Marzocchi Bomber Air | Overview & Initial Review

    We’re super excited to finally see a Marzocchi air shock option to compliment their Marzocchi Bomber CR coil shock. The Bomber CR has been super popular for its affordable price point and hassle free setup. The Bomber Air is offered in all common metric and trunnion sizes, and is priced at $479. The Bomber Air is designed to work on any style of bike, from a slopestyle bike all the way up to a full size free-ride rig. This shock is built to be a jack of all trades. The weight comes in at about 480 grams which varies by size.

The Basics:

  • $479 USD
  • Adjustable compression and rebound 
  • All adjusters are tool-free 
  • Compatible with FOX bearing mounts on both ends (excluding trunnion)
  • 484 grams (205x65)
  • Sizes:

    • Metric: 190x45, 210x50, 210x52.5, 210x55, 230x57.5, 230x60, 230x65, 250x75

    • Trunnion: 185x52.5, 185x55, 205x60, 205x62.5, 225x75


    The Bomber Air is about as easy to set up its coil sprung sibling, with just a single compression lever next to its rebound knob. That compression lever is attached to the new asymmetrical reservoir, which has a little angle to its dangle off the body of the shock. This isn’t just a fashion statement, and the angle of the shock's piggyback reservoir allows the shock to fit on a wider range of bikes. On some frames with a vertical shock, the reservoir can come dangerously close to the downtube during a bottom out, and Marzocchi has given the Bomber Air a little bit of extra room to play with by hanging its reservoir off the air can at a slight angle.

    Now, back to the adjustments. That compression lever on top of the reservoir is labeled with “soft” in one direction and “firm” in the other direction. Similarly to their Z1 and Z2 fork, this dial is an infinitely adjustable sweep adjust lever in between

those full-soft and full-firm settings, and there are no clicks. The idea is that you can set and forget this knob after finding your preferred setup. I ended up leaving it in the fully soft setting while descending to maximize traction and used the fully firm setting to get a more stable climbing platform on longer fire road climbs.

Unfortunately, this isn’t true a substitute for a lockout lever as there was still a noticeable amount of pedal bob when compared to a shock with a true lockout. However, it made enough of a difference that I kept using it. The rebound knob has 12 clicks of adjustment, which provided a great range for me, and I settled at 7 clicks from closed which is right about in the middle. On the inside of the air can, you can also add air volume spacers (tokens) to increase the progressivity of the shock and handle those big hits with a bit more finesse.

Setup, Comparison, and First Ride Thoughts

    Setting up this shock was about as easy as it gets. Once I set my sag I was about 90% of the way there, and after a little bit of fiddling with the rebound I was off to the races. With a quick glance, you'll notice the Bomber Air is remarkably similar to the Fox Float X in appearance, but the Float X has more bells and whistles. The Fox Float X has a wider range of low speed compression adjustments, with markings on the dial to help see where you are in the compression circuits, but they both have the same number of rebound clicks. The biggest difference is the lockout lever on the side of the Fox Float X, which can be a big help if your frame suffers from extreme amounts of pedal bob as this offers a much more firm platform when pedaling up the mountain.

    Out on the trail, I found these shocks to offer very similar performance to each other, to the point of actually not remembering which one I was on during one of our back to back runs. Both shocks

offer a very active platform that loves to launch off of every bump in its path. I felt like I could pop out of corners with ease, but I didn’t feel the same confidence coming into chundery rough sections that I would have with something like the Fox Float X2. The Bomber Air would feel a bit harsh when taking big, repetitive hits, and didn’t quite have the supple ground hugging feeling of a dedicated downhill shock.

    Let's back up, though, because we can't expect the Bomber Air to compare to a shock that's several hundred dollars more expensive, and it offers more than enough performance to get you through some properly chunky sections of trail without skipping a beat. There wasn't a moment in riding this shock that held me back from sending a gnarly line or big jump, and I was very happy with it's performance.

    When pulling back on a lip, I was always impressed by the liveliness of the Bomber Air and how it encouraged me to get airborne. This shock is definitely happiest on a more flowy and jumpy trail than the most bone rattling downhill track you can find. But generally speaking, when you're looking for maximum performance on the most treacherous terrain on planet Earth, you understand you'll be needing to dish out additional dough for a shock that is designed more specifically for that task. Overall, the Bomber Air is a very capable rear shock that just does a pretty good job of absorbing bumps no matter the size with little to no frills.

So who is the Bomber Air for?

    If you find yourself reaching for the lockout lever on those longer climbs, or are always tinkering with your compression settings to dial in your suspension performance, then the Fox Float X will suit your needs perfectly. But anyone who wants to spend more time sessioning jumps and corners than worrying about how much pedaling efficiency they’re losing from their shock bobbing around will be right at home on the Bomber Air. If you’re after a set and forget shock that offers a premium level of performance with minimal setup time and lower cost, then the Bomber Air is a great option for you.

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Tor Weiland



Bellingham, WA

Current Bikes: Transition Spire

Bike Size: Medium

Favorite Trails: Oriental Express, Galbraith

About Me: Hailing from the sunny landscape of California, Tor headed north and landed here in the cloudy town of Bellingham, WA. His riding style is "PINNED" and he loves to scope out those seemingly impossible triples. He loves riding and also loves sharing his experiences with others. You can catch Tor in front of the camera or behind the keyboard, but best of luck catching him on the trail!