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.
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.
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.
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 shop.marzocchi.com.