Marzocchi Z.1 Sport 2006 Front Shocks

3.8/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

Z.1 can be used in a moderate freeride condition. Not intended for large drops, jumps and gaps. Z.1 series is between AM & extreme freeride.


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andy a Downhiller from Fort Collins, CO

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Doesn't match the quality of the rear end of my bike at all, but what should I have expected... I bought this after hearing rave reviews and being pissed off at my Manitou. I will say the big hit capability is pretty nice and much better than the Flick. It still blows through travel without much small bump sensitivity to speak off. I've messed around with oil height and weight to no end, but just can't seem to get this thing right. It's pretty good on drops but not high speed, repeated hits. Good dirt jumping fork for sure. It's wicked adjustable, but the damping sucks anyway so...

So far that old HSCV Z1 has had the best damping I've ever ridden and I miss it. Looking for a 66 now and hopefully it will have that feel, as I hear that they do.

The Bottom line is if you are experienced and know what you like out of a fork, you probably aren't going to get it out of this one, so don't waste your time. It is a good fork to learn on though...

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Z1 FR SL, Sherman Flick Plus

Bike Setup:   Brodie Thumper, DHX 5.0

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Charles a Weekend Warrior from Matane, quebec, canada

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2007

Strengths:    -Marzocchi's Plushness
-Almost no maintenance to do
-Nice silver anodizing
-Great range of ajustability (very slow/fast rebound and "Wood piece"feel/no compression)


Weaknesses:    -The common 32 mm stanchion play is there right out of the box
-The bomber decal is a sticker. Not like on the 66'S/888'S
-Bad small bump sensitivity compared to the 66's and 888'S


Bottom Line:   
I been a little bit disapointed when i received this fork. I could not return it because i paid 75$ of duties and it would have been a waste of 75$. Maybe a totem could have been beter for freeriding and downhilling on a hardtail, but it was to late , i already had the fork. The break-in was long and the fork was sticky at first. But after few rides, the zeeee-zeeee noise stopped and the fork was not sticky anymore.

I wanted a similar feel to 66's , but it was just the same feel as my old dj 3 2006. This disapointed me a lot. I'm sure a pike would have been better for this point.

But, this fork as also a good range of adjustability. You can adjust the compression to get the fork as "hard" as a wood piece and de reboud can get really really slow.

One of my friend now have a 888 rc2x and the feeling is amazing. Every smal bumps gets absorbeb by the fork. It makes my Z1 looks bad.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $512.00

Purchased At:   Chain reaction cycles

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi all mountain 3
Marzochi 888 rc2x
marzocchi dirt jumper 3/4
super t
drop off's
66'S


Bike Setup:   Rocky mountain flow race face evolve crank ex325 rims juicy 7 michelin tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean a Downhiller from Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2007

Strengths:    Upgraded from factory fork to z.1 and discovered a new appreciation for riding. I no longer have to walk down the steps to my favorite trail. Great way to mix AllMountain and freeriding.

Weaknesses:    Temporary squishy sound as fork breaks in. Once it's gone, after a couple of rides, it doesn't come back.

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a dependable, simple, ready to ride just about anywhere, fork with minimal adjustment to fiddle with when you're out there, buy this one.
If you're stricly into downhill buy something else.

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Favorite Trail:   steep

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   USED

Similar Products Used:   Don't like to knock other's products. Every fork has a home waiting.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeremiah from texas baby!

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2006

Strengths:    this is a follow up review. this fork is incredible. its keeps getting better with age. super plush now with great ramping at the bottom of the stroke. i have done a lot of urban riding with drops to flat on pavement, and have not had any problems. I have also tagged a tree head on with no issues. adjustability is great. i am officially converted from a manitou rider!

Weaknesses:    the only problem i could see is the lack of a stable platform. i dont do a lot of cross country, so it really doesnt bother me, but sprints out of the saddle create a fair amount of bob. i guess thats the price you pay for 6" of buttery-smooth travel.

Bottom Line:   
an excellent fork thats worth every penny and then some.

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Favorite Trail:   downtown sa

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   dropzonecycling

Similar Products Used:   previous z 1s and sherman sliders.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeremiah a Weekend Warrior from tx

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2006

Strengths:    burly. lots of adjustability. paint is great and anodized aluminum looks trick. rebound and compression knobs make noticable changes in the forks feel (unlike manitou)

Weaknesses:    took forever to break in. squish noise when compressed. air preload is useless because 2 psi of air makes the fork feel like a rigid fork. fork "tops out" when pulling up to manual or bunny hop.

Bottom Line:   
this fork was kind of a let down because it is not as plush as previous z1s are. unless you are hucking big stuff you will not get the fork to use more than 1/2 of its travel. the fork top out makes it feel like its a lot heavier than it is when you are manualing or pulling the front end up. the fork does work well for drops and hucks but if you ride xc at all then i would look elsewhere. bottom line is that its a good fork but nowhere near what i was expecting for a marzocchi.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   manitou sherman slider, nixon elite, previous z1s

Bike Setup:   avent jibster, 24" halos, z1 sport, e 13 guide and 9sp shimano xt drivetrain.

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