Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 1 fork£399.95

No fuss, abuse-friendly fork

BikeRadar score4/5

Top of Marzocchi's Dirt Jumper trio, the DJ1 doesn’t just add a bolt-through 20mm axle to the proven chassis and one-shot damping setlist of the DJ2 and 3.

It’s a lighter build with a more consistent hydraulic damping circuit. The stiff coil spring is backed up by a preload air chamber to please minimum movement fans.

Bolt-through axles mean wheel replacement isn’t as fast when changing tubes or chucking it in a car, but they are secure.

The DJ1 is also easily light enough to use as a comp fork, although the £539.99 4X World Cup is 200g lighter and gets a full RC3 damping cartridge.

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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