Marzocchi Zokes Pro Front Shock

3.33/5 (39 Reviews)


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Marzocchi Zokes Pro


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TheCHong a Weekend Warrior from CAPE TOWN

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2010

Strengths:    Great value for money forks. Saved my face more than once while downhilling.

Weaknesses:    After 13 years, without servicing, they're a little soggy.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are great! OK, so maybe not if you're out there every day. But for someone like myself who loves to ride, but doesn't get paid for it, they were a great option. (But I would love to know where I can get new elastimers from)

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Favorite Trail:   Pipe Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   mailorder in 1996

Similar Products Used:   RockShox (also 1996)

Bike Setup:   1995 Trek, everything replaced over the years.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joel C a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2008

Strengths:    Looks good, lightweight, reliable

Weaknesses:    Not a "brand name" shock. Unnervingly flexy on braking and sharp corners.

Bottom Line:   
This shock has lasted me over 10 years of daily commute and light track riding. Because of it's design I've never given it the "full punishment" (e.g. jumps, drops, high speed offroad stuff), as it just does not seem strong enough (and shouldn't be for the money paid).

However, for general track work and daily commuting this shock is excellent. It's light weight, durable and requires little maintenance.

Because it is an elastomer shock the "springs" have worn out a little. Preload has to be right up to get full travel out of them and to minimise front end sag these days.

As long as you're not retarded (read: 6 foot drop - what the **** were you thinking?!) or suicidal this shock should last many years.

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Favorite Trail:   Yo' Mama

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   '97 custom frame Giant Sedona (mostly stock).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Hobart, Tas, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2003

Strengths:    Cheeeeep. Looks sweet, Nice amount of travel, Adjustable is a +, First year of riding was smooth and the preload was fairly hard (couldn't bottom it out)

Weaknesses:    After 3 years of heavy abuse these forks are nearly cactus. I think that these forks were not meant for 6 foot + drops. Preload is too soft.

Bottom Line:   
Great value for money. Good fork for the beginner. Can handle a fair amount of abuse. Good for mild jumps/drops 3-4 foot. Probably not so good for the people on the heavier end of the scale. Good for mild downhill\cross country riders. Five red hot buggers.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Ray Applby Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Haven't tried others

Bike Setup:   Specialised Hard Rock, Full Deore, Funn Stem/Bar combo,V8 pedals, Dice duke wheelsets, Tioga DH 2.1 tires.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jiminie Mathers from west van

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003

Strengths:    cheap, good for city or just riding around. It came with bike.

Weaknesses:    im light and can go pretty far down and dont wanna keep it when im heavier and can bottom it. a little on the heavy side but nothin bif to worry about

Bottom Line:   
If your a light-weight beginner and these are your first forks than go ahead. it was too long for me to have those shocksbut to free ride and like street ride they'll last you. im moving up to the marzocchi z3 but i dont need to. i just wanna. They wont last you for 5 foot drops or higher if your 120 or higher but maybe lighter or smaller drops theyre fine. no need to spend the extra money on forks for the same purpose.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   John henry

Bike Setup:   norco wolvereine, shimano gear set, v brakes, typical store starter

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sean B a Downhiller from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2002

Strengths:    Good for city rider. Performance matches price... Don't expect any big air landings.

Weaknesses:    Crowns come loose very easily. After a bunny hop of a short downhill segment they require tightning... they always seem to come loose again. Excessive fore-aft freeplay! Not very much travel. Bottom out constantly. Always had problems with headset tightner... will not tighten enough and fork becomes loose until headset bearings fall out. Elastomer gets soft fast in hot weather...Acts like a rigid fork in cold weather (below 0 oC)

Bottom Line:   
Good for casual rider or city commuting.

Don't even try using it on serious downhill runs (personal experience). Way too much fore-aft flex.

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Favorite Trail:   one with tight corners and big drops

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Upgraded to Marzocchi Bomber Z1... cannot go back

Bike Setup:   Norco Sasquatch, 20T chainring for those steep hills

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Isted a Cross Country Rider from Crwawley, west sussex, uk

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2002

Strengths:    Good dependable first time fork, 3.5" of travel and genuinely impressive. good for ripping up woodland

Weaknesses:    not in same league as z1's but for £100 what do you expect. Damping generally horrendous but made up by overall feel. Flexyin lower stanchion, rough recoil

Bottom Line:   
uni students cannot afford marzocci z1's so this is the next best thing for your money

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Favorite Trail:   Woodland near my home town

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   rst 381, marzocci z1, z3, judy xc (not mine)

Bike Setup:   Raleigh sp full sus, deore all round, cheap front wheel, dependable 521 cd rear, zokes pro forks, cheap discs

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior from Washington State

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2002

Strengths:    Ok at first, but not many

Weaknesses:    flexy, cheap, very little travel for me at least

Bottom Line:   
never again, I like marzocchis pricy stuff but not the zokes there dangerous.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Lequipe sports

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   A crapy shwin, XT, and LX, crapy wheels, crapy cranks

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Phil a Downhiller from Nantmawr, Shropshire, England

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2001

Strengths:    Good travel for first 2 months. Plush for first 2 months.

Weaknesses:    After my first DH run in the quary using this fork it went Pete Tong. Never felt the same after. Upgrading to Z3 Air 100 after X-Mas. Can't wait!

Bottom Line:   
This fork is a pile 'o' sh***. If you buy this only use it for XC or just commuting.

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Favorite Trail:   Nantmawr Quarry DH

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came stock on my Saracen x-ile Dual Bike

Similar Products Used:   Suntours

Bike Setup:   Saracen X-ile, DMR Chain cage (Great piece of kit!) Shimano Rapid Fire, Planet-X pedals, Goldtech DH ring.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by j Heinz a Racer from calgary

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2001

Strengths:    plush , long travel , cheap , heavy duty , good value

Weaknesses:    somewhat flexy ( not too bad ) , a little too soft (bottom out easy )

Bottom Line:   
For the price paid I was really happy , these are as close as you will come to a long travel marzocchi fork . They are well built with steel ajuster caps and wide stanchions and legs , the problems are fairly minor but on hot dys they seem to bottom out pretty easy of anything over about two feet high , this is mostly because of the plush linear travel which soaks up most small bumps easily , they also seem to flex somewhat when breaking hard or doing trials type stuff . Eventually I snapped the brake arch in a crash but they warrentied the fork with no questions asked . The fork was great for six months and when it broke the service was great , 5 stars for value , 4 for performance

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Favorite Trail:   Dual Eliminator course

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Bow Cycle


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Specter a Downhiller from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2001

Strengths:    2 years old and its taken a beating, they lasted since august of 99 till about july 29 2001 (i broke the adjustments by bottoming them out)

Weaknesses:    adjustment sucks
unable to take small bumps (needs excessive force to work)
not that strong
heavy
brake arch sucks


Bottom Line:   
works good for drops from 1 - 5 feet but other then that it really sucks dont waste your money. go for a Z5 instead

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Favorite Trail:   dirty little secret

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came stock on my bike

Similar Products Used:   cant remember

Bike Setup:   Stock Raleigh XRP Chill (raleigh canada)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tr-Anssi a Weekend Warrior from Riihimäki,Finland

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2001

Strengths:    cheap, good fork for a beginner, quite a lot of travel, _worked_ quite well..Nice for small drops in the urban area

Weaknesses:    Brakearch snapped when I jumped a (reasonable) tabletop.. Broken brakearch can't be replaced with a new one.

Bottom Line:   
If you need a suspension fork to your school/work -bike, buy it if you get it cheap.. Don't bother if you're lookin for a serious well working fork..

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   some rst (elastomer crap in general)

Bike Setup:   basic mtb (al-frame)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Simon a Weekend Warrior from Oxford

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap, quite a bit of travel (nearly 4"), they don't bottom out much.

Weaknesses:    Severe Flex, no rebound dampening, ugly, cheap, WEAK.

Bottom Line:   
These forks are quite nice. They suit beginners well and are good value. WARNING! Do not ride these forks if you are semi-serious. I bent these forks riding DH once! They simply are not up to heavy use. Now they have 0.0" of travel as the legs are bent in themselves, and they flex about and inch forwards and backwards.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO RIDE DH, DO NOT USE THESE FORKS!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Came on bike

Bike Setup:   A stock '00 Muddy Fox Alu Sport

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Chu-Man Hoo a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2000

Strengths:    This was a good fork to start off with. It was plush the adjusters worked there was minimal flex for its price range.The seals worked. GOOD FOR THE EASY-GOING RIDER, NOT FOR SEMI-SERIOUS PEOPLE. 75MM of travel

Weaknesses:    after three years the seals have busted allowing dirt to enter the fork. There is soo much flex I can move my bike approx 5cm forward and backewards. the stanchion-crown connection has become loose on one side.A real PROBLEM EVERY 6 MONTHS I HAVE TO REPLACE THE PART INSIDE THE FORK THAT KEEPS IT TOGETHER - NOT VERY GOOD IT FALLING APART WHEN YOUR JUMPING. Because my seals busted , and i can't get any replacements for fork, so has excessive wear, so now its stuffed.

Bottom Line:   
This fork is for the easy easy easy goin rider
don't use this fork to jump go down hills bunny hop etcc
if u are a SERIOUS RIDER DON'T BUY THESE FORKS
IF U R A EASY RIDER BUY THESE FORKS, THAT THE BOTTOM LINE FELLA'SS.
I HAVE RATED THESE FORKS BASED ON A SERIOUS RIDERS POV, OTHERWISE IT SHOULD ME FINE FOR THE EASY RIDER

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Favorite Trail:   The Back Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   A bikeshop

Similar Products Used:   Z4's

Bike Setup:   A small crappy trials bike
AceraX Rear mech
tektro V's
answer downhill bars
a whole lot of crap

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dr. J a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2000

Strengths:    Good, strong fork for the price, easy maintenance, decent amount of travel, eats up terrain within reason well.

Weaknesses:    Can be flexy, butery soft when hot, compression adjustment difficult with little mongrel bolts

Bottom Line:   
Great fork in price range, fairly well- suited cross country fork, Excellent for moderate riders to beginning racers.
Travel is rather plush and will eat up any terrain within reason, handles the front of the bike well.
The spring set up; 3 elastomer pucks around a metal skewer, with hydraulic damping functions properly, and is easy to maintain. Upgrade kits, and replacement elastomers are reasonably priced (elastomers $6 each).
Excellent mid range fork for to intermediate racers and weekend warriors. Get this fork at a good price and put it to good use, it will not disappoint.

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Favorite Trail:   The Rockgarden

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Judy XC, RST deltas, Indy XC

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse ARS 2.0, LX groupset, (originally had RS Jetts), SPD 545's (great pedal)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jake a Weekend Warrior from Berkeley, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2000

Strengths:    smooth travel, okay for xc riding, not too shabby for the money. okay stiffness.

Weaknesses:    i tested it a lot and twice when i jumped the bike off the curb it bottomed out-dont own it so i can't say much else. I would stick to my Z3 if I had to choose one.

Bottom Line:   
I think that this would be a great fork for a beginning-intermediate rider who wants to have some fun on medium/beginning trails. definitely not for downhill, probably not that great for xc riders or racers who ride really hard.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   rst/rock shox lower or medium model


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