- Short Travel Forks
m8 got some 80mm Marz Marathon’s(2006), he ‘was’ looking to replace but as they (well similar models) don’t sell for much on on ebay, so he’s gunna keep em instead now.
But with 80mm travel, reported 1450g weight, & marzocchi’s ‘bomber’ reliabilty, if I was you I’d be lookin out for a set or at least thinking about emPosted 8 years agoschnullelieberMember
I have a Z2 fork sitting in a cupboard somewhere, only kept for owning purposes. It’s circa 1998, (off a 1999 explosif), 60mm travel, red, hasn’t been on a bike since 2005, needs a service – seals were leaky when i took it off IIRC. No idea what state the internals might be in. Externally the stantions are perfect (protected by rubber boots). Lowers have a few scuffs. No disc mount though.Posted 8 years agoz1ppyMember
It’s also worth noting that it’s not the travel that matters, but the overall length of the fork. Your frame was probably designed for 395mm or something like that, the 80mm pace are usually around 455mm. The 80mm marzocchi of similar age will be similar (I can measure my m8’s but not till next wed) & that potentially will slacken your head angle by about 2.5 degress, which is a lot.
I seem to remember than it was mentioned that you can actually continue to add the “all travel” spacers to Rockshox (Reba) forks to take them lower than the supposed 80mm minimum. No idea how tall they would be, Axle to crown wise, though when converted.Posted 8 years agoscu98rkrMember
I keep saying this but people keep putting me down, but Im pretty sure the old marzocchi’s were long for the amount of travel they had.
I remember the RockShox Dukes used to be quite low when at 80mm. Also as far as Im aware Reba’s are 80mm are also about 450mm so the idea above about lowering them sound like a good one.Posted 8 years ago
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