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Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti Fork

Average User Rating: (Outstanding)
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“Solid fork for your 6 inch bike”

The Good: strong, Titanium coil spring!

The Bad: oil level was a little off from the factory

Overall Review:

Let's be honest, price is a concern for most of us when making a bike purchase. The fact that this fork was much less than the competition when I bought it (online blowout a couple of years ago) was a big factor in me choosing it over other brands.  Having said that, I was really impressed with it once it was installed on the bike.  The strong 35mm stanctions were enough to keep things from being noodly in rough terrain and the feel of the coil spring was nice and buttery smooth.  The weight of a coil fork is usually a bit of a penalty, but in this case Marzocchi has done a good job of keeping it relatively close to other air forks with the same travel.

The only gripe I have is that it is hard to dial in air pressure. The fork can be aired up with a regular shock pump but it requires a special sensitive kind to be able to read the small pressures they recommend using to add to the coil spring.  Instead, I've found that you just have to memorize your preferred setting that goes something like this: from zero air in the fork, I will pump 7 strokes using my regular shock pump. Once you have it dialed then you're good.

BTW, I'm reviewing the 2011 model which is 160mm of travel and I believe the newest 55 RC3 has 170mm of travel.

For what I paid, this fork has been terrific and no major issues have come up.

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Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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Miscellaneous The 2011 55 continues the lightweight long travel legacy Marzocchipioneered way back in '97. With features like buttery smooth RC3 open bath damper, Hi/Lo Compression, all NEW bushing design and 20mmthru axle, this lightweight long travel fork is ready for some serious riding! 160mm travel Titanium coil spring w/ adjustable preload RC3 open bath damper Hi/Lo compression Adjustable rebound Alloy steer tube Alloy crown 35mm Nickel coated alloy tapered stanchions Fitted and slotted bushings Post mount disc brake 20mm thru axle Approximate weight 5.5lbs
Price $691.16
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry