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Would a 'Zoke MX Comp w/ ETA (105 mm) be burly enough for Dual Slalom?

The reason I ask is that I have never tried DS racing, and I would like to give it a go before I buy a new fork. Besides, it seems that a lot of people use Manitou Blacks for DS, and I assume the MX Comp is at least close in burliness.

Any thoughts welcome?
 

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I ride ALL mountain with a K2 flyin monkey hardtail and 04 MX COMP ETA. It's probably the most versatile fork you can ever buy. Especially considering the price!

Severely bumpy and just plain knarly XC trails turn into smooth gravel road when running with a low pressure. PLush is an understatment. I weigh 185# and set the fork at 35-40 psi for bumpy trail riding. This fork does great on stutter bumps too, as long as the air pressure is right I've never had this fork get behind in the washboard sections at 40 mph.

When I ride DH or Freeride or jump all I have to do is pump up to 55-60 psi and the fork becomes stiffer than you could ever imagine.

Even though Marzocchi claims this to be their XC fork, I think is actually stronger than most other forks madee for DH and Freeride.

I've done 30 ft horizontal gap jumps with it and have had no probs. As long as you land smooth and don't crash too hard this fork will do anything that any other 120mm fork can do.

It really is MArzocchi's most versatile fork for all mountain riding.

Get one of the 2004 MX comp ETA forks from Jenson for dirt cheap while they last. I paid $300 for mine. I think it's now down to $260.

This fork would be sold by Fox or RockShox for $500 considering the quality you get. No other fork comapny gives you performance and durability for the price. Heck no other fork comapny even comes close to the reliability of Marzocchi.
 

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it will be ok... I think

I have ridden the MX Comp for the past couple of months and it seems it can handle anything, besides with ETA you can still climb in a great position (when you are not doing dual slalom ;) ).

Best of luck,
Cris
 

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BudhaGoodha said:
I ride ALL mountain with a K2 flyin monkey hardtail and 04 MX COMP ETA. It's probably the most versatile fork you can ever buy. Especially considering the price!

Severely bumpy and just plain knarly XC trails turn into smooth gravel road when running with a low pressure. PLush is an understatment. I weigh 185# and set the fork at 35-40 psi for bumpy trail riding. This fork does great on stutter bumps too, as long as the air pressure is right I've never had this fork get behind in the washboard sections at 40 mph.

When I ride DH or Freeride or jump all I have to do is pump up to 55-60 psi and the fork becomes stiffer than you could ever imagine.

Even though Marzocchi claims this to be their XC fork, I think is actually stronger than most other forks madee for DH and Freeride.

I've done 30 ft horizontal gap jumps with it and have had no probs. As long as you land smooth and don't crash too hard this fork will do anything that any other 120mm fork can do.

It really is MArzocchi's most versatile fork for all mountain riding.

Get one of the 2004 MX comp ETA forks from Jenson for dirt cheap while they last. I paid $300 for mine. I think it's now down to $260.

This fork would be sold by Fox or RockShox for $500 considering the quality you get. No other fork comapny gives you performance and durability for the price. Heck no other fork comapny even comes close to the reliability of Marzocchi.
Good Lord! I didn't think that the MX-Comp would take a 30' footer.

I completely agree with you about pumping up the psi for more aggressive stuff. I had my LBS pump it up, and H#&* (#(T it gets stiffer. My ignorance made me think that I needed to upgrage.

Anyways, do you have a 120 mm or 105 mm?
 

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Dude, a 30 ft gap jump is nothing if the landing is setup right.

Heck, there's guys doing the same jump here on BMX bikes!

As long as the landing is made right you should never feel any impact on a jump. Heck the first time I did it, I had to ask if I had actually flown through the air. It was so smooth on the landing that it didnt even feel like I left the ground.

The jump I took was a high speed gap jump, not much vertical. I've even seen guys take crappy target bikes over the thing.

I wouldn't recommend doing too many drops to flat ground on the MX comp though. It's not made for that, but smooth jumps no matter how big will be just fine.

I'll post a picture of my front yard tranny jump when I get a chance.


120mm btw
 

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Dude, a 30 ft gap jump is nothing if the landing is setup right.

Heck, there's guys doing the same jump here on BMX bikes!

As long as the landing is made right you should never feel any impact on a jump. Heck the first time I did it, I had to ask if I had actually flown through the air. It was so smooth on the landing that it didnt even feel like I left the ground.

The jump I took was a high speed gap jump, not much vertical. I've even seen guys take crappy target bikes over the thing.

I wouldn't recommend doing too many drops to flat ground on the MX comp though. It's not made for that, but smooth jumps no matter how big will be just fine.

I'll post a picture of my front yard tranny jump when I get a chance.

120mm btw
How high of drops are we talking here? I don't really consider myself a freerider (the main reason I'm interested in this fork), but I guess some of the stuff I do would be considered light-freeriding. For instance, I'll take a two or three footer if the landing looks good, but I don't like to get too much air (too many head injuries already :rolleyes: ). Occasionally, some trials type stuff is fun, too.

I really like the Z1 Fr Sl, but I think It's more fork than I need.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Budha im looking for a good fork that will last me a long time and somethin that will cover all types of riding. I want to do some light urban, dirt jumping sometimes, and also some basic trials. I just wanted to know if this fork will handle 5 foot drops once in a while but mostly 2-3 foot (im a noob so i wont always land well :)
 

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ETA feature

I really like the ETA feature, but I find the knob on the 2004 is not real easy to turn while riding. Anybody have any good advice on how to loosen it up a little other than the tried and true WD40?
 
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