Marzocchi dropper seatpost, 350 fork and 053 shock - first look

A dropper post and new bounce from the Big M

Marzocchi revealed three exciting new products at this year's Core Bike Show – a shock, a fork and a dropper post – which were proudly displayed in the Windwave booth aboard a Transition Patrol.

053 S32CR rear shock

The shock, dubbed the 053 S32CR, may not have a snappy name, but it boasts a wealth of interesting features.

It’s designed to match the 350 fork (see what they did there?) and has a slim piggyback to fit in awkward frames or around bottles on a modern enduro bike. On one side of that distinctive double-barrel piggyback is a three-position pedal platform adjustment leaver, allowing the rider to choose between three pedalling modes: 'up', 'ride' and 'down'.

This is nothing new for a shock of this type, but Marzocchi has combined this with a high- and low-speed compression adjuster, something that's normally reserved for downhill suspension. This allows the damping curve to be fine-tuned when in the 'down' mode. Yet another plane of adjustment is accessed via a floodgate blowoff dial, which affects the firmness of the 'up' mode by setting the force required to crack open the floodgate when the suspension is compressed.

The svelte twin-tube piggyback shouldn’t get in the way of bottle-cages  on most frames: the svelte twin-tube piggyback shouldn’t get in the way of bottle-cages  on most frames
The svelte twin-tube piggyback shouldn’t get in the way of bottle-cages on most frames: the svelte twin-tube piggyback shouldn’t get in the way of bottle-cages on most frames

Marzocchi's svelte twin-tube piggyback should fit where other, larger air shocks do not

The other side of the piggyback houses a rubber membrane which takes on the role of the internal floating piston (IFP) found in most shocks: allowing the damping fluid to move into the chamber as the shock is compressed, while separating it from the high-pressure gas in the piggyback. Marzocchi claims that this reduces stiction, compared to a traditional IFP.

350 NCR fork

The matching 350 NCR fork offers compression and rebound adjustment, as well as Marzocchi's eNduro pedal assistance switch.

Apparently, a dual remote is in the pipeline to allow pedalling modes on both the fork and shock to be switched simultaneously.

New dropper post

Like a rose between two roses sits Marzocchi’s new dropper post. It's cable operated, but has a hydraulic damping/locking mechanism which delivers a smooth action (we just had to have a go!) and can lock the post anywhere within its 125mm of travel.

Both external and internal cable-routing options are to be produced, and pricing is said to be £230 and £259 respectively.

mmmmmmmm: mmmmmmmm
mmmmmmmm: mmmmmmmm

The new Marzocchi dropper certainly looks promising

A release date for these products is yet to be confirmed, but March was mentioned as an estimate. We can’t wait!

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
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