Marzocchi 4X WC review£449.99

Light, tight and impressively controlled four-cross & dirt jumper

BikeRadar score4/5

As the name suggests, the 4X is designed purely as a race fork, and the 08 version is a big improvement on the original. It uses a lighter version of the Dirt Jumper chassis, but with 20mm axle to keep steering stiffness and strength high. 

The air spring drops a lot of weight out too, giving it a clear gram count advantage over everything inits class but Manitou's Black Label.

The feel is noticeably better than the 07 version. Rebound is more consistent and the compression damping adjustments make a big difference to the 100mm stroke. 

This fork launches and lands well, losing no time in regaining control, and gives a definite edge when the gate goes down. 

At £450 you’re paying for that performance!

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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