Proving that 26 ain’t dead – or that it just keep on coming back, as shed finds are brought back to life – the Singletrack Forum was all of a flurry as a batch of brand new unused Marzocchi forks hit the Chain Reaction Cycles listings.
£349.99 gets you this orange retro wonder:
‘Boasting a hard-wearing alloy construction, 100mm travel and a retro look, the Marzocchi Bomber Z5 Fork is an ideal choice for finishing your vintage bike build or breathing new life back into your retro mountain bike’
£349.99 gets you this slightly more understaded black 80mm Z4:
Or, £179.99 gives you the choice of two colours which may only have coordinated with a bike back in 2000, plus the choice of a whopping 70mm or 80mm of travel:
We’re trying to find out quite why these have hit the shelves now, but there are a few theories kicking around. One is that in the great shipping container shortage of 2020, someone found a forgotten container lurking in the corner of a dockyard somewhere. Another is that the CRC/Wiggle reorganising has unearthed some lost stock. Perhaps these aren’t originals, but are actually new copies, whipped up to meet the great shed bike restoration demand?
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Whatever the truth (and we’ll let you know if we find out), they’re not likely to hang around long, so if you’ve got a bike that just needs these forks to bring is back to life, act now.
If there has been a shipping container or warehouse find, what else might there be? What would you hope to uncover? Marzocchi Monster T or Shiver fork? Anything by Pace? How about a whole PRST1? Or something more practical, like the mech hanger or brake mount for that bike you have in the shed that just won’t roll without it?