Marzocchi Z3 Flylight 100 00 Front Shock

DESCRIPTION

  • Travel 100mm/4”
  • New boltless Cryofit crown design
  • Top mounted low pressure air valves
  • Low-pressure extra-sensitive air system (15-45psi range)
  • New Adjustable SSV valving in each leg
  • New Machined Replaceable Brake Arch for added stiffness
  • Forged disk brake adapter (Intl. Stnd.)

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Feb 10, 2014]
    John
    All Mountain Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Solid fork good for throwing about and more relaxed rides.

    Weakness:

    None.

    Recently bought my neighbour's bike he built 14 years ago now and bought these forks brand new, they still work like they've just left the factory. The oil has been changed to a lighter oil to take the weight off the front end which seemed to make quite a difference. Not once have they bottomed out even when the pressure has been lowered for more off road riding which I found very impressive from the age of the forks. They run better than most forks other companies are throwing out nowadays and seem a lot more reliable too. I would highly recommend the forks for general mountain riders, not too extreme downhill riders and anyone who enjoys relaxing bike rides, they won't let you down.

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    [May 27, 2003]
    Patrick
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This shock kicks MAJOR ASS! This shock has given me tremendous gains in control and has allowed me to ride much faster than I probably should be. I absolutely love the four inches of travel, definitely the way to go.

    Weakness:

    The oil that comes in it from the factory is just a little bit to heavy and needed to be changed to a lighter oil. The seals can be problematic, if you have them changed every year to year and a half you will be fine. There is a little bit of stiction at the top of the shock, but you don't notice it when u are on the bike since your body weight pretty much compresses the shock past that point.

    So far this shock has done nothing but impressed me and I don't see any reasons why it wouldn't continue to do so into the future. If you are looking for a great fork buy this one!

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    [Jul 06, 2002]
    Tony Ratcliffe
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Pretty tough & work well.

    Weakness:

    A bit heavy & standard damping a bit slow. No damping adjuster provided.

    I put these forks on as a make do until I could afford the Fox Vanilla's. I expected them to be the weakest link on the bike but to be honest the Z3's work so well I'm not rushing to replace them. I changed the oil to lighter 5 wt synthetic and they seems to absorb everything I throw at them. It's odd even though i'm a bit on the heavy side and require more pressure or heavier springs, a lot of the forks I have had seem over damped and work much better on the quicker settings. The best value fork I have ever used.

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    R/S Judys, Marzocchi Z1, Manitou Extrovert E 110 mm.

    [Mar 05, 2002]
    playerX3
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very good design,great for DL

    Weakness:

    I have blown the seals after my third ride

    This fork is amazing.Weaknesses are the seals which I have blown after my third ride.

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    Marzocchi MXC,RS Indy

    [Feb 18, 2002]
    james peddle
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Easy to set up
    quite plush
    reasonably stiff
    looks good in blue

    Weakness:

    Stock rebound too slow, then to adjust it you have to take them apart
    air valves come loose
    Seals

    they were good until a shop snapped the valve off 1 leg, i carried on riding...big mistake as the next i went out they were way 2 soft and blew the seal in the other leg off a 12ft drop, but until then they were great even though the rebound was a bit slow. A good fork

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    Z1
    Psylos

    [Nov 30, 2001]
    Ben Anderson

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Push air fork, plusher coil over fork, The stiffest fork ive ever owned

    Weakness:

    NONE AT ALL

    If you thought it was plush as an air fork, you should feel it after a $30 spring kit. The stiffest fork ive ever owned. The bumps are gone the vibrations are gone and the "brake jacking" that is notorious with some forks is non-existant in this one

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    Rockshox jett, judys, SID, Manitou X-Vert, SX-R, Magnum, Mars,and SX-100

    [Sep 19, 2000]
    Dave W
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Price
    Ease of tuning
    Plush ... really, really plush (once broken-in)
    Doesn't leak air at all
    Came with a free Monkey Lite
    Full oil bath (unlike those overpriced X-Flys that are being redesigned now)

    Weakness:

    In a perfect world this fork would weigh 3 pounds (who am I kidding?); mine weighed 4.24 uncut and overfilled (see below)
    Takes weeks and weeks to break-in
    Setup from factory

    Great fork!
    Tons of travel, full oil bath, even with way too much air and no break-in, it still felt better than anything I'd used previously. Once the fork was broken in, it became incredibly plush. The fork may be a lot heavier than an Englund/Judy, but the improvement in comfort and control is worth it.

    Also, with the Englunds, I had to carry a pump constantly with me and check the inflation before every ride. The Z3 can be ridden for months without touching it, once everything is dialed in to the way you like. The high volume, low pressure design works so well that when I was still dialing it in, I could just bleed air out of the schrader valves with my fingernails. Try that with Englunds and all your air is gone in a milisecond.

    I weigh about 150 and switched the oil to 5wt right out of the box. When I went to refill the fork with air, one of the schrader valves unscrewed itself when I took the pump off. Note: Buy a deep 8mm socket before you take a pump to your fork the first time. Since I torqued the valves down right, they haven't come loose. Also, the only two Marzocchis I've worked on (mine and my friend's Z4 Flylight) were both overfilled with oil from the factory, so watch for this.

    Anyway, I'd buy this fork again in a heartbeat.

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    [Sep 19, 2000]
    b k
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Stiff like a rigid fork

    Weakness:

    overdamped like a rigid fork

    This fork is overdamped for the trails I ride (lots of roots and logs.) After 15 minutes, my hands are numbed and my wrists hurt like hell (did not have this problem with Manitou SX.) I weigh 230lbs and had the fork setup with 20 PSI in each legs, any lower and the fork will sag 2 inches or more.

    I read a lot of reviews (not these ones, the ones on the techtalk-shocks) and other people have the same problem with the new Marzocchi’s. Their remedy range from changing to lighter oil, drilling out the damper cartridge, and adjusting the oil height. If you are one of those guys who jump off roof top or ride around the block to your local 7 eleven for a candy bar or soda, they are great, but for a small fortune, the fork should be nice and plush right out of the box. I sent an email to Marzocchi’s techno-geeks and it’s day 5 and no response.

    I will change the oil and adjust the oil height and if I can’t get any plushness out of this thing, I am going back to my old fork.

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    [Sep 21, 2000]
    Stu Scott
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Control, strength, looks, quality, history

    Weakness:

    price

    This shock is great for us heavy guys that love to give a bike hell. No jump to great no bump to rough. A great value! at a decent price!

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    [Sep 18, 2000]
    ADAM
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    light for four inches
    stiff as hell
    PLush for an airfork. plusher than all Cockshox and manipu
    adjustability

    Weakness:

    (like tony below) over tightened my top caps, so the soft aluminum shrader valves stripped and leaked and got replaced

    I got it expensive, but with 110 dollar pimpass headset, it is so plush, its not even funny. By playing around with the air pressure, and switching to lighter weight oil(faster pebound), I can change it so easily. Low pressure chamber allows me to run 23psi in left leg, 25-26 in tright one.
    very cool, very good DS/jump/urban/extreme XC fork
    10 chilis

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    Indys, Judys, xverts, Z1's, Z3.5(blows chunks)

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