Marzocchi Marathon SL review

Marzocchi's lightweight Marathon family has been running quite happily for a few years now, but this evolved version is definitely the best yet. It still takes an age to balance the four different air springs and it clunks badly if blown down to 100mm.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£439.95 RRP
Marzocchi Marathon SL

Our review

Potentially super fluid, perfect tune fork, but it does need prepping
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Marzocchi’s lightweight Marathon family has been running quite happily for a few years now, but this evolved version is definitely the best yet. It still takes an age to balance the four different air springs and it clunks badly if blown down to 100mm. Get the settings right though, and it’s the most fluid fork here, floating across trouble with Marzocchi’s typically contented squelching and gurgling. Adjustable negative and bottom-out resistance air springs make its stroke character super adjustable, too.

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Revamped TST ‘Terrain Selection’ control now means each click from lockout to full flow also gives useful changes in rebound and compression damping that are actually usable on the trail – particularly when climbing. Plus you get smart red alloy top caps and a slightly lighter skeleton, too. We still reckon it’s a bit flexy considering its medium – rather than really light – weight, but reliability is proving great so far. The lighter, remote control equipped 80mm travel Race model is £543, while the £449 ‘XC’ has ETA travel crush down and a coil spring on one side, but adds nearly half a pound of overall weight.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Marathon SL (2006)
Brand Marzocchi

Crown to Axle Length 499
Features Dual Hydraulic Compresseion/ Rebound Damping With Open Bath Lubrication/Redesigned Doppio Air System
MPN 9060209
Stanchion Diameter 30
Travel 120
Weight (g) 1686
Wheel Size 24 26
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Material Alloy Magnesium
Spring Type Air
Disc Caliper Mount Post Mount
Max. Fork Travel 120mm
Steerer Material Alloy XC