Some of the biggest news from Eurobike 2016 was that Marzocchi was making their comeback. Under new ownership from Fox, Marzocchi was reorganizing and planned to use Fox’s manufacturing abilities and some technologies to bring the brand back into the spotlight. Fast forward just over a year, and it looks like it’s time for the rebirth of the Bomber.

Initially, Marzhocchi will have two new fork options – the Bomber Z1, and the Bomber 58. Keeping in line with the original goals of performance and durability first, and weight second, new Marzocchi forks will be aimed at providing high performance forks but at more attainable prices. While Marzocchi forks will use a number of Fox technologies, there will still be differences between the two families. They also point out that the most advanced suspension products will remain in the Fox catalog, while Marzocchi products will be aimed at riders who are more price conscious.

Marzocchi returns with Bomber Z1, Bomber 58 suspension forks featuring Fox tech

Starting with the Bomber Z1, the legendary name is back as a 36mm single crown fork in 29/27.5+ or 27″ chassis options. Using 6000 series aluminum chassis, the fork will include the Fox FIT GRIP Sweep damper with adjustable compression and rebound. The other side of the fork will feature the Fox EVOL air spring which features adjustable air volume using Fox spacers. Sold in Boost 15 x 110mm dropouts, the forks will include the option of QR thru axles or tooled thru axles.

Marzocchi returns with Bomber Z1, Bomber 58 suspension forks featuring Fox tech

Available in gloss red or matte black, the forks will be sold for $699. Travel options are listed as 130-170mm in 10mm increments for the 29/27.5+ fork, or 150-180mm in 10mm increments for the 27.5″ fork.

Marzocchi returns with Bomber Z1, Bomber 58 suspension forks featuring Fox tech

On the DH side, the Bomber 58 brings the Marzocchi touch to the Fox 40. Offered only in a 40mm chassis for 27.5″ wheels, the fork runs a standard 20 x 110mm axle. Built with a “Mazocchi specific” lower casting, the includes a FIT GRIP damper with adjustable rebound and compression, and an EVOL air spring with adjustable volume spacers and adjustable negative air spring.

Marzocchi returns with Bomber Z1, Bomber 58 suspension forks featuring Fox tech

Again available in gloss red or matte black, the Bomber 58 will be sold as a 203mm DH fork for $999.

Marzocchi returns with Bomber Z1, Bomber 58 suspension forks featuring Fox tech

The only product that doesn’t really change much from its Fox sibling is the Marzocchi Transfer dropper seat post. From the listed specs, it looks just like the Fox Transfer Performance post with black ano finishing on the upper tube, and three travel options – 100mm, 125mm, and 150mm. Each version features infinitely adjustable travel within the range, the choice of internal or external cable routing, and two remote options (1x or 2x/3x). Offered in 30.9 or 31.6mm, the posts will sell for $294.

 

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. Marzocchi without coil, crazy smooth open damper and ETA travel adjust is not Marzocchi but a grotesque voodoo reanimated corpse of a legend.

    • Yeah, this, 100%. I can’t imagine all the tooling and design files for the Marz tech just magically disappeared when they went bankrupt. The only way I see the current version of Marz making sense is if Fox drops all Performance level forks above 140mm travel in the future and slots Marz in there for OEM sales.

      Also, I’m confused about cost consciousness here, as both open bath dampers and coil systems are fairly easy and cheap to manufacture. I get that Fox wants fewer skus in their small parts section, but this relaunch feels noncommittal.

      Perhaps the upside here is that a lot of these forks are going to be taken off bikes by people who want to upgrade, so Marz fans can get one cheap, grab a Push ACS3 kit and an Avalanche damper and be as close to the OG Marz as they can.

  2. Why would one opt for this as opposed to a Durolux RC2? Lighter overall, 7000 series stanchions, more adjustments (with detents), can have it’s travel set with spacers and won’t have the suck down issues the EVOL air springs are known to get from time to time, all at the same or less price wise.

    • Honestly? I think it’s back-end support and brand recognition. Suntour NA have been less than great at keeping spare parts in stock in my experience. Fox have gotten much better at keeping things in stock over the last decade. I think Suntour is doing their best with a relatively small US office, but they have a bit to go still.

      From a pure performance standpoint, I do think the Durolux may have the upper hand. But just like the higher-end BOS vs Fox debate, it doesn’t matter if you have the best fork on the market if your vendors and consumers can’t easily get parts.

  3. To me Marz is about the coil. Their air stuff blew (might be a pun there), always had. To relaunch with air… what’s the point? And sorry, I never have believed that air is better than coil. Never will be, never can be.

    • The reason these aren’t coil is Fox don’t want their budget forks competing with their high-$ offerings. The fact is a coil with workable but unsophisticated damper (like Grip) will outperform an air spring on a fancy damper for most people especially in these segments. Fox don’t want price-is-no-object guys buying the $600 fork.

      Darren at Push even said between their spring kits and damper tuning, if you can only afford one, get the spring. The stock dampers are actually pretty good if they’re controlling a coil.

  4. Don’t agree with Fox policy? Do what i do. Don’t buy Fox products and don’t want them installed even if they are on a new bike.
    They will learn the hard way.

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