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First Ride review of Marzocchi 600 XC TST2 120mm

Old 03-12-09, 10:19 AM
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First Ride review of Marzocchi 600 XC TST2 120mm

I picked up this fork on jensonusa.com and when they shipped it to me the seal on the left stanchion was leaking and the fork was not holding any pressure. I had to send it back to Marzocchi directly as Jenson was giving me a bunch of crap about how they can't replace it once the steerer tube has been cut and they will just be sending it to Marzocchi anyway...after 50$ in shipping and getting the fork back from Marzocchi it is holding pressure no leaks, looks good.

A little background on me, mostly a weekend warrior with some XTERRA experience and some shorttrack racing in the CU short track series.

We went up to Heil ranch last night after work and got a great ride in. Heil is not a very technical trail but there is decent climbing and you can get up some speed on the down. With lots of smaller rocks and such a bumpy trail I figured it would be excellent to get a feel for the new fork. It climbed like a champ, lockout worked perfectly and effortlessly. The fork feels very plush it didnt bottom out or anywhere near but it felt soft in a good way. On the decents it sucked up all the little bumps with ease and My buddy on his first ride on an IronHorse MKIII FS couldnt keep up with me on the HT. He brought along the GPS and we covered 10mi in 1:40 with 1500ft of elevation gain, not bad kinda slow but it was a first ride of the season for him.

So far I am happy with the fork but need more rides for a full analysis, Boulder Canyon Link to Betasso tonight for further testing.
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Is it 20mm?

And Ive never used my lockout. I do a ton of climbing here and I dont feel and different with it locked out or not.
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Originally Posted by troie View Post
Is it 20mm?

And Ive never used my lockout. I do a ton of climbing here and I dont feel and different with it locked out or not.
You must be a "sit'n'spin" climber. I know that when I stand up and give it all I got on a climb...a lockout makes all the difference in the world.

OP: Why did it cost $50 in shipping? I sent my 55r (heavier and bigger) to Marzocchi and it cost me $12-$15 UPS.
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Thx for the review BTW. That particular 2008 Marz has gotten decent feedback from a few other sources. I was thinking about getting one for the crapper...but after my own '08 Marz experience...I was leaning back to the Tora. Probably still gonna go with the Tora b/c I KNOW it works first hand.

I really want a coil fork anyways.
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The 50$ in shipping was 25 to overnight from Jenson, it was such a good deal I wanted it for a ride the coming weekend, then another 25 to ship it 2-day to Marzocchi so they would ship 2-day back to me so I could have it in time for my XTERRA that was 3/9.

I'll send another update tomorrow if I get the chance after tonights ride but so far I am happy with the price and now I think my bike looks complete, I'll try to get pics of the final project up tomorrow too.
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
You must be a "sit'n'spin" climber. I know that when I stand up and give it all I got on a climb...a lockout makes all the difference in the world.

OP: Why did it cost $50 in shipping? I sent my 55r (heavier and bigger) to Marzocchi and it cost me $12-$15 UPS.
I wouldnt consider myself the sit'n'spin type, I just keep alot of pressure in the fork and it holds well when climbing even if I stand. Besides I only weigh 165.
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Update

Here are some pics with the new fork and pedals:







Went for a nice ride again last night on a slightly more technical trail and again it performed superbly. On the steep downs my buddy on the FS Ironhorse couldn't keep up at all(in the past we used to be about even not even close now).

Each ride makes me fell better and better about the hastle of getting a fork with a blown seal out of the box.


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