Remember when suspension forks were simple? And comparatively (by today’s standards) affordable for something decently rideable? There was a time when Marzocchi led riders’ wishlists, and now they’re back to reestablish themselves as the attainable aspiration for shredders on a budget.

2019-20 Marzocchi Bomber Z2 mountain bike suspension fork tech details

The new Z2 is aimed at the XC to Trail crowd with travel options of 100, 120, 130, 140 and 150mm. It gets a Fox 15×110 QR thru axle design, and the updated M-shaped arch is wide open to fit 27.5×2.8 or 29×2.6 tires. They say that design makes the lowers stiffer, too. Choose from 37, 44, 51mm fork rake options, and Gloss Red or Matte Black paint options.

2019-20 Marzocchi Bomber Z2 mountain bike suspension fork tech details 2019-20 Marzocchi Bomber Z2 mountain bike suspension fork tech details

Handling the bounce is a new damper called Rail, which we’re waiting on information about. But, guessing from the Z1’s GRIP damper borrowed from parent company Fox, we’re guessing this fork’s $200 lower price point means it’s a simplified version offering a simple two-position compression/lockout adjustment and basic low-speed rebound control on the bottom. More as we get it. Retail will be $499 when it starts shipping.

Marzocchi.com

4 COMMENTS

  1. I was talking with a friend yesterday about about the complexity of mountain bike forks verses the (relative) simplicity of motorcycle forks. What gives?

    I know the drive action that propels the bike forward (our pedaling) is not as linear, and motorcycle forks have less concern over the lightest, thinest materials, but moto fork overhauls are pretty standard fair that home mechanics carry out regularly. And folks regularly restore 30 and 40 year old moto forks, while wanting to keep that straight steer-tubed, 26 inch classic mtn. bike rolling is nearly impossible because of the fork.

    I have nothing against progression and newer fork tech. I just wish that if mtn bike forks are to be consumables, then I wish one or two manufactures would keep a few solid old models in production.

    Whatever though, pretty much the only time I need suspension these days, I’m on a Suzuki DRZ.

  2. Teal – form factor is the main difference. Demands of a bicycle suspension component are quite great for the area in which they have to operate. Also due to a MUCH larger market, there is more aftermarket support in the way of parts for motorcycle suspension compared to MTB suspension.

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