Strengths: 20mm TA, sensitive rebound adjustment, plush movement, Marzocchi aesthetics are pleasing
Weaknesses: A bit on the heavy side
Got lucky to came across one of these and slapped it on my new 2011 FS XC. Considering it is a 2008 model, I am still very happy with how it holds up. It has everything you would expect, the adjustments are sensitive and correspond with accuracy when dialing. The 20mm TA provides a solid front end with instantaneous handling and a sturdy landing/rebound on front end impacts. Soaks up small bumps well enough to get by trail riding and definitely provides a good confidence level for advanced XC and DJ'ing.
Since it only has 100mm travel, I've yet to try it on AM/DH terrain, but I'm sure it'll hold out with the PSI jacked up. Doesn't compare well to the newer 150-160mm travel shocks but then again, that's a different class. For a 100mm shock, I'd say this is top notch, it'll give you everything needed in the 4 inches it has to work with.
Bike Setup: 2011 Jamis Dakar XC
2008 Marzo DJ1's
Double Track Sun S-type Rims (20mm TA Front, 10mm QR Rear hubs)
Maxxis Mofo DH tires
MEC AA++ DH flat pedals
Alivio M430 Drivetrain
Deore M596 Hydros
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2011
Weaknesses: weight, perhaps for some
I use it as a xc fork. If you are a heavy guy, you should give it a try as such. You just feel the stability you get when going very slow or fast in not so easy terrain. You won`t go back to your 1800g fork, promise. Stability at the front end makes all the difference. Else: good function with all I need. For what you get very low priced.
Date Reviewed: February 20, 2009
Strengths: Alloy steertube, air/rebound adjustment, not very expensive for a dirt fork, looks good.
Weaknesses: Little bit heavy.
It's much better then the dj3, and you can adjust all the things you need. It's only annoying that the first few mm are a little bit soft. The price/quality relationship off the dj1 is much better then the agryle 318 in my opinion.
from Columbus, Ohio, USA
Date Reviewed: September 7, 2008
Strengths: Strong, stiff
A decent fork, but way too heavy. Even for a dirt jump fork, it's too heavy. It is very durable though, if you're not at all concerned about a 100mm fork weighing 6.3 lbs (mine actually weighed 6.3, even with the steer tube cut). It's cheap compared to the argyle I guess.
a Weekend Warrior
from Brisbane, Australia
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2008
Strengths: Great looks (white legs, black staunchions and crown) and superior finish. The white legs look super polished, especially at night under lights. Very strong and stiff fork, perfect for dj's and street riding. The air pressure preload / compression is easy to use and the rebound adjust works very well. The response to rebound adjustments is excellent - you can really feel the difference with just a few clicks. Easy to dial in, "set and forget".
Weaknesses: None noted. Even the stickers now actually stay on and look super cool - with a big busted angel woman! Woo Hoo!
If you want strong, sexy, easy to tune forks for street or dirt jumps - these are the go. I highly recommend them.
Weaknesses: Marz went a funky direction with the fork decals this year, but they are ok.
This fork is perfect for Dirt Jumping, and Urban riding. The rebound adjust is very responsive, and you can tell the difference when you rotate the knob. The air preload, like all other Marz forks will drastically stiffen up the compression. I found my sweet spot at about 10 lbs of pressure in the preload. The seals clear dirt like a champ, and I am in the dirt ALL of the time with this fork. I tried a Jackal with an Argyle, and it was ok, but I couldn't justify paying that much for a fork when the dj1 performs almost identically. I've had horrible luck with Rock Shox in the past, and nothing but goodness with Marz.
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What do you think, '04 Dirt jumper 1 or '05 Manitou Stance Flow? Im into mainly DJ'ing, and light freeriding and im not sure which way to go. The '04 DJ is $330 CAD and the '05 Stance flow is $310 CAD. Help me out im about to make a purchase for one of them
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