Hanebrink ZZYZX Front Shock

3.07/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $300.00


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay moe a Weekend Warrior from Calgary

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2003

Strengths:    Great for high end bikes(not huge downhill) but enough for most bikers, cheap, and good travel!

Weaknesses:    Little older than some forks.

Bottom Line:   
Best I have had and I have had alot. I think they beat the Jr t's I had, the EXR's and the Bomshells. Over all an awsome fork! I would invest in these forks if you are looking for a good, cheap and effective fork!

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Favorite Trail:   east brook

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Bike Setup:   kona scrap and A-line

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ian a Downhiller from Woonsocket RI

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2003

Strengths:    cheap, smooth after i greased it, looks beefy

Weaknesses:    SNAPPED THE PHUCKING CROWNS, horrible design, not beefy. Replacement parts are sooooo expensive

Bottom Line:   
Ok, the fork i got is from ATC racing (Terrex fork), but its the same design, it was just bought from hanebrink.
i went off a 4 1/2 foot drop to flat..landed wrong and snapped both the crowns. and guess what? ATC wants $92.86 for EACH CROWN! the design is bad because the lower crown (the one that takes most abuse first) is weaker and is holding on by a thread. this lower crown exploded on impact. this fork.....sucks!
If your smart, please heed my advice...search elsewhere. Marzocchi dual crown forks are the way to go. don't buy this fork...please. if there was a 0 rating, i would give this fork just that.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike on ebay

Bike Setup:   6 inch

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed Francis a Weekend Warrior from Palmdale

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2002

Strengths:    Bad to the bone stength....killer looks, and super rigidity, soaks up huge bumps without hesitation.

Weaknesses:    A bit sticky on small bumps.....a bit too much stiction unless large bumps are hit.

Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent fork, and I have owned 2 of them in the past 4 years. I weigh 200 pounds, and ride quite hard... and never had any bottoming of the fork, or any failure of any sort. The quality of the fork is awesome, and I would recommend this fork to anyone looking for a great performing Freeride fork. The only type of rider that would possibly not like this fork, would be a very light rider (140 lbs. or less) due to the stiction of the fork on small bumps.
Dan Hanebrink did his homework with this fork.....I would buy another one in a heartbeat if they were still for sale!
I think the fork is actually still available under another brand name...ATC is the company, and "terrex" is the model of the fork.
Good riding all!

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Favorite Trail:   Mt. Gleason downhill

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   cambria bicycles

Similar Products Used:   manitou forks

Bike Setup:   Klein Mantra, with zzyzx fork

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kurtis Gale a Downhiller from Reno,NV

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2001

Strengths:    price, looks beefy, good travel, not too heavy,

Weaknesses:    noisy, flexy, soft, hard to ajust, too sticky, doesent have the smoothness of an oil bath.

Bottom Line:   
pretty crappy but not to bad for the money, good for a downhiller or free rider on a buget. I like mine but will probubly go to a Mr.T or other oil bath fork.

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Favorite Trail:   sticks and stones

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   rissy champ, rockshox judy crap

Bike Setup:   Cheeta prowler whith zzyzx fork, sun big mamoth rims, hayes disc. AC cranks, sprocket, and chain guide

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by john lile a Weekend Warrior from rocky phoenix,az

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2001

Strengths:    easy maintenance strong heavy duty simple design

Weaknesses:    adjustability

Bottom Line:   
if you are not into mountain biking and using your bike to maximum potenetial then DON'T buy one of these forks. this fork requires scheduled maintenance which is something you should do anyway if you are doing huge jump and drops. to service one of these fork you can do it with a wrench, screwdriver and allen wrench thats it. sweet design can't wait to get another one for my new bike.

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Favorite Trail:   top secret in prescott

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   rock shox DHO rock shox mag 21

Bike Setup:   GT STS DH 35lbs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cory klug a Weekend Warrior from waukesha, wisconsin

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2001

Strengths:    rigid, plush, fairly easy maintenance

Weaknesses:    initial set up was a pain, had to have motocross tech set up rebound/dampening to get the right feel.

Bottom Line:   
I have abused this fork with high drops, and various terrain. The only problem I have had was the set-up.
No stiction,no seal problems, and nothing to complain about. I'm suprised to hear of all the problems the other riders are having with this fork. NOTE: I weigh 150lbs, and am 5'7" tall, maybe heavier riders are bottoming out the fork.

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Favorite Trail:   black river falls area

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   torque center

Similar Products Used:   manitou, rock shox.

Bike Setup:   zzyzx(set up w/5" of travel, kore stem, pro taper bars, avid, sram, bontrager race wheels, and soon to be replaced balance fs450 frame.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Connolly a Downhiller from Edmonton AB

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2001

Strengths:    Stiff, rigid, plush, awesome feel, 6" travel.

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the best forks that I have ever ridden. It is super plush, awesome feeling and handles great. I have never had any problems with it and it has treated me awesome. I'm a big guy and this fork handles me awesome. Its a great product.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Marzzochi Jr. T, Rock Shox Judy XL, Hanebrink LT 8, Boxxer.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Super 8, Hayes Disks, Hanebrink LT 8.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeremiah Hueske a Downhiller from Westminster, CO

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2000

Strengths:    Strengths? I don't think Bullet Brothers, knew what that means.

Weaknesses:    These suck, flexing, creaking, stiction, the list goes on.

Bottom Line:   
Crappy, anyone who thinks these forks are any good, probably bought them when they were full price. And they are just trying to get their moneys worth. The stiction is terrible, on real rock terrain your hands are just destroyed. It takes big hits to get them going, and then it is straight to the bottom. There really is a reason why these forks can be scored for $300.00. If you really dislike someone sell them one of these forks. This fork is a disgrace to the entire bicycling industry. By far the worst $300.00 I have, and will ever spend. Their only worth is the money you can get for the scrap aluminum, there is enough of it in the damn fork. Not to mention the spec'd weight is a pound less then the actual, these are the most ridiculous piece of #$^& forks you could ever buy!

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Favorite Trail:   Jeffco Open Spaces

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Bomber, Boxxer, even my Judy XL with 4 inches of travel blows the door off my zzyzx.

Bike Setup:   FSR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Erik a Weekend Warrior from BC

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2000

Strengths:    Looks Beefy

Weaknesses:    Junk

Bottom Line:   
My friend owns the pipeline. Bought these forks off of some kid for $400 canadian. First time I saw them I thought they looked good. They seemed to work fine for about a week. Friend rides urban and ten to fifteen foot drops. Next week we go for a ride and he shows me how he can bottom them out by pushing down on his bars. Only way to adjust preload, dampning etc is to ride in mud which gets its way into forks despite boots. At the moment there is about an inch of mud in the bottom of his forks and they make creaking noises when he rides in the parking lot. Bottoms them regularily no matter how small the drop. When this happens sounds like forks will shatter. Don't buy these forks no matter how good the deal. Friend gave up bombers for this crap.

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Favorite Trail:   Sweet Peet

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Stratos MX6, Bomber Z1,

Bike Setup:   Rock Mountain Pipeline, ZZYZX, Sun Mammoth DH rims, Roox bar stem etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Meredith a Downhiller from Spokane WA

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2000

Strengths:    It's pretty bruly, and when set up right works pretty well. It gets the job done.

Weaknesses:    Makes some funny noises. It requires some maintainence, but if you do it right and frequently, it works good.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good fork. It's not too impressive pushing on it in a garage or riding in front of your house, But on the trail it works nicely. (Except for those funny noises) It handles drops and jumps real nice too.I ride with Sean and Buck and Matt, well, matt has ridden his bike like twice, never a zzyzx. And their right. You get what you pay for, but if you take care of it it will work for ya. Yeah marzocchis' are nice, but not everyone has that much moolah. Great value, good performance.

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Favorite Trail:   Beacon Downhill Course

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchis', Manitous', Boxxer, White Bro's, Hanebrink, RST,
Stratos


Bike Setup:   Ellsworth AEON Joker, RF North Shores, XT der., Magura Hydro rear, XT brake front.ZZYZX, Salsa bars & skewers (the shiznit) Deep V Rims, Panaracer Tires.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Buck Choklit a Downhiller from Spokane,WA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2000

Strengths:    stiffness, price, ok performance when setup right and you go really fast, good for big drops

Weaknesses:    bad bushings, first 2 inches of travel are somewhat sticky (not noticeable really when riding, people just like to whine)

Bottom Line:   
The fork works, period. It isn't great, it isn't terrible. The travel/stiffness is great for riding we do (fast, technical, with big drops and jumps). Fork will only break in extreme and wierd situations. I have ridden this through hundreds of stairs, many loading docks, trails, 6+ foot drops, and it has had consistent performance. When you are really having fun and going fast the noise doesn't matter, just think about the ride, my fork is one of the last things on my bike that will give me trouble.

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Favorite Trail:   course 2, beacon hill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   MR. T, Monster T, Boxxer, LT8, UD150/180, X-Vert Ti, X-Vert Carbon

Bike Setup:   2000 Lobo, rock shox rear disc, white ind. rear hub, race face dh cranks and ring, MRP chainguide, machinetech front hub, avid arch rival 40 brakes, azonic pdw, zoom dh stem, ZZYZX, double wide/rhino lite

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by sean murphy a Downhiller from spokane, WA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2000

Strengths:    cheap (you get what you pay for)

Weaknesses:    it sucks

Bottom Line:   
i have ridden this fork on many a bike amd they all rode like crap, i have also seen them break under cicumstances that would not faze a bomber, manitou or rock shocks, not to mention most other forks. if at all possible go with a marzochi fork they are the smoothest.

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Favorite Trail:   course 1, beacon hill

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   head shok moto fr, bomber Mr. T <--rules

Bike Setup:   99 kona stab, bomber MR.T, race face DH cranks, zoom DH stem, azonic PDW,MRP, SDG, sun mammoth, avid arch 4.0, salsa, tioga,lx

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Aaron a Downhiller from NY

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2000

Strengths:    Price

Weaknesses:    ALL ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE!!!

Bottom Line:   
This product is the worst manufactured product on the market, and let me tell you why. People like this fork because of how it looks with the big stanchions. Big stanchions = more friction. This is by far the stickiest fork I have ever used. I had to rebuild it after every race. As if it didn't perform horribly under dry conditions, when it got wet it stuck to the point where if you put all you weight into compressing the shock, you got if you were lucky 2 inches of travel. For those of you that know the NORBA circuit, there was that Mt. Snow final race where it rained all night. Well, I took a hit during my race that should have compressed the fork maybe 5 inches but because it was slightly rainy out, the left stanchion bent and costed me my race. For those people that like the ZZYZX, you obviously haven't tried a decent fork. There's a reason why people are selling them for $300 and Bullet Brosthers went out of business. The Bottome Line: This fork is absolutely the worst thing you can do to yourself and your bike. If you care about the sport, don't buy the fork!

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Favorite Trail:   Omen

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   White Bros. UD180 & DH3, Marzocchi Monster T, Rock Shox Boxxer

Bike Setup:   Intense M1, White Bros. DH3, Race Face NorthShore cranks, Hope 04 disc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Dardenne a Downhiller from Plainvile Ma.

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2000

Strengths:    Bullit proof design, long slow travel soaks up hard hits comfortably, when you tweak the fork on a harsh wreck it's easy to straighten because the fork is all mechanically assembled.

Weaknesses:    This would be the greatest fork ever built if it had the silky smooth oil bath feel of an X-vert R.

Bottom Line:   
beefy six" travel with absolutely nothing that can leak or crack. Iv'e broken every fork that I have ever bought within 2-3 months of purchase and then broke the coresponding warrenty fork. This fork makes the ugly easier to tame and it can take allot of abuse.

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Favorite Trail:   ridge trail @Lynnwoods

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Monster T, Z1, X-vert R, White 180

Bike Setup:   Stab DH, Sun Mammouth rims, Raceface; HS, crankset, bars, grip shift

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Krei a Downhiller from Spokane, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2000

Strengths:    Great ridgidity, perfect amount of travel, VERY PLUSH! Great pricetag! Soaks up the little bumps, and really takes the big hits!

Weaknesses:    No longer produced... BUT...
Hanebrink Z-6 parts are the same. Fully interchangable!


Bottom Line:   
THIS IS THE BEST FORK FOR THE MONEY! IF YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON ONE, BUY IT!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Beacon Bomber

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Z-6, Bombshell Bad Betty

Bike Setup:   Mtn. Cycle San Andreas DHS, Hayes, ZZYZX, DeeMax Rims, RaceFace, XT... other stuff.

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