Similar Products Used: marzocchi exr,hanebrink LT8
Bike Setup: ht+jrt= fun
a Weekend Warrior
from Cleveland, England
Date Reviewed: October 3, 2005
Strengths: These forks are very plush and seemingly just about maintainance free. My forks are now old and they still are very strong, I've landed a few 10ft drops and so long as you arent really clumsy they don't bottom at all really. I'm not saying they are unbreakable but you would ahve to be really extreme to snap them. Suprisingly these forks are nice and light too, also cheap relatively.
Weaknesses: Maybes a little flexy but to be honest i only ever notice that when i do a dodgy drop or jump. They havent broke yet so i guess its just the way they are.
These are excellent forks. They last forever and never really go wrong. They are the perfect length so that they arent too numb but still have plenty of travel to absord jumps and drops.
Similar Products Used: 2002 Drop Offs, Wedges, 2004 Jnr T's
Bike Setup: Club Roost DH8, Mavic 321s on DMR Revolvers, Hayes HFX discs, Truvativ Hussefelt cranks
from poulsbo WA
Date Reviewed: October 3, 2004
Strengths: sokes up bumbs and other things, it handals good in any conditon, vary plush and smooth, and its pimp tooking
Weaknesses: easy to bottom off drops, stenchens r like sticks they need to be thiker.
this fork is great for any rider if their looking for a smooth and great ride in the front of their bike. and the price is good for its quality if your looking for a good fork but not willing to pay the high price of purches.
from freddy beach canada
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2004
Strengths: Impossible to bottom out, kinda stiff, looks pimp, rebound ajust by turning knobs,
Weaknesses: slow compression
( this is the 2001 junior T OEM ) An amazing fork, the OEM has a different arch then the other junior T's, and it looks better and fits a bigger tire, this fork is plush, indestructable, impossible to bottom out, not too heavy, QR 20 drop out is stiff and looks good, this fork is not too expensive, I dirt jump and freeride and this fork does that like nothing. Buy this fork or something like it IF YOU DONT LIKE YOUR SH!TTY EXR COMP!
Bike Setup: 04 p.2 , this fork, front alex DX 32 rim, kenda 2.6's , rear alex MT 28 ,24 " , hussefelt bars, rest stock
from Freeride capital of the world
Date Reviewed: May 2, 2004
Strengths: plush, long travel , inexpensive
Weaknesses: i broke it in 3 months! I only weigh 120 lbs ! the tubes came appart ( theyre made in two peices )and when they seperate , theres no getting them back together ! i just shipped them off to get fixxed so i can sell them and buy some sherman slider plus !
its a good fork for a rider who wants to go and have fun of the trails and the person who wants to go hit up the local jumps.. it responds well and is quite plush. if ur going to buy juniors buy them after the 01 model .. 02 , 03 , and 04 are built alot stronger!
Bike Setup: junior T , marin team DH w/ all the goods
from somewhere in the south pacific
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2003
Greatest fork ever produced in my opinion. These forks have been through the trashing of 3 frames, cracked open d321's, bent cranks etc all without a complaint. All they have required in the way of service was an oil change once in the 2 years of owning them. They are strong light weight (for a dh fork) as well as being really plush and having great quality travel. I couldnt ask for more in a fork.
a Weekend Warrior
from North Battleford, Sask.
Date Reviewed: June 13, 2003
Strengths: Everthing. The dual crowns really increase structural rigidity compared to a single crown fork. The CNC machined aluminum wheel arch comes in handy when running large tires. The dampening and rebound couldn't be better. I also love the QR20 axle up front.
Weaknesses: None to date.
This is one of the best forks for your money. It came stock on my 2003 Rampage which is rare for an Urban Assault bike costing only $1000 U.S.
Favorite Trail: Anything great with a marzocchi Junior T
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: The Bike Doctor Saskatoon
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi EXR, SR suntour and various rockshox.
Bike Setup: 2003 Norco Rampage. Hayes hydros, Jr.t of course, DX32 rims Husselfelt cranks.
from Hertfordshire, U.K.
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003
Strengths: Light weight, reliable, easy to maintain, new mag arch doesn't bend like the old bolt on braces used to.
Weaknesses: Lack of small bump sensitivity, too progressive in its stock form. Not very precise, too much flex. Longish bed in time
I had been running a single crown Marzocchi Z1 for a couple of years and decided triples were the way forward so ordered the 2001 Jr't, about £300 at the time.
When I got them on the bike I was pretty impressed with the feel but they seemed too progresive, I couldn't get anywhere near full travel landing drops (I weigh 80kgs/176lbs). This was somewhat cured by dropping the oil height by 30mm in each leg.
The second problem was the whole action seemed a little slow, word was they took a little time to bed in as the seals / bushes were tight. After some bed in time they loosend up a bit but were never great. I would recomend swapping the 7.5wt oil to 5wt oil.
I was a little worried about the magnesium arch that braces the sliders. This was due to me and two other guys I know crashing and bending the old style bolt on braces on 97 Z1's. Thing was you could unbolt the old knackered one and replace it with an aftermarket one. So I thought what if I slam with the new forks, will the Magnesium arch explode and I have to throw the forks away? Well it has stood up impressively to many slams so top marks to Marzocchi.
The steering precision is not great, the whole thing has quite a lot of flex in it. I think this is why marzocchi have gone up from 30mm stanchions to 32mm in 2003.
My final point is regarding the bushes and seals, the bushes wore out after about 18 months riding but the oil seals never blew. The bushes and seals are easy and cheap to replace so no worries there.
So all in all they are good solid reliable, if slightly uninspiring fork. I've now bought some Monster T's and they are a lot plusher but you have to pays your money!
Weaknesses: Paint chips off the arch easily, no external damping controls, decals scuff easily.
I have ridden these for over a year including two trips to Les Gets and I have had no problems with them. They respond to big hits well, but aren't quite as supple over the little bumps. Nothing bends, breaks or twists when you crash. A solid and dependable fork for downhilling and free riding.