Marzocchi Marathon LR fork review£240.00

Consistently supple

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Marzocchi’s new Marathon LR is QR axle-only with post-style direct-fit brake mounts and a screw-on hose clamp on the bottom end. You get an alloy steerer tube and a realistic metal effect plastic top cap and lockout lever make them look the same as those on Marzocchi’s top forks.

Chrome effect steel stanchions and generous amounts of internal oil mean it’s heavy. Plenty of oil and reasonable chassis stiffness mean the air-sprung stroke is plusher and smoother over small to mid-size hits than other forks in its price range. Traction and general trail following performance is good, and while they become more clunky as shaft speed increases there’s nothing too wrist-breaking in there.

The rebound adjuster feels twangy but works fine through a useful adjustment range and while it’s supplied at 100mm travel it’ll go 20mm either way by swapping internal spacers.

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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