Marzocchi 55 R 2008 Forks

DESCRIPTION

  • 140mm Travel
  • Rebound
  • Air PL
  • One side Coil
  • Alloy Steer Tube
  • 35mm Aluminum Stanchions
  • 6" Post Mount
  • New QR Axle

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 12, 2015]
Mat
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Plush in first part of travel

Weakness:

Either plush till bottom or hard all the way. Bottoms down way to easily. Unreliable.

I bought it second hand. At first it was nice on soft bumps but for 4x/fr it bottomed up way too easliy. I pumped some air into (about two pumps!) and it stiffned like rock. Its useless.

Similar Products Used:

888rc, 66, DNM USD 120.

[Dec 25, 2010]
ripstyleben
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Hard as stone product, take a beating agaisnt any form of hit being a tree or a rock!

Weakness:

No compression after tweeking, rebound cartridge blows easy, 20mm through lost its tightning hitch, causes front end to jump out on corners.

If you are after a bomber fork you best stay away from these forks, they cause you alot of problems and arent worth the hassle! I recommend a older fork in the bomber series (Bomber 66 2007) or (drop off triple)

Similar Products Used:

888, Bomber 66

[Aug 01, 2010]
diablorider12
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

NONE!!!!! they came stock when i first bought my bike

Weakness:

the worst forks ever!!! in the year i had them they blew out 6 times. within in one run when i got them from the company back they would blow out and i would have to send them back to the company again nd paylike $400. and i only weigh 135 pounds. WASTE OF MONEY DO NOT CONCIDER BUYING THESE FORKS

DO NOT BUY THIS FORK UNLESS U WANT TO WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!! THEY MAKE THE WORST FORKS OUT THERE!

Similar Products Used:

888

[Oct 07, 2009]
Turtle01
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Laterally stiff, price, weight for this type of fork.

Weakness:

Nervous of potential damper failure.

This fork is a has some stiction that needs to be ridden more to smooth up. Don't set the rebound to high or it will amplify that issue.

Also, I've had very good customer service with Marzocchi and hope that if there is a problem they will take care of it. Their past forks have been very good for me. Tired of all the manufactures raising prices so high on forks when they are... well... forks. This fork was an excellent deal (on sale) given current pricing and what you get.

Similar Products Used:

Marzocchi '00 Z1cr, '05 66vf.

[Aug 08, 2009]
pauljolly65Q
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Price, beefy build, price, stiffness (thanks to 20mm thru).

Weakness:

Not advertised travel--far less.

For $230, there was nothing else available that I felt confident putting on my bike. Fork was more plush out of the box, but has gotten stiffer over many rides (I get out 3-4x/week for 2-3 hours each). It still takes the edge off the rocky trails quite well, but travel is nowhere near 140mm. I've taken out all the air (I'm only 140 lbs) and it still won't bottom. Online manuals don't help in this regard. Still, especially for the price, it works OK for me.

Similar Products Used:

Marzocchi Bomber Z3

[Aug 07, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Makes the trail seem slightly less bumpy.

Weakness:

Flexy, false travel claims, adjustability, small bump sensitivity and did I mention false travel claim? More like 130mm or 140mm NOT 160mm

Fine for easy cruising and little drops, takes the edge off the bumps. Does not get claimed travel. Spend a little more if you like to go fast or big. Probably fine for a beginner.

Similar Products Used:

Fox Talas 36

[Jul 18, 2009]
acostao
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

cheap. Looks burly.

Weakness:

This is the 08 55R...A big disappointment. I have been riding 15 years. I have a big bike with dual crown, and a smaller Heckler with this 55r on it. I pedal everywhere and ride down hard, including some jumps, drops, and gnar. It is NOT anywhere near a freeride fork, despite the weight. Lets see. It currently gets only 4 inches of travel (supposed to be 140 mm). It is pretty good on small and even medium hits. Unpredictable on big hits. Heavier riders have to use lots of preload (I weigh 200 lbs), which makes it feel less plush, sticky, and still blows through its whopping 4 inches instantly. My 05 Sherman firefly is still better than this fork, 4 years later. My friend had the 55 TST2, it went bad in a few months. Marzochhi kept it for 6 weeks, then returned it with the TST still not working properly.

The compression stroke is weird on bigger hits, inconsistent. Ramp faces are scary on this fork. I feel I can't trust it, even though I have been on this bike for 4 year and could always trust it before.

I used to love Zokes. But, the company can't even write a decent manual. their customer service sucks. The enitre 08 line should have been a recall. Too bad, because I love the zoke feel and damping. I have owned and ridden several fox forks, but don't like Fox damping, especially the cardboardy and overrated TALAS 36. The newer Rock shocks are nice, but also unreliable. I have ridden my friend's 2009 66 ATA, which is butter, but what the chambers do is a mystery, which has to be resolved by resorting to user group forum. C'mon, 1 less blond bimbo on the ads and pay some English speaking tech-nerd to tell us how to adjust and work on our forks.

This would be a decent trail fork and good value for someone who doesn't do drops, dirt jumps or enjoy gnar... if it were more reliable.

Similar Products Used:

too many, but mostly bigger bikes and forks lately.

[May 04, 2009]
rv55
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Not expensive, OK for the few days it worked.

Weakness:

After 1-2 rides had a kind of loosenes and a klonking noise. Sent it to Marzocchi, came back after 3 weeks, and after 4-5 rides the travel is only 75 mm. Marzocchi says it has a bad damper, will send a new one to the shop. Hopes are high...

Maybe other buyers are luckier.

Similar Products Used:

Manitou Sherman Breakout
Marzocchi Z150 FR

[Apr 10, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

-Stiff
-Soaks up big stuff pretty well, still tuning for small bumps
-Cheap for a decent fork
-Can switch between 160mm and 140mm if your mechanically inclined
-Effective and simple damper

Weakness:

-Heavy
-Lowers seem to scratch pretty easily (set the bike down on its side, picked it up and it was all scuffed up)

I've ridden this fork pretty hard for about 2 weeks, including many jumps off of a 4 foot step down I built and it hasn't so much as hiccuped. The Ario on the rear is already starting to make some noise though..

Similar Products Used:

Dirt jumper, Low-end RS stuff

[Feb 27, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very very reliable . Easy to maintain and adjust . Soaked bumps up like a sponge

Weakness:

Very heavy

These forks powered my ransom everywhere and have had no problems whatsoever with their simple but reliable adjustability thanks to the air dampening towards a coil as opposed to current fully air based 55 atas (which have broken even before they left the store)with their complicated tst2 system that now need a update cartridge after its 2nd failure .
The bomber R is the simplest and easiest fork to use and I should not have decided to replace it with an air based POS

Similar Products Used:

Rockshox Pike , Tora and currently Marzocchi 55 ata 09

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