Marzocchi MX Pro LO fork review£179.95

Proper smoothness for under £200

BikeRadar score4/5

You won’t find it listed on Marzocchi's ’09 website, but fans of honest, good value reliability and smoothness will be delighted that our 2008 budget fork winner has stuck around for 2009, in the UK at least.

Coil in one leg, low-pressure air in the other makes the MX Pro LO both smooth and easily tuneable. Marzocchi’s trademark simple, squelchy open bath damping is reassuringly effective in most trail situations too.

While it’s not light, 80mm and 120mm versions mean an option for most trail bikes and the fork-top lockout is remote control compatible (£199.99 with it fitted).

The simple, proven design with generous amounts of damping/lubricating oil make it unlikely to go wrong too.

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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