Need a forkThat canTake a beating all day but won't breakThe bank?The 44 RLO has you covered. Features 140mm ofTravel for whenThe going gets rough, adjustableTo 120mm via spacer and Marzocchi's new fitted and slotted bushing design. 140(120mm w/ spacer) Air preload Lock out 9mm drop out 32mm hard anodized aluminumTapered stanchions Aluminum steerTube 6" PM D-Brake(MAX 203mm) + V-brakes (pins not included)
Strengths: Awesome fork for a clyde. Adjustable travel, lockout, optional V's , very tuff, and reasonably priced.
Weaknesses: Should come with 2 travel shims to take it down to 100mm which is what I did.
This was an upgrade to a Marzocchi Z-5 which after 10 ten years still held oil and air like a champ. The lockout on long climbs is great feature that I use a lot. With the rebound adjusted the fork eats up anything you throw at it. I am 240 and have no complaints with the performance.
Strengths: Very durable and can take a serious beating! The rebound adjustment is sensitive, helps to get it dialed in just right.
Weaknesses: None so far
I have been crushing this fork for almost a year now and haven't had any problems what so ever. For the price you really get a solid fork with legit adjustability that will hold up well. I have never bottomed this thing out, I've pulled some nasty nose dives off of some gnarly drops and this fork soaks all of it up. Last weekend at Slaughter Pen I went straight to flat coming off a table. I wasn't paying attention and by the time I realized I was going too fast it was to late. I thought I was going break something, whether it be on me or on my bike. I came down nose heavy and by the time the back end came down the fork had soaked up enough of the impact to not leave me with a broken leg... or ass. I love this fork and would definitely recommend it.
Weaknesses: Had EXTREMELY minor play out of box - no problems, but after 2 months of reasonable riding, nothing to hard i came down one morning to find the oil had leaked all over the floor and they wouldn't hold air
Im getting them replaced, hopefully the set i had was a fluke, as when the forks worked they were a dream but if not BOOOOOOOOOOO and ill go for maybe an old set of bombers or rockshox as fox are 2 dear, but id say if you havnt had this problem your on a winner
Bike Setup: deore hollowtech crank
avid bb7 200mm rotors
spank tweet on fire eye excellerent front wheel
halo sas pro rear with 7spd sram
lock on grips
michelin wild grip'r 26x2.6 rear
maxxis super tacky high roller 26x2.7 front
fire eye pedals
44 rlo marzocchi 140mm
Strengths: Build quality and fit and finish are superb, good packaging.
Weaknesses: none so far
This is a great fork, the ride is very smooth, its also very sturdy. The only problem or hick-up was the rebound knob; it was hard to turn at first but after moving it back and forth it became easier. The V-brake mounts are very nice if you ride an older bike and need a new fork this would be the way to go. It also has the some of the hardware for disc brakes. Some say its heavy, i think its of good weight, its not stupid light or very heavy. I am a feather weight(135lbs) and this fork feels light
Strengths: Feels good. Looks great (black stanchions, black lowers, black crown). Badass. Cheap. BOMBER!
Weaknesses: Developed a creak in the crown.
This would be a 5 chili review except for one thing - the crown developed a creak after just a few rides. I contacted ^oldschool43^ from the review above and we've been having an interesting email conversation. He's sending out his 2nd fork for warranty repair for the same crown creak issue. I'm hesitant to do this until I'm sure its a safety issue. I'm sure I can mitigate the noise, but the idea of the fork coming apart at the crown is pretty scary. It feels solid. The noise shows up with lateral force applied to the stanchions. Flipping the bike, standing on the bars and flexing the wheel side to side produces a loud creaking sound. This is a real shame because otherwise this is an awesome value fork. It performs well and there's very little flex. Before I started getting nervous about the noise I had no problem with 3' hucks and generally riding it pretty hard. I hope this is just bad luck for me and oldschool43, but if anyone else is having the same issue, I would love to hear from you.
Strengths: Solid fork that competes with Rockshox
Weaknesses: Only comes with a QR which was ok since I didn't want to upgrade my wheel
Documentation isn't the best.
Not as well known as the big boys like Rockshox and Fox
I upgraded this fork on my GT I-Drive and what a difference it made. I didn't realize how bad the Manitou Splice Super was. I've only ridden it twice and the first time I took it easy to make sure I installed it correctly but the second time I put it though it's paces. Took the bumps smoothly with the right amount of rebound and dampening and didn't bottom out as I'm about 200Lbs.
This fork has 140mm of travel and it's 10mm more than the Manitou at it's highest setting, I wasn't 100% sure on how to put the spacer on so I figured I would ride it out of the box to see how it was and I liked the ride and I think I'm better off with the extra travel.
The fork performed weird out of the box. The first ride, the spring rate floated around the middle of the travel and wasn't propressive in the slightest. Called and told them of the issue, the oil level was about 20mm lower than it should have been. Easy fix. Remove air spring cap, fill with fluid to the proper level, done. That call was fine, more to come. The performance was way better. Progressive. Had to scrape the plastic paint off the rebound adjuster because I couldn't turn it. With 2 hands, it was near impossible. Took a few big bumps without fuss. I was very pleased. It was ridden primarly in the thawing mud, so it wasn't pushed hard at all, but it was enough to know the fork will work good when it would be pushed a little harder. On the 6th ride, I started getting a creaking noise from the front of my bike. Being a bike mechanic for 12 years, I figured it was the stem-bar area, and made some adjustments, no fix. When I got home I took off the bar-stem and replaced them with a different bar-stem and it still made noise. I called and was told to send it in. After 10 days and 2 emails on the 10th day, I called to check on the status of the fork, because nobody responded to me. The guy on the other line wasn't very friendly. Almost acted like I was ruining his day. Said he didn't receive my email the middle of the week before. I don't get why companies allow crappy customer service to continuey. It needed a new top assembly. I am glad it was replaced, but this being a brand new fork, you'd think someone would want to keep a potential repeat customer happy. I didn't have to go with this fork, there are lighter forks around, but I thought I would go back to my roots and get a fork from the company that first made me like suspension in the first place. Anyway, it feels like the old fork I remember. Seems fairly tunable. The price is nice. Is stiff even with QR hubs. I'd say it's a really good fork, might be the best fork in this price catagory.
Similar Products Used: 90's XC 700, Atom Bomb Z2, Manitou, Showa, Fox Vanilla R and RLC
Bike Setup: 2011 Cotic BFe frame, Hope Tech X2 brakes, headset and Pro 2 EVO hubs, Race Face cranks, stem.
a Cross Country Rider
from Maitland, FL USA
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2012
Strengths: Relatively light, Air shock. Uses standard connection to add air (no adapter needed).
Weaknesses: Having the mounts for the V-brake posts is a little annoying when building a bike. The shock does NOT include a pump.
I have 50 miles on the shock at 140mm and I like it. The shock feels good and is responsive. The rebound adjustment has a large range from "fast" to "slow" I am 150 pounds and I am thinking of adding the included spacer to the shock to reduce the travel to 120mm and will post an updated when it has been ridden in the configuration. The triple black is neat too.
I was hesitant to buy a Marzocchi but just after 50 miles I can say I like the feel of the shock. I hope the quality of build is up to par with their competitors. A three year warranty is also nice. I paid $300 for it form pricepoint.com and I think that it is a great shock for that price.
Just fitted the above forks to my son's bike. Secondhand of Ebay but in almost mint condition.
Can someone just verify if its lockout is behaving as it should? I only have experience of lockout on my Rockshox forks... not Marzocchi you see.
Basically when the dial on the crown is turned to Loc ... Read More »
I have a GT Aggressor with the factory SR Suntour 80mm fork and it's too "cushy" for me and I was looking at the Marzocchi 44 RLO and couldn't find any input besides the buyer feedback on a couple sites. I live in Southeastern Michigan so the most haggard thing around is XC trails, and it seems to b ... Read More »
Anyone here has experience with the fork?
Looks good and the price seems right, but I am concerned about the fork handling my currently close to 300lbs.
Then again, I currently ride an old, medium coil Manitou Splice, and, although soft for me, I am not blowing through the travel.
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I just had the Marzocchi 44 RLO installed on my GT I-Drive as an upgrade to the stock Manitu Splice. This is the first adjustable fork I've owned. I think for my weight I need to have about 70PSI. I added air into the left shock but was wondering if I needed to do it on the right as well. I don't se ... Read More »
I've picked up a set of Marzocchi 44 RLO RC forks and I'm very happy with them =)
However, I think the remote control is cool and all, but I don't really like the extra cable off my bars to my forks. Since I don't really use it all that often, I was thinking about converting it to a t ... Read More »