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.
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.
Bike Setup: hayes soles hydraulic brakes,fox vanilla,truvativ bars, head stem, and bash guard specialized big-hit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Bike Setup: specailized p2, deore 8spd, scram cassette, mx2 hayes 6" discs,dmr saturn chain ring
a Weekend Warrior
from Whangarei, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: September 6, 2007
Weaknesses: Hmmm, top out 'clack', uncompliant, not very tune-able. 110mm travel.
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.
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.
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...