Marzocchi Z1 FR SL 2003 Front Shocks

DESCRIPTION

- 130mm Travel - Open Bath Cartridge
- Dual-Positive Air Chambers
- Negative Air Chamber
- NEW! Cryofit Boltless FR Crown
- NEW! 1-Piece Mg MonoLite Sliders
- NEW! [ECC 5] 5-Position Damping Control
- 32mm Aluminum Stanchions
- Integrated Fender [option]

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 23, 2017]
Peter
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

- fexible
- wide range of settings
- weight
- durable

Weakness:

- hard to get exactly pressure in neg .

I`ve had many forks from Marzocchi / Rock Shox etc... and this model is best one. I had 2 of them and unfortunately I sold one of it. Now I would like to buy few but no one want to sell it.

Similar Products Used:

Z1 SL 04, Z1 Sport 06

[Dec 05, 2013]
David Z
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Super plush travel
Looks great
QUALITY build
Great adjustability
Easy to service

Weakness:

Nothing.... other than they don't make these any more to this standard

Just bought these off eBay for a bargain, thinking they wouldn't be in the best shape, and maybe on their last legs seeing they were 10 years old BUT WAS I WRONG!!!!

They are built like a tank, the travel once serviced with a quick oil change and set up was amazing to say the least.

Everyone's said the setup takes a while, but seriously, you do it a few times to figure out what the settings are for different types of terrain and then that's it!!! Change it only when you need it.
ECC5 is great to use and controls rebound at the turn of a knob on whatever terrain your riding.

I've ridden other "newer" air forks which supposedly have all the bells and whistles, and really can't say they are any better (with some being waaaaay worse).

They will improve your riding and confidence to go down anywhere.
Can take some big hits and just keep on going.

If you can find some....anywhere....BUY THEM, you won't be disappointed.

[Sep 26, 2013]
CJS

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Everything, Best fork ever made...BAR NONE!

Weakness:

Takes some work to get dialed in and tuned just right.

WOW, I ride only old skool Marz's. I have 2003 DJ 3, 2003 JR T, 2001 Z3, and this is by far my favorite fork. It is 10 years old and still perfomrs better than any fork I have ridden to date. I have ridden every brand, and many models. Old School Italian made (pre 2007 Tenneco screwed up a good thing) forks are not only the best Marzocchi's made but are the best mountain bike forks made to date. I absolutely love my Z1's i wont hesitate taking 8 - 10 ft drops on this 130 mm fork. I hope to keep these forks going forever!

[Jun 01, 2010]
durandall05
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great travel, very smooth over the big stuff. When set up properly they never bottom off large drops or jumps.

Weakness:

Can be sticky the first hit on a ride and over small stuff.
It is a pain to compress them for climbing and they won't stay down for more than 20min.

Hard to figure out how to set up. Read the reviews below for set up info. They will save your life!

It is a great 130mm fork if you can pick one up for cheap. I have only had to air them up once in about a year. I ride everything from fire roads to moderate downhills. They really shine on the big stuff i.e. jumps and drops. Very predictable and smooth.

I gave them 4 chilis because having to make sure you set the damper +1 click and compress them before riding is a pain.

Similar Products Used:

Gosh random stuff

[Jul 03, 2003]
Ron
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff Durable Reliable. Not that heavy. In fact, roughly the same weight as the Psylo SL. Doesn't leak air! Locks out compressed (not extended).

Weakness:

A little rough on the low speed and stutter bumps. Not quite and plush as the Psylo but probably not completely broken in yet.

The last fork installed was a Psylo SL. It was a really great fork. I could lock it out or change the travel and adjust the compression damping on the fly. Its much more sensitive over the small stuff than the Z1. But it seeps fluid from the top of the right leg, is just a little more flexible than the Z1 and it locks out solid in the fully extended position. If it was stiffer and more durable it could be compared to the Z1.

I bought the Z1 because it offers the same travel, locks out in the compressed position and all the reviewers below rave about the durability. The Z1 may not be as supple at low speeds but it feels better at higher speeds. When you lockout the Z1, it doesn't lockout solid. Each time you hit a bump it compresses a little further but never reaches fully compressed. It still seems to have about 20-30mm of travel when locked out like the coil spring version of the Z1. That really takes the edge off during those exended climbs.
Why do all the other MFRs design their forks to lockout in the extended position? During a climb I prefer a shorter fork so my front wheel isn't lifting and steeper head tube for quicker steering at climbing speeds. I even prefer having the fork compressed during road rides. Of course preference is a matter of opinion.
Other forks considered before deciding on this fork were the Fox Talas (but some reviewers complain about durability issues on the Talas Mechanism) another Psylo SL (but RS forks have durability issues) and the Fox Vanilla 125 RLC (but locking out extended & weight was an issue).
There are some great fork available in 2003, but this was my choice and I don't regret it!
Value - 4.5 Chilis (rounded-up) for having all the features I want but very costly.
Overall - 5 Chilis for durability, form, fit and fuction. This thing works as advertized.

Similar Products Used:

AMP Research F4 BLT (4" travel) RS Psylo SL

[Jun 30, 2003]
Johnny
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Plush, 130mm travel, looks!

Weakness:

most xc frames will not warranty with these size forks.

I built my Blur up to handle hardcore xc and light DH, 4 inch forks just don't handle the job, however the FR SL's handle everything and beleive it or not they climb better than the most 100-120mm forks. The bottom line is these forks rock! best performing fork I have ever used. buy them....

Similar Products Used:

Talas, Z1's

[Aug 28, 2003]
Paul
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Plush and relatively light

Weakness:

You need to know about this web site if you want to set it up properly

As with all the posts below (and I'm sure some that will come above) once you get it dialled in the fork is great.

I'm 6'4" and 220lbs and run a bit less pressure than the guys below. 35 pos 135 neg. This makes the fork extremely plush and I'm not yet having any trouble with bottoming out - except when I ride like a complete duffer. But then I'm not doing big drops yet and as soon as I develop balls big enough I'm pretty sure I'll be moving up by about 10lbs on each setting.

I use my Bullit for a mix of trail and downhill riding and have started jumping (used to be an XC only weight weenie)

The fork is light enough for the trail stuff whilst still being capable enough on the downhill. Sure I'd like an extra 40mm of travel but I don't won't to add another 2 lbs on the fork weight.

I havn't worked out why there are 5 settings on the ECC yet. When I get to the bottom of a hill I just wind it all the way to the top and mash down on the fork. Hey presto I've lost 100mm on the front end which transforms the climbing abilities of the bike through the changes in head angle whilst I still have a small amount of travel. So what are the other setting for - answers on another post please.

Bottom line great fork for trail riding and light DH use

Similar Products Used:

Manitou's

[Aug 27, 2003]
JC
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very plush and responsive after I finally got it dialed in. The fork came on my Rocky Mt. Slayer.

Weakness:

The owners manual that I got with my bike from Marzocchi gave no information on neg. air pressure. It was a complete guessing game on my part. I was getting the most harsh top outs ever and it was driving me nuts. Of course i was running about 60 psi neg. air. This should be addressed. My LBS did not have the correct info either. I finally got it dialed after many trials and errors and a few phone calls.

my set up- 6'3". 215 lbs. 50 pos. air. 145 neg air. It works like a charm. Great fork for porkers like myself. Marzocchi, please include reccomended air pressure in your owners manual!!!!

[May 29, 2003]
Stephen Melnechuk
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff and adjustable

Weakness:

none

Great forks for doing everything.
Be smarter than me and put air in the right fork leg also.

Similar Products Used:

Psylo

[May 22, 2003]
Carl
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks the nuts, long travel, very plush, strong!

Weakness:

None so far!

Fantastic forks, just one piece of advice....buy them!

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