from Bellingham, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2010
Strengths: The strength and reliability of this fork is insane. Over the years, I forget it is even there. Honestly, I have abused and tortured it now for almost three seasons of resort riding and never performed any maintenance on it at all. The seals never once leaked and it just got better over time as it "broke in". Of course, now that I've had the first maintenance done, the dampening and control is improved and I find it excellent in the most technical and burly steeps. Also, as other reviewers have said, hard landings are almost unnoticeable with this thing. I don't know if I have ever truly bottomed it, even with perfect spring rate and oil height using all available travel to within a 1/4" of the bottom crown (measured with zip tie on stanchion).
Weaknesses: It isn't still being made today (in Italy) in a lighter weight version! 2007 was Marzocchi at its best.
Every year I consider if it is time for an upgrade from this fork, but the new stuff just isn't compelling enough yet to bother with the hassle of keeping them running as intended without leaking or loss of dampening or certain adjustments from flaking out. Although newer Rock Shox products seem to be getting more reliable again after a few years of attempting to "innovate", I routinely have techs from local bike shops lamenting the good old days of Marzocchi when I bring this thing in. Things change, but hopefully Marzocchi can also resume the quality they had years ago with the 2010 lineup after their shaky transition to outsourced construction during '08-'09.
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2009
Strengths: I love this fork, It feels extremely plush, takes hits great, Lots of adjustment.
made in Italy
nice and stiff. And of ourse extremely reliable
Weaknesses: its quite heave, lack of direct mount stems
I really like this fork. Feels amazing on all types of trails and freeride applications. It has plenty of adjustments. Extremely reliable and low maintenance.
Although it does not have the wide range of direct mount stems as the boxxer it s an excellent fork. Even with the weight i don't mind racing it.MADE IN ITALY!!!
from Timmins, Ontario ,Canada
Date Reviewed: October 3, 2008
Strengths: well overall this fork works amazing. ubber plush feels extremely linear. Adjustments work great . Durable , raceable, freerideable a do everything dual crown fork
Weaknesses: VA adjustment doesnt do a whole lot but other then that its worked perfectly for me
Great do it all fork ,If you do a little racing and soem freeridign then this is the fork for you. The boxxer or 40's cant do it all liek this fork. If your a pure racer Id move up to the WC model or to a boxxer but if you hit up the bike parks this will do you fine....actully great
Bike Setup: 05 Big hit,straitline pedals,888 RC2X VA, holzfeller crank, E13 SRS, mtx rims etc
from santa clara, CA
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2008
Strengths: It is plush, has excellent small bump absorption, every adjustment you need for every type of riding, soaks up the big hits like a sponge in water and ramps up like no other fork.
Weaknesses: the stanchions scratch a bit too easy
BUY IT! You can't find another fork with this performance for this price. It's more versatile than the Fox 40, has all the same adjustments and you know what? It is about three to four hundred bucks cheaper, not to mention it's unsurpassed strength and looks! The gray lowers, black stanchions, and red adjustment knobs just give it a clean, go-with-everything look. This fork has help make my bike a well-rounded downhill/freeride rig. Don't settle for anything else except the Marzocchi 888RC2X VA, because you're not going to find it. I love it, and it is serving me well after a little over 6 months of use, I haven't had to service it yet, the seals
Similar Products Used: fox 40RC2, Rockshox Boxxer Race, Zoke 888RC, RS Totem Coil, Risse Bigfoot(like freakin butter)
Bike Setup: Demo 8:zoke 888rc2x va, code 5's w/ dangerboy levers, dhx 5, dee trax, RaceFace cockpit/cranks, SRAM x9 drivetrain, Gamut P40 guide, Maxxis Minion DH f&r(tubeless), Chris King No-threadset(gold), ODI lockons w/ Dangerboy barcaps. It's my baby, needless to say
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2008
Strengths: The ability to set this fork to your exact liking would be a major strength in my opinion. Mine is set up now where it seems like it might be too soft but it rarely bottoms which is how I like it.
Weaknesses: I might have paid a bit more than ideal but if I get a product that works for me I'm ok with that.
I was so surprised at the difference in feel between the Fox and this one. Using this fork has made me a much better, faster, and more confident rider. Kind of like the difference of going from 5" travel to 8". On top of that, I've gotten 5 days of hard resort riding on this fork already without any problems unlike the Fox which was in for seal replacement every few rides. So yeah, I'm liking this fork so far.
Strengths: torsionally stiff, lots of travel, BUTTERY SMOOTH, plenty of adjustments, good small bump sensitivity, ramps up nicely, reliable
Weaknesses: could be a little bit lighter
This is the best fork I have owned so far. Performance wise the only fork to come close is the dorado, but the dorado has a host of issues to its own. The fork has many adjustments, you can set the fork up perfectly, so it soaks up all the small chatter but ramps up enough so it doesn't bottom out on the big stuff. Low speed compression is nice to have to prevent brake dive. The fork is also very smooth, it sags under the weight of the bike. As of now my only complaint is the weight, but the performance makes up for it. Would definitely recommend it for all around freeride or dh, if you race then look into something lighter like a boxxer WC or Team.
Similar Products Used: manitou dorado, sherman, 66vf, dropoffs,
Bike Setup: 2007 kona stab supreme, stock except for sram drivetrain, 729 rims
from East Coast
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2008
Strengths: PLUSH!!!! Stiff. And easy to work on. The adjustments are also helpful in getting it setup to your EXACT liking. A+
I am very pleased with the performance of this fork. It is very adjustable and simple to maintain. Its ability to take the large hits and soak up the small trail chatter are very nice to say the least. I just wish the '08 stuff was as reliable. So, for now the RC2x is staying put.
Favorite Trail: Mossamedes descent form SerraDourada
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: Ciclopé
Similar Products Used: marzocchi DROPOFF Triple 2005 and DROPOFF Triple 2006 and marzocchi 66 Sl ATA
Bike Setup: SPECIALIZED DEMO 8 2005 with MANITOU 4 way shock, Saint rear derailleur and XT front,TRUVATIV Hozfeller cranks with Shimano DX pedals, Avid CODE brakes, SRAM Rocket triggers, MAVIC wheels with 2.5 Michelin tires
from The Yay area
Date Reviewed: September 17, 2007
Strengths: Buttery smooth. Small bump damping is top notch while big hit/drop bottom out works great as well. Best of both worlds. Ease of service.
Weaknesses: None really, the adjuster on the bottom of the fork hangs out there a little to much for rock banging. When I first installed the fork it had stickshion at beginning of movement. I sent it out to Marazocci they did the works and it is and has been perfect.
This fork right out the box was not right in my opinion. I sent it in to have the works done. The staff at Marazocchi was great to deal with and they did a outstanding job fixing exactly what I thought was wrong. I could not be more pleased with the performance of the fork now, It tracks straight all the time weather it is marbles, golf-ball, baby-heads, or boulders. Does not bottom out on 10-15 foot drops to transition. The fork is easy to work on.