a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2009
Strengths: tough, cheap, can feel they are there doing the job
Weaknesses: heavy, rebound is too fast for my liking
Great forks for a little money - my only gripe is that they are a little too heavy and that they rebound too fast for any sort of fast 4X or Dual racing for me. I get tired of having to force the front of the bike back onto the ground
Alex Del Frate
a Weekend Warrior
from melbourne, Vic, Australia
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2007
Strengths: the fork is strong enough to do more than dirt jump and has a great air pressure adjustment system.
Weaknesses: rebound adjustments are had to change
one of the best forks i have ever used and can be used for light freeride and xc if set up properly. again the rebound adjustments are a bit hard to change but i've only wanted to change it once. nothing has gone wrong wif the fork in my time and i still recon it's a great fork.
a Weekend Warrior
from London, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2007
Strengths: Very strong, absorbs weight nicely, looks cool all blacked out
Weaknesses: Kinda heavy, warning labels very hard to take off lol.
Pretty sweet for Dj's, Urban and some light freeride. I have yet to see how it takes a good trail ride. I would reccommend this fork for anybody into Djs and Urban but if you've got cash there are lots of others out there.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2007
Strengths: perfect function without gimmicks: Extra solid, which makes it super confidence infusing when 220 lbs and using a formula disc with 20cm rotor.
Weaknesses: rather heavy, but bothers much less than to be suspected (own two other hardtails, one rather light (TREK 9900 OCLV). This one makes most fun, the TREK may be faster
Had some problems with rust on the stem, because I drive the whole winter, much salt, water in the frame. Zzze acid test for a steel stem I would say. But it nearly ruined my Chris King Threadless. Cosmic Sports change the CroMoly Stem to a Alu Freeride One, for only 90 bucks, within a week. That's super service; i'd say. When you can compare your drive engines regularly, you are much more aware of difference. The lighter bikes are much fun, to be sure, but when it goes to hard ride, there is nothing like a VERY solid and stable setup. The one compromise I do not accept is a heavy, high resistenace tyre. I stay with no-tubes, Michelin or Schwalbe Racing Ralphs or Nobby Nics.
Similar Products Used: Many a Marzocchi, some Manitou (2001 X-Vert Suoer hmmm!!)
Bike Setup: Hot Chili Zymotic Hardtail, full 1998 XTR
from Thunderbay Ontario Canada
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2006
Strengths: 20mm thru axle, springs are pretty tough even without air, and air helps stiffen up travel 2, and they finally made this forks a bit lighter
Weaknesses: when air is in it has too much rebound, cant adjust rebound, little adjustablity, kinda expensive in after market
the fork is bomproof asimple design and take a beating without breaking and doesnt require a lot of attention or maintaince kinda expensive but worth a try for dirt jumpers freeriders and street riders
Similar Products Used: dirt jam pro and comp and older dirt jumpers
Bike Setup: kona cowan stock
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 4, 2006
Strengths: solid fork, good function
Weaknesses: heavy,bad paint job
Use it for heavy xc. A bit heavy for that purpose, but very solid, stiff, perfect function, right amount of travel (100mm, but you can change progression by air support). Only complaint is the bad paint job. Paint chips easily off. But what of it. Very recommended for heavy guys. And for those like me, who have a really light bike for a change.
Similar Products Used: Many Marzocchis, Manitou X-Vert Super 2001, Carbon, RS
Bike Setup: Hot Chili Zymotic Hardtail
Date Reviewed: January 4, 2006
Strengths: its cheap and pretty strong but im still worried about the crown, as with all dirtjumpers of the past i suspect this one will also crack after about 6months
Weaknesses: stil kinda heavy but its what i expect of a dj fork but it does feel considrably lighter than the old dj3s which iv played on, but that may be the bike i was on too :s
nice fork but i wouldnt buy it personally but its great for buget dj. if you have the pennies get a dj1. plz note this fork is lame for 4x, dh and serious freeriders for 4x you have to get something lighter, dh somthing that can take the constant pouding and longer travel for freeriders. fox 36 talas (travel wound down to 110mm approx) was great for 4x. zocchi 06 888 is the dh fork to have and the 36 van is the freeride fork.
Similar Products Used: dj1s from 04 to 06, dj3s from 03 to 05, fox36rc van (kinda similar), fox36rc talas (again kinda similar), zocchi drop offs 05, zocchi shivers 03 to 05.
Bike Setup: that bike was a identity dr jekyll with 24" halo sas wheels, 9spd xt rear mech and shifter, gusset pigmy cranks, fsa pig extream headset, dmr alloy wingbars and headstock stem, hope mono mini fnr break.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 20, 2005
Strengths: awsom fork, uber beefy and looks really nice with the red caps on top and the new 06 decals.
Weaknesses: none yet
this is a really nice fork, if you want to hit up the Dj's or urban and mix in a lil freeride this is the fork for you.
from West Linn, Oregon
Date Reviewed: November 15, 2005
Strengths: this fork feels really nice, I love the red adjuster caps on the top. I just got this fork today to replace my 2006 Marzocchi Dirtjam comp, it came on my 06 shred. I this fork inspires confidence. very happy with it. feels good going over jumps and takes trannys well.
it feels a lot better than previous DJII forks.
Weaknesses: I kinda wish it had travel adjust as my other option was the pike. but thats asking a little much. but the only real complaint is that ... the price went up. I was able to pick up a 2005 for $250.00 I put it on my P.1 ....
I dont think this fork is for everyone. if you are into urban, jumping and lobbing your bike over anything that comes your way, then get it. shop around first, I perferred the way the manitou stance static felt over this fork, but this fork is a whole lot stronger and a lot nicer.
if you are into XC, trials of downhill ...dont get it .... I took this fork to the local freeride park, it was kinda harsh. but thats only my opinion.
I cant find any specs online that match these forks, aside from the sticker, nothing matches up.
axle to crown is ~530mm
travel is ~130mm
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Okay, seriously i'm really stupid or what ?!? i've got a kona cowan, that i purchased on net at the beginning of the summer for like 180 $ what a bargain ! :D it's a 2005 or 2003 i can't remember doh !
BUT' I CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO REMOVE THE DAMN FRONT RIM.
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Is there a tutorial anywhere online or alike to overhaul this fork, or a general tutorial for marzocchi forks? The manual doesn't say much about the internal maintenance.
It still has the original oil inside from 2003. But I haven't used this fork since 2005. I was thinking of replacing the oil. ... Read More »
i am new to dirt jumping and have just bought a identiti 666s with dirt jumper 3 forks but i cant work out how to adjust them i know this is a really stupid question but ive never had adjustable suspension before!!!
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