Almost certainly the best performing fork under £200.
- 105mm travel.
- Damping: SSV one side, long negative coil spring, the other.
- Adjustability: External preload & internal rebound.
- Spring: Air.
- New for 2006 Superlight Marathon Crown.
- Monolite Magnesium 1-piece arch and lower legs.
- 30mm alloy stanchions guarantee excellent tracking.
- Steel 1 1/8" steerer.
- Dropouts: standard.
- International standard disc mount.
- Colour: Black.
- Approximate Weight: 1,614g.
- SSV means Speed Sensitive Valve. Oil flows through the valves at a slow rate over small bumps, and at a progressively faster rate over bigger bumps. This makes the fork active over the smallest bump, and ramps up the damping for bigger bumps.
- Bigger seals and bushings prevents ingress of nasties. In fact Bombers are so well sealed, they don't always feel as smooth as their competitor's when they're brand new. After a few weeks however, the Marzocchi Bomber reveals itself as buttery smooth, and it remains so ride after ride.
- Open Bath System - oil is used as a lubricant, damping fluid and coolant in both legs to reduce friction and ensure long term performance and durability. Drawing on Marzocchi's experience of manufacturing hydraulic motorcycle forks since 1949, every Marzocchi Bomber fork is oil damped, oil lubricated and oil cooled. Oil completely coats the surface between stanchion tube and bushing to provide a slick surface for the 2 parts to glide between. Match this slippery action with Marzocchi's compression damping control and you get a fork that is supple over ripple bumps and resistant to bottoming.
'Marzocchi's entry level MXC forks have been favourites for years thanks to a sublimely plush stroke in either coil or oil flavours and an unparalleled reputation for reliability. This year they get 105mm travel, a stiffer architecture and lighter weight for spot-on rebound damping, which makes it hard to think why you'd spend more.'
WhatMountainBike magazine's 'Best Budget Upgrade Components' feature: September 2003.
'Flowing free range damping oil, lubricating right up to the reliable filth-tight garter seals. Verdict: Simple, fluid and totally dependable fork at a great price. 10/10.
WhatMountainBike: May 2004.