Marzocchi MX Pro LO fork£180.00

Ultra-durable 100mm fork if you don't mind the weight

BikeRadar score4/5

Marzocchi’s MX has been a low-price, long-life stalwart for years, and it’s still the most succulent cheap fork about if you don’t mind the weight.

More than two kilos is definitely heavy for a 100mm fork, but that weight means lots of damping and lubricating oil sloshing about inside, which gives the fork its legendary long life. 

The valving is pretty basic, which means the rebound damping sometimes feels like dragging a bucket through a village pond. If you’re prepared to wind through the seemingly endless adjustment, the MX Pro works well enough though, and it’ll stay working pretty much indefinitely.

Add a coil spring to back up the low pressure air spring, plus a sturdy, decent steering structure, and you’ve pretty much got a failsafe fork. The Pro even gets a plastic blob lockout lever for climbs.

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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