Marzocchi 2008 Forks

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2008 Marzocchi Forks

Marzocchi 2008 Fork Lineup

This is the first of three articles on the 2008 Marzocchi suspension product lineup.

It goes over the highlights of Marzocchi’s 2008 fork introductions. I will cover a few products, some new features and changes, and then at the end of the article you’ll find links to specific fork images and specs. There’s always so much information and it’s hard to process and deliver it all. Hopefully, doing it in three articles and having separate pages for each fork will cover it all adequately. Some products are being left out and some will be glossed over. But I am doing my best to make sure I cover all of the stuff I know most mountain bikers are interested in.

New 2008 Marzocchi Fifty-Five / 55

The biggest fork announcement Marzocchi made for the 2008 lineup was actually made at Sea Otter. That is the new Fifty-Five (above), which showcases all of Marzocchi’s most high performance technology in a light freeride / trail fork. Apparently, the 55 replaces the whole AM line, since the AM forks are notably absent from the 2008 lineup. And that’s even with the enthusiastic thumbs-up I gave the AM 1 ATA last year. I guess I’m not as influential as I thought. But the Fifty-Five is a more than worthy replacement. It’s stiffer, lighter, has better damping, and was described as a lighter version of the 66. In fact, it’s actually better than last year’s 66, with a stiffer casting, better adjustability, and lots more.

2008 Marzocchi XC 700 ATA

The other big product news is the all-new XC Series lineup, with four new forks, and 140mm of travel. That may seem like a lot of travel for a XC fork, but Marzocchi believes there’s a trend in that direction – even for pure cross-country riders and racers. And even though it might appear that the XC Series is more of a value proposition, the top-of-the-line XC 700 ATA says otherwise. It’s got all of Marzocchi’s best technology, with ATA travel adjustment from 100-140mm, 32mm nickel-coated stanchions, sophisticated damping adjustment, and three air chambers for maximum tuneability. It’s telling that in the photo above, the XC 700 ATA fork is mounted on a Santa Cruz Heckler. It’s not a downhill bike, but it’s not a feather-weight cross-country race bike, either.

The most important new features on the 2008 forks are the new casting, with stiffer arch, and a brand new 20mm quick release axel. We were assured that this year’s new 20mm axel won’t mysteriously disappear like last years. I didn’t really play with it, but it looks good and evidently operates something like a torque wrench and allows you to place the QR lever anywhere you want it. The new casting is on most of the 2008 forks, including the XC Series, the Fifty-Five, the Sixty-Six, and the Triple Eight Series forks. It retains a bit of the “M-Arch” style, but it’s not as sculpted. On the other hand, looking at the way the new arch is engineered, there’s no doubt that it’s stiffer and they claim it’s lighter.

New Marzocchi Fork Arch

2008 Marzocchi 20mm QR Axle

I won’t pass judgment or give my opinions on the new forks in this article. I’ll do that in my final story. For more information, Marzocchi’s product photos, and specs for selected forks, click on the photos below. They’ll take you to new pages with larger photos and more specific details. If you have questions, ask them at the bottom of this page and I’ll do my best to answer them.

2008 Marzocchi 55 ATA 2008 Marzocchi 4X World Cup 2008 Marzocchi 700 ATA 2008 Marzocchi Marathon Corsa World Cup 2008 Marzocchi 66 ATA 2008 Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 2008 Marzocchi 888 ATA World Cup

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Coming soon: 2008 Marzocchi rear shocks…

About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a photographer, cyclist, skier and general outdoor lover. He’s happiest when he’s on his bike or skis, taking pictures in the backcountry. He’s been on the Mtbr team since 1999 running PhotographyREVIEW.com as well as contributing photos and articles on Mtbr. John has been taking pictures since college and believes everyone can be a good photographer if they just learn a few simple rules. He loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.


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  • stu smith says:

    Hey guys Iam looking for a fork for my 03 Jamis 3.0 xlt Large size frame.I am 6’1″ @ 210 and ride mostly trail and down hill.What fork do you recomend.
    thanks stu.

  • graydon abbott says:

    hey dudes, i just bought some 07 am3′s and fel sick when i noticed the 55′s coz i really have to get some…would you please tell me when they are released and how much they will be.
    cheers graydon.

  • Michael says:

    29er fork??

    Where are the goods?

  • Frank says:

    Thanks for great info and review. I was about to get an Am SL 1. I will wait for the 55 for my Ibis Mojo.

    Mucho Gracias

  • Pony says:

    I am diein’ to see the 2008 Marzocchi rear shocks…when can we see those?

    Thanks

  • Jack says:

    which should i get dj3 or dj2 coz some people say one better and visa versa so ii just need some good advice thanks :)

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