Marzocchi Z1 FR I ETA 2005 Front Shocks

DESCRIPTION

  • Hydraulic Cartridge w/HSCV
  • Open Bath Lubrification
  • 888 Style Cartridges
  • External Air Preload

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 30, 2007]
Rick
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff, light, adjustable rebound, ETA, air preload

Weakness:

No compression adjustment

Have only had a half dozen rides on this fork which replaced a '06 Travis Single 150 mainly 'cause of the weight difference (1 1/2 lbs.) Have to say now that the Marzocchi is just as stiff and I love the air preload instead of buying new springs. Gets better every ride as it breaks in

Similar Products Used:

Too many to name...

[Oct 10, 2005]
Ben
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great fork, runs so smooth, easily adjustable, I like the graphics !!!

Weakness:

None, so far

Great fork, this is the single crown version of the 888's in my perspective, so far i have had no problems with this fork, it has served me well and i have worked it hard for the short time i have been using it

Similar Products Used:

previous Z1's

[Jan 01, 2007]
Tomas

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Handles everything along the trail with ease, price, stiff

Weakness:

Incorrect oil level from factory (too much)

This is a review for the 2005 Z1 FR 150 1 fork.

What can be said about this bullet proof design? The coil damping is very plush and nice (after you have adjusted the oil level).

Just do the regular service, replacing oil, checking seals and it will last a long time!

Tried the fox 36 fork as well but it can't justify the 2x price tag.

Similar Products Used:

Rock Shox, Manitou (never again!), Fox

[Oct 26, 2005]
clark

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

plush, stiff, eta is great

Weakness:

dives a little too much

wow! nicest 5-6" fork i've ridden. ultra plush and stiff, reasonable weight. soaks up bumps like a dh fork - feels like more than 6". like all marzocchi's, its extremely tuneable with oil weight and levels. only complaint is brake diving, but getting used to it (not nearly as bad as the 888 though).

Similar Products Used:

firefly, fox 36, pike

[Dec 20, 2007]
Tom Richardson
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Damn strong, never bottom out off big drops.

Weakness:

ETA isnt working properly (mainly due to a crash)

Damn good forks, strong as you like, easy to adjust. ETA is good (not good when you damage it in crash)

Similar Products Used:

Rock shox, magura.

[Mar 29, 2007]
Oliver Lynch
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Well,
Awsome all rounder, seem to go well with my kona coiler 04 as same length of travel. They have wicked adjustments and seem awsome plush and very stiff with 20mm axel.

Weakness:

None.

Awsome forks, got everything a freeride would need. Resonably heavy so couldn't really say for hardore XC. Handles trailes amazingly does everything i need. Has lock out for up hills which works v. well with my lock out on my frame shock.
Pretty expensive for the new models but i paid $200 for it so i was a pleased.

Similar Products Used:

04 Marzocchi drop off(130mm), Manitou splice super(130mm),

[Sep 17, 2006]
Sam
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

* Best performing fork I've every used. The fork's "feel" was perfect from day one, and still feels as great more than a year later.

* The ETA is outstanding! I pedal up a lot, and the ability to lower the fork for the climbs lets me stay in the saddle and spin. It seems like an unfair advantage over my friends, but then again, they can buy one themselves.

* The fork is good at so many things - it's great as an All Mountain fork, a FR fork, a DH fork.

* The weight is good for what it is!

Weakness:

Expensive I guess - but you get what you pay for. This was WORTH every penny!

One of the best forks of all time. I use it for 95% of what I used a dual crown for, with less weight, and full steering. Plus the ETA rocks! I'll never have another fork without ETA or the equivelent.

Similar Products Used:

Marzocchi MX Pro & 66, Rock Shock Boxxer, Fox Talas

[Oct 25, 2006]
David Applegate
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

-These forks will take on anything and still be gagging for more
-Very plush travel
-Very good all rounder
-ETA is great for riding too and from your local trails fast
-Works great on long-travel hardtail rigs due to the low weight compared to other forks

Weakness:

-Fair amount of brake dive when using something such as a mono M4, but even this is nothing really. Only noticeble when riding on hardpac or road (but its not exactly what you should be doing with them anyway(althoguh these are damn funny on a hardpac bmx/4x track)).
- Soft springs (only applies to heavier riders really)

These will do most things you can think of and maybe some that you can't. Just if you gonna be doing large drops make sure you have the correct air in these if not, being a heavier rider can turn these forks into a pile of mush. also as afore mentioed there is brake dive, but hell, i can live with it for everything good about these forks. brillaint for long travel hardtail freeride due to the low weight and of course the manouvourbility that come with a single crown fork. Definately recommend these.

Similar Products Used:

04 DJ2s (130mm), Stance, MZ Race

[Oct 23, 2005]
The collecta
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Thru-axle, 32mm stanchions, light for a marz, its all black

Weakness:

POOR QUALITY!! Ive gone through an 02 Z1qr20, and an 03qr20, and I am not impressed withe the quality control and cheap parts internally.

Had to send it back after one ride. Ive heard and I suspect that these are now Taiwanese parts with maybe only the stickers applied in Italy. My spring was not machined on top and the cheap thin plastic spacer just rattled and clicked. Also the spacer wasnt long enough, so at full extension it just bobbled around with the spring.
I couldn't get more than 4" of travel on this fork either, even with no air preload. Sometimes this is from too much oil so I loosened the right cap and turned it upside down, NOTHING came out. WTF! All the other Z1's Ive had to upgrade to stiff springs, but this fork is just harsh. Its not the seals breaking in either.
Marzocchi told me that they don't make a softer spring this year, so Im pretty much screwed. Not happy with the new cheapness of this fork. Ill probably go find an old marzocchi to replace it with.
I will say that the Marz customer service has been top notch.

Similar Products Used:

'03Z1, 02Z1, dorado sc, flick, all the fox forks.

[Oct 23, 2005]
Jim Nasium
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

so so so so plush. Easily adjustable, can handle most things you throw at them. and yes, they feel incredibly plush

Weakness:

hmmm... NONE

These are a super duper fork. They are great for fr anf dh and the ETA means that you can come back up the mountain with the same ease as you went down. With these forks i am hitting 8ft+ drops and the landing feels so smooth (drops i would normally not consider on a ht). These forks are great if you are a freerider and dher. I have had these forks a small amount of time and am overly impressed with their standard. paying RRP i think is a little expensive but i got them dirt cheap so im happy...

Similar Products Used:

these are single crown 888's

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