Marzocchi 44 TST2 forks review£339.95

Simple and weighty suspension solution

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The 44 is a new series for Marzocchi, but this version delivers the simple but dependable performance that ‘Zocchi fans have always relied on.

It takes a while to smooth out and get the succulent damping flowing, but the single low-pressure air spring takes most mid-sized things in its stride.

Initial sensitivity or deep impact response is relatively clunky though and while rebound is adjustable we never needed more than the minimum setting.

The TST2 damping adds a lot of low speed compression as soon as you move from fully open, which effectively makes it an on/off lockout.

Robust build for 120mm of travel means reasonable accuracy for a quick-release fork and it’s run sweetly so far, but it is heavy for its travel.

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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