There is something a 'little off' with Marzocchi's new Bomber Air shock

Bomber Air Collection Imagery (Jaxson Riddle)
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Marzocchi has released a new Bomber Air shock, which features an asymmetrical shock reservoir which is said to increase compatibility with more frames.

By mounting the reservoir at an angle Marzocchi has been able to increase its volume for better oil flow and volume which should offer more consistent performance without limiting frame compatibility.

Marzocchi says that means you have a DH-rated shock which is available in a huge range of sizes to suit a broad range of bikes. Shocks come in stroke lengths between 40 to 75 mm and will be available in both metric (190x45, 210x50, 210x52.5, 210x55, 230x57.5, 230x60, 230x65, 250x75) and trunnion (185x52.5, 185x55, 205x60, 205x62.5, 225x75) fitments.

The alternative angled reservoir also has the added benefit of improving the ergonomics of the air valve and compression dial, by being orientated to the side making shock adjustments less fiddly, especially on tight or small frame layouts.

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Marzocchi says that the shock will pair perfectly with all its forks, from DJ to Z2 to 58. It has the same sweep adjust that is used on the forks which uses an un-indexed knob to provide quick compression adjustments. The shock can be fitted with air volume spacers too, available in 0.1 C.I. increments for fine tunning the support. 

The travel can also be reduced if needed by using spacers and the shock mounting hardware is compatible with Fox bearing mounts on both ends (excluding trunnion).

Weighing in at 484 grams (205x65), the Marzocchi Bomber Air shock will retail for $479 USD / £529 / €639.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

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