Marzocchi has revived one of its classic heavy-duty mountain bike suspension forks by launching a new version of the Bomber Z1. As more single-crown fork riders demand coil-sprung suspension components to deal with longer enduro descents, the market is responding.
For Marzocchi, which has a proud heritage in coil-sprung suspension, that has simply meant rechannelling its knowledge cycle. The result is this new Bomber Z1 Coil.
The reborn Bomber Z1 Coil accommodates both 29- and 27.5-inch mountain bike wheel sizes and features a range of travel options. If you prefer rolling 29-inch wheels on your enduro or park bike, there are 150, 160, and 170mm options. For those riders dedicated to 27.5-inch wheels, your choices are 160, 170 and 180mm.
Marzocchi has also been keenly aware of how contemporary geometry trends have influenced the requirements for different fork offset lengths. As such, it is offering the Bomber Z1 coil in three offset lengths. There is an ultra-direct 37mm offset (which only applies to 27.5-inch wheels) and the usual 44 and 51mm offsets for 29-inch wheels.
The Bomber Z1 chassis is suspended by 36mm diameter stanchions and features a Grip damper. Most importantly, there is a silicon-chromium steel spring in the left fork leg and it provides the fatigue-proof terrain taming ability that coils are revered for.
Claimed to be the best spring yet developed by Marzocchi, this new coil should ensure faultlessly consistent damping and rebound performance, even on those intimidating 10- to 15-minute Alpine enduro descents.
Marzocchi claims a weight of 2552g for the Bomber Z1 coil, which is 303g heavier than the air-sprung version. Most riders will be quite content with that mass sacrifice for the benefit of fade-free fork performance in steep terrain.
Pricing for Marzocchi’s new Bomber Z1 coil is £779, while the conversion kit for current Z1 air forks will be available at £154.95. Colour choices are either red or black.