Marzocchi All Mountain 2 20mm£369.95

Marzocchi offer loads of all-rounder options, with the AM2 ticking all the essential boxes without emptying your wallet. The open-bath internals are noisily squelchy

BikeRadar score4/5

Marzocchi offer loads of all-rounder options, with the AM2 ticking all the essential boxes without emptying your wallet. The open-bath internals are noisily squelchy but give Marzocchi's legendary smooth performance over small to medium-sized hits and provide phenomenal traction.

Low-pressure air assist for the main coil spring and simple but effective rebound make tuning easy, and reliability is excellent. It comes with a Maxle-style quick release through-axle, and the ETA switch crushes the fork down as far as you want for climbing. The 160mm stroke is smooth over bigger stuff and the broad, flat crown means reasonable steering stiffness. Fore/aft flex is noticeable under heavy braking though, and despite the sturdy weight, it's not for full-on freeride.

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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