Marzocchi Marathon S 2004 Front Shocks

DESCRIPTION

Mg Marathon monolite one piece arch & sliders Marzocchi was there when Marathon racing was born. Endurance races and 24-hour events are increasingly popular, and components that address the unique needs of long distance riding are in high demand. Marathon racers want forks that are durable. They want smooth operation, mile after mile. These cutting edge designs satisfy those needs. These forks are experienced to the core, and they’ll see the sport of marathon racing into its old age.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 13, 2019]
Daneduardo


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Well suited to all terrains here in San Miguel Mx

Weakness:

Notice fork flex extreme when installed disc brake- but no big deal??

Price Paid:
$400??
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2004
[Nov 22, 2015]
Nina_Sinmara
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Indestructible. Plush. Smooth travel. Lockout. You can depend on it. Everything.

Weakness:

Golden things. Really!?

I've found one brand new, it was 10 years in friends basement, in original package. Set it and use it for everyday commuting through rough terrain. It takes my 26+ setup (3" tires on two inch rims) really well. Done some all mountain on it. Set it to harder travel and there you go. You can do it by rotating the non lockout golden thing. And the lockout works great. Enough travel for mine girlish weight.

Similar Products Used:

Some pricey but crappy sr suntour

[Aug 11, 2011]
tomemarelic
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Excellent performance on rough terrains, very fast rebound,springs in both legs, ETA system which is excellent for steep climbs and longer road trips, rough construction (almost every part is made of metal, even knobs), very light (~1,8 kg) and very easy to maintain

Weakness:

Oil levels in both legs need to be very precisely added to achieve full travel, which demands a lot of experience (original Marzochi specifications recommend oil volme which is way too big, and allows only 60-70% of travel)

Excellent fork for my demands, performs very good in all situations, and ETA option is one of the best ideas to put on bicycle forks, ever. Plus, it seeems very durable, and is also a very good looking. Highly recommended.

Similar Products Used:

Suntour XCR - can be compared only because they are both forks :)

[Feb 16, 2004]
Bob
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Silky smooth, plush on the small stuff and can handle the big hits too. ETA. Very nice rebound control,...tons of adjustment. Stiff for its wieght. Lower axle to crown than a Z1. Love the air assist preload...don't have to worry about springs anymore.

Weakness:

Technical-none. But gold caps...c'mon Marzocchi!

Great choice for this bike and the rock gardens and logs on my trails. Makes the steering lightning fast, and very plush. Best of both worlds, springs and air. More XC than FR, so watch your spec. Can handle the big stuff too. Very pleased.

Similar Products Used:

Fox Vanilla 125, Z1FR, Manitou Super, etc.

[Jan 14, 2004]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Its a Marzocchi!!! It looks as good as it works. Caddylak smooth.

Weakness:

A physical metal spring will always be heavier than air. Factory spring is a little weak for the larger crowd.

Can't say that I have loads of experience with all the different forks on the market. However, this fork has lived up to its reputation and my expectations. I will admit being skeptical of the "air" forks, in that I wanted a low maintenance fork which will last a long time without need periodic re-builds or develop leaks, etc.... Hence the metal spring counterpart was an obvious choice.

Bottom line, Given the chance, I would buy this fork again.

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox, Manitou

[Apr 01, 2007]
john
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

ETA, durability, simplicity, looks, italian panache, stiffness, cadillac-like smoothness.

Weakness:

might be a little heavy.

a great fork.

Similar Products Used:

manitou, rock shock, other bombers

[Sep 19, 2006]
GorDo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Tough, good looking, well built

Weakness:

Heavy, may need thicker oil after the first couple years.

This is a great fork. you can't beat Marzocchi. I have riden miles and miles on this fork. From SLick rock to wyoming, the toughest trail that will kick your can. This fork wont quite and it just keeps asking for more. The ETA just makes it that much better. A remote would be nice but you can't complain with the on the fly action.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou

[Oct 20, 2005]
Rob Conti
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

This fork is really durrable hard to bottom out if your not Extreme freeriding or downhilling.

Weakness:

ok well i have to ride urban sorta because i live in the suburbs outside of cleveland and i do a lot of like flatland and endoes and i also have discs so since the disks are only on one side when you brake hevily the opposite side of the disc pops out of place because its quick release and it has ben wearing the mount down a lot over the past few years.

im not really an xc rider but there was really nothing that describes me i live in the cleveland suburbs so theres not too much to ride in way of freeriding im only 14 so im cant really afford much more im looking at the mantinou stance kingpins but i hear there bad. ive probally only ben like 6 feeet in the air before and they did not do so good on the landing.

overll i would say that there good for the money but if your going to so big stuff it will b worth in the longrun to buy a more epensive fork that will hold out better however if your just getting started its an exclene for but if your really in to it youl outgrow then quickly.

Similar Products Used:

notihn really

[Sep 10, 2005]
Dennis Verburg
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

-Smooth, ETA, Stiff, Bomb Proof, Easy to adjust

Weakness:

-Weight
-Disc brake limitation
-After 1 1/2 year I noticed some play in the bushings, needs overhaul, I think!
-Spring inside the fork make some noise sometimes.

This fork is very reliable. In 1 1/2 year never had any trouble. ETA works very well.
But even this fork needs overhaul.
I have abused this fork in the French Alpes(downhill).
After France I noticed that this fork has limitations.
(play in bushings). But still the fork perfomes very good.

Similar Products Used:

Rochshox Duke SL and Judy XC

[Jun 30, 2005]
TCW
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Plush, great tracking, ETA, Air assist, nice looking

Weakness:

Sometimes it makes a little squish noise when rebounding quickly.

Wife bought this fork for me as a birthday gift, good wife. I was expecting the front end to feel a little more clunky because of he few ounces incurred by the Marathon S. Happy to report that the bike feels just a nimble, but a whole lot more high performance than before. On root/rock infested downs the shock absorbes everything wonderfully. I easily made some climbs I usually struggle with because the ETA drops the fron end to a perfect position to make loose-steep inclines seem almost too easy. The only other shock I've used that felt near the quality of the MArathon S was the Fox Vanilla 125RL. The two shocks felt similar. I weigh around 220lbs with all my gear on and the air assist feature made the stock springs fell a little more firm. The stock oil (7.5wt.) seemed fine but after the first change i might try just a little heavier, no more than 10 weight. I never thought it would be possible to by a shock at $275.00 that worked so well. I'm real happy with this product, we'll see how it hold up, so far so good.

Similar Products Used:

2000 Judy Race, Manitou SXR, 2003 Fox Vanilla RL 125

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