Marzocchi 55 ATA2 2008 Forks

DESCRIPTION

  • 120 to 160mm Adj. Travel
  • TST 2
  • ATA 2
  • Air Spring
  • Alloy Steer Tube
  • 35mm Aluminum Stanchions
  • 6" Post Mount or Max Disc 8"
  • New QR Axle

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 09, 2011]
diamondgeeza
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Feels quite nice when it works,

Weakness:

Reliability. Oh my god its awful. I just sent it in the third time, but to be honest, in between repairs it has never given anywhere near full travel. It has collapsed on me twice, once in a nasty way on a trail. I don't ride so hard so this is really a joke. It weighs a tonne for an air with such crap reliability. The travel adjust is infamously bad compared to lyric or talas, it hurts your fingers so you end up trying to avoid using it. Not to mention it is horrible at 120mm. Skip this lemon.

Travel adjust forks are always a compromise, but the 55 ATA2 is heavy and total crap. A COIL Lyrik weighs the same and is vastly superior and famously reliable. The Lyrik absolutely batters it on linearity, ok I am being a knob comparing a coil to air but the coil weighs the SAME! The floodgate on the lyrik beats the dodgy lockout on the 55 ATA2 also, I can stand and pump the bars and feel like I am on my commuter. Can't speak for TALAS but check it out, the new ones are light as hell but you still hear about issues.

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lyrik u turn coil

[Nov 07, 2010]
jakem2010
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

these forks are good when they work which often doesnt happen

Weakness:

they break i had to pay 140 quid for new internals and i had to send them back 4 weeks later because the lockout broke

these forks are nice and smooth when they work but they break all the time and if you buy second hand your doomed end of story

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[Jun 20, 2010]
willer
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

ETA Rules. Air adjust good for fine tuning, Looks nice!

Weakness:

Lots of sticktion, No adtional spring choice, poor build quality, TST cartridge breaks easily, Micro TST worthless. Axel lock wears fast. very poor small bump sensitivity

Stay away. i had it for 1 year and i had to send it back twice for repair.

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[Dec 18, 2009]
ErikHo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Durable, pretty light, very easy to service, simple damper that works pretty good, good jumper nice and progressive..

Weakness:

The lockoutfeture didnt work due to wrong oillevel from factory, how needs it anyway!

I guess the zoke people arent up to the biz any more due to lack of a working aftermarket, shame.. This fork is pretty nice though cause you can add shims on it, to adapt it to your own ridingstyle, neat....

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Fox 36 van R(08), RS lyrik solo air (09).

[May 10, 2009]
TamKid
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Marketing value: It looks like you get alot for your $

Weakness:

Reliability. You'll never get full travel AND the ATA feature will eventually break, like in a week or so. Junk.

something has happened to Marzocchi since I owned one in the early 90s. That one was a tank but it worked. Realize that Lopes rides different internals on all of his forks. The stock ones are just a ripoff.

Similar Products Used:

Fox Talas - go buy one. Its worth the extra $, as you don;t have to pay 50$ to warranty it( as marz. requires) and you don't have to live without your bike for months!!

[Mar 22, 2009]
The Skreth
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Pretty stiff, light weight, easy-to-put on/off axle with no tool required, easy set-up

Weakness:

Very, very poor reliability and quality of cartridge.

I've been using this fork for a very short time. It was not super sensitive, but I do not demand it from all-mountain bike fork anyways. The look-out for uphilling was handy. So the fork done its job quite well, but it has zero bottom-out resistance. It got slight bottom-out during the last ride and the rebound cartridge blew out. Now I reclaim it and it become my sistr's new fork.

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[Mar 15, 2009]
Vanez
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

very plush and reliable, feels great.

Weakness:

I cant say how durable it is.. well see

Good for xc, slopestyle, freeride

[Nov 19, 2008]
higgo
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Great fork when they work

Weakness:

Unreliable.

Whan they work these are a great fork. It's well suited to the bike and handles everything I throw at it, normally somewhere around 120-140mm but let out to 160mm for silliness.

But... it just too unreliable. First off I never really got full travel out of it, missing the top inch or so. This got worse until (in the Alps) I was missing the top 3" or so of travel. Even with no air in the fork they'd just come to a dead stop with about 3" of stanchion showing. At about the same time the travel started winding itself down as I was riding along. They went back and had all the internals swapped.

All was fine for a couple of months but now they've just sort of dropped so the travel now adjusts between ~45mm-85mm! They're going back to the shop again tomorrow.

Difficult to know how to rate them. If they were relaible it would be 5/5 but I just can't recommend them. In the UK at least there's good warranty support from the distributor but you'd be mad to buy these second-hand.

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[Oct 14, 2008]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Good for a ride or two if lucky!!!

Weakness:

Very poor reliability, I'm on my third pair and ATA replaced twice.

Great bike rubbish forks, 55's lead to massive disappointment. Buy and repent, I would not even consider buying another bike with Marzocchi forks. Short of recalling all 55 ATA2's how will they regain credibility. Four failures in 6-7 months. Expect ATA cartridge failure before forks are worn in, every time. ATA adjust also winds down while riding trails, loosing travel when needed most. It seems like 1 in 100 people get a fork that works!!! I hope my latest pair is one of these (blind hope).
I would not recomend 55's to anyone and would advise people not to buy a bike fitted with 55's

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[Sep 28, 2008]
Driverfound337
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Quick lockout and asa

Weakness:

Failing after 16 days of use......

Never felt like it was a smooth fluent shock but loved the travel. I have had trailriders share their frustration with it failing on them.

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Marzocchi Fond Race 1 Lock-Up 120mm

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