Marzocchi Z2 fork unveiled

Budget priced suspension option with 100-150mm of travel

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Marzocchi Z2

The just launched Marzocchi Z2 has many of the same features as the Bomber Z1 but sells for $200 less.

Last May, Marzocchi made a comeback of sorts, launching a contemporary version of the famed Z1 Bomber fork. Indeed, as longtime mountain bikers will remember, it was at one time the fork to have. While other suspension makers were struggling to find the balance between performance and weight, the then-Italian company went all in on making a fork that featured oil, coils, and massive stanchions.

Marzocchi Z2

The quick release thru-axle is from Fox.

And it actually worked — extra weight be damned. This earned Marzocchi revered status among the emerging “freerider” crowd who didn’t give a bleep about how much the fork weighed as long as it didn’t buckle under the force of big B.C. hits. But…then the rest of the world caught up and Marzocchi slid out of favor, with the likes of RockShox and Fox all but drumming them out of business. So much so that in 2015, Fox actually bought what was left of Marzocchi.

Read the Mtbr review of the Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork.

Marzocchi Z2

The LSC adjustment dial is straight forward and lacks detents.

The latest Marzocchi Bomber Z1 wasn’t positioned as the end all fork to have. Instead it was a great choice for trail/enduro riders on a budget. Indeed, that fork sells for $699, while the entry point for the pricier Fox 36 is about $200 more. And now there’s an even more affordable option, the just launched Marzocchi Z2, which sells for $500.

Marzocchi Z2

The Marzocchi Z2 will definitely appeal to the set-and-forget rider.

Key features include enhanced lower leg stiffness with “M” arch design for maximum tire clearance (27.5×2.8 or 29×2.6), 37, 44, 51mm fork rake options, a new 15QRx110mm axle design, 34mm stanchions, and 100, 120, 130, 140, 150mm travel options. It also has external adjustments for rebound and low-speed compression, and something called the Rail damper (no Fox GRIP here like the Z1). And of course it comes in the famed Marzocchi gloss red or matte black if you prefer something a little more understated.

To learn more about the Marzocchi Z2 head over to

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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