Marzocchi Z.1 X-Fly Y2K Front Shock

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Marzocchi Z.1 X-Fly Y2K


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charles Romein a Cross Country Rider from Sharon, SC, USA

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2005

Strengths:    Bombproof, low maintenance, rigid, sexy.

Weaknesses:    A little outdated with new technology.

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow-up to a review I did on this fork 4 years ago. See below. I trashed Marzocchi's customer service pretty badly in that review. Since then Marzocchi fixed the problem and the fork has been absolutely trouble free ever since. I've finally moved on to a new frame and fork but I want to praise this old Z-1 X-fly. I'm a big guy and this fork soaked up a heap of punishment that would have gone to my butt. It's still going strong and has never leaked a molecule of air. I'm passing this fork on to a beginner with great confidence that it will last another four years.

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Favorite Trail:   Springs Greenway

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Manatou Skareb Platinum
Rock Shox Judy T2


Bike Setup:   Diamondback XR4

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Edick a Cross Country Rider from Pacific, Washington, USA

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2003

Strengths:    suppa plush, endless travel, sexy looking, pretty light for the overall quality. CHEAP

Weaknesses:    stickers are starting to peel? Does the count? Adapter is kinda a pain for the air.. but o well

Bottom Line:   
Great great fork. really plush, great looking, pretty adjustable.... Ive had this for for ever a year, and i havent done muh at all to it!!! just lube on the seals every ride and it like butta. Great price as well you wont find another fork on the market with this quality and feel for under $300. Buy one while you can!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything in Washington baby

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Errmm... Pricepoint?

Similar Products Used:   Noleen Mega Crap

Bike Setup:   K2 ZED team, a few upgrades...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tomi a Racer from Baia Mare, Romania

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2003

Strengths:    Great fork!

Bottom Line:   
Great fork, could be better. It gets a little old.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $185.00


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe therider a Cross Country Rider from american eastcoast

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2003

Strengths:    pretty tough,pretty well designed,feels smooth

Weaknesses:    terrible creek from steerer to crown, pain to adjust rebound, some stiction, schreader valve began to leak one month ago,read below, OH YEA not as flexy as a sid, but still pretty bad

Bottom Line:   
schreader valve began to leak and upon inspection i realized that the part that threads into the fork cracked and was allowing air to escape, i did not torque this part, infact it is the first time it had been removed, i will keep trying to get in touch with customer service, but they have not returned my calls, even when i called about the creaking crown. oh well it was a decent fork, i was never too crazy about it, it did the job.

I COULDNT RECCOMEND IT FOR SOMEONE WHO MAY WANT MORE THAN JUST OK.

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Favorite Trail:   singletrack

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   sid

Bike Setup:   who cares

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Greenville, SC

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2002

Strengths:    You don't notice it much, which means it is doing its job.

Weaknesses:    None yet....

Bottom Line:   
Great fork. I ditto the prior reviews, except for the leaking fork review. I have had no problems and it has a great feel, particularly for 100 mm of travel.
Buy it if you can still get it in the $300 price range. I can't imagine there is a better bargain out there. Great for XC riding, and probably for some light freeride.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere in Pisgah Forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Manitou forks

Bike Setup:   2000 Sugar 3 with countless upgrades.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Travis a Weekend Warrior from Cupertino, CA

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2002

Strengths:    Weight, Smooth, Low maintanence, Easy setup, Quality construction, Can be setup for any weight rider - no spings to swap

Weaknesses:    Color selection, Can't adjust rebound rate on the fly

Bottom Line:   
Great forks!!! Too bad I could only get them in red, didn't match my Sid blue Chameleon so I had to paint them. If I hadn't been cheap and paid full price I guess I could have got them in Maliblue or Black. I tried to get them upgraded to have the ECC cartrige but they are one year to old!! I guess I will have to wait for some 2002s to go on closeout on Pricepoint or somewhere else. Five Flamin' Piles for a great price and five for a great fork.

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Favorite Trail:   The ones I don't crash on - None

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Crap elastomer forks on some $200 Sportmart Bike

Bike Setup:   SC Chameleon - XC, commuter that I jump on the weekends and do urban assult on the way home from work.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Bay Area, CA

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2002

Strengths:    lateral rigidity, wide range of rebound damping adjustment, durable bushings, weight, adjustability of air springs

Weaknesses:    no negative spring

Bottom Line:   
For the price I paid, this is a great fork. It's got tons more lateral ridigity than my SID did and it's almost as plush. Plus I love the extra 20mm of travel to get me out of the occasional jam when I find myself on a bad line.
The only time I find myself wanting a negative air spring for a little more top-end plushness is when I'm commuting, so it's obviously not a big deal. It also would be nice to have a lockout for the long hill climbs to the trailhead, but that's nitpicking. The bushings are tons better than anything I've ever tried from RockShox and now, at the six-month mark and over 1000 mile later, I'm finally thinking about taking it into the shop for a little maintenance, just because I think I should, not because anything's wrong with it.

One of the other really nice things is that it's got a low crown-to-axle height for a 100mm fork (just 8mm longer than my SID), so it's not a big geometry change (about half a degree head/seat) from one to the other.

Also, to those who have complained about not getting full travel: 100mm is _not_ 4 inches; it's 3.9 inches. Don't expect 4+ inches of travel out of any 100mm fork.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   '99 SID XC 80mm, previous Z1 X-Fly (stolen)

Bike Setup:   '01 Titus Racer-X

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joe therider a Cross Country Rider from americannortheast

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2002

Strengths:    very plush well designed takes a beating

Weaknesses:    alittle floppy in fast rocky stuff hard to dial in

Bottom Line:   
there is definatly better technology out there today than when i bought this but i like it it is well built, designed and has not made me miss any riding yet...you can definatly find this fork for cheaper now.

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Favorite Trail:   single

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   rockshox sid judy and cannandale crap

Bike Setup:   aw c-mon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon Smith a Racer from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2001

Strengths:    PLUSH! Reliable

Weaknesses:    not the lightest fork on the market

Bottom Line:   
A very plush, fairly light fork. At first it can be a bit tough to adjust to soak up the small hits without sagging too much, but it only takes a few rides to dail in perfectly. My x fly is on my cross country bike and rides very nicely, if I were a super weight geek I might opt for something lighter, but its performance outwieghts the small gain in weight for my purposes.
Sweet four inches of travel. Quality and lighness tough to beat for the price, especially now that the marathon is out there you should be able to find a great deal on one.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   Manitou EFC

Bike Setup:   Azonic DS1/X Fly/XT Race Face

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Charles Romein a Weekend Warrior from Sharon, SC, USA

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2001

Strengths:    Don't know, haven't gotten to ride it more than once.

Weaknesses:    Don't know, haven't gotten to ride it more than once.

Bottom Line:   
This appears to be an excellent product but no product is good unless you get to use it. Mine came with a leak out of the box. Marzocchi service center promised a 6 day turn around on the under warranty repair. Six days from delivery to them I called back and was told the fork had not yet been touched. They promised to repair and ship immediately. I called back the next day (coast to coast long distance toll calls)and was not immediately given any useful information on its status. After complaint to Marzocchi management the shop guy called me back, told me the fork was fixed, and promised to ship out it out that same day via UPS 3-day. It's now exactly one week later (14 days from the date they received the fork from me) and I don't have the fork back yet. There was a note on my backdoor this evening informing of an attempt by UPS to deliver the fork but since a signiture was required by Marzocchi upon delivery, I now have to go by the UPS terminal tomorrow to pick it up. I now need strong medication. These guys brag that they all ride mountain bikes. They don't seem to be too concerned that I have a bike that I can ride. Next time I buy a Fox!

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Favorite Trail:   tour de dump

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Noleen Elite Smart Fork

Bike Setup:   Diamondback DBR XR4 frame -w- SID rear suspension
Avid disk brakes on XT hubs and Sun Rhino lite rims
Race Face Turbine crank and rings.
No damm fork!!!!!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jason hall a Racer from south east

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001

Strengths:    Adjustability, Stiffness, Looks, Durability, Coustomer service, fealing confident.

Weaknesses:    Slack in the bushings

Bottom Line:   
Best fork to ride. RS makes a fork that feels good in the shop but feels slopy on the trail. The Marzocchi doesent have that initial plushness until riden at speed or broken in after a few rides. My fork is on its way back from Marzocchi and I have missed it dearly. I had to ride a Judy Race for the past week and have been resigned to riding on the road due to strange insecure flexey feel and squeaks and popping. By the way for those of you that think that they are not getting full travel their right. If you do get the full travel out of that fork you will hear a loud ping and be ejected, or brake somthing. The fork has progressive compression that keeps it from bottoming out with a hard ping. to measure the travel just put about 10 psi in and use a zip tie after some complex math you should find that it has in fact moved 100 mm

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   QBP (wholesale)

Similar Products Used:   rs judy race(broke in one week)

Bike Setup:   Klein hard tail, Hope c-2's, rest XTR, DT Revos, 317's, TI Glide Hubs, and GS Rockets.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ed hu a Weekend Warrior from NJ

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2001

Strengths:    super stiff, soaks up everything!

Weaknesses:    raises the front of my bike a bit too much.
wish it came with a fork boot. i put a scratch on the stanchion tube and now it ripped my seal and have to get the whole steere tube and stanchion tube replaced cause it is one piece


Bottom Line:   
love this fork!! its a good weight for the performance and amount of travel. but i don't think i get all 100mm's of it. have to play around with it still. this fork has saved me plenty of times! 4's all around b/c i don't think its perfect just like everything else out there. but get it and you won't be sorry

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Favorite Trail:   ringwood

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   manitou spyder

Bike Setup:   DBR V-Link 1.2 stock except for XTR brakes/levers, thomson stem and seatpost, chris king headset, and monkylite riser bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by axelator a Racer from boulder

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2001

Strengths:    stiffness, firmness, rigidity, solidity, stability, constancy, ability to inspire confidence. as soon as i put this one on, i felt the need to jump everything i saw.

Weaknesses:    ?

Bottom Line:   
marzocchi's age like fine wine, the more you ride 'em the tastier they get. they always feel kind of sticky at first, which can make set up a little tricky. however, a year or so down the road, a marzocchi shines and feels like an old friend, while other forks make you bike feel like a shopping cart with a broken wheel.
buy it if you want to go fast, especially down really steep and rocky hills, because you will.

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Favorite Trail:   super secret downhill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $322.00

Purchased At:   PRICE POINT

Similar Products Used:   98 marzocchi z2

Bike Setup:   kona hardtail with a big air fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Albert a Cross Country Rider from Lawrence, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2001

Strengths:    stiffness
progressive travel
tunability


Weaknesses:    setup for bigger riders from the factory
4" of travel - or less!


Bottom Line:   
I weigh around 135lbs, and this fork sucks right out of the box for a rider my weight. I read somewhere that Marzocchi's typical customer weighs 185lbs+. They have done their homework, and the stock setup with 30lbs of air and 7.5wt oil combined with the high amount of stiction before brakein make it pretty much useless on smaller hits and slow speed - I even went over the bars once because I assumed that fork would absorb the hit (oops!).

After changing the oil to 5wt and reducing the air pressure to 15lbs and greasing the stanchions with Manitou MPrep and getting broken in, the fork is performing significantly better. Even if you don't change the weight of the oil - change it soon after you buy - the stock oil in mine was jet black after only about a dozen rides! It works great at medium to high speeds, and really works well on drops and big hits. Stiffness is very high - this fork goes where you point it!

After the tuning improvement, small hits are absorbed alot better, but not absorbed with the same completeness as Manitou's TPC offerings - small hits at slow speed are basically the weak point on this fork. If you have a bike with an extremely active rear end, like the Ellsworth, you may have to slow down the compression damping a tad on the rear so that the bike feels correctly "matched".

The XFly does really well on rooted singletrack and rocky uphills and downhills - you can just point it and go assuming you have enough speed. It also carves corners on singletrack very accurately - you go where it is pointed.

Again, the main performance gripe is slow speed, small bump performance - it moves, but doesn't exactly swallow this stuff. The fork finish does become kind of ratty looking after a while, and travel is not as advertised. However, it does make a very nice complement to a 4" travel fully suspended cross country bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Harold Parker State Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   '00 Manitou XVert
'97 Manitou SX-Ti
Manitou Mach 5


Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Truth full pimp with Avid mechanical discs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pedro a Cross Country Rider from Santa Rosa

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2001

Strengths:    Lightweight and rigid.

Weaknesses:    Stiction. The forks should come with some Slick Honey

Bottom Line:   
The Marzocchi Z.1 X-Fly Y2K at first had alot of stiction. But with a little Slick Honey lube, the fork works smoothly. Thanks for the Easton Steertube I noticed the the front end of my bike was much lighter. The z.1 x-fly takes the big hits pretty well. But being that I've only had this fork for about a month now, I need to get familiar with fine tuning the fork to get the optimal performance. So far, I'll rate this fork 5 scorching chilis

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Favorite Trail:   Annadel, Saratoga Gap, Grant Ranch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   www.pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   1997 Judy DH

Bike Setup:   1999 Yeti AS-3, Chris King hubs and headset, XT drivetrain, Thompson seatpost, Mavic D521 rims, Kore Elite stem, Easton Monkey Bar.

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