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Old 04-30-07, 12:22 PM
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Does the Marzocchi MX Pro with ETA Feel Different than the non-ETA Version?

Does the Marzocchi MX Pro with ETA Feel Different than the non-ETA Version? I am wondering because the ETA version has a spring in one side while the non has just air in both sides.

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Old 04-30-07, 07:45 PM
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I ride a marzocchi marathon xc, which is one of their hybrid coil/air forks similar to the MX Pro w/ ETA and it's very nice. In general, coil forks are more plush than air forks, however they usually weigh more than their air counterparts because of the spring.

ETA comes in handy on the steep ascents, all you do is flip a switch and then hammer your weight down on the fork. It will them compress and stay compressed except for 30mm or so of travel. This really helps keep the weight shifted towards the front so your front wheel won't lift.

Unless weight is your top priority with the fork, the coil/air version should be more plush for you and the ETA is a great feature to have.
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Old 04-30-07, 08:38 PM
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I can't speak for the mx forks, but I ride a different zoke with ETA. Love it. ETA is like having 2 forks, as you drop your front end down 4 inches on steep climbs, then have all five inches on the way back down with a flip of the switch.
If you do any amount of technical climbing, it's worth it, and much more useful than a simple lock out.
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Old 04-30-07, 09:22 PM
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I have ETA on a 2004 Marzocchi fork. I try to avoid climbing with my bike so it is not that big of a deal for me. The front end only drops about 20mm so there little noticeable difference.
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Originally Posted by Hal Fisher
Does the Marzocchi MX Pro with ETA Feel Different than the non-ETA Version? I am wondering because the ETA version has a spring in one side while the non has just air in both sides.
Since I road ride with my MTB, the ETA really becomes useful. on the roads, it allows me to peddle more effecient and have a nice steeper head angle. Then when I'm on the trail, I get plush travel with a slacker head angle for more stability(which I DO notice).
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Old 04-30-07, 10:47 PM
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I have ETA on two of my bikes and never use it. Although it makes sense to lower the front end for climbing, the attendant steepening of the seat tube angle makes the bike feel awkward and inefficient. YMMV.
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Old 05-01-07, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin
I don't reduce my fork's travel for technical climbing.
To each their own. I'm not really flying up the climbs anyway, so on grindy rocky climbs I like dropping the front end a few inches rather than having to lift the front end the same amount to get it up and over rocks and roots.

I like the feature quite a bit, and I'm usually in the "set it and forget it" camp when it comes to suspension. Maybe it comes down to the fact that it's a big ol' flipper/knob that only has on and off positions. I rode rockshox forks with Uturn prior to this, and I almost never touched the travel adjustment knobs because they were impractical on the trail.
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I use mine a lot on climbs. with my lack of fitness it makes the difference between making the climb or walking it on technical, steep climbs
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Originally Posted by Hal Fisher
Does the Marzocchi MX Pro with ETA Feel Different than the non-ETA Version?
Absolutely get the ETA version.

Good for climbs out of the saddle, flat smooth sections of trail, and sprints out of the saddle. Not good when you forget to turn it off when you get to the top of the hill and start hauling ass down the other side and wonder why the trail feels so rough
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin
I don't reduce my fork's travel for technical climbing.
Thats awesome!
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