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First Ride: 2014 Marzocchi 380 C2R2 Ti Fork and Moto C2R Shock

<b>Welcome back to Whistler, British Columbia - the perfect testing grounds for the completely new 2014 Marzocchi 380 C2R2 Ti fork and Moto C2R shock.</b>

<b>When redesigning the 888, one of Marzocchi's primary goals was shaving weight without losing strength or stiffness. From a hollow lower crown to titanium bolts, the fork sees an impressive drop of 300 grams.</b>

<b>Internally, the new Dynamic Bleed Cartridge is said to combine the advantages of an open bath system and a sealed cartridge. The semi-sealed system features an automatic bleeding design.</b>

<b>The new Moto C2R rear shock completes the package, having also received a major redesign and refinement from the previous Roco.</b>

<b>Now stronger, lighter, and "more better."</b>

<b>Masters at their craft. Marzocchi's event team is headlined by Pietro Palladino, whose name and work are well-regarded in the suspension world. They set us up for a day on the hill.</b>

<b>After a full day of riding, Gene Hamilton weighs in on his initial impressions. Aided by the hard anodized, nickel coated, low friction stanchions with teflon impregnation, the 380 is every bit as smooth as its predecessor.</b>

<b>Was diving an issue? Is it under damped? If anything, Gene noted a slight improvement.</b>

<b>When loaded in turns the 380 is still active, just as it should be. The fork features new SKF seals that reduce stiction, and the bushing distance has been increased to improve riding precision.</b>

<b>The 130 gram lighter magnesium lowers aren't noticeably different on the trail, which isn't a bad thing. They lose their traditional Marzocchi "M" arch shape, which helps make the fork compatible with both 26 and 27.5-inch wheels.</b>

<b>The external adjustments make a noticeable impact on the fork's performance.</b>

<b>With external hi and low-speed rebound adjustments to play with, tuning the fork can take some time, but it can be adjusted to better suit the specific needs of different tracks.</b>

<b>How does the Moto compare to the Roco rear shock? Gene puts the hammer down while finding out.</b>

<b>One noticeable improvement to both the fork and shock was mid-stroke support.</b>

<b>The damping offered by the Moto has a different feel, which at times gave Gene's Canfield Jedi test bike a more playful disposition.</b>

<b>Should you feel the desire to tinker around, disassembly is easier than in the past.</b>

<b>Sometimes things just work well. Such was Gene's experience on the Moto.</b>

<b>At the time of our test, only a handful of prototypes were available. The shock will soon be available as a production piece.</b>

<b>With more tuning range available than ever before and the fork and shock, some may get lost in the adjustments. Others will appreciate the added adjustability.</b>

<b>With just one day on the new suspension, it's tough to weigh in on long term durability. Stay tuned for a full review in the upcoming months.</b>

<b>What's the verdict? The new bits "felt like more of the same, which is a very good product." Check out <u><a href="http://www.marzocchi.com" target="_blank">www.marzocchi.com</a></u> for more details.</b>

Now 10 years after the 888 was introduced, Marzocchi recently sat down to revamp their iconic fork. They ended up completely redesigning it from the crown to the axle. All said and done, the new 2014 380 C2R2 Titanium fork represents the culmination of a collaboration between Marzocchi and the UCI World Cup MS Mondraker Team. Not only is it over 300 grams lighter than the 888, but the internals have been reworked as well. A new rear shock known as the Moto C2R also shares a new, lighter, slimmer, and refined profile. With tuning input from the likes of Markus Pekoll, Morgane Charre, Damien Spagnolo, and a host of other athletes, Marzocchi is confident in their latest line of downhill products.

This fall we were given the opportunity to ride the new fork and shock in Whistler, British Columbia. With years of experience on Marzocchi suspension as a downhill coach, Gene Hamilton of BetterRide.net fame served as our test pilot. Listen in for his first ride impressions, and stay tuned for a long-term test in the coming months.





2014 380 C2R2 Titanium Fork Highlights


- 200mm travel
- 26 or 27.5-inch wheel compatibility using same fork
- Adjustments: Spring Preload // Low Speed Compression // High Speed Compression // Low Speed Rebound // High Speed Rebound
- Titanium spring (5.5 N/mm stock) with soft, standard, hard and extra hard springs available
- Dynamic Bleed Cartridge
- 60cc of 7.5 weight oil in each leg
- 38mm diameter aluminum stanchions with nickel treatment
- Magnesium lowers
- Taperwall 20mm axle
Keyed axle-dropout requiring only one hex key
- SKF fork seals
- Tapered aluminum or 1 1/8-inch aluminum steerer
- Titanium clamp bolts
- Rubber fork bumpers
- 203mm Post Mount disc brake tabs
- Fork length: 581mm
- Steerer tube / wheel offset: 46mm
- Color: Flat black with matching crowns
- Weight: 2,750 grams (6.06-pounds)



2014 Moto C2R Shock Highlights


- Adjustments: Spring Preload // Low Speed Compression // High Speed Compression // Low Speed Rebound
- High Speed Rebound adjustable through removable shim stack
- Available with and without 4-position adjustable volume Progression Booster
- Hard ano coated shock body
- Sizes: 267x89mm, 241x76mm and 222x70mm
- Weight: 369 grams (0.81-pounds) for 241x76mm shock without spring or hardware


Inside the 380 C2R2 Titanium and Moto C2R


Curious what's inside? Take a look at the hidden secrets in both the fork and shock in this animated product intro video from Marzocchi:



For more details, visit www.marzocchi.com.

Photos by Dave Trumpore
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