Marzocchi 44 LR suspension fork review£380.00

Plush and reliable

BikeRadar score3/5

Marzocchi’s entry-level 44 LR is relatively light, succulently smooth and simply reliable for the money. The lack of through-axle options leaves it flexy and the simple damping struggles with the big stuff though.

At under 1,800g the air sprung 44LR is reasonably light for the price and travel. The chunky lockout lever is easy to use and the Schrader valve air fill under the metal effect plastic cap makes it compatible with conventional air forks. It comes with a steerer plug and sticker kit to customize it and even gets V-brake bosses if you haven’t embraced discs yet.

The simple air spring internals get a coil negative spring to help initial movement, and once you’re past bedding-in notchiness it’s impressively smooth and squelchy in feel over small to medium sized lumps. It’s a pretty linear spring rate with a thumping bottom-out though, and rebound damping is rudimentary so it can get out of shape on extended, deep drop descents.

The quick-release-only format reduces accuracy and high load cornering confidence, and there are no screw-through or tapered steerer options. Oil rich reliability is excellent though and it’s relatively inexpensive.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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