Mountain Biking - I love my Marz.
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08-31-06, 09:52 PM
I have an All Mountain that saves my life a few times every ride. Oh gonna hit that and go over the.....oh wait, I rolled it.
08-31-06, 10:16 PM
Glad to hear you like your new product.
Glad you like yours better than I have liked the two I have owned. From those two experiences I'll never own another one. A lot of people like them though, guess I just had bad luck. I did hear that they corrected a lot of the problems they were having with the 2005's though (particularly the marathon sl).
09-01-06, 07:19 AM
From those two experiences I'll never own another one.
What exactly did you have for problems? I've been beating the p!ss out of mine since I got the bike with no problems. The seals broke in nicely, it's very plush now. Thinking about replaceing it with a 66 when the 06's go closeout.
The first one I had about three years ago, can't remember the model, it just never felt good. I have written about my experience with the 2005 Marathon SL a few times. To me there is no excuse for a $625 fork to be bad out of the box, however it does happen. It shouldn't happen to so many of them though. Anyway, when I called Marzocchi the day that I received my fork and told them about all of the flex and about how it made a clunking noise they acted like they had never heard of it before, even though I knew three other people that had purchased the fork and had the same problem. Anyway, they told me that I could send it in for warranty and I would get it back in around four weeks or so.
To me this was completely unacceptable. Receiving that "nice" of a fork and then having to wait that long for warranty before ever even getting to really use it! To me it should have been replaced once they received it back. That's not how they work though. They did finally admit that it was a problem with the TST, also ended up admitting it was pretty common.
I ended up using the fork for about a month, listening to it clunk every time it compressed and watching it flex more than my SID. Once I had a few extra bucks I went ahead and ordered a Fox F100x, it is twice the fork the Marathon is. I then sent the fork in for warranty, waited about three weeks, got it back and put it on ebay.
For what it's worth one of my friend's / guy I race with had the 2005 Marathon SL as well. I asked him if he had any problems with it last year, said nothing major after he received it back from Marzocchi getting the same problems fixed that I had. When I talked to him a couple of months ago he told me he had ordered a new fox. Said since he told me how nice of a fork the marzocchi was he had had nothing but problems with it. Said it was a total POS.
Oh, one other thing. Ya gotta love it when the nice decals come off of the fork when you remove the backing but it takes an act of congress to get the warning stickers off.
*note - I know people that had the 2003 Marathon SL's and the 2004 Marathon SL's. Those were great forks. I loved how the lockout worked on them. They should have left them alone instead of "improving" them.
09-01-06, 07:43 AM
Hmmmm, this is exactly why Push industries says EVERY fork needs to be rebuilt when it's brand new. Oil levels that are off, and metal shavings and such from the manufacturing process. I have a Fox Talas that I just rebuilt yesterday that would never get full travel. Well, new seals and new oil and the thing is bouncing off the crown without a problem, and buttery smooth. I'm gonna pull the Marz apart today just for ha-ha's, even tho it seems to be fine.
So far I've been pretty lucky with my Fox, and even my SID for that matter. Had them both for over a year and haven't had to even think about maintenance. However, I don't ride them as much as a lot of people since I do most of my training on the road.
09-01-06, 08:20 AM
So far I've been pretty lucky with my Fox, and even my SID for that matter.
that's just it, you've been "lucky".:p
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