A friend of mine has one. It performs pretty well and he only had one problem due to a faulty o-ring in the TST2 cartridge. He fixed it pretty quickly (Marzocchi's are very easy to worth with) and now it has been running problem free for quite a while. Oil changes take 20 minutes and the cartridge, although doesn't work as good as the RC3, is quite simple and compilant.
He is getting the fork for cheeeeaaaap, so I don't know about your last statement. About having Qcontrol issues, well, definitely I've seen a vast improvement in QC for 2009, and the fork is so easy to work with that anyone can rebuild it.
TST2 does lack as a damper when you push it enough performance-wise, but there are ways to modify the damper into a better shim damper.
I have no idea what he's getting the fork for, I was simply going off what I usually see them sell for. Anyway, if you look around, there have been quite a few issue with 2009 zokes, and people are really hoping they have the issues fixed for 2010. I don't like I fork a need to open up the damper and adjust it to get decent performance out of it.
Well, I always try to get my stuff working as best as they can physically can, that's why I crack open my fork and shock and see how they work and what can be improved, but yeah, there may be better forks out there for the MRSP of the 44, but for the price he is getting it I doubt there is.
Thanks for the info. Does anybody know if the TST2 mod will work on the 44? Seems like it would but the thread referenced talks about the 55.
My choices are pretty limited because I need a 490mm ish AC fork with V-Brake studs. I'm not finding many that meet this spec. I do have a line on a 2010 Manitou Super w/the Absolute damper and MARS air spring. But it costs about $150 more than the Zoke 44.
I was told the shim mod will work with the 44. I'm going to give it a try if Marz fixes my fork under warranty. If not, I'm moving on, probably to Rock Shox. The thing that bugs me the most about Marz is that they won't release any service instructions to their customers. The owner's manual doesn't even include instructions on how to change the oil! Rock Shox make all the service manuals available and even has how-to videos on line.
I bought the Zoke 44 TST2. It is very good within it it's range. A good deal for the money and adjustable/rebuildable. So far it is very smooth, verrrrrrry smooth. I probably want a faster cycle over fast rough stuff. We will see. Good product, no question about that.
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