Marzocchi Z1 Bam 98 Front Shock

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Marzocchi Z1 Bam 98


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sly Dog a Cross Country Rider from Willamette Valley

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2003

Strengths:    Easy to service, very tunable with different oil weights, levels, springs, etc. Dual Damening cartridges. Travel can be changed from 4" to 5" (read below). Replacable arch, can use a Black Spire to increase tire and mud clearance.

Weaknesses:    Lets face it, a fork from '98 is starting to get a little old, but with proper service, can still be fine. Other than that, can't complain considering the price.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork for all-around xc riding if you can find one relatively cheap. It feels great coming from several years on an air fork. However, any fork this old if bought used will need some fine tuning to fit your needs(oil level, viscosity, spring rates, etc). Once set up, it feels pretty darn smooth. I'm not sure if they cam as 4" or 5" from the factory in '98, but I converted mine from 4" to 5". I replaced the 2" long topout springs with 1" long topout springs, and replaced the 4" travel springs with 5" travel springs from a 2002 5" Z1. It was eay to do - I have never opened up a zocchi before, and It took me about an hour. The secret is to turn the fork upside down and do the topout springs first, reassemble it, then turn it upright to do the main springs. This way you can do it changing or losing the oil. There seems to be plently of stanction overlap, so the strength should still be there. So hey, $100 isn't bad for a 5" fork. And 5" feels very nice on a hardtail. Good value if financially handicapped.

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Favorite Trail:   Steep and Deep

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi 20000 Z1 Xfly (4").

Bike Setup:   Hardtail, Z1 Bam, all-around xc parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Edd Blake a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2003

Strengths:    Looks the dogs and feels like a real piece of quality.
I especially like the 'old school' style brace arch.
The MX comp just looks a bit weedy alongside this chunky beast!


Weaknesses:    Age - I bought it second hand, but the lad who bought it before me only owned it for two years- it was hanging about on a shop shelf before he bought it. It is 5 years old, but still feels fresh as a daisy.

Bottom Line:   
Great value second hand, especially if it was previously serviced regularly like mine was. Looks a bit complex to service yourself though. Is it? It think I'll get it done by a pro.
This fork seems great for any type of riding
- with the recoil and rebound adjustment totally anticlockwise it feels rigid - good for racing road style.
- With full 120 mm travel, its a great fork for DH or just mucking around!
However I wouldn't reccomend the fork for people who don't want to spend great amount on service costs - for me, this fork needs servicing every 6 months to keep it fresh.
If any other owners would like to give me any advice or get advice or just have a chat about the 98 Z1, please email me: eddblake@hastingshill.fsnet.co.uk

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   second hand - from a mate

Similar Products Used:   marzocchi mx comp.

Bike Setup:   carrera kraken se, 27 speed, cable discs, continental explorer pro's, DMR V8s, Z1 BAM.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe Pickard a Weekend Warrior from Nottingham, England

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2003

Strengths:    Smooth
Strong
Seals and Bushings still good after 3 years
Polished or Glitter Orange (mmm)
I.S disc mount (instead of 48.5 formula mount on Z1 Alloy)
Looks really good
CNCd Arch
Fully bolted, doesn't creak like cryofit models


Weaknesses:    Polished version has finish issues (cracking lacquer on lower legs, but the fork is over 3 years old now)

Bottom Line:   
3 Years and still going strong as new.
Mine could do with a service, but they don't feel like they do!
Absolutely excellent forks, you can see that these were the forks to change the whole markets perspecitve on performance.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   2nd Hand from Classifieds

Similar Products Used:   Z3 M80, Rockshox Judy Race, Judy XL,

Bike Setup:   Kona Stuff, Z1 Bam, Hope C2,D321/Hope XC, Blackspire device, XT throughout, Nokian tyres

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul a Racer from Troy, MI

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2002

Strengths:    Travel, adjustability, eats up anything, versatility

Weaknesses:    had to replace seals, weight

Bottom Line:   
very strong fork, can ride on anything with it. I used it as an urban/trials bike. Works very well in all non race applications. Can be found for a low price. I would definitely suggest getting one for your non-race bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Z2, Z2 atom bomb, Z2 superfly, Judy SL

Bike Setup:   Azonic frame(14.5"), Race face cranks, MRP chainring + guide, azonic stem, azonci bar, cane creek levers, XTR brakes, XT RD + cassette, XTR/Sun rhino lite wheels

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tam from nelson, bc

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2001

Strengths:    strong as hell! super plush, stiff fork.

Weaknesses:    those dam marzocchi seals. pieces of crap! replaced like 2 times every year. nothing wrong with the fork.

Bottom Line:   
really nice good fork. unbreakable, i did 7 to flat and it didn't completely bottom. buy this fork if your looking for some kind of upgrade!

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Favorite Trail:   the gauntlet in NELSON

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   came on used fsr

Similar Products Used:   Z1 mcr, 98 Jr. T, definately NOTHING from rock shox. exept boxxxer

Bike Setup:   fsr with fox rear, radical stem, amobea bars, no front brakes, front doublewide, irc kujo 2.65, hussefelts (broke just like everyone elses i know), isis bb, and 98 SUn CR 18 rear wheel- INDESTRUCTINLE! you just cant break that thing!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick a Weekend Warrior from bay city, mi

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2001

Strengths:    Wow! What can I say? Everything except for crown and fork boots.

Weaknesses:    the CROWN!! DAMM THAT BAM METAL!! I cracked the crown 2 days ago off a 7.5 foot roof drop. Now I havta pay 45 for a new 1.

Bottom Line:   
Great fork. I beat the living shhit outta it before it gave out! Get IT NOW!!



nick

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Favorite Trail:   City

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Market place

Similar Products Used:   98' Z3 Light (very nice xc fork), White Bros Dh118, Manitou Magnum R, RST 381

Bike Setup:   Full XTR derailleurs, with LX shifters.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darrell McMillan a Racer from Round Mountain, NV

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2001

Strengths:    Light (for 125mm travel), bombproof, stiff, low maintenance and confidence inspiring.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is a terrific fork. Just install it and forget about it. It can soak up huge hits with ease. It can take way more than I can dish out. It gets the full 5" of travel and only bobs about 1" when standing and sprinting.

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Favorite Trail:   Flume Trail, NV

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $368.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Rockshox Judy SL

Bike Setup:   Haro Extreme DH1, Fox Float R Shock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by michael rees a Downhiller from england

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2000

Strengths:    stiff, nice colour, well made, plush

Weaknesses:    damping cartridges are easy to blow

Bottom Line:   
they are nice and stiff and solid, plush

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Favorite Trail:   warley jumpspot

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   bomber z3, rst mozo pro, rst 461, mx6s, x-vert e, manitou sxl, pace rc36 evo

Bike Setup:   deul hardtail

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from Redmond, WA USA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2000

Bottom Line:   
It was a good fork while I had it... The adjustability was the best I have used to this day, and it was nice on big hits... Some weaknesses were:
"Wheres the boots"... My fork leaked, bad... Rebuilt it... It leaked again...
Climbing was a pogostick lovers wet-dream...
Steering was a tad-flexy in nasty conditions...
Took a nasty spill and bent it up, sold it after that!!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi Jr T, Manitou X-Vert DC, Noleen Crosslink

Bike Setup:   '98 K2 4500 Carbon frame, NR4 rear shock, Hayes discs front and rear, Race Face and Shimano drivetrain, Easton carbon post and bar, Time pedals, Spin wheels....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom Dickson from Leeds

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2000

Strengths:    Stiffness, hardcore looks, plushness, adjustability, strength

Weaknesses:    weight i suppose

Bottom Line:   
Excellent fork. Better than all of the others that i listed in "similar products" except the MX6 which is on a par with the Z1 in terms of plushness and stiffness but has an extra 2inches of travel - which would make it a better fork were I a downhiller. I am not a downhiller though, so I personally prefer the 4 inches that my Bomber supplies. To say this ofrk is now 2 years old, I still feel that it Sh*ts on all other forks on the market, except maybe the year 2000 Z1 X-Fly which I have yet to ride. The way that these forks changed my riding style is unbeleivable - they only have 4 inches, but its a bloody good 4 inches that manages to soak up more-or-less anything. I sometimes feel myself looking down at the fork watching them move up and down. Maybe its just mine, but they even seem to move on the road! Top fork, buy it, they are going cheap.

I bought mine for £270, but if I had bought them for £500 as they are origionally listed I would still give them a full rating

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Headshok FattyD, Marzocchi Z3, Indy SL, Stratos MX6, RST Hi5, Headshok Lefty

Bike Setup:   DS CAAD3, XT, HS33's, Z1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GioVanardi a Cross Country Rider from AZ

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2000

Strengths:    no better shock made

Weaknesses:    4 sets of seals in two years

Bottom Line:   
need a better rubber tree

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Favorite Trail:   slauter house canyon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   thier is nothing similar to this shock

Bike Setup:   98 LTS2000

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Birkinshaw a Weekend Warrior from Yorkshire, England

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2000

Strengths:    These forks give brilliant amounts of travel for a single crown fork and look the part too. They fit in around the urban scene and on the trails.

Weaknesses:    They are a bit on teh heavy side and can be a bit soft.


Bottom Line:   
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THESE FORKS ARE THE DOGS BOLLOCKS AND ARE PROBALLY THE BEST I HAVE EVER RIDEN. IF YOU ARE THINKING OF BUYING SOME GET OUT AND GET THEM AT DISCOUNTED PRICES OR PICK UP A SECOND HAND PAIR FOR AROUND A HUNDREAD QUID.

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Favorite Trail:   Dalby Forrest trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Manitou SX 98 and Rocx Shox sids 98

Bike Setup:   Orange gringo done up with discs, xt stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Toby a Weekend Warrior from San Diego CA

Date Reviewed: July 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Five inches of travel on a single crown! Looks great.


Weaknesses:    
No compression or rebound adjustments on the Z1 Drop-Off.


Bottom Line:   
A perfect long travel fork for someone who doesn't want to make the jump to heavy, knee-killing, dual-crown. It was only a few years ago when four inches of travel was only available on dual crowns, now five inches can be had on a single crown!

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Favorite Trail:   
Sycamore Canyon

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Judy 100
BaBaBooey 80mm Teeth


Bike Setup:   
Mountain Cycle San Andreas

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Phil Bowman a Cross-Country Rider from York, PA

Date Reviewed: July 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Rigidity, plushness, damping


Weaknesses:    
None really. I feel flex, but less than other single crown forks.


Bottom Line:   
Let's get something straight. You have to compare apples to apples. You cannot compare this fork to a dual crown DH fork. I am 6'6 and 210lbs. I do feel flex in this fork, but it is less flexy than any other single crown four inch travel fork. Some people don't like the soft springs. Replace them, don't cry! Also, I have been riding different models of Zokes for six years and no one can beat their customer service.

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Favorite Trail:   
Whitetail Ski Area

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Just about everything from Rock Shox, Manitou, and K2 with the exception of any 6 inch travel DH forks.


Bike Setup:   
Bianchi Super Ibex-cane creak AD-8

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Yu-Jin Lee a Weekend Warrior from Kuala Lumpur

Date Reviewed: July 23, 1999

Strengths:    
very Plush
very adjustable


Weaknesses:    
none I can think of


Bottom Line:   
No fork can come close to this....It's the best of the rest...Another great product by Marzocchi , the suspension expert(50 years in the suspension industry).....I would give it 10 flaming chilies if I could...

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Rock Shox SID
Marzocchi Z2
Rock Shox judy


Bike Setup:   
Marzocchi Z1
Hardtail

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