a Weekend Warrior
from Oakland, CA
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2007
Strengths: Extremely stiff, ETA is awesome and makes climbing a breeze. Fork is pretty light for as burly as it is. This fork is also very adjustable. Very plush!
Weaknesses: I have not found any weaknesses yet. This fork rocks.
I have been riding this fork for going on three months now and like it more every time I take out for a ride. I went to Northstar this past weekend and the fork rocks. There is no question that it is thoroughly broken in after that trip. The fork is super adjustable with both external rebound, compression and the awesome ETA travel adjuster. The ETA knob is very easy to engage by turning a dial about 2/3 of a turn making my Bullit climb like a much lighter trailbike. I believe this fork must have been designed with the Bullit in mind. It is the perfect match.
Similar Products Used: Fox 36 Vanilla R, 888RC, Shiver, Super T.
Bike Setup: 2004 Santa Cruz Bullit with Deemax wheels, custom green powdercoat, Juicy 5's with 203mm rotors, saint crank, Crank Brother platform pedals, DHX 5.0 Coil with Ti Spring. Michelin DH 32 2.8 front DH 24 2.5 rear, Michelin Dee Max wheels, Diabolus Stem, FSA DH Carbon bar, Thomson Seatpost, SDG Belaire Saddle, X9 shifters and R deraileur, XT front deraileur, Brake Therapy FLoating Brake.
a Weekend Warrior
from makati, philippines
Date Reviewed: April 1, 2007
Strengths: ETA adjustability, compression adjustment. alloy steerer, stiff and plush. doesnt bottom
Weaknesses: downtube clearance with the wider lower arch. no positive click to engage ETA - can be acticated accidentally. older fender doesnt fit. new one hard to come by
I have used marzocchi forks for a long time. Reliability, Big Hit performance, and user friendlyness has always been its strong suit. the 66 light is no exception. I used the first generation 66's and always found their lack of travel adjust to be their biggest flaw. I still have to pedal up to my local DH runs and the tall first gen 66 didnt make it easy at all. Marzocchi pulls thru with this fork - i got it on order the moment i knew it was in the pipeline. What i wasnt prepared for was the downtube clearance issues. Almost had a hydroline chopped of by the edge of the lower crown, so if you have straight downtubes with cable hangers watch out for clearance. Also I wanted to use my older fender - but i found out it didnt fit and will need a new one. apparently the new one is rare as I have it on order with the local dealer and it hasnt arrived yet. Will probably get it on line. its a good fork. Dont let its "simple" internals compared to Foxes and new gen Rock Shox put you off. its still a great fork
Similar Products Used: Jr. T, Nixon, Dirt Jumper, Sherman, Mozo...
Bike Setup: Raleigh ram
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2006
Strengths: Stiff, functional buttons, adjustable
Weaknesses: Not as smooth as Fox
This is one stiff fork. All buttons really make a difference and all travel can be used just fine. I find ETA perfect for all who still do climbs on their FR bikes. Tighten the nut that holds the red (compression) button- I lost mine.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2006
Strengths: I been riding this fork by 3 days (5 hours total) and I have to tell you this is an awsome fork. Not so heavy, 170mm travel plus ETA external rebound and preload adjustment.
Weaknesses: Too pretty, I dont want to scratch it.
I though my broken z1 eta freeride was the stiffest fork in the market, no, of course the lowers of this fork are amazingly stiff. I been riding it by 3 days so I wiil post a new review in a couple of months. Of course it needs to be broken in.
By now great stiff fork with many adjustments and plush ride (is going to be plusher once brake in).
Similar Products Used: 2003 z1 eta qr20 and 130-170 adjustment sherman trough axel fork.
Bike Setup: SC bullit freeride set up.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2005
Strengths: 170mm travel. Single crown. Lateral stiffness due to 35mm stanchions and 20mm thru axle. Looks cool. Large knobs with definitive clicks.
Weaknesses: None detected, other than it's a bit porky.
I recently got this fork to replace the '03 Z1 FR I had previously. The old fork bothered me for three reasons. First, it had only 130 mm travel, which just never felt balanced with the 178 mm rear travel on the Bullit. Second, the ETA on the Z1 stopped working after about a year. The lever was flimsy plastic that stripped out. I suppose I could have taken it in to the shop, but I have limited time and would rather ride. Third, once I put an 8" disc on the front the torsional flexing of the fork became noticeable and bothersome. When I saw that Marzocchi was introducing a 170 mm travel single crown fork with ETA for 2006, I figured that was the perfect solution for these problems. Needless to say, I am not disappointed. The front and back travel is now balanced. Whereas the Z1 would botton out regularly on faster/rougher/steeper terrain, the 66 Light does not. The ETA works perfectly and is a huge benefit if you intend to climb. The lever is huge and smooth - easy to reach down and flip the ETA on or off while riding. Finally, the 35mm stanchions (vs. 32mm on the Z1), combined with the 20 mm thru-axle (my Z1 was standard QR), make the fork much stiffer and therefore confidence inspiring. Although expensive, the fork has been an excellent upgrade. I recommend it to anyone who, like me, has a long travel DS bike that is used regularly for climbing. If you don't want the ETA then you should look at one of the other 66 models.
I'd like to see if you have any information on what parts and instructions that are available to convert my 2006 Marz 66 ETA light from air+coil to dual coil. Seems that a second spring (5141516/C) and end cap and a nut is all that's needed. Do you have any information or advise on doing this?
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I've narrowed the fork choices down to two forks for my '07 Banshee Chaparral frame.
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I'm going to post this in the "Let's talk about shocks" forum as well but since I am a Clyde at 240lbs, I thought I might get some good advice by a fellow Clyde that might happen to ride a 66 Light ETA or 66 RC2 ETA. The only difference between the two other than decals is that the 66 RC2 ETA has 18 ... Read More »
HI,... i need some help
i just blow out the RC2 Cartridge of my 66 ETA and i need to replace it i live in Ecuador so i need an online place qhere y can buy it and mal to me to ecuador or to LA. if someone knows the aproximate price of this cartridge please tell me
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I've been riding this fork for about 6 months, on my Transition Dirtbag.. downhill, dirtjumps, drops, etc..
The fork is awesome.. pretty solid, great adjustments and damping. Except for one pesky problem.
At first i thought the seals were a little sticky at the very top of the travel, as they p ... Read More »