Marzocchi 44 ATA Micro fork review£649.95

Lightweight but flawed fork

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Marzocchi’s all-new trail fork promises a lot but fails to deliver the performance they were once renowned for.

The 44 series replaces previous XC5/6/700 forks and this top model gets Marzocchi’s fat quick-release-style take on 15mm screw-through axles. 

Stiffness is no better than most quick-release forks though, with noticeable structural twist joined by knock and wobble in the bushings after a few rides. 

Juggling the air pressure and two-dial TST Micro damping to get a passable level of control took us a full two months of ride tuning. 

It’s easy to accidentally unscrew the whole ATA damping cartridge and the TST knobs fell off before the end of testing.

PLEASE NOTE: Since this review was published it has come to light that our test fork was faulty. UK distributors Windwave told us: "Marzocchi identified an assembly error where air transfer could take place resulting in the fork over-extending. We stopped these forks going to market so there will be no consumer forks at all that have been affected with the same problem." We have another 44 on test and will bring you a full review when we've completed our testing.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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