setup:   VERY custom 2004 haro escape 8.2, these forks, x0, hayes, e13

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