Is the new 2019 Marzocchi Bomber Z1 just a Fox fork?
Under new ownership by Fox, Marzocchi has been on a comeback lately, using the suspension giants to glide back into the public eye. The release of their 2019 Bomber Z1 fork uses trickle down Fox tech alongside the release of a Marzocchi Transfer dropper post (sound familiar?) and a set of Bomber 58 downhill forks.
After announcing that they will be parting ways with long-term distributor we took a trip down memory lane and took a look at the iconic brands best forks of all time. We are excited to see the suspension brand back on the front line of fork production, so without further ado, here's what's new....
Firstly Marzocchi say that the line up will be aimed at riders who are more 'price concious'. The new forks contain Fox tech, in the form of an EVOL air spring and a FIT GRIP damper, tying in nicely with the release of the new GRIP2 damper that has just been released yesterday by Fox for their 36's. Essentially it looks like Marzocchi will have access and will use older tech that Fox have produced updated versions of.
The Bomber Z1 is a 36mm crown fork, there will be both 29er /27.5+ with travel ranging from 130mm to 170mm and 27.5" versions where the travel available will be 150mm to 180mm. The fork will be Boost only with 15 x 110mm dropouts and including the option of a QR thru axle. Travel can be altered in 10mm increments by swapping the air shaft and you'll be able to add clip-in volume reducers as you can in other forks.
Marzocchi says "Marzocchi’s original Bomber fork was founded on the idea of providing moto-inspired suspension performance and ride quality to mountain bikers. The original fork was super plush, super durable and eschewed the ‘weight wars’ of the time.
The new Marzocchi remains true to these guiding principles. We’re not all racers and Marzocchi built these robust suspension forks for trail rides, shuttle runs, bike park laps and those gravity competitors who need performance to break through, but can’t afford to break the bank in their quest for glory.
Simply put, Marzocchi recognizes that we all need our suspension to work great lap-after-lap, day-in-day out and that many riders are willing to give up some external adjustability and accept some added weight in favour of better suspension performance, price and durability."
You'll be able to buy the forks in red or black and word on the street is that they will weigh a bit more than a set of Fox 36's at 2.3kg or thereabouts. Finally, they will cost you £799 and you can buy from Silverfish here in the UK.
Marzocchi Transfer dropper post
Looking and sounding just like a Fox Transfer post, the Marzocchi version really doesn't change much. It gets black finishing and three travel options – 100mm, 125mm, and 150mm and will be offered in 30.9 or 31.6mm.
We don't have UK pricing for this one, it's listed at $294 US dollars so we reckon this will be around the £300 mark if it's sold in the UK, so very near to the £319 cost of a Fox Transfer Performance post (the black one).
Bomber 58 downhill forks
The Marzocchi version of the Fox 40, the Bomber 58's are offered in a 40mm chassis for 27.5″ wheels with a 20 x 110mm axle. The lowers are Marzocchi specific but the forks get a FIT GRIP damper and an EVOL air spring. Again available in red or black, it appears red is the new black where forks are concerned, they will cost $999 USD - we'll get UK pricing for you as soon as we know it.
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