Marzocchi 55 … reliability really that bad ?
Question as per the title really.
Looking at possibly getting some new forks for my All-MountainFreecoreLite(TM) rig, and was thinking of 55’s as there’s some ok deals on.
However, there’s obviously been a LOT of horror stories about poor reliability as the result of production problems.
What issues have people been having. Have these been resolved? Has anyone had a 100% good experience?
Was looking in particular at the 2008 55ETA
Would really appreciate some FIRST HAND input.
Cheers in advance!Posted 9 years agoa11ySubscriber
Great fork, when it works.
My 55 ATA2s live on my second bike (a Giant Reign). After using them on approx 20 rides, mostly trail centres for fun sessions, the TST cartridge broke.
They were fixed quickly under warranty by Windwave who fitted a revised TST cartridge and a replacement ATA2 cartridge, according to the note they arrived back with. They’re now working as good as before.
I’m happy with mine but not sure I’d recommend them for the reliability issues which I’m sure you’ve read about, but they really do work very well and are a great cheaper alternative to RS Lyriks, Fox 36s etc.
HTH.Posted 9 years ago
Ash, I’ve been running some 2006 66SL’s (non-ata) and they’re bloody good/light. Much lighter than the ATA model you have (about 6lbs). There was someone selling a set on the classifieds. If you can cope without ATA they’d be ideal for you. You can set the travel anywhere between 100-170 travel using an air pump.Posted 9 years ago
Solomanda, if you’re talking ETA, then yeah I do need it really for the intended purpose… need to be able to switch travel quickly for “up long climb, down long descent” type stuff
Have got a set of 07 Lyriks U-Turn (coil) already but there’s something the matter with THEM now, again 🙁Posted 9 years ago
I have 2008 55ATA2s.
First time they went back was they weren’t getting full travel – even without air in them I couldn’t get the last three inches, they just stopped dead. Also the travel crept down. All internals replaced (with 2008 bits). The chap in my LBS told me that his had also been back, as had every set of 55s (regardless of ETA, ATA, ATA2) the shop had sold.
Second time they went back it was because they’d collapsed to show only about an inch of stanchion. All internals replaced with 2009 bits. They’ve been fine since. Hopefully they’ll stay that way. When they work they’re excellent forks.
If you do buy some I would strongly recommend getting them through a LBS. I’ve had other forks (RockShox mainly) from web-sellers but I’m really glad I got these from a real shop who can sort things out for mePosted 9 years agojamesMember
“I’ve had other forks (RockShox mainly) from web-sellers but I’m really glad I got these from a real shop who can sort things out for me “
Web sellers can sort them out too, and because the sale falls under distance selling laws, they should pay the postage both ways as well, whereas you have to keep going into the shop. Though if you’ve got a decent LBS, its seems less hassle to take them in rather than having to box up and post them off and whatnotPosted 9 years agoJonEdwardsMember
Given what you do for a living and where – I would have thought that a fork that can be completely user serviceable with no sealed cartidges inside would be the way to go. That implies either RC/RC2/RC3 coil Marzocchis or Rock Shox (not sure what happened with your Lyrics?).
That all said, if you’ve got Solamanda working for you next year, and you want to give him something to do of an evening rather than annoying the punters over dinner :wink:, then you could always get a couple of pairs of 55s so you have one working set whilst he’s fixing the others…Posted 9 years agorockitmanSubscriber
55ATA2’s are currently back with windwave for the second time. Bought them last May. I have now solved the problem – I bought some Lyriks, will use the Marzocchi’s on my second bike. Really regret buying them now. Same horror stories as above really. They just seize…Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
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At what point (if any) do you think you can claim they aren’t “fit for purpose” and ask for your money back? If they break 3 times in a year?
first time they break you can have your money back under sale of goods act assuming manufacturing fault. This 3 times in a year stuff is a myth invented by retailers, ( there may be some case law behind it but I can find no refereance to any} google “sale of goods act”Posted 9 years agoPaulyMember
Coincidence that Marzocchi production is now in China rather than Italy? I think not.
Word has it that they’re dropping all the TST, ATA guff and concentrating on making good forks again for 2010.
I would consider Fox before I’d buy Marzocchi just now. That’s saying something.
Rockshox all the way.Posted 9 years agosolamandaMember
That all said, if you’ve got Solamanda working for you next year, and you want to give him something to do of an evening rather than annoying the punters over dinner :wink:, then you could always get a couple of pairs of 55s so you have one working set whilst he’s fixing the others…
Hehe. Unfortunately I won’t be out there for the season. I don’t think we shouldn’t mention my fork servicing to Ash, (I still blame the lack of a spanner!).
I think another set of Lyriks would do you well, but this time give them a service more than once a million feet of descending ;o)
It’s a shame marzocchi don’t produce a suitable reliable fork. The bushes and seals on my 888s have just died, after 3 years use including 15 weeks in the alps! When they get it right, they get it very right.Posted 9 years ago
I’m not sure I should tempt fate by saying this but….
Mine with the new ’09 gubbins have been working fine for a good while now. They’ve done much more riding than I got out of the last two sets (well same fork, different internals).
If they stay this way I’ll be happy. It’s a great fork when it’s working.Posted 8 years ago
Forks back from Windwave with a note saying a new "TST evo cartridge" anyone know if this would be a revised 09 ?? it says it is a 165mm cartridge whcih is strange as the forks were originally 160mm, i am presuming its the 09 because of this??
anyway, excellent turnaround by windwave – time will tell as over the next few months i will put them through their paces in the lakes and spain.Posted 8 years agoMunqe-chickMember
leggyblonde- the 55R's look like a good bet, they were introduced as a ghetto version of the 55, but if you read the blurb Marz are marketing it as simple, minimal adjustment, low maintenance as they dont have any of the TLA's that seem to be failing. Should be reminiscent of old Marz ie. fit, set up, forget.
I'm kicking myself for not snapping up a pair of new 140mm 55R's that mud dock were selling on ebay for £225, another shop is asking £199 for a used set now….Posted 8 years ago
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