Similar Products Used: Rockshok physlo, Judy Race w/100mm
Bike Setup: Cannondale super v 500. use the bike for everything- urban, dirt jumping etc.
from Canterbury Kent England
Date Reviewed: December 17, 2001
Strengths: they r bnice for the money...
Weaknesses: They snapped
I made the last review on how t set them up, I have since then snapped them. ok, so I weigh 65 kg, im 14 and I rode a)like a tank and b) very hard and aggressively, but I dont think rthey shoud have done this to me. Hopefully they will be replaced by Marzocchi under warranty, but I doubt it, I deserve to have a new set. I still recomend them mebe the 2001 model is a better bet though, with the new crown. Doesnt really matter to neone I guess, they r not made nemore.
Strengths: Strong (i think) v.smooth, plush, well damped bomber beutiful bolted crown bam brace(these r the same as the old z1 series £90 is incredible for a fork that performs twice its price
Weaknesses: Noisy damping, I still think they could be more sensitive, A lot of weak internals, e.g: top caps and plunger rods Hard to get the caps off so oil height is well hard to adjust. no damping adjuster
These forks rule. They r a cheap z1, and they r almost as good, although people i know will disagree. I have ridden a lot of forks, and this is one of the better ones, they r so good that everyone should have a set to use. the damping is a bit slow, but this is easy to fix:
less copression = lighter oil,
less rebound = drill the holes in the bottom of the plunger rods out, though as this will void the warranty it is best to buy a new rod and do it to that. also be careful as you only need to drill it out by about half a millemeter as the rates of fluid flow through holes is very logarithamic, therefore a 1 mil enlargement will double the flow, a two mil enlargement will increase it by 8 times and so on.
To get more than 80 millemeters from the go to ukbikestore.co.uk and order the shorter top out springs.
The spring rate is easily adjustable with air pressure, and if they r bottoming out then it is likely that the oil height is too low, therefore raise it, but beware: a 2 ml raise will make a drastic difference, and too much will mean that they will blow the seals if there is too much pressure, either continous, i.e you pump them up too hard or static, they are landed off a drop that is too large.
These forks are a bargain, buy them and tune them if you can be bothered, and be careful of those crown bolts, they are dangerous to knees and they slip.
Similar Products Used: Judy race - quite frankly "bad", id like to say worse, indy c, rst 281, ok actually are ones ive owned Jr t, monster t, boxxers, other set of judys - still bad, z1 bam, drop, cr, etc
Bike Setup: Identiti, d521 panaracers and the worst cranks available
from perth WA Australia
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001
Strengths: its very good for hardtrail mtb because of its strenght
a Weekend Warrior
from North Vancouver
Date Reviewed: June 5, 2001
Strengths: New machined arch,better seals,BAM crown, pressure fit alloy steerer tube, more travel.
Weaknesses: To change damping requires changing oil weight.
Great value for a fork in this price range especially when compared to Rock Shox, RST, Suntour, Manitou, etc. Great shock for a first shock or, someone who is into a fork which can be adjusted easily for more than one rider.
Similar Products Used: Rockshox judy(orrible need stripping down and re doing inside to make them work properly and even then...) rockshox indy c (avoid) manitou spyder(hard spring no damping euch) rst 281 (better than u think actually) bomber Z1 (oh yeah their nice) bomber jnr T(nice lots of travel) rst 381 (orrible) manitou x vert (nice)
Bike Setup: little merlin trials/jump thing
a Weekend Warrior
from Surrey, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: November 18, 2000
Strengths: PICKS UP BUMPS LIKE NO OTHER SHOCK IN IT'S PRICE RANGE.
Weaknesses: NOT A HIGHER END MARAZOCHI SHOCK.
GREAT SHOCK FOR THE MONEY. A GOOD INVESTMENT TO MAKE IF YOU WANT TO UPGRADE YOUR BIKE. I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WHAT SO EVER SINCE I HAVE OWNED IT.
Similar Products Used: Rock shox Race Sh*t, these are the sh*test weakest pieaces of crap I have used, In 2 months there was oil leaking from the top.
Bike Setup: Custom Giant Warp
a Weekend Warrior
from Utah & NM, USA
Date Reviewed: October 30, 2000
Strengths: Plush Travel Price
Excellent budget shock, sure beats the hell out of the old sucky Rock Shox elastomer crap I had (Indy XC). No problems with the shock as of yet, however I had a friend who had a leaky seal. I figure, as long as you put some lizard skins on, if you ride in dusty terrain, you'll be fine.
Bike Setup: Specialized Ground Ctrl. '97 AIM, XTR/Avid/Risse rear
Joe Freerider Shum
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2000
Strengths: Plush action over big hits. Relability Stiffness (for a budget fork)
Weaknesses: Stiction - due to air seals Damping for lighter riders
A terrific deal for the price. Watch the damping rates though if you're a light rider. The air spring has an aewsome rebound so they put fairly thick oil in stock(7.5), once you start running lower pressures, eg. around 30lbs the damping turns galacial! Also, these forks don't react to the small bumps very well due to the stiction in the labrynth of seals but their action on big hits is top notch. All in all, a great budget fork!
a Cross Country Rider
from Colorado Springs, CO
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2000
Strengths: Plush, clean looks, rigid.
Weaknesses: Weight (?)
Finally got around to upgrading the sucky stock fork/headset on my Marin after swapping out almost everything else (dem forks can be pricey). Got mine for around $190 from Jensen, pretty good deal. Picked this over a Judy Race based on price, reviews, and I really wanted to try out a 'Zoke. Basically I'm very pleased so far, the fork is plush, rigid laterally, and has great adjustability with a decent shock pump. Techie trails that were a pain in the *ss before are much more bearable. I was little sketchy about going with an air fork since I'm in the Clydesdale class but zero problems so far. Overall I'd highly recommend it.
Bike Setup: Marin Rocky Ridge customized for freeriding.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 15, 2000
Strengths: Looks, PLUSH, travel
Weaknesses: weight, no boots!!!
I have had this fork for 2 days only and so far it feels awesome! It is very plush and is worth the price. This fork takes the small and large bumps with ease. who cares about the weight when it feels so great.