Weaknesses: oil and air leak out where the ata cartridge is so that sucks
super heavy due to the nickel plated stantions
quick release loosens bup all the time dont feel safe riding fast
travel adjust is a pain in the butt turning
Similar Products Used: RS Totem 2-step air - Lifetime 2 years
Bike Setup: SX trail, Hope, Mavic, SRAM, E13 DRS, No working fork....
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2008
Strengths: very great feel, just like a coil 66 but better because you can adjust the air as soft or as hard as you desire. the bulk of these are wonderfuly stronger than the older 66. this is my third 66. and it seems great.
Weaknesses: the ata is one of the best systems out now because of the dual air.the bottom and the top air combined make for a great feel. however the ata doesnt hold air under the stress turning the knob. this is so bad,bad,bad.
i originaly bought this fork for its travel adjust. before this i was using a 66 rc2x 180 07 model. so for my bottle rocket it was great for everything big and fast and all around,but i realy wanted to adjust the travel to better suit the area. for example 180 for drops bigger jumps and dh ridding. but for tighter trails and jumpier trails i wanted to lower the front end to 160 even 150-140,to give the bike a better feel for the partictular place.for this meaning this for is the best match for my bike, however even after having it fixed one time it still leaked air from the ata top 40mm travel shaft. marz can ealily fix this problem by upping the seals in the shaft from one seal which is standard the two or even three.
so i did just that. its not easy nor is it right by their standards, but its possible. i added one extra seal to healp stop the air form comming out. so far everthig is great and i can adjust the travel with ease, i did however lose 5mm of travel, the legnth of the extra seal but for my bike its very good. the fork is great, strong and the damping is spot on when set up for you style and weight.
however for marz allowing these problems and not fixing them is totaly untollerable. 07 ata was just as bad and everyone thought that it was fixed for 08. im glad that i have the place and know how to fix my own sus. i know this is not feasible for everyone nor should it be. for this price you should be reciving a almost flawless fork.
Similar Products Used: 66 08 rc3 no problems but no adjustiable travel.
Bike Setup: transition bottle rocket.
a Weekend Warrior
from Crawford Bay B.C. Canada
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2008
Strengths: Very smooth and progressive when working right. Stiff fork for a single crown.
Weaknesses: ATA knob turns down on rough trails. The air pressure leaks out of the top chamber and fills the stantion tube with pressure causing a very harsh ride. This only occurs when you use the wind down on a climb. If you wire the ATA knob so it won't move and set the air pressures correctly for your weight this fork works excellent on downhills. High speed compression damping a bit on the harsh side. The decals on the fork legs are about as ugly as they get and whoever decided on painting them white never owned a mountain bike that was used for off road (very hard to clean)
This fork is a disappointment considering how much money they charge for it. I bought a new Marzocchi 888RC in 2005 and it was a much better product. Marzocchi needs to test their products before putting them out on the public because they seem to have some serious Quality control issues. I was going to purchase the Rock Shox Totem instead and now I'm wondering if I made the right decision.
Similar Products Used: None that compare with this fork.
Bike Setup: Knolly Delirium T with all Shimano XT parts.
from Samoens, haute savoie, france
Date Reviewed: July 18, 2008
Strengths: looks great, neat q/r axle
Weaknesses: no where near specified travel, slack bushes and seals, compression dials fall off, useless user manuals, ata wind down, collapsing cartridges
These forks are terrible. Straight out of the box the left leg seals were incredibly slack and they never achieved anything like the 180mm travel stated, possibly 130mm max. compression dials seem to have a habit of falling off and setting them up according to the manual results in a pretty much solid fork. After several emails to Marzocchi they said that 'after much testing' they've realised you should run no air in the non ata side cartridge (why is it there exactly?) the forks have now collapsed no matter how much air's pumped in, and are useless after just a handful of rides. Might I suggest to Marzocchi they try 'much testing' before they release the forks.
from Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2008
Strengths: WAS super plush, USED TO ramp up well on the big hits, IS STILL very light.
Weaknesses: Wind down
After owning my fork a few months my travel has gone from 7 inches right down to 5.5 inches. Also as I was turning the ATA knob my top schraeder valve snapped. So far I am not impressed. Currently I am waiting on a reply from Marzocchi regarding whether they will fix these problems under warranty. If they do I will not have a problem and may continue to buy from the big M. I wouldn't advise this model though. Unless you really want the adjusting travel go for the 66 RC3, You'll be much happier in the end. Maybe even a totem or a travis would be swell.
P.S. My compression knob fell off when i was riding and could never find it. That Blew!
a Weekend Warrior
from Italy and Greece
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2008
Strengths: Have not find it yet...
Weaknesses: does not do what marzocchi describes...
1: it has not 180mm of travel but 170mm!!!
2: after 10 minutes of riding downhill the fork loose nearly 15mm of travel becouse the ATA side gets pressed down, so I must stop my ride and turn the ATA knob in anti-clockwise direction for getting all the 170mm of travel!!!
3: there was a very litle movement on the bushings of the fork that I have never meet in all the ather forks that I have tried since I ride bikes!!!
4: after only 10 times of riding my bike, the knob of the low part of the left scabbard, the RC3 side that regulates compression was disconected from the fork and now I cannot regulate the compression of the fork!!!!And it is not covered from guarancee!!!
5: the axle of the fork remains extremely exposed at knocks, so I have broke his arm and now I have to use a pair of grabs for removing it!!!!
ATTENSION!!! if you buy this fork, you will need a lot of luck for having fun with it.....
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2008
Strengths: Stiff, plush, excellant damping, good axle system.
Weaknesses: price, stantions scuff easily
I traded the failed Totem 2-step for this fork and haven't looked back. It does everything better than the Totem and the travel adjust actually works!!
It takes a basic understanding of how the damping systems work to get it set up properly, so if you don't know what you're doing take it to a shop for some help. Like any high end fork, if you don't get it set up right with will feel like crap.
This fork feels almost as plush as my 888WC, the travel adjust works perfect. It's really a great fork.
from HR, OR, USA
Date Reviewed: June 5, 2008
Strengths: ATA on a 7" fork. QR skewer.
Weaknesses: Seals on one side were defective from the factory... Current wait time to have this fixed by Marzocchi is 3 weeks plus shipping.
Based on all of the reviews and rants of poor QC on 2008 products from Marzocchi I was wary of getting this fork...and I should have gone with my gut and the Totem. They have so many QC problems that their service center is overloaded and they are making no special efforts at dealing with the problem. How do you say "recall" in Italian?? Unacceptable quality and service for a $1000 fork.
Once I get to actually ride the fork a few times I will hopefully have a more positive review to post.
Date Reviewed: May 25, 2008
Strengths: great adjustments, strength , and good over all feel. when set up right it feel just like a coil rather than an air fork. i love to jump and do drops so just adding some oil the reboud side can ensure a goood progessive feel. and will not bottom.
Weaknesses: i have had this for for less than a month and the ata when turned leeks the air from the top into the inner tubes creating a verry stiff and harsh feeling. i have to mail it back to get it fixed. this totaly sucks because im in japan so its going to take a long time
i love this fork and all of the adjustments. but iam so sad that its leeking air. for this price there shouldnt be Any problems. i just hope the repair turn around is fast and effective.
Favorite Trail: fast flowy steep with drops and jumps
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: jenson
Similar Products Used: 66 rc2x,888 08 ata,all mtn sl ata 07
Bike Setup: transtion bottle rocket.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2008
Strengths: adjustable travel, good QR System, stiffness, look
Weaknesses: seal on left hand side came out of the bottom tube on the first day with longer DHs, all the oil and air was gone, oil went onto brake during ride, fork was used approx. 5 days. not very plush compared to other forks tried when used with enough air pressure, with less pressure fork sinks much while braking, giving less control. nickle coated stanctions scratch easily. compression adjuster knob fell off in car. bushings have play from the beginning, making a lot of noise with just a little dirt on.
performance would have been acceptable if fork was more reliable, if you want to have more of both, better go for a Rock Shox Totem. Mine has worked great until the 2Step problem came up, so take a solo air or better coil model. Sorry, with the seal broken I can not recommend the product to anyone, this should not happen with a new product, especially in this price region!