Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Marzocchi sold

Posted by Matt | July 23, 2008 | Leave a comment

I nearly missed this last week, the news that Marzocchi have sold out to Tenneco, the US based owner of Monroe shock absorbers.

Now, I’m not a financial or industry expert, so couldn’t begin to hazard what this means beyond noting that Marzocchi have been the weak corner of the bike industry suspension triumverate (Fox, Rock Shox and Marzocchi) for some time. Successive models have been overweight, (anedotally) unreliable and have missed what the market has been demanding.

So what impact will this have?

  • Better models – performance, reliability and features?
  • Cheaper prices?
  • A concerted effort the break the Fox air shock stranglehold?
  • Another buying decision for Dave?

We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s an important event all the same. I reckon there’s few people out there who haven’t ridden a bike with a Marzocchi fork on it at some stage in their riding career.

Filed under 2008, News in July 2008


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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