Strengths: The plush botomless feel it makes you want to try crazy stuff.I'v done 10ft drops easy on this fork.
Weaknesses: Are you kiden this fork kicks ass there's not one weeknes in it.
This is the best single crown marzocchi fork out there and its afordable to. this fork will take practicly anything you throw at it. so just go out and buy your self one u wont be disapointed, and hey its only money.
from colorado springs, colorado, united states
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2004
Strengths: this fork is the best, pretty stiff, and pretty adjustable. its also a very strong fork
Weaknesses: none in this world
This fork is great for freeride to dual-slalom. I've tried to beat this fork but it just keeps on pushin !!! This is the best sc fork in the world. Seals havnt leaked yet . If you want to have 8 in. rotors you have to buy adaptors, that is the only bad thing about it. Marzocchi has great customer service too. You shouldn't buy it if you are not any more crazier than a mucker.
Bike Setup: Bombshell Sputnik frame, WTB Laserdisc DH wheels, Hussefelt cranx, oldschool Dura-Ace derailler, Snafu pedals, Intense and Michelin Tyres
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2002
Strengths: Its a marzocchi. Maintenance free. Plush. Stiff. What more could you ask for?
Weaknesses: IT MAKES ME WANT TO BUY A TRIPLE CLAMP!!
Once you buy marzocchi you'll never go back. I love the adjustability, all weather performance (including 0 degrees), and I've yet to crack it open and change the oil even after a year of use. I've never had any issues with stiffness, and its plush and bottomless. Don't hesitate in buying it.
Bike Setup: 2001 Brodie Holeshot, Gazzaloddi 3.0, Truvativ Hussefelt,Maxxis HighRoller, Z1 QR20, Tioga DH rear rim (sweet), Sun Mammoth front rim.
a Weekend Warrior
from Carleton, Quebec, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2001
Strengths: Very stiff, plush, and always keeps track of whatever terrain I'm in. I learned a trick to make it stay still when I climb even! One of The best forks I ever rode!
Weaknesses: Very stiff, but still (by no fault of its own) doesnt match to the stiff feel of a double crown fork, and will never last as long.
When I bought me Norco VPS-2, the fork came with the bike, and iy was a lot better than I ever imagined!! It racked well wherever I pointed the front end, and never bottomed out yet, even though I have taken a few 6-foot drops. You can adjust it for anybodys weight, as it has rebound, and compression damping cartridges. I even found a trick to make it stay still when climbing, and most people dont like how it bobs, but you just have to know the trick to do it!But dont get the fork if your fraky with weight...its heavy! If your an avid biker, or weekend warrior, it will be the best choice you could have made for the bucks!
Bike Setup: specialy designed trek frame, full xtr, truvative stylo cranks.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 22, 2000
Strengths: Sturdy. Chrome. No integrated brace that rubs huge tires. No knee-wacking triple-clamp. Typically deluxe bomber stroke.
Weaknesses: More deflection than the older 97-98 bombers. Price of fork aftermarket also a sick joke. Price of replacement parts is a sick joke. Compression Damper of Dubious Functionality.
Great performance overall, but this thing is probably at the upper limit of how much travel you can get out of a single-crown fork, and it shows... the fork deflects noticibly when it is running near the top of it's travel, like there is not enough overlap. I'm not so sure the oversize axle makes a real difference in overall stiffness because of this. Shops around here were quoting $1150 at various points, which is WAY too much for the thing. And $70 A PIECE FOR BUSHINGS? Quite the scam they got going there. Still, it's the most fork you can ride without wacking your knees on a triple clamp.
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2000
Strengths: Has really good action over bumps, gives you that feeling of invincibility. It takes drops really well. I did an 11 foot drop to flat without bottoming out (heavy springs and heavy oil, but still). When you go really fast over bumps or stairs, you just feel nothing. Nice. Also, adjustments work really well, and if you land right, it won't bottom out. Never had a problem with oil leaking or seals.
Weaknesses: Ooh boy. There are a few. First there's the annoying clunk in the middle of the stroke, the springs are so long that they deform sideways and hit the walls of the stanchion tubes. That goes away after a while, don't know why. It's almost gone on mine. I saw one of the disk mounts snap right off on a new Mr T (the same thing). Caused a lot of damage to the wheel and caliper. Ouch. Mine hasn't had problems.
And now for the big problems: steer tubes. I saw one bend pretty bad, I saw one come loose from the crown, and yesterday, mine freakin' snapped right off and I ate $hit pretty bad. Those tubes are sooo poorly designed. Just awful. Every one has had problems. Of course, it has been pretty well fatigued by me, repeated 8-11 foot drops and double stair gaps tend to not help. Still. It never bent or showed any sign of failure, just snapped off, I could've died if it had snapped off something big.
It's a sweet fork unless you plan on going big on a regular basis. It flexes a bit cause it's only single crown, but it's pretty light so if you're leaning more towards the trials side of things, it'll work for ya. I really should've gotten a double crown fork. If you plan on doing drops over 8 feet, get a double crown cause that steer thing just isn't safe. I'm getting a cromo steer tube so it at least bends before failing catastrophically. It gets a major chilly reduction because of that.
Bike Setup: '00 VPS 3 with hayes, 24" Doublewide/Arrow rear wheel, 29" Crow Bar and Fizik Atlas seat, FSA Afterburner cranks.
a Weekend Warrior
from Eastern Pa. USA
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2000
Strengths: This fork is super stiff, and super plush. I ride a lot of technical east coast stuff-rocks, roots, stairs-and this fork handles it all. It had saved me numerous times when I thought I would crash. Sucks up jumps and drops like they were nothing. And that is saying a lot because I weight around 245. 20mm hub is great and tracks like you would not believe. Easy to adjust and tune, and great specs from the website. Anything you need to know you can find there. Never again will I ride anything but Marzocchi.
Weaknesses: None that I have seen. This fork is not for cross country racers so any complaints of weight and bob are just dumb.
Bottom line is, you will never ever beat Marzocchi for plushness and stiffness and overall amazing performance. Like I said above, never again will I ride anything but Marzocchi.
Bike Setup: Old GT karakoram, Crowbar, Oury grips, Rhyno lite rims, Avid disk on front, Avid arch rival 50 on back, XT, Michelin Hot S tires(great tires)
a Weekend Warrior
from VANCOUVER, CANADA
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2000
Strengths: ONE AWESOME FORK! YOU CAN REALLY TRASH THIS THING AND IT KEEPS COMING BACK FOR MORE. ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO BOMB DOWNHILL, AND THE STIFFNESS IS AMAZING.
Weaknesses: THIS FORK SHOULD COME STOCK WITH 5" OF TRAVEL AND NOT 4". YOU HAVE TO PAY EXTRA TO UPGRADE.
THIS IS THE BEST SINGLE CROWN FORK IN THE WORLD, NOTHING COMES CLOSE TO THE WAY THIS FORK FEELS WHEN YOU COME ACROSS A STEEP, TECHNICAL AND ROOT INFESTED DOWNHILL. WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE IT. NOTE: FOR 2001 YOU CAN'T UPGRADE THE ARCH TO FIT BIGGER TIRES, SO GET THE 2000 BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. AND ONE MORE THING, NOTHING FEELS WORST THAN THE FIRST TIME YOU WIPE OUT AND SCRATCH UP YOUR Z1, MAYBE I'LL BUY ANOTHER ONE TO PUT UP ON MY WALL.