It seems any review with less than 5 stars gets deleted. The problem is, early forks had issues with bushings and bottom out bumpers. I believe affected forks were reworked in the USA but in Euro, no effort has been made to keep these out of circulation.
As much fun as it always was to buy a new Fox fork and then throw another pile of $$$ at it trying to make it feel like what a $900 fork should feel like, this fork has all the required features right out of the box and then some. The IRT air spring system is excellent, the damper works like it is supposed to without any pot metal pistons or gimmick settings, plus the HBO is nice to have. The chassis is stiff and smooth and looks great, and this fork is easy to service. There is no other fork I would trade my Mezzer for.
After trying like hell to love a 2019 Rockshox Pike RCT3, I finally gave up. That fork was full of bind and friction, even after burnishing the bushings. The fork was very harsh on higher speed hits, with almost no low speed compression damping. What a fail for a $1000 fork.
I moved on to a Mattoc Comp and that was so much better than the Pike, I felt confident ordering the Mezzer. On the first few rides, I was actively running over roots and rocks just to believe how much less I felt in the bars. "Now this is what a fork is supposed to feel like" kept popping into my head.
It is supportive, plush, super stable, and light for how beastly it is. Highly recommended.
Long time Fox user and just wasn't thrilled with the harshness of the 36. Lots of fiddling and I just couldn't get it to feel how I wanted without throwing even more money at it. After riding a Mastadon, I wondered if this Mezzer would feel similar. Happy to say it's exceeding my expectations. Very easy to work on and love the very supple early stroke and tunable mid stroke. Best fork I've ever ridden.
Switched from a Fox 36. Night and day difference. IRT is the real deal. Incredible small bump compliance with superb mid stroke support. You literally don’t need to give anything up. Just takes some time to dial it in.