a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 10, 2010
Strengths: I swear, this thing is forever.
Weaknesses: the 9mm dropout version I have (and probably the qr20 version as well) is flexy compared to recent forks. Simple compression damper means that a definite compromise has to be made between small bump compliance and resistance to hard hits. stock springs certainly too soft for anyone pointing them downhill.
After years of riding this fork I felt I had to say something for the record. From 2001 to the present day I have used this fork for almost all my riding. No money to buy a newer one, but no real need. I am only 135lbs, which is why I can just get away with freeriding a superlight with a progressive rear shock (I've only broke 1 frame, honest :)), but I give it death, and this fork has taken a relentless pounding on the Nth shore and around BC. Summer, winter, rain, snow and mud. Being tossed off high ladders when I got in the S$@#@. Endless near bottoming when coming down nasty stepped terrain or off them drops. When set with the right springs for the rider weight this remains a very tunable and easily tuned, capable fork.
The incredible thing is that it has never leaked a drop of oil, and I have NEVER had to change the seals, let alone the bushes. Oil changes have been done once maybe twice a year. The golden anodized coating on the stanctions has no slider-wear (indicating no bush wear), and there is still zero slop between the stantions and lower assembly. I find all this hard to believe, and you might too, but I guess it is the reward for the super-tight tolerances and long and not-so-smooth breakin period these were known for. I'll admit to being a bit of a dinosaur with this fork, but I'm a dinosaur with a hard-ridden ten year old fork that shows no signs of age and has required almost nil maintenance. You really have to hand it to the first generation Z1. When they made it, they were serious.
Similar Products Used: various single crown bombers from 1996 through to 2006. I rode a fox single crown once.
Bike Setup: 2003 santa cruz superlight frame set up heavy to deal with the shore. 5 inch Z1cr with medium springs.
a Weekend Warrior
from Canyon Country, CA
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2005
Strengths: Plushyplushplush. Compression and Rebound that really makes a difference. Funkengrooven support from the factory boys--big ups to Ronnie n T!!!
Weaknesses: Its bad for Marzocchi cuz I dont think ill ever NEED TO buy another shock EVER again.
Its 2005. Brought it into Marzocchi in Valencia for a tune-up today. After maybe under 700 miles of riding dusty OC and NO maintenance whatsoever, the fork was in squeeky clean condition inside still. Ronnie at 'zocchi checked out my 185 blubber bubble and recommended the heavier springs with 5" of travel (vs the stock 4")--i took one drop of the curb and almost cried tears of joy. HUGE difference in plush without any stupid side effects. Well worth the upgrade cost.
Bike Setup: 2000 Heckler with 130mm Z1cr hvy sprng, Fox Float R and a bunch of cheap Deore-hollowtech components so i could get the price under 2 grand back in the day. (really, diff betw Deore n XTR grupos in weight was 1 pound and about 500 bux)
a Cross Country Rider
from Intervale, NH
Date Reviewed: October 12, 2001
Strengths: The best single crown fork made. Takes huge hits and drops and begs for more. Butter smooth and extremely tunable. Looks Damn sexy on any bike but mainly mine.
Weaknesses: What weak? Ha good laugh! It is a bomber, aka undestructible
Bike Setup: Well now on my Kona Sex One but has also been on my Kona Kula. Works great on both but more fun on the soft-tail.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2001
Strengths: Stiff, it works it just 'zokes up everything, looks better than C3PO at the front.
Weaknesses: A litle stiction in the first inch when compressing it not riding. But you don't feel it when you riding this thing hard. You don't realise that you travelling fast, but hey..... that's fun.
The fork is a 2000 midyear release, the looks of a MCR but without ECC. The initial stiction is due to the fact it's new, it's dissapearing with time, tight tolerances, C3PO could learn from this (he did already). Changing oil after 2 month's helps, use a lighter wheight for a more supple ride. The comrpession damper was to harsh for me but after consulting 'zocchi the told me that drilling the damper would help and it did. Some of you would say that to much of a hassle, but I think that also a part of the fun. Tuning your stuff. In summary, this thing rules.
5 chili's for value, this thing works as it supposed to be and is cheaper then the others for the same quality. 4 chili's overall, but thats just you need to wait for real "zocchi suppleness, butterness, plushness etc. etc. because of tight tolerances. Buy It, not for the XC freaks, not for "real" freeriders (you need a QR20 option)but for everyone riding everything (real riding).
Similar Products Used: Z3 QR20, its just a little plusher but you 'zoking up the travel to fast without compression control SID 100, light, good adjustable, nice looks but a little skinny and it dives under you to easy when riding technical trails
Bike Setup: GT I-drive 1.0, XT/XTR, not stupid light parts but still wheight consious and of course the Z1 MCR
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2001
Strengths: Good looks, quite stiff! Xtremely plush!
Weaknesses: Int. disc brake mount, but I can handle it with Hayes adapter...
The fork is really awesome compared to my old one. Takes allkind of hits really well, both small fast ones and bigger ones and it is much more stiff and smoother than other single crown forks I've tried. The damping controls are easy to use, but are a bit confusing. The stock kit with 20w oil is working properly even I weight 95kg. When ridin' familiar trails my speed has increased a lot after getting this fork. Handles also stairs and drop offs easily. I recommend this fork to every freerider who doesn't do much downhill, just fast trails and urban ridin' with drops and stairs etc.
Bike Setup: Specialized enduro comp '00 with 130mm Z1 CR, Fox, Hayes, Titec...
from mass, us
Date Reviewed: August 29, 2001
Strengths: it is strong and smooth
Weaknesses: it only comes stock with 4 inches and marzocchi clames it can be adjusted to 5 inches which it can not, you have to buy new springs in order to increase travel, marzocchi, please do not try to fool your customers again with false statements. your product is strong though
marzocchi claims the fork to be for xc riders that like to throw downhill into the ride (ie.freeriders), clearly this is not a free riders fork if it comes stock with 4 inches of travel. and it is not adjustable wich it is claimed to be. But marzocchi does make forks that you can actualy ride with if it is broken!
Similar Products Used: marzocchi z3 qr20 drop off......is also "adjustible" but it did come with 5 inch springs
Bike Setup: specialized rockhopper fsr, marzocchi z1 cr, kore strictly d dh bars, raceface system dh stem, sun ryno lites laced to xt hubs, gorilla brake boosters,
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2001
Strengths: Solid, confidence inspiring and infinately tuneable....and that machined arch looks just so tough!
Weaknesses: excuse me?
I've got this fork on my hardtail. I'm 165lbs and ride the fork stock. (7.5wt, heavy springs, 4inch travel) I've had a 4inch travel fork before (well, ALMOST 4 inches) but it didn't come close to having the rock solid feel of my Z1. It's a confidence booster your pounding roots on a downhill knowing your fork is gonna suck up the pounding for ya and not just fold up on ya.
And I just did the first oil change......a much less sloppy procedure than with my old Judy's.
I haven't experienced any of the compression damping problems that were reported on the early roll-outs.
If you can still find one, buy it.
Oh yeah, and the extra weight.......yaaaaaawn...pleeze!
Strengths: STIFF and plush, full adjustability that finally makes sense to a lifelong motorcyclist (hey, compression damping rates DO matter.)
Weaknesses: A little heavy (boo-hoo.) Tiny fiddly adjustment knobs.
I started riding again as I pushed 40 after 20 years on motorcycles. Modern motorcycles are very rigid and tunable. Most modern bicycles are neither. I weigh about 210 and really hate front end flex, so I couldn't deal with any of the other 4 forks that have lived on my bike, especially the lightweight XC stuff. I like to ride miles, but not at the expense of playing around as I go, and the Z1 has never been overwhelmed, even under my weight (with the stiffer springs and 4" setup.) Did i say stiff? I can feel loose spokes before they creak.
The only advantage other forks may have is less weight-does a pound and a half really matter? I have a road bike already; my MTB is for going places the road bike can't, not for shaving tenths of a seconds of the time needed to do so. Plus, it's black, which makes me more core.
Purchased At: I got it rom my boss on a sweet deal.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi jr-T, Manitou SX-LT, Rock Shox Pyslo
Bike Setup: 2000 Enduro Comp. Fox vanilla R in the rear, Zoom Stem, PDW Bar, Hayes discs.
from Jefferson City, MO USA
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2001
Strengths: Smooth Baby, Smooth.
Weaknesses: Has decreased my sick days at work!
It just doesn't get any better. This shock is beautiful, and I can't imagine anything being smoother. The long travel has saved my a#* a couple of times! Sure, the price is high, but a small price to pay for such an incredible piece of equipment.
Bike Setup: Gary Fisher Level Betty, XTR rear deralliuer, Ringle RPM Wheelset, XTR V-Brakes and levers, Bel-Aire Saddle, Syncros post, Race Face crankset, Rock Shox Deluxe rear suspension, Marzocchi Z1 CR front suspension, Azonic 1.5" bars, ODI Ruffian grips
a Cross Country Rider
from Boone, NC
Date Reviewed: February 6, 2001
Strengths: It looks good.
Weaknesses: Heavy. Too much travel.
This fork is ridiculous. There is no reason to make a fork that gets 5" of plush travel and is fully adjustable with no tools. It is way too easy to rebuild this fork. The fork sags when you sit on the bicycle and doesn't flex like my R.S., the fork flex is where it's at- if your fork doesn't flex it can't bounce off the road like it is supposed to. This is the worst cross-country race fork ever made. Save your money- go look in the dumpster of your L.B.S. and find a SID or RST Super SOB (aka XMO). I'm tired of trying all this suspension crap that works, I'm getting a rigid fork- my Girvin Flex-stem is plenty of travel. Freeriding sucks.
Favorite Trail: Helvellyn, erm, or maybe High Street
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: M @ P Cycles, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria, England
Similar Products Used: Z1 drop off, Z2 Bam, Pace EVO II
Bike Setup: Pace RC 200 F8, Hope closed 2 pot pro, Hope BB, Midleburn RS7 with Pace rings, XTR shifters and rear mech
a Cross Country Rider
from Ogden, Utah
Date Reviewed: September 22, 2000
Strengths: Stiff, plush, good looking fork. When you adjust the knobs you really feel a difference. Holds a line through anything and will make you downhill faster immediately.
Weaknesses: Retail price. I was lucky I got a deal.
A lot of people write about weight being a problem, but when I added the fork, I only increased by total bike/body weight by half of one percent (0.5%). When you look at it that way, the weight doesn't mean crap.
The fork will make you instantly a better downhiller. You will downhill faster, with more control, have less wrecks, and have increased confidence of your bike. I bought the fork more as a safety issue than a speed issue.
The fork also lifted my front end some and my bike no longer feels like it's going to endo as it did with the SID XC. I like the new geometry much better and the 4 inch travel matches better with my 4.75" rear.
As far as climbing, I climb faster now. I ride so much more that I've overcome the weight of the fork and then some. I'm keeping the fork at 4 inches though, if it's kicking butt, why change it!!
Similar Products Used: SID XC, I guess it was light and plush (I couldn't tell the difference climbing), but the difference downhilling was like night and day. The SID XC has little control at technical high speeds (I believe this is refered to as flexiness).
Bike Setup: 1999 GT XCR-1000, full XT
from wiena / austria
Date Reviewed: September 17, 2000
Strengths: ...the best freeride fork on the market!!!
Weaknesses: this product has no weaknesses!!!
Marzocchi developed the z1 forks for DH /...the idea is 4 years old/, Today, nobody uses Z1 forks for DH, they work best on freeride and dual s. bikes. I have the z1 cr. on my HT - freeride and it works perfect. The fork is good for all you freeriders out there. there is not much to whrite about how to service the fork, its so easy!!! to change the oil, or the springs , takes you like 30 minutes!!! There are people,who like rock shox better than marzocchi, well - I don't say that R.S. forks are bad - they just seem to be like toys!!! in comp. to MZ. ...so, all you who want to have a great DS or FR, fork - just go for it!!!