They were indeed a game changer. Going from a pair of Judy XC’s with elastomers and exploding plastic cartridges to these were a revelation.
I’ve had a few pairs, one of of which was on the other half’s bike couple of years ago. I’d have kept them if it want for the formula disc mount.
Had a pair of Shivers too. Everyone went on about the flex, but I didn’t think they were that bad. Amazingly plush though if a bit portly.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Z1 Bam. Drooooooool! I remember the first time I rode a pair of these. Buttery smooth. Smoother than a cashmere codpiece. A real game changer of a fork. Long travel (For the time), stiff (for the time). And everyone whined about the weight, rather than looking at the brilliance of the bounce.Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
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Iirc those RAC xc forks were cheaper than some of today’s equivalents?
Its bonkers they seemed like such a great fork at the time, but no one then would justify spending nearly as much as your high end frame on the forks
and now Fox have RRP of 8-900 quid on at least 20 forks in their lineup!Posted 4 years agobigmountainscotlandMember
Imagine a world where if you had a worn stanchion, or a bent steerer, all you had to do was buy just the bit you needed, loosen a couple of allen bolts and bob’s yer careful cliche dodger.
Imagine then crashing as said part fell out because I forgot to write the bit where you tighten the allen bolts again.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscribermindmap3Member
Legend – those forks were ace. I’d love a pair now just because!
My other half’s bike is currently running some lime green Z1’s. Despite their age I can still get most spares for them. I’ve got an early pair of Z3 Lights to go on my old Cannondale (when I eventually get round to rebuilding it). My BFe has sone 04 Z1 Freerides on it and I have a pair of 2003 Z1 Freerides in the garage too. Amazing spares are harder to get for the 2003 forks than the old ones!
All work well, no worn stanchions and are so easy to service.Posted 4 years agoTurnerGuyMember
My old Explosif with Z2 Lights and color matched stem (which I still have in the garage):
I was on a Nirvana ride and came off on some singletrack when my flexy Indy XCs failed to get me out of a dip on a corner. I walked back to the shop with various bruises and scars and ordered the Z2s. When they came in they had dropped in price by £100, so I spent that on the Roox stem.Posted 4 years ago
i always wanted a pair of those….coulnt afford them so for my first ever pair of suspension forks i had to settle for some rst mozo pros….then i ended up with a dodgy pair of rock shox which i upgraded to some judy 100s….my first pair of bombers were a pair of z1 wedges…absolutely loved them!! easy to service and rode brilliantly…i regret selling them now….i’m now on my sixth pair of bombers and will be upgrading this weekend to another pair of bombers!! 😆Posted 4 years ago
theres a few pairs for sale on you know where…Posted 4 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
I’m a bit of a bomber fan. Still run a single crown shiver, z1 drop off in lime green, z1 wedge, z4 fly light air and a jnr t on various bikes. I like simple, well made things that feel good and keep on working. Don’t care about weight.
And in the grand scheme of things the weight difference is minimal.
I have just put my 04 Z1 FR SLs (admittedly not the simplest of forks) back on my hardtail as I prefer them over my ’08 (I think) Pikes and ’12 Rev RLT. Just as shame they have QR lower.
The Pikes are stiffer full stop.
The Revs are torsionally stiffer but flexier fore and aft.
However I much prefer the damping in Z1s!Posted 4 years ago
Also you don’t have to be constantly checking the air pressure, servicing them every 10 mins…etc.D0NKSubscriber
Still got some much ridden 1st edition Z1s in the cupboard, they may be pressed into service again at some point.
Just sold some shiver SCs, flexy yes, but not so as it was a problem out on the trail.
weren’t they the epitome of car park test ride bobbins? Flexy as a wet noodle unladen due to bugger all bushing overlap but OK when actually riding the things?Posted 4 years ago
Never ridden a pair but seem to recall a few people saying that ^
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