First Ride: Marzocchi’s All-New Bomber Z1 Fork
The iconic fork returns
An icon returns. In 1997, the Marzocchi Bomber Z1 bursts onto the scene and bucked all contemporary trends. The flavors of that decade included rubber springs and feathery weights. The Z1 brought oil, coils and massive stanchions—it unapologetically prioritized grip and ride quality over just about everything else. The return of Z1 brings back these same priorities in a robust 6000-series alloy 36mm chassis with a super plush air spring and proven GRIP damper.
- 36mm single crown chassis with new Marzocchi Bomber Z1 lower legs
- 15QRx110 mm Boost with the option of a quick release or a tooled axle
- 1.5-inch tapered steerer tube
- FIT GRIP Sweep damper with adjustable compression and rebound damping
- EVOL air spring with adjustable volume
- Color Options: Gloss Red or Matte Black graphics
- Travel options:(29/27.5+” – 130-170mm in 10mm increments) (27.5” – 150-180mm in 10mm increments)
- Price: $699USD
The new Marzocchi Bomber Z1 remains true to these guiding principles:
“We’re not all racers. Marzocchi builds robust suspension and products for trail rides, shuttle runs, bike park laps, racers balling on a budget and because ‘we’ all need our suspension fork to work great lap-after-lap, day-in, day-out.” -Marzocchi
- Marzocchi will re-enter the bicycle suspension category with high-performance, high-value products at economical prices.
- FOX remains the pinnacle product for those looking for the most advanced suspension technologies and at-any-cost feature implementation.
- Marzocchi benefits from the sharing of proven technology and high-quality FOX manufacturing capabilities.First Ride: The Marzocchi Bomber Z1 builds off technology developed by Fox Shox. The all-new Bomber features the same Grip damper and EVOL air spring seen in Fox’s Performance series forks. Rider’s who remember the Bomber will quickly notice the all-new version has little in common with its predecessor other than its name. Instead, the new Bomber Z1 closely resembles the look and feel of a modern Fox fork. Out on the trails, the new Bomber performs well, handling small bumps and big hits with ease, however, the fork lacks low-speed compression adjustments. The new Bomber Z1 is not made to wow riders with top-notch performance, instead, it’s designed to offer riders on a budget a well-designed fork with an economical price. We plan to spend a lot more time shredding Marzocchi’s new fork and will be sharing our final thoughts in an upcoming issue of Mountain Bike Action. Stay tuned.