Marzocchi Bomber Z2
Words & Photos by Marcus Melhuish
This is the first of what we hope are many Patron-written reviews here on theloamwolf.com. For those unfamiliar we have a Patreon page, which you can check out here. We love interacting with our Patrons and thought it would be fun to give some of our supporters the opportunity to test and review products. Our first reviewer is Marcus Melhuish who’s been a dedicated fan and follower of ours for quite a while. We had an opportunity to send out a new Marzocchi Bomber fork for review and he happened to be the lucky test-mule. Read on to see what Marcus had to say.
First off I want to thank The Loam Wolf for giving me the chance to test this fork before it was on the market for purchase, it was a lot of fun unboxing a new product that so many had yet to see. The new Marzocchi Bomber Z2 was going to be replacing a trusty old Fox 34 Rhythm 130mm. My Stanton Switch9er hardtail is designed to run 150 to 160mm of travel up front. I absolutely love this bike and if you haven’t read up on them, you should, it’s a beast.
Marzocchi designed the Z2 to be their affordable do it all trail/ all mountain fork. Retailing at $499, less than their flagship Z1. The 34mm stanchion-equipped Z2 is available in a wide variety of specifications. Three rake options (37, 44, and 51mm), two wheel sizes (up to 27.5 x 2.8 or 29 x 2.6) and travel from 100 to 150mm mean the Z2 will work for almost anyone in the budget trail category.
In an effort to both keep costs down and “bring simple back,” Marzocchi has minimized knobs and levers to the bare essentials. Air pressure, external rebound, and low-speed compression are all you need to worry about with the Z2. Another cost saving measure is the use of 6000-series alloy upper tubes instead of lighter, more costly 7000-series alloy found on the Z1 and Fox’s high performance forks.
Some common parts do transfer over however. Fox’s EVOL air spring is identical to that used in the Marzocchi and volume reducing tokens are also interchangeable. Marzocchi also uses the same wiper seals and maintenance intervals as Fox’s 34.
The big difference comes from the Rail damper. How the Rail damper works is pretty interesting. The system works by separating rebound and compression piston assemblies, which also makes the fork easier to work on. Rather than being joined, the compression assembly sits under the top cap and the rebound assembly is at the bottom of the lower, attached by the foot nut. Separating the two piston units is a hefty serving of damping oil. No more damper bleeds and a simple draining of the oil and a refill gets you back on the trail!