The Dirt on the Marzocchi Bomber
As I unboxed my new fork I was instantly impressed with the overall look, vibrant colors and finish. The plastic adjusters look nice for what they are and I was curious to see how they’d hold up. So far, so good!
After inspecting the tech and build I was surprised at how similar the systems feel. I’d wager most riders won’t notice the difference but discerning techies will notice it’s not quite as nice, and that’s to be expected for a product that’s half the price!
I am running four-volume spacers currently and leave the Rail damper adjuster wide open. I ride a very wide range of trails from almost concrete-like flow trails to lift-accessed bike parks. The small bump sensitivity is not on par with other semi entry-level forks I have tried but the Marzocchi Bomber Z2 takes big hits much better than others. It definitely lives up to the Bomber name.
As an entry-level fork it’s not designed to blow minds with performance, but what impressed me more was that it didn’t let me down anywhere either! Some small critiques focus on the plastic air cap, damper knob, and rebound knob, but they’ve held up fine so far. Somehow the Bomber Z2 feels a bit stiffer than my 34, which is quite impressive and welcome on rowdier trails. The rebound adjustments don’t give me very much feedback. It seems that the clicks are not as effective on the Bomber Z2 as they are on other forks.
I normally run a mid to fast rebound, which this fork seems to be at no matter how many clicks I turn the adjuster in either direction. It worked fine for me as it was right in my sweet spot, but could be a problem for others.
The Marzocchi Bomber Z2 is definitely a set it and forget fork. If you aren’t super technical and want to get a product that just does what it needs to do, this could be right up your alley. Likewise, if you’re on a budget and want to upgrade your entry to mid-level bike to something a bit nicer, this could be a great option. Overall I’m pretty happy with the performance offered by the Marzocchi Bomber Z2, especially considering it’s an entry-level fork that costs hundreds less than competitors. It’s quite a testament that it has handled the rowdy hardtail riding that I have been pushing it through for the last six months. The price tag lets you know this isn’t your cream of the crop race-ready fork, which it doesn’t claim to be. It’s a solid and hard-charging entry-level fork that will get you down the trail no matter how rowdy you wanna get.
Weight: 1,995 grams