Marzocchi Drop Off 4 2006 Front Shocks

3.41/5 (32 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Travel: 130mm Travel
  • Lower Crown: Forged FR Crown
  • Drop-Out Type: Standard Drop-Outs
  • Steer Tube: Reinforced Steel Steer Tube


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aelazenby a Weekend Warrior from Sandy, Oregon

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2009

Strengths:    Very strong for what it is intended to do, all mountain and light free ride. It is super easy to convert to dual air, just take the spring out. The fork is fairly compliant on small stuff and does well on the big hits. I have taken it off plenty of drops taller than I am with no complaints. If the oil level is too low it will top and bottom out very hard. With the right amount of oil it performs very well.

Weaknesses:    Not super stiff. There is some flex to it, but not a ton. It is loud. There is a plastic ring inside that moves up and down to allow the compression and rebound damping to be different. You can hear this click every time it moves.

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for an inexpensive fork that can take some hits this is a good one. If a bit of noise drives you up the wall and you cannot deal with the idea of flex, get something different.

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Favorite Trail:   anything with my friends

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   wheelworld.com

Similar Products Used:   I have ridden most types of forks.

Bike Setup:   All mountain / freeride hardtail. I can only afford one bike at a time and I use if for everything from XC to freeride.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by beau baugher a Downhiller from aptos

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2009

Strengths:    the seals and tubes are very strong doesn't bottom out very much

Weaknesses:    the rebound is kind of weird on this fork

Bottom Line:   
these forks are amazing for every thing you could possibly put them through its a good fork for any one 6 inches of travel is amazing for the santa cruz area

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Favorite Trail:   water tower

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   some dudes house

Similar Products Used:   boxxer,bomber,Dorado

Bike Setup:   hayes soles hydraulic brakes,fox vanilla,truvativ bars, head stem, and bash guard specialized big-hit

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Taco a Weekend Warrior from Santa Cruz

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2009

Strengths:    Looks cool,130mm travel,air preload can make it as stiff as you want. Rebound really help on trails and jumps. Its also half coil which makes it feel much better than just air.

Weaknesses:    Says its 2302 grams (about 5 lbs) on website, but weighs 7 lbs on my scale(it could be wrong, its really old).Makes a squishy sound when being compressed.Internal rebound adjuster, which means you have to take apart the right side of fork to adjust it. But who really cares it works fine and got I it at an aswome price.

Bottom Line:   
The Marzocchi forks I got for $80 NEW!! A good deal. A much better upgrade than stock RST Gila fork. The fork really helps the bike absorb the bumps better than RST Gila.

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Favorite Trail:   polo grounds

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   2007 Marzocchi DJ 3, 2006 Marzocchi drop off SL

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Opie, Rhino Lite rims, Hussefelt cranks with Howitzer bb, Specialized Demo Bars,maxxis High Rollers,Sram X.7 rear and 2009 Sram X.4 shifters and going to get avid juicy 3 brakes. Almost the same as 2006 Gary fisher G.E.D but mines in black. Only parts left stock are frame, seatpost, and headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glenn Bearry a Weekend Warrior from Austin, Texas USA

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2008

Strengths:    Long effective travel, Can be abused at will. Air spring (and preload) can adjust to any riders weight and riding style. This is one bad ass fork...and using it lightly is a waste of this fork's abilities and design. I did not have to go out and add 60 bucks to the cost because the spring was too weak.

Weaknesses:    Th internal rebound adjustment is confusing at first, and MUST be adjusted to stop any top-out noises + tame the 150mm rebound.

Bottom Line:   
I was in the right place at the right time, and got a steal of a deal, as this is one kick-ass fork. The top out noises I hear so much about is not because of the fork. A fork as hard-core as this MUST have the IRA adjusted do its job. The steps are:

Remove the RT cover, take the spring out, compress the fork (open the valve on the LT as you take the fork down, remove the positive pressure that is created), tip the fork over and drain the oil into a cup, and get a stick (I used a coat hanger’s cardboard tube) and in good light turn the hole to the left. THE OPENING CAN BE TURNED WITH SOMETHING PUSHING DOWN ON THE OPENING…IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE IN THE HOLE. DO THE REBOUND ADJUSTMENT LAST, AFTER.YOU NOTED THE AIR PRESSURE YOU WANT IN THE LEFT LEG!!
Lastly, forget that the right side has a valve, pretend it is not there. when adjusting your air pressure.

I had to give mine 4 complete turns to stop the top-out knock as well as keep my back pack from flipping over my head.

In my mind, this is a high performance fork that has one purpose, and that’s to help you survive when you smack the ground or an object really, really hard….while going really, really fast. Forget it if you are looking for small-bump absorbing plushness. Thats why Marzocchi is Marzocchi/

All 3 of my Marzocchi forks have top-out knocks if the rebound is not set up. If your lucky enough to get one of these forks and then choose to ignore the IRA, don’t make yourself look like a fool by noting the top-out noise as a defect or common problem. Do everyone a favor and go buy a Dart.

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Favorite Trail:   Urban Freeride

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   E-Bay

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Nixon Comp, Rock Shox Tora, Marzocchi Drop off 2, and Marzocchi All Mountain 4

Bike Setup:   X: 05 GT avalanche, Hays MX-1 disc brakes with 8" rotors, Sun Singletrack rims, 2.4 WTB Mutano-Rapter freeride tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Leon from vancouver, b.c.

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2008

Strengths:    stiff, yet plush when needed. durbable.look nice. very versatile. light, nice fast rebound( my personal perference

Weaknesses:    rebound only internally adjustable. top out clack, but i dont mind that

Bottom Line:   
i use the 100mm ones for dj and urban. i love them. i havent had a single problem in a year and a half of use. they are stiff, yet go down when u need. work great for all types of riding. they are also light

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   stock on my bike

Similar Products Used:   dj3, dirtjam pro

Bike Setup:   06 kona stuff, white e13 stst chainguide, avid code 5, juicy 7, nevegals, lock ons, s-type back rim, race face evolve crank and bb. crank bros 50/50

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keenan Moi a Weekend Warrior from SD,CA

Date Reviewed: February 29, 2008

Strengths:    Plushness!!!! Good amount of travel. light for a long travel fork

Weaknesses:    top out clack sound. squishy compression sounds( on most 1/2 coil 1/2 air forks)

Bottom Line:   
good fork for the money

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Favorite Trail:   ransho penasquitos reserve

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came With Bike

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   07 ironhorse sachem 4.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jack Marston a Downhiller from Gloucestershire

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2008

Strengths:    really good for downhill, good 150mm travel not the 130 as above

Weaknesses:    the rebound adjustment is inside the fork!

Bottom Line:   
great forks, but i definitely need triples for jumps etc

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Favorite Trail:   Leckhampton DH trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   as a whole bike

Similar Products Used:   manitou travis, rock shox domain


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tully Stott a Downhiller from Wales

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2007

Strengths:    bolt thru axel, plush travel, stiff, good air adjustment

Weaknesses:    top out 'clack'

Bottom Line:   
buy these they are great, apart from the top out 'clack' everything is perfect and they are not to heavy either. good all-round fork.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $214.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi dirt jam pro, rock shox recon

Bike Setup:   saracen raw 3 + upgrades

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mason a Downhiller from Portland, OR, US

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2007

Strengths:    Look great, very smooth

Weaknesses:    They bottom out like crazy.

Bottom Line:   
A great fork, don't get me wrong. Just awful for what I use them for.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   2006 Kona Howler

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brandon lamm from wilmington NC New Hanover County

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2007

Strengths:    150mm travel, 20mm thru axle, air/coil, air preload. not very heavy for a Freeride fork.

Weaknesses:    this fork only has internal rebound. but once i set it up it was great. the top out "clack" went away when rebound was right. Marz. air levels are too high for me. had to toy with it till it was right. once it is set up for a good stiff Freeride setting, too stiff for trail riding, but my bike is too heavy for singletrack riding anyway. would rather hit stunts and go down hill

Bottom Line:   
i would recomend this fork to most anyone into freeriding, dirtjumping or lite Downhill. the only issue i had with the bike is the internal rebound cuz you need a long allen wrench to adjust it and they are had to find and it is no fun that you cant mess with it on the trail. once the preload is dialed in it is awsome. i like the one side air for more exact compression adjust. i alway keep a shock pump on me when i freeride cuz it is so easy to change the air and make it fell like you want. i have taken this thing off of drops up to 10 feet and landed harder than i should and it still keep soaking the stukk up. all in all it a good fork.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Clay @wilmington NC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   wheelworld.com

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Z1, Manitou Nixon, dropoff 2

Bike Setup:   Haro X7, Dropoff 4 fork, manitou Metel coil rear shock, Hayes So1e 8inch disc, stock wheels bars stem and crancks, Panaracer FIRE FR 2.4

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by howard a Weekend Warrior from dorking surrey england

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2007

Strengths:    very smooth soaks up bumps great on a hardtail good on a jump frame handles reli well still playing with the air to get the best out of them ( get the 150mm version )

Weaknesses:    clunky at top end and soft

Bottom Line:   
very good forks for genral all round use from riding to the shops to a nice hard downhill its nice to have the singe clamp as well 4 bar spins

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Favorite Trail:   leith hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   drop off triple clamps

Bike Setup:   specailized p2, deore 8spd, scram cassette, mx2 hayes 6" discs,dmr saturn chain ring

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Justin a Weekend Warrior from Whangarei, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2007

Strengths:    Looks

Weaknesses:    Hmmm, top out 'clack', uncompliant, not very tune-able. 110mm travel.

Bottom Line:   
Read a bit of stuff on here about the drop offs bofore I got the bike (2nd hand) so I already have some Lyriks on the way. They are as you read in previous posts but I decided to muck around with them a bit and got them much much better than when I got them. Went to a 10 weight shock oil and adjusted the internal damping to almost full hard. Put 50psi air pressure in the left side and no air in the preload side (right). It's the best I've had them feeling so far, handles some pretty decent to-flat concrete drops and no more ugly top out noise. Get something decent as soon as you can unless your a newbie.

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Favorite Trail:   Woodhill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   OEM on Kona Howler

Similar Products Used:   Manitou Stance, Rockshox Pike

Bike Setup:   Standardish 06 Howler

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jesse Mcabee a Downhiller from Lillooet

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2007

Strengths:    Perfect for downhill rides, no matter how long. Great for hard tails.

Weaknesses:    The "Bounce Back" effect. If you land to hard, they launch you forward.

Bottom Line:   
They are awesome front suspension for any hard tail downhill MTB

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Favorite Trail:   Texas Creek-Shantyman Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Full Boar

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   Downhill?

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by peter from ontario canada

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2007

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is this fork i very good at what it is intended for that is dirtjump

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   cyclepath


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nick Yuill from England, UK

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2007

Strengths:    Not many, 150mm travel and thats about it.

Weaknesses:    No external rebound adjust, well they're not very adjustable period, the internal rebound adjuster adjusts itself, now tops out when I pull up, swooshy sound and they're not plush at all... QR, they would be better with 20mm axle.

Bottom Line:   
Wouldn't buy them but if they come stock then either sell them staright off and upgrade or use them until you need to relpace, but I wouldn't stick with them...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came stock on my bike

Bike Setup:   Norco six two, E thirteen guide & gaurd, Hope Pro II rear hub - RS Domain 318s shipped with a Hope Pro II front hub.

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