Not that long ago mountain bikes were simple – suspension opened up more terrain and, more importantly, it meant more fun. The original Z2 was there for the mountain bike suspension revolution –you simply mounted it on your bike and hit the trails. Less time prepping and fixing meant you could just focus on the ride. Twenty years later, that same DNA lives on in the new Marzocchi Z2; it’s ready to shred with smooth and plush suspension. The new from-the-ground-up Rail damper combines low maintenance with intuitive ease of use and impressive on-trail performance. The top-of-fork simple sweep adjuster from firm to open can lock out the fork or fully open the system with plenty of positions in between. The Z2 - it just makes everything easy.
I had been riding a bike from the late 90s with a elastomer-spring fork forever and didn't know what I was missing. The Bomber Z2 is worlds better than that. Which isn't a surprise, but if you're like me and have only ever experienced super cheap / old suspension, with this fork you can look forward to an easy installation and tuning process that results in a much smoother ride so you can ride faster. Enjoy!
Took the recon rl off my stumpjumper and the bomber z2 is just boss. It does come with a star nut and volume spacers so I spent extra money not knowing that. Also be careful with hub bearing sizes it didn’t originally work for me.
It looks really good on my custom over forked hardtail, backed by a high end brand, I don’t think you can find similar quality for equal price.
The fork is well worth the price.
The compression feels great riding downhill tracks, the lockout works well for those long up hill climbs and the highly adjustable compression latch gives you lots of options for how much compressy you want while riding on cross-country trails.
They give a star nut and 3 volume spacers to further tune the fork which is awesome.
Review is from an average trail rider on a GT Sensor. Experience with a rock shox recon rl and suntour epixon. This is my first mid range fork and I am very happy with it. Almost immediately, I noticed that carrying speed was easier and the bike is easier to control. The front end has greater traction while feeling pretty supple. Some hits from rocks and roots on familiar trails are considerably less. Add the ~300g weight savings over the recon rl and the bike feels more balanced and it is easier to pop the front up. I bought the shorter travel option and swapped it to the 140mm my bike needed due to covid shortages and impatience. Working on this fork is fairly easy if you are handy. I think the fork arrived with too much grease as the air shaft retreated into the uppers once the lowers were removed. So that might have been an issue had I not changed travel before riding. I cleaned up the excess grease and installed the new shaft easily enough. Set up is a breeze if you follow Marzocchi's guide, although I found that I liked a faster rebound than suggested. I know it says that rebound should be set to your weight but this heavy guy couldn't live with the rebound at 2. I set it to 5 instead. Will I wear out parts faster, idk? After 1 month with this fork, I am very happy with this purchase.