Strengths: Light, stiff, very durable, very reliable and consistant, looked excellent inside when rebuilt, no signs of excessive wear anywhere. Takes a massive thrashing, and I'm 260 lbs.
Weaknesses: Not many vendors stocking parts in the UK, but EcoSport has been very good about getting me what I needed..
This is the best fork I've ever used. I've not seen anything yet with the same combination of reliability and adjustability. In just a few mins, you can adjust it for any trail conditions, it tracks incredibly well when set up properly. When I was running a 3" Nokian up front, it cleared with no problems. They reccommend that you charge the slave cylinder with nitrogen instead of air.. worth the effort, and they were right, you can notice the difference on long runs. My next fork will be a WB DH2.0 whenever this one pukes, but so far, I've had no problems at all.. very highly reccommended.
Weaknesses: Lots of flex after used for a few years.
The 2001 White Brothers DH3 is by far under-rated by most. The amount of flex and te 20mm screw in axel is most people turn offs. I have come to terms with the flex since I don't realixe it when I'm riding, but the axel fives me tizzy-fits when I need to change the tire or tube, but other wise it is the best damn axel I've ever used besides the DNM USD-180's, Marzocchi Shiver WC, and Manitou's He-Lock axel. Don't pigon hole this fork, pigon hole the rider who accuses it! Best fork ever in the eyes of Black Dimond Magazine!
Favorite Trail: street and big jumps (doubles) and downhill
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: used off mtbr classified
Similar Products Used: monster t's
Bike Setup: current azonic eliminator i bought a whole bike used. santa cruz super 8 which the forks came on. the bike broke completely in half due to large drops and gaps. but the forks held up and are still holding i paid 1350 for the whole bike the forks are 2000 but were rebuilt in 2001 with a different lubricating system that is what i was told but used by the previous owner and abused by me
from Hong Kong
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2002
Strengths: Smooth,Plush,Cool Looking
Weaknesses: Lots of services needed........Suck at big drops Nitrogen blows out Lack of Rebound
Not a bad thing,but the first thing I need to do after I've got it was service......and I think theres not enough rebound to overcome samll and rough trails. Anyway services is the most important thing to this fork
Date Reviewed: July 17, 2001
Strengths: it's really cool looking. Best of all it gets to sleep over at White Bros. all the time while waiting to be fixed.
Weaknesses: It rattles, clinks, nitro blows up, springs bow and rub the inside of the upper leg, anti bottom spring rattles around inside like my grand daddys 53 jeep.
If you like forks that rattle, clunk and need to be sent back for a month every time you take it out of the basement than this fork is for you. I give it 1 chile only because I have to. If they were steaming little terds I would have chosen 5.
Similar Products Used: rock shox boxxer and Marzocchi monster t
Bike Setup: team specialized FSR
from Rocklin, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 30, 2001
Strengths: Price, weight, travel, smoothness, fork leg protectors, easy adjustment.
Weaknesses: Standard springs are too weak (probably even for your "standard" 150lb rider). Would rather have allen bolt for 20mm axle, instead of wrench. Neg spring in one leg means legs aren't equal length when wheel not installed - makes putting the wheel in harder. As I'm sure would happen with any inverted design, when compressed a lot, your brake line can bend into the spokes - just have to zip-tie it creatively to avoid that.
I'll post again after I've ridden it more, but this will serve as initial impression then impression over time. Main complaint is that I can very easily bottom this fork with the standard springs. I usually need heavier springs, but I can nearly bottom this in my driveway just pressing on it. I have "extra heavy" springs on the way (I weigh 200lbs). The weight is really good for a fork like this, and it is very plush - one of the things that convinced me to get it after riding a friend's. I've heard bad things about customer support from them, but I've now called them several times, and had great luck. The price, performance, and weight seem to far outweigh the few small annoyances (see Weaknesses above).
Bike Setup: intense m1, hayes 8", azonic, race face, mrp...
Date Reviewed: April 11, 2001
Strengths: wow man this fork is fast because it is relitively light, Tracks as good as monster T and almost as "buttery" plush (until you bottom it out), extremely adjustably (like 6diff spring rates?!), super customer service for WB and cheaper
Weaknesses: left leg makes noises, seems to bottom easy or just be too stiff 'n' sticky....hmmmm yet to blow cartrage
for tha money ya cant beat it...It is adjustable, super smooth (closest to "butta" marrzocchi), light, awesome looking(crapy riders) and cheap...Get out there and get one champ....!!
I'm getting my old bike back on the trails after a number of years off. I need to service my forks - Marzocchi DH3.
Any idea what pressure I should run? I weigh 70Kg and always had a heavy violent style. Any further advice?
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Hi guys, new to this board and its one of the better ones out there. Anyhow, i have a 2002 white brothers dh3 and the top crown is not parallel to the handlebar. The stem and bar are dead straight but the top crown seems a little twisted. Is there a fix for this?
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I've got a chance to get a really good deal on a DH3. Has anyone used one? Would anyone be kind enough to give me feedback on it? Please don't bother doing the 'it sux' thing.. if it wasn't good..tell me why..
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