The 2005 Marzocchi forks are now up on their website. I’m still tempted with a set of Z1 FR I forks although an All Mountain I is a possibility. The 66 RC looks nice, but way too long for what I want.
Unfortunately the new Marzocchi forks are not as easy to service as the older models. Even previously simple tasks like checking the oil level are now shown as “must be performed only by MARZOCCHI authorized centres” which is a bit off putting. I’m used to being able to strip and rebuild my forks at home. My old Marzocchis had downloadable service manuals telling you how to strip and rebuild them completely, even my Fox Forx came with a manual telling you how to change the oil in them. Going by the recommended maintenance intervals, I’d have to send new Marzocchi forks in for a service after every 25-50 hours of use, and that alone is enough to put me off buying them.
What I actually want in a fork is something as simple to maintain as my current Fox Vanilla 125R, but with 150mm of travel, and a 20mm axle. Is that too much to ask?