Over the years I found some crumb from Marzocchi, which results in open questions. I will collect them here. If you have any input, please just drop me a line.
Green DH3 painted red?
Urghs. Why in heaven Marzocchi did that? Did they had not produced enough red anodized forks? I have 3 or 4 of this red painted green DH3. This are all crap, the colour does’t fit compared with the anodized ones and the paint is from bad quality (stripes up easy and is too soft).
XC600 (26mm) fork crown layout for XC500 (and others) 24mm forks?
In the past I met 2 times 24mm forks, which had obviously a replacement silver crown in a layout like – tada – the XC600/XC700/XCR/DH3. I got one by accident by buying a XC500 (still have it) and found another on pictures on a XC100 mounted in the internet. This is very irritating, if you want to make a close 100% rebuild, because the look is completly different.
So what does this mean? Did Marzocchi produced spare parts in the past? I remember fork crown recalls because of broken cracked crowns … need some time to find it. May be they react and build some better crowns?
Update 20170222: I found this crown build form by accident by searching and comparing images for an Marzocchi EGS. I have never seen one, but a user asked for spare parts for it. From what I now know is: It is build like the XC50 / XC51 (so most of the 24mm seals an other partds will fit), the tubes are marked ‘1993’, the net claims this to be a ‘1994 Marzocchi EGS (Giant special design)’ which has been used e.g. on Giants CMF-2 (1995), CMF-3 (1994) and Giant Cadex ALM1 (ca. 1995).
Colours: titanium (gilden) using a black crown & brake arch.
Different 26mm Oil-Seals?
- Marzocchi part. No. 528219/R
- Marzocchi part. No. 528191 (Marzocchi stated this as a ‘new’ seal including a spring around the upper lip)
- Marzocchi oil seal (pair), Marzocchi part. No. 570F11; seemed to be for the DE/FR/CH market – 302-019-22-2602 / 22907053
- this seals are also included in different seal kits, e.g. Repair kit XC600 No. 850531/C, Repair kit XCR/DH3 ’96 No. 850565/C, …
Black Fork Crowns
If you look to the avalable pictures from cataloges, you will see not that much Marzocchi forks from the 90’s with mounted black crowns.
E.g. the XC500, XC600, XC700 and DH3 had always the same colour on crown than on legs. But I found from time to time a fork in my hands with a black crown. Regarding the 26mm forms I think a lot of them are comming from XCR. Or may be it is a production change or a style feature?
A lot of the older 24mm forks had also black crowns, but not always – e.g. XC50, XC51, ….
DH3 with different styles
Somewhere in the past I bought a green DH3 from AUS and found out, that it has a different decal style and a black brake arch. It was a new one, never used, the price still glued on it (right one).
May be it was a pre-release? I’m afraid we’ll never find out … 😉
Colours & Paint?
Lucky us most of the older Marzocchi, especialy the coloured ones (purpurn, blue, red, green) had been anodised which gives a great hard surface, a very tecky look and feeling. It is resistend against anything.
But some Forks had been coloured (painted/sprayed) and some of it had not that quality. I had some XCR where the colour went off by cleaning it with water!! Can you imagine?
Also painted: XC50, XC50H, XC51 (not all – there is an anodized blue one) and some others.
Red XC700 painted grey
Another fork with has been painted and I’m wondering why. I own a XC700, which basicly is anoded red, but has been painted/sprayed grey and had original and never used decals on it (whith its cover foil – that’s why I’m almost sure it’s an original).
It has been done very professional, but the colour itself is not very strong. A 2K paint would be better 😉