Marzocchi DJ3 review£129.95

Simple, effective & inexpensive but heavy dirt jump fork

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The DJ3 is the simplest of Marzocchi’s Dirt Jumper forks and a sound first step on the upgrade ladder.

The thickset lower legs, steel 32mm stanchions and steel steerer make this a monster heavy fork, but it’ll definitely take slams in its stride. Post-mount disc brake hardware also makes set-up really simple.

The fixed hydraulic rebound damping is clunky and clangy at top and bottom, but landing shock is sucked up okay.

You can add a bit of preload to the elastomer/coil spring internals via the fork top too, although not many riders will find the stiff springs soft anyway.

Simplicity works in their favour at the till and on the trails in the long-term as well. 

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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