Strengths: Easy to set up if you know what your doing, super plush, very smooth, responsive, on the fly adjustment if you need it.
Weaknesses: Heavy, need to service every 3-5 months (I ride black level DH trails 2-3 times a week). seal kits are getting harder to find in the UK...
I weigh in at 145 lbs, my bike at 38 lbs, and they are an amazing fork if you take the time to set them up properly, unfortunately because of how often I ride and the trails I hit, I need to service them on a regular basis, this is because the response of the fork tapers off to almost nothing if I don't service them after a maximum of 6 months, after about 5 months they start to feel very spongy and tent to sag more than usual. On the other hand, if they are looked after, they are an amazing fork to ride, couple that with the correct setup for your riding style and they will keep you feeling like your very much in control of your bike, I run one medium (right leg) and one soft spring (left leg), as I'm to heavy for full soft and to light for medium, I have found this to work very well for me. Over all they are a very good fork, but will require someone who knows what they are doing to set them up for your style of riding. overall, a very good fork the price.
Similar Products Used: Manitou Travis Intrinsic, Marzocchi Bomber 888
Bike Setup: '06 Devinci Ollie, all stock except FSA FR-230 stem, VP handlebars, Thomson Elite seatpost, and Titec Amore saddle
from San Francisco
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2006
Strengths: Nicely made.. Stiff, not too high for 200mm travel.lots of adjustments..good warranty..
Weaknesses: Not that easy to work on, lots of stuff under each fork cap..I weigh 160lbs the bike 41lbs.. fork came with a bad right side damper..Marz warrantied.. At this point stock spring seem waaay to stiff. with just enough pre-load to extend the forks fully when empty(about 2 clicks).get 1" sag when I sit on the bike, they top-out constantly..ok over small stuff, big-dips, jumps..but very rough when hit rocks, erosion bars etc.. can be a problem when going fast in a hard-pack single-track, kicks you out..can mess up your cornering for the same reason..using NO compression-damping and about 16 clicks on the rebound.200cc oil.in about 500miles never used more than 155mm travel!!!!..Soft Marzocchi spring are not available for the 2006/7, am going to try 2005 soft with a short spacer..
Very good forks. Marzocchi doesn't seem to be able to give me any answer, although they are trying.. If you are heavier, say 180lb+.. I don't think this would be a problem. If you are lighter, this might be an issue.. Marzocchi doesn't have softer springs in the US, so they are un-available for at least the near future..and if over 210lbs, heavier springs are available.. Require some knowledge to tune..
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