Strengths: super plush, look very good, second hand ones can be bought very cheap now, seals and wipers can be bought easily (although i havent tone so(yet)).... all adjustmens and air preload are very effective. its sensitive and works.
Weaknesses: nothing apart from it took a while for me to understand what the compression adjustment did (at first it seemed like it did nothing)... i put it as far in the '+' direction as i could and it seems like the fork completly stops 70% of the way through the travel if i REALLY bottom out. so its more like a bottom out resistance lol.dont care tho, its awsome
its 2nd hand now i found out from its origional owner, the fork is now 8 years old and hasnt got a service once through every weekend DH riding (yes im being serious) and ... it still works. seals are still good, it keeps the air inside it (still) wtf? if you ask me. so yea its reliable, strong and overall a damn good fork. buy one, dont hesitate. oh yes, buy a shock pump and air adaptor with it too :)
Duration Product Used: me: 1 year. origional owner:7 years
Purchased At: my friend
Date Reviewed: October 28, 2012
Strengths: look amazing with the 3D decals, feel unreal, overall awsome and SUPER PLUSH
Weaknesses: pfft... weaknesses with these? catch yourself on... aint no weaknesses with these bad boys!
look awsome, feel awsome, marzocchi. just awsome. buy them.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: April 16, 2012
Strengths: Very strong and powerfull though allowing excellent control in all circumstances.This forks works just fantastic, coupled with a DHX 5.0 coil on a quad suspension Marin quake 7.2 it s the best fork I ve owned..
Having in mind the main purpouse of the fork (FR+DH) it s really amusing how good this fork works in urban environement, for jumping on the stairs or just fooling around.When yo ride in ther city with that fork it feels a beet chopper but king of the road.Really effective in urban speeding...For the DH and FR all is said so just bravo Italia, it s really a BOMB(ER)
Favorite Trail: Sljeme (i m leaving at the bottom of the mountain a little over 1100m. in the outskirts of the city
Purchased At: authorized dealer
Similar Products Used: totem, lyrik
Bike Setup: MARIN QUAKE XLT QUAD LINK SUSPENSION, REAR DHX 5.0 &TITANIUM COIL, BRAKES SHIMANO SAINT, ALL MECH SRAM x9.
Date Reviewed: June 20, 2011
Strengths: super plush,super sensible, i love this fork, C cartridge tuneable by an adjusment aftermarket sleeve, change the oil at specified times, keep it clean and it will last forever.
Weaknesses: if you use it in freeride it maybe too heavy to pedal uphill, but it will worth the muscle gain. sometimes it´s somewhat flexible.
this is an awesome fork, it has very simple internals, very user serviceable, although it´s cartridges are sealed, you can buy a low speed compression sleeve to slide over the compression cartridge and change the springs and choose on 2 lenghts 150mm or 170mm, bombproof fork can take any jump and because zoke controls the bottoming on oil level, it can never bottom out. if you´re looking to learn how forks work and a very sensitive fork, buy it, it is already proven, it has 6 years in the market and still there are a lot of new spares around.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2010
Strengths: confidence inspiring-Easy maintenance-design:all black with nice stickers (matches wll with my white frame-:))
easy to adjust .....in 6 months I never had a slightest problem with it even on the most demanding terrains...absorbs all...in 2 words it s a real "shHit eater"...and yeah ,I know it s not the newest model on the market but it works superbly ....I ll keep it on my bike for some time cause this is exactly the product I need ..almost zero maintenance and it works...everywhere
Weaknesses: n/a so far
If you are looking for a RELIABLE-ALMOST UNBREAKABLE-ShHIT EATER -that requires low maintenance buy the bobmber,you won t be dissapointed
Bike Setup: 06 Giant AC2, manitou 4 way swinger, Marzocchi 66RC's, Hayes Nines, Truvativ Cranks & BB, some other good stuff that sparkles in the sunshine.
a Weekend Warrior
from Portland, Oregon, USA
Date Reviewed: May 5, 2009
Strengths: The best damn fork available in 2005, period. This is clearly a winner in the DH/FR category. Dedicated 20mm thru-axle with two clamp down bolts per leg drop-out, think about it.....
Weaknesses: Describe for me what weakness is defined as please, because this fork represents nothing of the such, near as I can tell for the last 4 years. If cost is a weakness of said product, then weak forks structurally should be cheap.
If you bought this fork, you were smart. If you want this fork, too bad. 2005 was a good year.
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2007
Strengths: 180mm of travel, single crown, looks great, fits almost any bike.
THE BEST FORKS ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW, BETTER THAT ANY SINGLE CROWN! For those of you sick of dual crowns but want lots of travel, these are the ones to get, they may be expensive but there definatly worth it!
Similar Products Used: 888rc, super T, Manitou Travis ti... all the best
Bike Setup: kona stinky, hayes, e-13, deemax, chris king...
from Ithaca, NY, USA
Date Reviewed: May 24, 2007
Strengths: Super strong, plush, all black, super rigid brake mount. The stock springs were firm enough for me and I weigh 275Lbs. That is super rare! Big thumbs-up for the big M!!!
Weaknesses: paint,air-preload covers get lost easilly...
This fork is the best dang fork I have ever ridden! People ask me with the Morphine, why not a dual-crown, and I tell them this fork is plenty for me, and espescially after it proved it self by ovalizing the head-tube of my ClifCat TANKA$$, after the TANKA$$ handled the MONSTER-T for two summers!!!
If you're a heavy rider or very rough rider afraid of breaking parts, then this is for you. If you're a light rider who counts ounces on his bike, then this fork would be your worst nightmare!
Similar Products Used: '03 DJ1, '99 Z1-CR, '99 Monster-T
Bike Setup: Banshee Morphine, 66RC, Holzfellers, trail-pimps...
a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: October 25, 2006
Strengths: Very plush on the high speed chatter bumps. Feels like butter on gaps, drops, step downs, etc. Great adjustability with the compression and rebound - easy to dial in the suspension. Easy to maintain. Adjustable from 6 - 7 inches. Low maintenance fork - have not had any problems with the internals. Very reliable fork.
After riding the Boxxer Race and Slider +, the 66RC was infintely better than these two forks. I had more confidence in cornering, rolls, drops, gaps, step-downs, etc. with these forks. With the two previous forks I had major problems with malfunctioning internals (twice for both forks) yet I have not had any problems with this reliable fork. Great fork.
Similar Products Used: 2003 Boxxer Race, 2005 Sherman Slider +
Bike Setup: 2005 Bullit, Fox DHX 5.0, 26" minions, 24" high rollers
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006
Strengths: Looks! Single-Crown - can do anything a 7" monster t can only better and with more adjustability. Progressive travel - first couple of inches are easy and smooth and as you progressively use more travel it gets much stiffer. Adjustments - you can tune 100% of the travel of this fork to your liking. Axle to Crown height - some complain about this but I bought this instead of an 06 because I really like the way it slackens the geometry of my frame. Steering radius - no double crown = better steering. Did I mention single crown? - makes your double crown friends look like p*ssy's!
Weaknesses: None that I have discovered.
The first time I used it I took it on a very technical downhill ride with lots of rock gardens, steep rock faces, creek gaps and jumps. The first ride down intimidated me some because I was used to seeing a double crown under me. However, this thing is 1.5 inches taller and wider than my buddies Jr T. Its a beast over rocks and the suspension is awesome. When I used to have my Jr T I constantly felt like I was bottoming it out. I'm 215 lbs and the progressive travel on this thing is amazing. Overall, awesome fork, if you can find one cheap and used I highly recommend it. Its awesome when you can go faster and bigger than your friends who are riding double crown Jr T's, Monsters, Super T's. Best upgrade I have made and I know I won't go back to double crown. I really like the axle to crown height @ 595 mm, only 10 mm less than an 8" travel 888!
Similar Products Used: 2003 Marzocchi Jr. T, 2002 RockShox Psylo Race, Manitou Sherman, Manitou Nixon
Bike Setup: 05' Kona Stinky, 66RC, Holzfeller, XT, D321/Mammoth rims, Marzocchi/Rolf hubs, Hayes
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2006
Strengths: amazingly strong, supple and stiff. easy to modify and usual marzocchi reliability. it just works
Weaknesses: some people find it heavy but to be honest, if youre even considering them then weight shouldnt be on your mind. they weighg 7.3 pounds by the way.
basically, i messed around with the internals, sawing springs in half, putting bits of household plumbing here and there, drilling holes and practicing witchcraft in moderation...... in the end, i ended up with a 80mm travel version of the 66 which has a greater internal overlap than the travel it now has making it the stiffest fork on the planet, literally. it makes a great street fork for caining around in london with and jumping off stuff knowing it will out-live mankind.
amazing fork with unpresidented potential...... underneath all that matcho extreme free-ride marketing layes a fork which outdoes ANY dirtjump/street fork ever conceived. you aint ready.
Similar Products Used: Avalanches, shivers, fox 40's, eeeeeeverythin'
Bike Setup: 24 cycles burner
from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: July 12, 2006
Strengths: the fork is very ajustable, air preload does alot, VERY stiff, internals are stong, smooth on every surface.
Weaknesses: The BOMBER sticker is coming off. otherwize nothing
This is a great fork, i have riddin other bikes with simmilar travel forks and they are absolutly crap. this is best by far. if you are a freerider downhiller, dirt jumper or cross country it doesn't matter. it you want a fork theat does it all you have found it. i ride a freeride hartail and the fork make the bike. BUY IT, U WONT BE DISSAPOINTED
So, I have a 2005 66 rc on my wildcard and I find that this fork is way to soft through the first part of the travel. I've tried adjusting the compression side but the knob makes no sound at all, nor can I really feel any difference in the bike. I've been adjusting it and taking jumping some stairs ... Read More »
Just bought a used bike fitted with an 05 or 06 Bomber 66 RC, to add heavier, more DH oreinted ride to my little stable o' bikes. Problem is I haven't owned a Marzo. fork in years and I'm bangin my head trying to get some sag out of the thing :madman:
I've got zero air in it and can't get even ... Read More »
I have a specialized pitch with a pike 327 fork. I'm wanting a fork that can handle more freeriding, something more beefy. A guy wants to trade his 2005 Marzocchi 66 RC that has 1 month of use and was just serviced for my pike 327. What do you think? The marzocchi 66 rc has been off the bike and in ... Read More »
I recently got my 66 serviced for the first time. When I ride it feels plush but when I pick up the front end..there is a loud poping sound as the fork reaches its full extension. You can feel the fork vibrate as it hits its full extension point.
Is this bad for the fork?
Did my LBS put too m ... Read More »