It was over 50 years ago, in 1949 to be exact when Stefano and Guglielmo Marzocchi founded Marzocchi Spa (Società Per Azioni – in Italian: shared company), which today produces leading high quality Mountain bike and Motor bike suspension products.
The successful company had declined since the late 1980’s, until two years ago, when it was bought by a U.S. company Tenneco, owner of automotive suspension giant Monroe. Marzocchi suddenly had access to new technology, materials and resources to fund it’s R&D department.
The company is working for two years now on innovative front forks made of aluminum. Until today , front forks were made out of aluminum for the outer tubes and steel for the inner ones. Steel is very heavy compared to aluminum, and adds unsprung weight. Goal was to build a light front fork for motocross and off road motorcycles. The male sliders in the fork are made of aluminum too, aircraft-grade, heat-treated and hard-anodized. For ex, the USD53 model fork assembly weighs only 17 pounds (7.7 kg).