Added a comment about product review A Legend Reborn? Testing The New 2020 Marzocchi Z1 Coil Fork 1/16/2020 3:30 AM

Imagine your own fork, then drop 6-10 psi. It's not just corner and brake dive that suffers but also chassis stability (particularly at the handlebars) and an imbalance with the rear shock. I was able to tune out the dive, increase the dynamic ride height, and bring back a degree of stability with a combination of preload and compression damping but it was to a point where the fork lost its sensitivity and was overy harsh (approximately 8 clicks/halfway on the preload dial and well past halfway on compression with the lever at about the 4-5 o'clock position for lack of a better reference point).

Of course how much dive you feel would depend on how much you are willing to tolerate in the first place and your particular pace and riding style. I ride with a number of people who at the same weight would have had no issues with the medium spring. For reference I weigh between 155-160 pounds in riding gear and usually run a 170mm Lyrik with a single token up to 80 psi and two tokens as low as 75 psi. The medium spring on the Z1 felt similar to dropping the pressure about 8-10psi.

A challenge with reviewing suspension, and coil suspension in particular, is that it relies so much on the individual testers preferences. I rode the fork as if I was planning to race an EWS with it (albeit in Masters, but still at a fairly competitive pace) and used that as my benchmark. Could I feel comfortable riding it at that pace? No, but that very likely makes me an outlier as far as setup goes.

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Added a comment about product review A Legend Reborn? Testing The New 2020 Marzocchi Z1 Coil Fork 1/15/2020 10:36 PM

It’s not sealed on the damper side, unlike a Yari which is.

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Added a comment about product review A Legend Reborn? Testing The New 2020 Marzocchi Z1 Coil Fork 1/15/2020 12:34 PM

Spring rate is spring rate regardless of what else you do. I remember using this same trick on older DH air forks, where we'd compress them an inch or so with the foot bolt loose and get a slight vacuum effect and a bit more sensitivity. Doing that in this case 1) might also introduce preload and 2) not change the spring rate which was overall too stiff. To tune just the bottom out feel you could +/- a few cc of oil to alter the volume. Marzocchi says not to, most likely because the the window is a couple cc's either way without putting too much pressure on the seals and ending up with a customer service issue they'd rightfully prefer to avoid. My issue was the overall rate, not just the resistance at the end of the stroke.

The best fix would be a better selection of spring rates.

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Added a comment about product review A Legend Reborn? Testing The New 2020 Marzocchi Z1 Coil Fork 1/15/2020 4:00 AM

It's a one-off custom color, a tip of the hat to the original Team Yeti ARC frames I drooled over as a kid.

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Added a comment about product review A Legend Reborn? Testing The New 2020 Marzocchi Z1 Coil Fork 1/14/2020 2:13 AM

The spec sheet Fox sent us had a FAQ section including a question about compatibility: ' . . . it will not work on other series of 36 such as Factory, Performance Elite, or Performance.'

My guess, having taken the Z1 coil apart, but not comparing it to the above mentioned 36 models is that bore diameter is likely one reason but possibly not the only one. For starters, the sealed plastic spacer that inserts into the end of the upper tubes will be out of tolerance meaning you'll lose the bottom-out-assist from the trapped air in the lowers. There could be other fitment issues depending on how the lowers are finished internally (thread pitch, groves for the retainer clip, etc) that could also prevent cross-compatibility.

There was no mention of swapping back to air, but my guess is that it might not be recommended due to possible scoring of the inner stanchions.

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Looks like there is an air version now

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Florian Nicolai is leaving Canyon and trekking off to what appears to be Madison (MSN).

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He's been testing some super tacky grips that apparently wear out after just a few days.

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It’s a press release put out by the EWS, so the only team affiliations given are those of officially registered EWS teams. Have a look at any results sheet from previous rounds and you’ll see the same thing.

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