a Cross Country Rider
from Gainesville, FL, USA
Date Reviewed: November 18, 2008
Strengths: Plush travel, stiff, tracks well, lots of adjustability
Weaknesses: none really, kinda expensive but you get what you pay for. Confusing manual, and slightly difficult to set up, but once its dialed in you can forget about it.
great fork! The TST compression damping works very well. I heard a lot of complaints about the remote, but I didn't need it so it doesn't bother me, I can easily reach down to adjust the damping. The stroke is incedibly smooth, and I've never bottomed it out even with the damping fully open. The progressive damping is great!
Similar Products Used: Rock Shox Pilot, Manitou Six
Bike Setup: KHS Solo-One, Marzocchi Marathon Race, Avid SD7 brakes and levers, race face evolve xc cranks.
a Cross Country Rider
from albany, ny, usa
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2007
Weaknesses: Tough to set-up, terrible customer service
The research I did on this fork was extensive... it seemed bombproof, but- It was a very difficult fork to set up for proper travel, and I finally had to return it to the shop for assistance. The fork failed (inadequate travel) after six months of riding. My shop sent it back for repair and it took over four months, and Marzzocchi sent a bill for over $200 for the repair indicating "inadequate maintenance." Six months riding and inadequate maintenance? Yet their one inch thick mamual on the fork makes not one reference to maintenance. The shop felt so bad for me thay picked-up the tab for the repair (The guys at the Down Tube are the best!) After maybe, two months more of riding the same problem occured in the shock and I turned it into a lamp. What a POS.
Weaknesses: I have now sent this POS in for service 3 times in 9 weeks. Since the first explosion it has never been fixed right.
Just bought the Fox F80RL...bye bye Marz...it was nice knowing you. Only saving grace is that I got this for with the money from selling the Manitou R7 platinum that was waranteed 3 times last summer! I seriously considered a Kona Project 2...but thought i'd give Fox a chance...after all even the Backstreet Boys like Fox!
a Cross Country Rider
from Plymouth, MN
Date Reviewed: January 11, 2007
Strengths: no play in stanchions, seems stiff, good ride quality
Weaknesses: dampening cartridge(in right leg)fails often
Disclaimer:This is the first fork I've ever bought so I'm no expert. The cartridge that adjusts the dampening and provides lockout (TST)has failed 3 times in 6 months. According to the factory it needs to be serviced more often than I expected. For a "set it and forget it" rider like myself this is unacceptable and I am replacing it with a Fox. Response from Marzocchi is slow.
Weaknesses: Weak and I mean WEAK customer service.
OK now I am P*S**D. I am ammending my review as promised. Do you think anybody from the bike store has even heard back once from Marzocchi. They promised to call, said they were waiting on a part from Italy. Is Italy on the the other freaking side of the known universe. We are still sitting on two useless remotes. Hey Brian at Marzocchi, if you could get off your lazy A** and call us, and perhaps deal with your problems, then it would be alot easier to review your forks for the great forks that they are. Would I tell someone else to ever buy Marzocchi, not even!!!! Your customer service sucks, we spent over $1600, and this is how you treat paying customers. I am so IRKED, you have no idea. Stay away from Marzocchi, if they cant return a phone call, doubtful, they will take of any problems ever.
The fork itself feels really great to ride. I heard raves about this fork from other riders, and when my last fork blew on a 24 hr, I decided on this fork. Both my boyfriend and I both were in need of a top end fork. We visited the Marzocchi website numerous times. On the website it says the remote is optional on the sl, and the others, but on the race it does not say optional. So we assumed the remotes came with the fork. Got the forks, no remotes. The manager at the store ordered us remotes from Marzocchi and offset the cost. However when the remotes came they wont even work with our forks. Read the review below. I guess it was the same production run that the remote will not work. He called Marzocchi, no calls returned. The manager at the store has bent over backwards to serve us, but it seems he is not getting the same customer service from Marzocchi. After the owner of the store called on Wed, they didnt even have an idea of when the parts needed to make the remote work would even be in, let alone shipped. This has been an extremely frustrating experience for us. We were told how great customer service is from Marzocchi and we have not seen it at all. Why the hell did they ever run a production line that wouldnt work with there own product???. I race 24 hour events, and I want a fork that I can lock out. If we ever get this sorted out with Marzocchi I will amend my review, but right now I am extremely disappointed with the customer service of a brand new fork, not one but two. And at $800, its not like we bought cheap stuff. Also for that exspensive of a fork I didnt expect cheap decals. Also on the website it shows a white fork, the ones we got were silver, can they get anything straight over there????? Otherwise the fork itslef feels awesome as would probably any fork in this price range. Guess I would feel better about it if they got this straightened out and not at the end of the season!!!
Bike Setup: Orbea Kilo, XTR, FSA carbon team crank, Avid Single Digit Ultimates, Ultimate Levers.
Maarten van Oosterhout
a Cross Country Rider
from Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2006
Strengths: Really plush ride, that can also be adjusted to be more firm. Provides control and feels rigid.
Weaknesses: Odd adjustment of right hand POS air chamber (removal of TST-cap necessary) and a small design flaw (IMHO) on the left hand side. The fork is hollow for about 10cm at the dropouts. This most certainly results in a weaker fork.
Great fork for XC racing and touring. Also great for older frames as the build height is not too big. Tuning can be a bit of a hassle. Support from Marzocchi is non-exsistent!!! All in all, the fork is too good to rate it with anything less than a "highly recommended".
Similar Products Used: Manitou Pro C, Rockshox Judy DH, Rond-Magura Quake C
Bike Setup: Klein Pulse Pro, Ritchey WCS cockpit, SRAM/Shimano driveline. No OEM components present anymore.
a Cross Country Rider
from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Date Reviewed: June 21, 2006
Strengths: Very smooth and very plush, and stiff.
Weaknesses: Are four chambers necessary? Air vavle on the cap on the TST side does not line up, have to remove entire cap, takes a bit more time. Decals for an expensive such as this is odd. Weight is a weakness but worth the trade off in performance. MOST OR ALL, the TST remote is not compatible.
I was sort of reluctant to buy this fork, I was leaning towards an R7 platnium or Reba Race/Team/World Cup, but after my girlfriend and I were told such rave reviews about this fork we both decided to get one.
First of all looking at the Marzocchi website, and catalog I downloaded, it lists the TST remote as a standard feature, and specifically states that it's optional for the Marathon SL and XC. Get the forks and no remote, call Marzocchi and argued and finally they broke down and sold us remotes for at a small discount. $150 retail each on top of the price of the fork. If we knew it was going to be that much, even with the small discount, we both would of gotten fox's.
Then we get the remotes, and guess what, they won't even mount. Marzocchi told us that we should of bought the remotes when we bought the forks, but when ordering, there is no option to get that kind of fork, plus we assumed we got the remote in the first place. You order the fork and the remote separate. Marzocchi, actually Brian ext.124, said that the distributor must of still had the early models of the Race that use the shimano cassete tool. Said he get back to me, been two weeks now.
Looking at the one review below. It's going to cost me more to get the TST remote to work, and I'll also be without it for awhile. I would just settle for a better top cap that is easier to grip to lock out the fork.
My buyers remorse is offset a bit buy how good this fork soaks up the trail, for an air fork. My Manitou Mars was air and wasn't this plush. The weight wasn't an issue with me because I wanted something smooth and plush. I can't give this fork a great review because just the hassle and cost to get the fork the way I want it has really angered me. I would of given this a better review if I got the fork that was compatible with the remote. What ever happened to service in this industry, now we get the old used car salesmen attitude.
Point is it's Marzocchi's fault for listing the fork the way they did on the site, and there fault they made the remotes incompatible. Not sure if I should keep them or if they'll refund the remotes. Anyone wants them, got 2, they are all yours, for what I paid.
Bike Setup: BMC team hardtail, with Sram X.O, raceface, Avid Juicy and XT.
from Baltimore, MD
Date Reviewed: May 6, 2006
Strengths: Tracks well, strong feel
Weaknesses: Weight, but it's not THAT heavy
The bottom line is that this is a very good fork. It was kind of strange having 4 air chambers to play with, but I set it up to the recommended air pressure and it is very nice! Tracks extremely well, even when hammering out of the saddle going through rock gardens and soaks up bumps quite nicely for being such a short travel fork. It's also cool how it came with a router for my disc brake hose!
a Cross Country Rider
from Nashville, TN
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2006
Strengths: Tracks superbly especially after you have been riding SID's for years. Plush and compliant and the TST works.
Weaknesses: I bought the fork with the intention of using the TST handlebar remote but I had to wait a month for the kit. After getting it tried to install it and the diagrams of the fork in the instructions were different then my fork. Come to find out after calling Marzocchi Tech Support that some of the 2006 Marathon Races (early production run) are different and need to have the whole TST cartridge removed and a new top cap installed. The cap however is not available for 3-4 weeks and I will need to ship the fork to Marzocchi and then pay for the installation. Needless to say, I am very upset. I purchased the fork based on the information provided by Marzocchi. Had I known of what was going to be involved I would have bought a Reba World Cup instead. I race SS endurance races and bobbing on the flats is unacceptable. I am disappointed in Marzocchi and hope that they can fix this problem. Otherwise, this fork will be on Ebay.
Great riding fork but between the oddly written manual and the inability to install the TST remote as designed has me discouraged.
the fork works great it is very smoth, and the tst is great but, a dificul to change wen riding, the remote lockout is the best i ever thried, and the new cast with post mout is a great imprument over standart disk fixation. the price in Portugal is a bit high, over 100Euros over Italy.... but this fork worth the money i paided for it.... i was used to the SPV, and now i can tell that the increased confort is much, much higher.....