Marzocchi 44 ATA Micro fork review

Lightweight but flawed fork

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £649.95 RRP | USD $942.10
Marzocchi 44 ATA Micro fork

Our review

Light, but very flexy, loose and hard to achieve even average control levels
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Marzocchi’s all-new trail fork promises a lot but fails to deliver the performance they were once renowned for.

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The 44 series replaces previous XC5/6/700 forks and this top model gets Marzocchi’s fat quick-release-style take on 15mm screw-through axles. 

Stiffness is no better than most quick-release forks though, with noticeable structural twist joined by knock and wobble in the bushings after a few rides. 

Juggling the air pressure and two-dial TST Micro damping to get a passable level of control took us a full two months of ride tuning. 

It’s easy to accidentally unscrew the whole ATA damping cartridge and the TST knobs fell off before the end of testing.

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PLEASE NOTE: Since this review was published it has come to light that our test fork was faulty. UK distributors Windwave told us: “Marzocchi identified an assembly error where air transfer could take place resulting in the fork over-extending. We stopped these forks going to market so there will be no consumer forks at all that have been affected with the same problem.” We have another 44 on test and will bring you a full review when we’ve completed our testing.

Product Specifications

Product

Name 44 ATA Micro (09)
Brand Marzocchi

Features New 15mm axle (QR 15) • ATA (40mm Air travel adjustment, Positive and Negative Air) TST Micro (Lock Out, Micro Adj. Comp., Compression, Rebound, Terrain Selection technology)
Available Colours White
Fork Offset 44
Stanchion Diameter 32
Min. Fork Travel 100mm
Max. Fork Travel 140mm
Adjustable Travel Yes
Crown Material Alloy XC
Mounts 6 Inch Post Mount - Max Disc 8 Inch
Stanchions Material Nickel Coated Alloy Tapered
Leg Diameter 1816