Marzocchi Z1 FR SL 2004 Front Shocks

DESCRIPTION

The Z.1 freeride series represents the pinnacle in long travel single crown design. The first Z.1, introduced in 1996, started the freeride movement by allowing riders to perform beyond their previous capabilities which were hampered by poorly performing products. The new Z.1 is made for riders who still love the up hill climbs as much as the downhill’s and allaround riding performance is the difference between a good ride and a great one. We feel that the new Z.1 freeride series unleashes performance demanded by today’s cutting edge riders.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 30, 2011]
Mike
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very plush for an air fork, very stiff latteraly, great tracking, takes a beating, ECC Lockout, built in brake hose/cable guide.

Weakness:

A little tough to dial in, Would be nice if it couls accept other than integratedfenders

I ride 3 to 6 days a week depending on the season and this Fork is AWESOME for AM and trail riding! It's not very heavy (aprox 4.5) and it takes all the big hits I can throw at it and I'm over 260LBS in full gear. It tracks great and goes anywhere I point it. I don't do alot of big air/drops where I ride so I can't comment there. It's a little tough to set up at first but if you kind of follow the guidelines given by others further down you can get it dialed in great. Use the ECC dialed down when you're climbing and you won't believe how well it goes up, it gets a little twichy but that's to be expected when you change the geometry like that. I only need it on the really steep technical stuff because the Turner climbs like a goat as it is. Bottom line is that even though this is an "older" fork, if you can get your hands on one and need a great AM fork but don't want to pay a fortune for a new one that doesn't perform any better, buy this fork! Point it where you want to go and hang on because you'll go faster than you ever have with alot more control. If you're a total XC weight weenie don't buy it because you won't be able to enjoy the incredible performance while stressing about the few extra ounces and you probably won't need that much fork anyway.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou Exvert Super, Rockshock Duke, Manitou Splice Elite

[Sep 03, 2008]
dman3540
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

super plush, lots of travel, took everything i could throw at it and more

Weakness:

ECC climb control was kinda wack in the sense that by locking out the travel in the lowest possible setting, the angle of the headtube was changed so dramatically that it actually made it harder to climb. I just climbed in full extention and it was all good!

I loved this fork up until last month when the seals finally went on one of the legs. Im so bummed. Whats worse is i dont think Marz makes anything like this anymore, unless you go to a Q20 axle, which i think i want to stay away from. I loved the weight of this fork in relation to its travel. It was stiff as hell too! I rode this thing when i was a big fat turd at 360 and i raced this thing at 200 pounds too and it took everything and anything i could possibly throw at it. Even the unexpected drops where i would totally biff it. This thing loved to take a beating.

My only problem now that the seal is busted in the one leg..... do i send it in for repair, try to find another one, or switch to something a little lighter, maybe a Fox Float or something. I love the feeling of air forks.

If anyones got some advice they can throw my way, im all ears!!!

DTM

Similar Products Used:

Manitou 2 (POS with the old skool elastomers, HA)
Rock Shox Psylo Race (that gold thing, it was cool)
More recently, the 03 model Marz Z1 FR SL, which i think was a little lighter, but im kinda the type of person that loves the latest and greatest so i upgraded to the 04. The color scheme worked better with my bike too, HA!

[Mar 09, 2006]
Champ
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This fork is great for bigger riders. I have tried spring loaded forks and loaded the stiffest springs, changed the oil wt. and nothing compares to the tuneability of this fork. It handles some freakish downhills incredibly well after initial adjustments are dialed it this fork is to good to describe.

Weakness:

Lack of tuning information from Answer Products.

This fork is a must for the bigger guys tired of bottoming out with spring oil forks of similar travel lines. At 6'1" 230 and very athletically built, I wanted a fork that I could feel confident with - The freeride SL delivers.....

Similar Products Used:

Manitou Super Elite, Manitou Sherman, Manitou Magnum, Rock Shox Judy, Rock Shock Quad 21R

[Feb 21, 2004]
Richard Griffin
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

It's a Marzocchi, it look's tough, 130mm of true plush travel.

Weakness:

It takes a little while to set up the + and - air that you put in the fork, besides that I have had no problems...

I weight 225Lbs and after I read all the reviews on the 2003 Marzocchi Z1 FR SL, I felt assurance that this fork would be the right one for me.I have taken some serious drops and never even a sign of bottoming out.Lock it out at 30mm and go up any hill you want.What also is so awesome about this fork is that it is just as good for cross country riding because its very plush and sumple.U cant go wrong, especially since its weighing in at little under 4.5 Lbs a little more or less depending how much of the fork tube you cut off. Go buy one you will not be upset.Let out all of air in the fork, then collapse the fork all the way down put 47Lbs + on both sides and 145 Lbs - on the other side while your doing that you will see the fork start to rise up again. Again I weight 225Lbs and this method seemed to work very well for me. Good luck and have a great time with your Marzocchi, I know I am......

[Dec 17, 2003]
Santa Cruz

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff, Adjustable, Plush.....just does what you would expect it too.

Weakness:

the middle adjustments of the "ECC-5" seem a little vague. I don't know what they are for just yet. the lock down(pos. #1) is nice. It locks the travel down to a stiff 50-60mm(est.) and position 5 is full active with little dampening, position 4 is the recommended all-round setting promising a little more dampening and seems correct. With more time I may understand #2 & #3 but so far I can't understand what they are for. It would be nice if they had different levels of lockdown instead of just one.

Like all M's this one needs a little break in time to lose some of that initial stiction. It's also hard to find that ideal air pressure during the break in period.

I'll try to give an update once I get more saddle time but so far it has been everything I hoped it would be. Great Fork!

Similar Products Used:

the first z-2, '99 jr-t, '01 x-fly 100

[Mar 27, 2004]
Champ
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great Travel, love the 5 stage ecc, Great for a bigger rider, 245lbs, no problems at all....I love the pos/neg air, easy to set up after a few test rides....

Weakness:

none yet...(except the price =) Worth every penny....

After destroying the seals on my Headshock and constantly having to upgrade springs on the Manitou this Fork is the Real Deal, I definitely recommend this fork for aggressive riders and riders that are over 200lbs.....

Similar Products Used:

Manitou Super, with lock out. Manitou Magnum, Cannondale Headshock Ultra, Rock Shok Q21R (a long time ago =)

[Jul 01, 2005]
Rob
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Plush ride, and stiff stanchions. Endless travel With proper air pressure.
Very light for the amount of performance, and 130mm of travel (the spring version is about a lb heavier).

Weakness:

ECC5 is tempermental and does not always lock out, but no chilli loss is deserved.

This fork is amazing, I go about 230, and have 32 lbs in the positive, and 150lbs in the negative chambers, and I use all but about 3/8ths" of the endless travel on my normal ride. I have bottomed out on a couple of occasions, but never felt it. Find a pressure that works for you and ride ride ride.

Others complain about the pump adapter , but remember that it is necissary to fit the 2 valves on the left, and the ECC5 switch on the right.

Buy this fork if

Similar Products Used:

Nothing of this callibur (2 rock shock judy's 1999, and 2001).

[May 14, 2005]
20tooth
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Excellent travel, stiff, strong, etc.

Weakness:

Pretty heavy, no compression adjustment. Need the special pump adapter.

I found something out while adjusting my fork that I'm sure other people will enjoy knowing (it seems abvious when you read it):

When adjusting the air pressure with a fork pump and the special adapter, ensure that you cycle the fork a little (compress and release) while doing this adjustment.

I was initially trying to dial my fork in without cycling the fork while adjusting the pressure (the pressure in the fork can be as much as 50 psi lower than the reading!). I didn't get much of a change in the feel of the fork. Once I adjusted the pressure while cycling it, it was great.

I had a lot of top out since the fork was new, and the following pressure settings have eliminated it. I'm about 200 pounds and run about 27 psi for each positive chamber (left and right leg, dont forget about the right leg). Its low pressure but I like it plush and I'm not bottoming out. I'm running about 150 psi in the negative chamber, which is a little high but works very nicely and gets rid of the harsh top-out.

These new setting have changed this fork into an absolute machine on the trail. I would say the travel is better than the oil bath manitou I had before this, which was also excellent.

This problem may relate to the Fox pump I was using, but either way its still a good practice to do it the way I described.

Marzocchi forks have been very dependable for my over the last 7+ years. They're a little heavier but worth it, especially if you're into long rough epic rides as I am.

Now go adjust yours and go riding!

Similar Products Used:

2004 Mantiou Black platinum, 1997 Z2 bomber...

[Apr 11, 2005]
peter Disbury
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff, highly adjustable with the positive/negative air chambers and ECC cartridge. Ultra smoooooooooooooth!!

Weakness:

Not enough of them out in the world to admire!

Superb fork with fantabulous amazing feel on the trail and compared to the Fox Talus RLC well..................what comparison (Marzocchi rules!!) The Fox, although considered a free ride hard trail fork is fine for the light weight weenies who complain about a miligram here and there. I need a reliable solid fork under my large frame that supports my 235 6ft 6in body. The Fox Vanilla is a good fork if you weigh around 120 lbs and stand around 5ft 3 but otherwise the fork is very disappointing for us clydesdale riders. Marzocchi is my number 1 choice and although the other competitors make good products well..................................yeah you know my answer.

Similar Products Used:

MX Pro 120mm w/ETA good fork too, MX Comp 105mm w/ETA

[Feb 15, 2005]
aeneas
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

stiffness, travel, weight, size, ecc5, doppio air

Weakness:

its a marzocchi, this insults me to even assosiate this company with this word

great fork, i have yet to ride it, as my bike is in pieces right now, and will further review this in the spring, but from what i have seen and what i know about the fork, and marzocchi, its gonna be killer. great price for the value.

Similar Products Used:

rocky shox psylo xc, bomber z1 bam, bomber z2 superfly

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