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Marzocchi Bomber MX Comp mountain bike fork.
Marzocchi Bomber MX Comp mountain bike fork.

Marzocchi is an Italian manufacturer founded in 1949 by brothers Stefano and Guglielmo Marzocchi. The company profile doesn't include hydraulic industrial pumps anymore but only suspension components for motorcycles and bicycles. The Marzocchi Pompe is still in the hands of the Marzocchi Family and produces gear pumps and motors in Bologna. In 2008 the company was acquired by American automotive parts manufacturer Tenneco.[1] Until 2007, Marzocchi manufactured the mountain bike suspension forks in Italy. In order to remain competitive, Marzocchi, like RockShox before it, moved the production of the forks to Taiwan. In the 4th quarter of 2015, Fox Factory acquired certain assets of Marzocchi's mountain bike product lines. [2]

Motorcycle suspension

Marzocchi Strada oil-air motorcycle rear suspension units.
Marzocchi Strada oil-air motorcycle rear suspension units.

Up until the 1980s, Marzocchi were original equipment manufacturers ('OEM') for a number of Italian motorcycle marques including Moto Morini and Ducati, their oil shock absorbers also being OEM for Triumph Motorcycles in the latter stages of their production at the Meriden plant. Their later 'Strada' model introduced a degree of air suspension to motorcycling and, like the oil shocks, were available as aftermarket fittings for a large number of models. Strada units were OEM for Triumph's T140LE Royal Wedding and TSS models. A big advantage of the Marzocchi shock was its ability to be rebuilt, seal kits and service manuals being readily available. Meriden also experimented with using Marzocchi front forks which were also used on some Italian models. Meriden however closed down before any such forks reached production models.

Marzocchi shocks, albeit of more modern design, are still OEM for a number of manufacturers.

Bicycle suspension

Until 2007, fork production was based in Italy (apart from the entry level OEM parts, which are produced by the Taiwanese SR Suntour in Taiwan). Since 2008, all forks have been made in Taiwan.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Tenneco acquires Italian Marzocchi suspension business". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
  2. ^ "Marzocchi's Mountain Bike Product Line Assets to Expand FOX's Ride Dynamics Performance Bicycle Suspension Product Portfolio". GlobeNewswire. Yahoo! Finance. 19 October 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-10-23. Retrieved 26 November 2020.