Marzocchi Z1 Bam 98 Front Shock

Marzocchi Z1 Bam 98

User Reviews (116)

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Sly Dog   Cross Country Rider [Oct 26, 2003]
Strength:

Easy to service, very tunable with different oil weights, levels, springs, etc. Dual Damening cartridges. Travel can be changed from 4" to 5" (read below). Replacable arch, can use a Black Spire to increase tire and mud clearance.

Weakness:

Lets face it, a fork from '98 is starting to get a little old, but with proper service, can still be fine. Other than that, can't complain considering the price.

Great fork for all-around xc riding if you can find one relatively cheap. It feels great coming from several years on an air fork. However, any fork this old if bought used will need some fine tuning to fit your needs(oil level, viscosity, spring rates, etc). Once set up, it feels pretty darn smooth. I'm not sure if they cam as 4" or 5" from the factory in '98, but I converted mine from 4" to 5". I replaced the 2" long topout springs with 1" long topout springs, and replaced the 4" travel springs with 5" travel springs from a 2002 5" Z1. It was eay to do - I have never opened up a zocchi before, and It took me about an hour. The secret is to turn the fork upside down and do the topout springs first, reassemble it, then turn it upright to do the main springs. This way you can do it changing or losing the oil. There seems to be plently of stanction overlap, so the strength should still be there. So hey, $100 isn't bad for a 5" fork. And 5" feels very nice on a hardtail. Good value if financially handicapped.

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi 20000 Z1 Xfly (4").
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3
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4
tam   [Dec 31, 2001]
Strength:

strong as hell! super plush, stiff fork.

Weakness:

those dam marzocchi seals. pieces of crap! replaced like 2 times every year. nothing wrong with the fork.

really nice good fork. unbreakable, i did 7 to flat and it didn't completely bottom. buy this fork if your looking for some kind of upgrade!

Similar Products Used: Z1 mcr, 98 Jr. T, definately NOTHING from rock shox. exept boxxxer
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4
VALUE
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5
Dave the Equipment Whore   weekend warrior [Mar 26, 1998]

This is the updated version of the original Bomber.For those who've never read a mountain biking magazine, gone to their LBS, or talked to other mountain bikers for the last two years, these are the forks that have made Marzocchi into the dynamic powerhouse that they are today.The original Bomber concept was basically a single-crowned and downsized MX fork. With oversized (before Zzyxx and company) stanchions, sliders, brace and crown, they were then the stiffest conventional forks, hands down. The dual seals and 4/360 degree bushings made them the most reliable hydraulic forks in a sea of crunchy Exxon Valdezes. But their crowning glory was of course their coil-spring/trapped-air, open-bath, speed-sensitive valved cartridge(s) which made possible MX fork-like performance and tunability.The most obvious change to the original Z1 Bomber is the utilization of BAM (Bomber Aerospace Material) for the sliders and brace, which allowed more machined reliefs to reduce total weight by a claimed half-pound. Other advertized changes are:-> Improved stanchion surface treatment for increased durability and decreased stiction.
-> Improved tri-lipped main seals for increased durability.
-> Miniaturized top caps and preload adjusters for reduced weight.
-> Top-out coil spring replaces elastomer for smoother top-outs and increased negative travel (10mm claimed).Having owned an early '98 Z2 Atom Bomb, I noticed some unadvertized and non-obvious internal differences:-> The Z1 BAM stanchion insides are lined with a plastic-like material. I presume this not only reduces the friction from spring contact, but also the associated noise. The Z2 Atom Bomb lacks this most probably because these linings add weight and isn't as necessary for the shorter springs.
-> The Z1 BAM main bushings are perforated with 1 cm diameter holes in a regular pattern. I presume this improves main bushing lubrication, which not only decreases stiction but prolongs bushing life (with less bushing material, paradoxically). My Z2 Atom Bomb lacked this most probably because these holes were a recent design improvement.General impressions...Action is typically Bomber-smooth, except there's a whole lot more of it. You can roll over just about anything and still expect the fork to isolate, even for the lightly-loaded front of seated climbing. It's as stiff as ever (its rival in this category is the slightly shorter, hence less leveraged, White Brothers SC90). Damping is adjustable for the entire range from no damping whatsoever to completely reboundless, and the lack of detents allows a very fine degree of tuning. The coil spring/trapped-air combo isn't as infinitely tunable as air, but 15mm of preload range and adjustable air volume allows both finess riders and ham-fisted thrashers to achieve full travel yet avoid hard bottoming. A standing hammer is possible, but you'll bob a bit too much into its plush travel (even though theoretically this shouldn't suck power). Its 4.5(?) pound heft does show a bit, but it was never intentioned as an XC race fork. Marzocchi even goes as far as to categorize the Z1 BAM as a downhill fork, although it's really a trailbike (dare I say freeride?) fork.Anecdote time...Having been off my bike for most of this El Nino winter, my endurance was nonexistent and my handling skills were even worse. I should have known better than to be goaded into introducing an obvious hammerhead and his pal down the Marshall Canyon Creek trail, but my misguided charity toward fellow MTBers and machismo prevailed, so we were off.Being that it was Monday, Claremont Wilderness Park was nearly deserted. It was safe to descend with a slight bit more expediency than usual. However, machismo prevailed again, and I found myself hurling into corners and waterbars faster than what my level of familiarity with my current bike/fork combination should've dictated (FYI, it was my second ride on the Z1 BAM, and seventh on the Heckler.)So I hit this HUGE waterbar at way too fast a speed. I was already ape-hangling off the rear in anticipation, but it was still too fast. The Z1 BAM compressed a progressive 3.9 (it was semi-muddy, so I could tell by the wiper-mark) but didn't bottom. I didn't superman, and ended up blasting an at-speed, ape-hanging, crossed-up wheelie over the other side.I can honestly say that no fork other than a 4+ Marzocchi could've saved me that day. (Okay, maybe some pure downhill forks. But then, I'd be downhilling at a ski resort as opposed to actually riding local trails.)5 chilies for performance, 4 for price, 4.5 average rounded up for good tech support on Marzocchi's part.

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5
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JO Jo Ma   weekend warrior [Mar 27, 1998]

THIS Fork SUCKS. I am a 280 pound 5'9 male and I just put this shock on my bike. I was jumping off my apartment balcony (40' drop) and the thing snapped in half soon as i hit the ground. Stick With Manitous. They can handle the pressure from a big fat ass like me.

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1
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Graeme   cross-country rider [Mar 25, 1998]

This is the coolest shock in the world. Anyone who says it sucks should
die and rot in hell. This shock will out ride anyother. All of you boners
who say that a judy is better are completly f*c*ed up. Like for some god
stupid reason one of my friends said that judyies were better so I kicked
his skinny but. Sorry but I have to waste space because 50 words it too much.
But the Z1 is by far the best shock in the world. There is nothing worthy
to compare to it exept the Z2. This shock eats up terrain better than triple
clamp forks. It is also the most durable shock ever. I can go of jump after
jump and this shock will still provide the strenght you need. There is
nothing else worthy. Z1 is the best shock ever and if you got anything else
you are a dumbass.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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MadMax   downhiller [May 23, 1998]

Die Bomber Z1 BAM is so ziemlich das beste was es gibt!!!
Keine Andere arbeitet so sensibel und hat genug Reserven für richtig
harte Downhills. Obendrein sieht sie auch noch gut aus und eignet sich
auch für CrossCountry !!!!!!
Der gesamte Federweg der Z1 lässt sich voll ausnützen und ist auch was für
Leichtgewichte.

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5
VALUE
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BEN   weekend warrior [May 13, 1998]

MARZOCCHI Z1 BAM IS THE SHIT. SMOOTHEST RIDE ON THE TRAIL. EVERYTHING ELSE SUCKS.I'VE ROAD ALOT OF SHOCKS AND ANY OF THE NEW MARZOCCHI'S WILL KICK ASS.IF YOU GET A CHANSE RIDE THEM AND YOU WILL BE HOOKED.BIG JUMP'S OR BUMP'S , NO PROBMLEM. DAMB, I WOULD'NT THINK OF RIDING ANYTHING ELSE. SO DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY AND BUY SOMETHING YOU WONT BE HAPPY WITH.MARZOCCHI IS THE ONLY WAY 2 GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5
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Joe Pickard   Weekend Warrior [Mar 07, 2003]
Strength:

Smooth
Strong
Seals and Bushings still good after 3 years
Polished or Glitter Orange (mmm)
I.S disc mount (instead of 48.5 formula mount on Z1 Alloy)
Looks really good
CNCd Arch
Fully bolted, doesn't creak like cryofit models

Weakness:

Polished version has finish issues (cracking lacquer on lower legs, but the fork is over 3 years old now)

3 Years and still going strong as new.
Mine could do with a service, but they don't feel like they do!
Absolutely excellent forks, you can see that these were the forks to change the whole markets perspecitve on performance.

Similar Products Used: Z3 M80, Rockshox Judy Race, Judy XL,
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
michael rees   Downhiller [Jun 09, 2000]
Strength:

stiff, nice colour, well made, plush

Weakness:

damping cartridges are easy to blow

they are nice and stiff and solid, plush

Similar Products Used: bomber z3, rst mozo pro, rst 461, mx6s, x-vert e, manitou sxl, pace rc36 evo
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Craig   Weekend Warrior [Apr 23, 2000]

It was a good fork while I had it... The adjustability was the best I have used to this day, and it was nice on big hits... Some weaknesses were:
"Wheres the boots"... My fork leaked, bad... Rebuilt it... It leaked again...
Climbing was a pogostick lovers wet-dream...
Steering was a tad-flexy in nasty conditions...
Took a nasty spill and bent it up, sold it after that!!!

Similar Products Used: Marzocchi Jr T, Manitou X-Vert DC, Noleen Crosslink
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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2
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