Marzocchi Marathon Corsa LT review£299.00

Disturbingly heavy for a race fork

BikeRadar score3/5

The Marathon Corsa LT has had a complete reworking for 2008, but the results haven’t been the improvement we hoped.

On the bright side, the new structure ups stiffness to create a decent – if not exceptional – tracking fork, and you still get optional V brake studs. We like the operation of the remote lockout lever, and it should be reliable.

However, for a designated race fork it’s startlingly heavy, with cheap-looking moulding on the crown and lower legs. We had paint flaking off in several places before we even fitted it, too.

In use, the extremely progressive spring feel meant we really struggled to get close to the full 100mm travel. Even at its fastest, the rebound damping is too slow for low rider weights (i.e. racers) and it spiked over bigger/faster hits.

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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