a Weekend Warrior
from the hammer
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2008
Strengths: it's a marzocchi! plush!
Weaknesses: a bit of flex.
I like this fork. it does flex for me but the amount is not noticeable while riding (if you look at the fork and hammer the brakes it moves). I've never had tracking issues. It's plush! if you can get it for 250 bucks or so there is no reason in my opinion to pass it up! I'm looking to purchase the DC version to try it out, too.
Similar Products Used: white brothers, dirt jumpers, z1 2002
Bike Setup: identiti dr jekyll, halo 24" green twinrail, hydualic disk rear
a Weekend Warrior
from Berks, Uk
Date Reviewed: October 9, 2007
Strengths: Strength, Feel, Look
Weaknesses: Soft setup little too soft for the bigger stuff
Awesome forks, been jumping, street and freeriding for 2 years on a set, survived a week in Morzine this year, hitting 10-15ft drops with ease, Go for the stiffer setup - my soft ones tend to bottom out on the bigger stuff (not that they're designed for it anyhow) def as good as the duals I ran on old setup.
Recommneded for general all round riding and not too be shy'd away from even for dirt jumping and street - would def buy again.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Dual, White Brothers DC110
Bike Setup: Identiti 666x, Single Speed
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2007
Strengths: plush, rarely bottoms, plush, easly tuned with oil, good seals, plush, reliable, hassle free, ecc is good feature and works,
Weaknesses: a little flexy on DH, heavy for 120mm fork, sucks thats its only 120mm travel, snaped the steertube off once after lots of abuse
this fork is super plush, good for light DH trail not enough travel for serrious hucks, good DJ fork, good trail fork, used mostly for DJ finally after coming up front wheel short on a 20'double I broke the steertube, $150 to get it fix at Marz. I liked this fork, glad it came with the bike cause the sticker price is crazy
Similar Products Used: fox vanilla, marz. z150FR, physlo(crap fork)
Bike Setup: came on a giant ac1, but have put it on my superlight as well
a Weekend Warrior
from Sacramento, Ca
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2005
Strengths: You can take this fork of any jump or drop and not bottom out! It's amazing how with 5 inches of travel you can take on any level of riding! I'm a dirt jumper and this is a great all around fork! If you don't like upside down forks than this isn't the fork for you.
Weaknesses: Most people say that this fork is a bit flexy? But to me I weigh 120 pounds and I have never felt it flex. So no weaknesses really.
Its a great fork and no matter what you use it for like downhill, freeride, cross country or dirt jump this for will suck up on all the beatings you give to it. This fork served me well and if you get a marzocchi shiver it should serve you well.
Similar Products Used: Marzocchi exr pro, Marzocchi dirt jumper 3, and Marzocchi exr comp
Bike Setup: Specialized p.1
from Regina, Sask, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 7, 2004
Strengths: I bought this fork in June 2004 brand new thats how i got it for 450 cad. This is a really rad fork, its very responsive and by playing around with oil wait you can get it exectily how u want it. The work over all is the best fork ive riddin for street, and dirt jumps
Weaknesses: The ECC alot of people say you can blow it easily i havent blown it yet bu i did crack the switch since its made of plastic
The best fork u can buy for anytype of riding u can u use it enywhere so versitle and smooth, props to marz
Bike Setup: Kona Cowan, mavic ex 729.s rear shimano xt disc break, hookworm and larsen, single speed
from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2003
Strengths: Looks great, plush and smooth, tough as a nail...
Weaknesses: Weight, a little flex if u are going fast and leaning HARD in to a turn
great forks. i do a huge amount of north shore riding and all kind of freeriding and this fork did not disappoint me. i have blasted down whistler a-line and it took a huge amount of punishment and its working fine. i took a while to get all the adjustment to the way i want it but all forks require that break in time.
the other reviews keep saying the there is huge flex with the forks. of course the forks will flex if u put them between your legs and twist. u we are applying way more torsion than it is intended it u do that. i only felt a little...and i mean little when i was lean hard into a speedy turn.
they do weight a little more than i expected but since i dont climb with them or anything like that so no biggy.
Similar Products Used: Manitou Black Elite 100/120
Bike Setup: 2002 Giant AC Air
from Prescott, AZ
Date Reviewed: September 24, 2003
Strengths: Lighter than an 03 Z1 FR, 20mm means I didn't have to relace my already-20mm wheel. ECC. HSCV damping.
Weaknesses: Not much. Could be stiffer, then again it could have more unsprung weight, and the damping probably wouldn't be as good.
I've just been tooling around on this after installing it but it has definitly impressed me. I took it and ran it into several square-edged impacts and the fork action is noticably better than most everything I have tried. The damping is just perfect. The ECC works nice too. Haven't used it on any extended climbs but I like what it does. I may come back and review later after I have more time on it, but I can definitly say that initially I am impressed. Stiffness(twisting) in any inverted fork is going to be less than a standard. This doesn't mean that it isn't "stiff enough" though, there are benefits to being inverted, and for-aft its going to be stiffer than a similer standard fork.
I got a great deal, so value 5/5. So far the fork feels great too(pretty much right out of the box), so good that I'm giving it 5/5 here too.
Similar Products Used: Shiver DC, Super T, Z2, Z1, Jr T. Those are the similer ones, pleny of other "dissimiler" ones...
Bike Setup: Azonic Saber.
a Weekend Warrior
from Southampton, UK
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2003
Strengths: Plush, looks great and will take a fat tyre.
I just wanted to make the point that my forks *do* flex on the trail. I got so damn annoyed with all the initial problems (end cap, oil level etc.) that I just put up with this now everything else is sorted. If, however, you want to see how the flex will affect you on the trail then try riding along and applying the front brake hard and watch the front wheel. Tell me that it doesn't track left...
Sure, I don't really notice this when I'm gunning along but it's not true to make out that these forks don't flex at all when riding.
ok, let get a few thing right here. first of, any fork will have flex if you put it inbeetween your legs and twistthe bars. try doing that to a JR.T, even more. dont complane about the 20mm, cus its so vert easy. this fork is great for any freerider has everything you need. not for a XC rider, so dont even go there. some people just dont like inverted forks, so they talk sh*t. just go out and ride, with this great fork.
Weaknesses: Weight, cost, weak knobs keep falling off
Simply can't fault the performance of these. Through rough sections they just transform the bike. They came stock on a Giant AC1. I rode it once stock and then swapped to Psylos to cut weight and improve climbing ability. They're now on a friend's Trek. The Trek is a different bike with these fitted. Over rocks, logs, and down stairs they're magic. They're pretty good on fast cross country sections, but are a pain for long climbs. The ECC helps, but the Psylo's adjustable travel is a far better solution.
Adjuster knobs just won't stay on. That's pretty pathetic for something this expensive.
If you're looking for a strong fork that will handle big hits and float through rough stuff, these are what you want.
a Weekend Warrior
from Los Angeles
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2003
Strengths: Super plush. I love the ETA and rebound adjustment. Super strong.
Weaknesses: Kinda heavy, but that's why it's so strong. 20mm thru axle is a pain to take off and put on.
If you think twisting the front wheel between your legs is any indication of this fork's strength you're wrong. I weigh 210lbs. and this is the stiffest fork I've ridden to date. You would think that because it twists so easy by hand that it must be squirrelly on the trail. This fork tracks great, it has saved me a couple of times in situations in which I thought I was going over my bars. Not for XC or downhill but a great freeride fork.
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