Marzocchi Atom Race 2002 Front Shocks

4.69/5 (32 Reviews)
Weight : 3.75lbs [incl. Easton steertube]


Product Description

  • 80mm or 100mm travel
  • NEW Open Bath HSCV Cartidge
  • Extension Control Cartridge (ECC)
  • Coil springs
  • MAG Powerwrap M-Arch
  • External Rebound Control
  • 30mm Aluminum Stanchions


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by FcPhun a Racer from California

    Date Reviewed: June 10, 2008

    Strengths:    Solid, solid
    Plush, smooth


    Weaknesses:    None


    Bottom Line:   
    I went back to Marzocchi, and I am GLAD I did!

    They make awesome forks and this one does everything I need it to, plus Larry at Mountain High Cyclery gave me a great deal on an '02. I ride a lot and it is a low maintenance, durable fork.

    Don't mess with RS or Manitou- get a Marzocchi (or maybe a Fox if you want to pay a lot more).

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bo a Cross Country Rider from boulder, co

    Date Reviewed: December 20, 2004

    Strengths:    Plushness

    Weaknesses:    Weight

    Bottom Line:   
    The previous reviewer really should get a clue how to maintain things before he trashes a product in a review. First of all, the creeping up is very common with the atom race and all it is is that the oil level is off. Marzocchi is notorious about sending forks out with incorrect oil heights, but it is extremely simple to open this fork up, fix the oil height and the ecc works perfectly. Any reputable mechanic would know how to do this and fix the ecc problem. Plus, is it that big of a deal? If the fork is performing its job correctly (suspension) then it should get a good review. My fork is awesome, it requires virtually no maintenance and it instills confidence on any downhill.

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    Favorite Trail:   monarch crest

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Similar Products Used:   SID, Manitou Black


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Gordon a Racer from Chilliwack, B.C., Canada

    Date Reviewed: June 8, 2004

    Strengths:    This fork is REALLY sensitive to small bumps, and shows some real promise for jumping. The paintjob's awesome!

    Weaknesses:    The outer maetal dents really easily..... Maybe it's my fault. i do way too many bails! There's soooo much flex when doing endos, and looks creepy.

    Bottom Line:   
    It's kinda flexy, but the strength and plushness makes up for it. Really, the only reason i bought this fork is cuz i like 80/100 mm travel more than the crappy 110's. I bottom them out a lot, but stiffer springs should change that. There's a squishy sound i can't figure out...........

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    Favorite Trail:   The windmill

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $260.00

    Purchased At:   Jumpers

    Similar Products Used:   wedge, Z3, boxxer, psylo........

    Bike Setup:   kona stuff, Z2, XT, Raceface, King headset

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jan Solar a Weekend Warrior from Prague, Czech Republic

    Date Reviewed: April 26, 2004

    Strengths:    see other reviews...

    Weaknesses:    CREAKS !!!

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork creaks (in cryofit). Marzocchi say that each third fork (production year 2002) has this problem and that it doesn't affect functionality. So I try to ignore it. Otherwise, this fork is awesome.

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    Favorite Trail:   Beskydy (in US - Ruston)

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $135.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   Z1, Z2, Judy, Black, Skareb, Suntour XC-Pro-SL, ...

    Bike Setup:   Merida XC Mission, LX/XT

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rob T a Cross Country Rider from San Jose CA

    Date Reviewed: September 23, 2003

    Strengths:    Durability,(you can forget about it for at least a year)stiffness,ease and simplicity of maintainance,smooth,plush action

    Weaknesses:    I with they had come up with the ETA a year earlier.Its a lot more useful to the average trail rider like myself.I don't use the lockout too much,except on long,steep,smooth climbs.The new manuals stink.They aren't model specific anymore.They're mostly vague,but have enough info to get the job done.I got the same manual as this fork with my Marathon and the word Marathon isn't anywhere in there!The manuals I got with my '99 Bombers were great.They explained any maintainance or overhaul procedure you would want to do.It was more like a shop manual.These new ones are more like the owners manual you get with a car.Fortunately Marzocchis are pretty simple forks to understand.

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork is typical Marzocchi.It works great.You don't have to work on it much.They last a long time.After you change the oil,it feels like a new fork again.I wanted to try a Fox but they want way too much money for those.I got this fork and a Chris King headset for $450,and got my other Bombers on sale too.Fox forks are rarely discounted.To me there really is no other choice in forks besides Bombers,unless I become rich.Over the years I've abused my Bombers in all sorts of conditions.I ride all winter in all weather.Most of my rides are 4 hours or more.I've never had an oil leak or any other failure.All I've ever done to the Bombers is change the oil.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any less than 3 ft wide and or rocky,rooty and rough or any in Downieville

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Purchased At:   speedgoat

    Similar Products Used:   02 marathon,99z2 bam,99 atom bomb,halson forks,rocksux mag21,20

    Bike Setup:   Turner 02 with xce rockers,hopey damper and many other goodies.I run the stock springs with the preload cranked down most of the way.I use the smallest oil volume recommended to get a nice linear action.I weigh about 170.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by FcPhun a Cross Country Rider from Fort Collins, CO USA

    Date Reviewed: September 4, 2003

    Strengths:    Solid, solid
    Plush, smooth


    Weaknesses:    None
    Don't need/use lock out much.


    Bottom Line:   
    I went back to Marzocchi, and I am GLAD I did!

    They make awesome forks and this one does everything I need it to, plus Larry at Mountain High Cyclery gave me a great deal on an '02. I ride a lot and it is a low maintenance, durable fork.

    Don't mess with RS or Manitou- get a Marzocchi (or maybe a Fox if you want to pay a lot more).

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Mountain High Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   MARS Elite

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Element

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by nick m a Cross Country Rider from meriden, ct,

    Date Reviewed: June 8, 2003

    Strengths:    durability, handles every kind of terrain, doesnt bottom out harshly, and everything else

    Weaknesses:    ecc lever can be hard to flip while riding

    Bottom Line:   
    awesome fork had it for about 2 1/2 months had the stiffest springs put in and this thing rocks. have had absolutely no problems at all handles everything for little bumps to mid drops. i dont use the the lockout i find it unneccesary but it worked well when i tried it out. ideal fork for the all around trail rider who might enter a few races.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   phattire.com

    Similar Products Used:   manitou sx, manitou black comp

    Bike Setup:   2001 marin quake 8.0 frame, xt f/r derailleurs, rf turbine cranks easton risers, kore stem, xt hubs mavic 317 rims syncros seatpost, eggbeaters, king headset, avid mech's

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Denver

    Date Reviewed: April 28, 2003

    Strengths:    Stiff, plush, all metal construction, zero maintenance, same internals as the Z1.

    Weaknesses:    Only getting 3.75" of travel. Oh the humanity!
    Yes, it could be a little lighter, that's why they made the X-fly.


    Bottom Line:   
    This is designed as a trail fork, not a XC race fork, so get over the weight non-issue. Think of it as the Z1's little brother. The weight, along with the ECC, sticks the front wheel to the ground on the climbs, so it actually helps you on the way up. As for on the way down, the fork sucks up everything, keeps the front wheel on the ground on chatter and goes where you point it. What could be better?

    It easily blows Rock Shox and Manitou away. Ride a RS or Manitou, then switch to a broken-in Marzocchi. You'll never look back. As for Fox, which I've never ridden, consider this....

    I know a bike shop owner who's just finished building his no-holds-barred freeride/trail bike. He's been in the business a long time and has ridden everything. He's putting the best of everything on his bike and his fork's a Z1. 'Nuf said.

    If you can still find one of these, get it. Now.

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    Favorite Trail:   White Ranch

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   SuperGo

    Similar Products Used:   Manitou SX-R, Rock Shox Judy 100

    Bike Setup:   Titus Racer X, Thomson stem/post, Protaper bar, King headset, relaced King/Bonti Racelites, Avid Mag V-brakes, Terry Ti Fly saddle, Stan's Tubeless, whole lotta XTR...adds up to about 25.5 lbs.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jaco modiano a Cross Country Rider from colombia

    Date Reviewed: February 26, 2003

    Strengths:    awesome plush ride, great looks, great price, ecc works fine and is very easy to activate while riding(unlike what other reviewers say)makes me ride faster in adverse terrain

    Weaknesses:    doesnt get the advertised 4 inches
    weight over 4lbs is not a weakness since it adds to rigidity and thus to ride quality


    Bottom Line:   
    I wish id made my decision earlier to switch from the atom 80 to 100. the difference is astounding. at this point it seems marzx never give the amount of advertised travel. i was only getting 2" from the atom 80 and now only 3 1/4 from the atom 100. nonetheless its still in the break in period and it feels great already. ecc works exactly like it should and can easily be activated while riding-just move the switch and press hard on the front end. i dont really use this feature a whole lot though. in any case, the extra weight, about .5lbs is not a concern for this beauty. i can feel myself getting faster and more in control. im expecting to be happy with this buy for a long time.

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    Favorite Trail:   pelicano

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   universalcycles

    Similar Products Used:   marz z3, atom 80

    Bike Setup:   Cloud 9 NRS

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Erik a Cross Country Rider from Huntington Beach

    Date Reviewed: February 20, 2003

    Strengths:    Price.... Very stiff... Soaks up the big hits and everything in between.. Looks great...

    Weaknesses:    Break in period can be brutal, forearms are toast.. I hear the decals don't last long.. ECC creaps up and is hard to activated while riding.. tad portly nothing serious

    Bottom Line:   
    Great fork, no doubt about it... Handles everything I can throw at it.. The weight is noticable up front, makes it very front heavy.. Nice on climbs, keeps the front end on the ground.. Very nice on the downhills.. Soaks up everything from little studder bumbs to large ruts.. Grab on if you can get one...

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    Favorite Trail:   Pinenot, SJT, Noble Cyn

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Superblow

    Similar Products Used:   Mars Elite, Mars Carbon, SX-R, SX-E, RS Judy, RS Mag 21..

    Bike Setup:   Schwinn Home Grown Pro, XT/XTR, Mavic Cross Max's, stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Simon a Racer from Northern NJ

    Date Reviewed: February 6, 2003

    Strengths:    Stiff
    Looks hot
    so smooth


    Weaknesses:    Stickers peel


    Bottom Line:   
    This fork does everything they say it will. It works great, ecc works, plushest fork ive ridden (including fox), doesnt leak....no flex...simply a great all around fork. I race XC on it. The confidence i have on the downhills thanks to this fork is well worth the extra pound. No complaints, except that going from 80 to 100mm, i slackened the head angle a bit, but thats not the forks fault.

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    Favorite Trail:   Plattekill

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   335

    Similar Products Used:   Sid SL, fox vanilla

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8900....nothing stock. Cane creeks, full xt, times, king headset.....good stuff

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michael A a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA

    Date Reviewed: January 24, 2003

    Strengths:    Reliability, looks, workmanship, easy to maintain

    Weaknesses:    weight at 4.3 lbs for the 100mm, stickers seem to peel off easily, can't get the full 4" of travel advertised

    Bottom Line:   
    This is one fine fork for the money. Like most people, I can't get the full 100mm of travel. I will try and adjust the oil level. Once broken in, they get smoother than the first times you took it out. I removed the top caps only to find my springs are stuck or held in by the bottom nuts. Once I removed these nuts to free the spring, all my fork oil drained out on my garage floor. I went out and bought new 7.5 wt fork oil and got it to it's proper level. Still can't get the full 100mm of travel. I'm short by about 1/4 inch. Still these forks are so stiff and so plush. I considered a fox, but their prices are too high. With the Atom Race 2002, you can't beat the deal for a great fork.

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    Favorite Trail:   Wilder Ranch

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   Judy 100mm, Manitou Mars

    Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR with modified Mountain speed rear end

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Gilroy,CA

    Date Reviewed: January 13, 2003

    Strengths:    Bullit proof
    Durability
    looks
    easy to service
    reputation
    smooth as silk


    Weaknesses:    weight, heavy at 4.3 lbs
    stickers come off easily


    Bottom Line:   
    I owned a Atom 80 and loved it so much that I bought the Atom 100. Same quality build and that famous Marzocchi plush. My only complaint would be that on both forks, I could never get the full travel advertised. On the 80, I got 2 3/4 inches max and on the 100 3 3/4 inches max. With springs removed, you get the full 4 inches, so it would appear with springs installed, it would be impossible to get the full 4 inches claimed. However, these forks are so plush and smooth, who the hell cares for the last 1/4". I had Manitous and Rock shox before Marzocchi's and none work as smooth or were as reliable as the coil Marzocchi's. I've tested the Marzocchi air forks and did not find them as smooth or reliable as the coils. It may be heavier due to the coils, but I'd take weight over reliability any day. All air forks I've owned, and I had 3, all leaked within six months. Bottom line, if you want a smooth, reliable, fork, this would be at the top of anybody's list. since it's a 2002 fork, you can't beat the price at $299.

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    Favorite Trail:   Soquel Demonstration Forest

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   Atom 80
    Manitou Mars Elite
    RS Judy
    Manitou 4


    Bike Setup:   2000 FSR Pro

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by DrHog a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, AZ

    Date Reviewed: January 7, 2003

    Strengths:    Stiffness, plushness, set 'n' forget

    Weaknesses:    Could use another inch of travel

    Bottom Line:   
    I chose the Atom Race for both my Sugar and my hardtail bikes. I was looking to keep the bike weight down, and ultimately decided against the SID due to fears that it would be too flexy for my 200# frame. The AR was a good choice, as it has delivered great performance in a reasonably light package. Although this shock has been a superior performer for me, I think that its appeal is somewhat limited. Most racers (except Clydesdales) will be put off by the 3.75# weight. Most trail and free riders will want more than 80mm travel (I see their point). Riders looking to upgrade from an entry-level fork and not spend a fortune will be highly impressed with the Marzocchi. You will get a bombproof fork that will track smoothly through even the roughest terrain.

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    Favorite Trail:   National

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $280.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing comparable

    Bike Setup:   Fisher Sugar, built for racing

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sean Brinkerhoff a Weekend Warrior from St. George, Utah, USA

    Date Reviewed: December 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Ultra stiff, "smooth as butter" plush, and beautiful.




    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    This fork is absolutely wonderful. I didn't even know I had flex in my MARS until after I rode this fork, what a difference! This fork is unbelievably plush! It eats up everything on the trail. It is soo stiff, there is no flex. You just point and shoot, and this fork will hold a perfect line. I was worried about the .75 lbs I would be gaining at first, but I did't even notice the weight gain and the benefits of riding the perfect fork totally outweighs any weight you might gain with this fork. Oil and Coil is definitely the way to go, I don't think I will even ride an air fork again. I really don't think I can do this fork justice with my words. The real bottom line is the fork is smooth, plush, stiff, and gorgeous. Honestly what more could you want from a fork. I will never buy anything but a Marzocchi again. This fork is the "King."

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    Favorite Trail:   JEM Trail

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Similar Products Used:   I don't know if you could call them similar, but previous forks were a Manitou MARS and RS Judy.

    Bike Setup:   2000 Marin RIft Zone, Race Face cranks/b.b./bar, XTR shifters/derailers/brakes/levers, Thomson stem/post, WTB wheels/saddle/tires, King headset, and of course Marzocchi Atom Race 100

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    To rebuild or not to rebuild my Marzocchi Bomber Atom Race 2001?

    For the last few years I have been rigid and single. I'm thinking now about putting back together my RM Hammer to its mostly original state, right now it's in a rigid fork drop bar mode. I mostly ride other wheels, but I used to have so much fun on this 26er. The big question is whether or not to re ... Read More »

    Marzocchi 2002 Z2 Atom Race Oil Height Question

    I was working on a 2002 Z2 Atom Race the other evening and I think I am having an oil height issue, once the fork was fully assembled it seems to have a top out clunk. Rebound damping feels pretty good and I am getting full travel although it seems easier to bottom the fork out now. The manual th ... Read More »

    Need Help with Marzocchi Z2 Atom Race Please

    I have a 80mm Z2 Atom Race which I placed on my beloved steel hardtail in 2001. It has seen a lot of use and now sits on the same frame (Fat Chance yo-eddy), which is now my singlespeed, still seeing a lot of use. Is there any way to increase the travel on this fork? I have searched the archive ... Read More »

    anyone know where to get springs for a 2001 Marzocchi Z2 Atom Race

    I think these shipped with medium weight springs, and I think I'd be better off with heavy ones. I've checked Cambria and other places online, and haven't found anything in stock that would work. There's some medium sets out there, but thhose won't do me any good.Read More »

    Recon vs. Z2 Atom Race...?

    I've been riding my Jamis Dragon with an 80mm '01 Z2 Atom Race, and while replacing the oil helped it a lot, I'm still wanting to upgrade to a newer, lighter 100mm XC fork. (frame was designed for 100mm...) Today I picked up a used '06 Recon 327 Solo air...(set at 100mm) It's obviously not the l ... Read More »

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