from Smithfield, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: January 14, 2011
Strengths: This looks to be a super beef fork. So big and strong. I'm super stoked about all the adjustments...mainly high speed compression, which is something I've always wanted more control over. I also like the bottom out control with the air preload.
Weaknesses: Heavy for hucking...
Basically, I haven't been able to ride on this yet due to winter, but I have been very impressed with Marz customer service. They've already done wonders for me. My fork was super cheap cause' it was missing some components, and the guys over at Marz hooked me up with all the pieces I need for cheap.
Similar Products Used: Z150, 06' 66, Fox 40, RS Psylo
Bike Setup: Turner Highline with Fox DHX 5
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 26, 2009
Strengths: Butter smooth on all bumps from small to large. Great steering precision, beefy construction, killer looks and inspires confidents on any downhill. Like the quick release lever and huge 38mm stantions. Great price on 08 models at Jenson.
Weaknesses: Weighs as much as my Nomad frame! Heavy,Heavy,Heavy. Noticable slop in bushings right out of the box. Instruction manual has to be the worst in the industry.
This fork is very heavy and has a lot of bushing slop right out of the box but all of that is forgotten on the first downhill. Smoothest, plushest fork I have ever tried. Will make you a better decender instantly! Take a little time to fiddle with the settings and you will be rewarded with the best freeride fork out there. Set the sag with air valve on top of left leg - mine is perfect with about 15 pumps - reads less than 1 pound so must be a large volume, I weigh about 195 LBS. Enjoy!
I have rode alot of forks and sold a ton of them as well, the one that stays in my arsenal is the 66 RC3, I had Ronnie at Marzocchi put white lowers on it with the nicle stanchions from the ata version and has worked flawless. I have dropped several times to flat theres a jump at the boise bike park a step up. Jump is 7' high run in is fast, landing is 5' up and 18' out! Im hitting it and going over the top of the landing by another 5' and skying 16' past the landing making it 9' up and 35' out. Im 235lbs and done this several times and the little B@stard keeps taking it and never gives me a single issue. Adjustments work great I have raced this fork DH and rode it from SOcal to N idaho and washington and plenty of gaps, jumps, drops, races, ladders, resorts and more. This fork will stay no matter what other forks I try because it will work and I dont have to question it or maintain it!
Strengths: strong, beefy, looks sick, performs great
Weaknesses: a little heavy maybe but thats just how Marzocchi works: you get a no hassle, no breaking parts product that weights a little more
If you want a bomb-proof, well performing fork with long travel and triple crown performance, this is your fork. I got the 66's when my old 888's broke and I have been increadibly happy. This fork just looks like its strong and will never break. The adjustments are great too. While it might now absorb the little chatter as well as my 888's did, it still does an awesome job. I ride fast, rocky trails and I love this fork. It feels plush and smooth through the whole travel. This is a great fork.
Bottom Bottom line: if you arent a weight weenie and you want to ride technical hard hitting trails with a single crown, this is your fork.
Bike Setup: 07 Kona Stinky
Marz 66 RC3
Fox DHX 5.0 Air
a Weekend Warrior
from Yonkers, New York
Date Reviewed: December 9, 2008
Strengths: Super burly and stiff with tons of plushy travel and all the adjustments you'll ever need. THE PERFECT FREERIDE FORK!
Weaknesses: It can be expensive depending on where you buy it, but way worth it. No complaints with the through axle but it seems to be a common problem. If you do have any problems just send it back. Marzocchi has the best customer service out of any fork company out there.
All that I ever wanted in a fork and more! This fork outperforms dual crowns that I have tried, and still keeps relatively light. Furthermore all the controls have a real function so it can be setup perfectly for anyone. Take it off some big drops and see what this thing can do!
Similar Products Used: Jr. T, 55R, Psylo, sherman.
Bike Setup: 66 RC-3 on an Older SC Bullit, Laserdisc DH wheels, Saint m810 levers and calipers, Raceface prodigy cranks, azonic pedals
from Hood River, Oregon
Date Reviewed: December 2, 2008
Strengths: Burly, stiff, good pop, bottomless feel.
Weaknesses: Heavy. Compression knob knocked off easily. Adjustments fairly worthlesss.
Fork performs very well overall and shines on big hits. Still, the adjustability is suspect - anything more than about 1 psi in the the air chamber makes the fork totally stiff. I'm not sure if the mechanical preload does anything. Fox has a more intuitive and wider range of adjustability. Recommend it as an all-around freeriding fork - fast enough for jump lines, big enough for drops.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Diego, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2008
Strengths: Very adjustable, very plush 180mm of travel, looks awsome!
Weaknesses: A little heavy
This fork is great so far. It eats up small/large bumps like nothing and feels great. Its easy to adjust from super stiff to super plush. If you like to freeride and downhill this is the fork for you. I will right a follow up review in a couple of weeks after i go to Mammoth.
Bike Setup: 2006 Iron Horse 7.3 stock exept fork and Lezard Skin Peaty lock on grips.
from Davis, CA USA
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2008
Strengths: Its simple as hell. You get a compression knob, a rebound knob, and preload. You don't even have to bother opening up the fork to adjust oil levels like you used to with marzocchi.
Weaknesses: Lacking in QC.
This was one of the original batch of these forks to come out. Tom (one of the marzocchi techs) wrote up a nice piece on the boards here about the various QC issues that marz has had this year, and what they're doing about them.
Mine had the two associated with the 66 series.
First, the lowers had faulty casting. Nothing "unsafe" per se, but it allowed for the new QR axle to come loose on a pretty regular basis. It actually wouldn't really keep the wheel from having slight play in it. I actually thought it was the hub, but thats not the case. Anyway, it was safe, but it made the front end feel a little squirrly on the trail.
Second, I had loose bushings, the tolerance wasn't as good as it should have been, and so I could actually pinch my finger pretty hard by putting it between the arch and the stantion tube. Again, on the trail I didn't notice this too much, especially once I was in the travel, just gave the front end a bit of a squirrly feel. Neither really effected my riding, and I got to send the fork back on my own time (I broke my wrist and sent it back then - down time was 2 weeks total from the day I sent it out to the day I got it back. monday-monday).
Now that its all working as it should, I can't be more pumped about this fork. I like to tune my compression a bit more then this fork allows, but its pretty sweet - it never feels harsh no matter how you screw with the comp damping, either in high or low speeds, and its fairly stable. Its also easy to adjust bottom out. If it bottoms to easily, add some air, if its too hard, run no air, and lose a little bit of oil if necessary. Very controlled feeling fork.
No complaints with the dampers function, its been flawless and felt great the whole time, my only complaint with the forks tuning options is that in order to get a point of lsc where its not diving in the slightest (I like tons of LSC) I need to run compression in the rest of the range higher then I would prefer, but lets be honest, me being pedantic about my suspension isn't gonna make me any faster down the hill.
All and all, if you get one of the newer ones (anything sold after about may) you should be ready to rock and roll with the traditional marzocchi reliability. There is alot of negative press about them this year though, so i'd research and decide for yourself. I'm pretty happy with the fork (even though I had to send it back) and i'm going to be keeping it on the bike instead of buying a different one (and I'm the type of guy who switches components all the time for no better reason then "i want to").
Strengths: very plush, bottomless(if setup right), very tough stanchions, Uses air chamber for bottom-out resistance
Weaknesses: Lowers creak
This fork is for anyone whos wants a beefy 7" travel fork with the mind of a dual crown. I have droped this thing about 12 feet to flat on dirt and it didn't bottom. It is a very plush, bottomless fork with huge, very tough stanchions(38mm). When I was riding urban I fell and rode for about 10 feet with the stanchions rubbing a concrete ledge and had no scratches.