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Anyone care to write a few sentences to clarify why someone would buy a Light Eta vs. an RC2X vs a VF2 ???

I'm trying to decide which new 66 would be best for me.

I've had only 4 forks in my riding career, and simply do not have the experience to translate what "this and/or that" system will actually feel like, or offer, on the trail.

FWIW I have an '05 Z1 150mm. I like it a lot, and if it were 170mm I would not be looking into a new fork. The only complaint I have is that in order to achieve proper sag I have to run such low air pre load that it bottoms - so I sacrifice sag...
 

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The new 66's are great forks.
Between the RC2X and the Light w ETA you will need to decide how much climbing you do and how important the ETA function is to you.The ETA really makes a difference for climbing efficiency.

The Light actually weighs more(by a fraction) since a lot of oil is required to fill the ETA damper.

The RC2X has the compression adjuster that affects the last 1/4 of the travel to prevent bottoming.

Both have the new low speed compression adjuster.

Personally i like the Light since it's a freeride fork and freeride means some climbing to me.

So if you climb a lot then the Light is a great choice,if jumps and drops are most important then the RC2X is going to have ultimately the best performance.

The VF damper is very simple in it's design,and really lacks in performance. It is well worth the extra money to get a high end damper equipped fork.

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ride differances: RC2X and Light w ETA...

Thanks Krispy

Yeah, I use the ETA on the Z1 and love it. The Light ETA is the one I've been planning to get, because of the ETA. I've heard enough "lbs hype" about the RC2X that I just needed to ask around. Obviously I want to be as informed as possible.

With one air and one coil, what ride differances (beyond the ramp up in the RC2X) would you expect between the Light ETA and the RC2X?

The new 66's are great forks.
Between the RC2X and the Light w ETA you will need to decide how much climbing you do and how important the ETA function is to you.The ETA really makes a difference for climbing efficiency.

The Light actually weighs more(by a fraction) since a lot of oil is required to fill the ETA damper.

The RC2X has the compression adjuster that affects the last 1/4 of the travel to prevent bottoming.

Both have the new low speed compression adjuster.

Personally i like the Light since it's a freeride fork and freeride means some climbing to me.

So if you climb a lot then the Light is a great choice,if jumps and drops are most important then the RC2X is going to have ultimately the best performance.

The VF damper is very simple in it's design,and really lacks in performance. It is well worth the extra money to get a high end damper equipped fork.

Krispy
 

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See my post in the shocks section, especially the parts where I talk about progressiveness and bottom out.
 

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Quite a large bag of options you leave us. Lets sort it out the easier way.

HSCV Dampning: 66 Light ETA and 66 RC2X
SSVF Dampning: 66VF2

66 Light: It has the higher end dampning, but comes with a hefty price-tag. Not as steep as the RC2X, but it still comes with a big bill. It utalizes the same construction and dampning as the RC2X, but it looses one adjustment I believe. Instead, you are treated to ETA, a external travel adjustment. Flick it, and you drop your travel down and climb with ease. Reccomended for a do-it-all fork.
Pros: Good dampning, good adjustments, ETA Cons: Not exactly "light"

66 RC2X: The bad boy if I may call it. The most expensive of them all also boosts the most adjustments. Rebound, High and Low Speed compression, and a "X" air adjuster I believe (Don't quote me on that). The same HSCV cartridges found in the 66 Light, and to compare, the 888 as well. Same construction, I think same weight or less than 66 Light. Ideal for Downhiller, Freerider, or possibly aggresive trail rider.
Pros: Adjustments galore, great dampning, set-it-forget-it. Cons: No ETA, Weight, Price

66VF2: I used to run SSVF dampning but I don't anymore. It was decent, but I hear there is a vast improvement over the old SSVF system. The VF has two adjustments for rebound and compression this year. It features the same construction, but weighs around the same. No HSCV cartridges, a floating valve system replaces it. You save lots of money however. Ideal for a variety of riders, but no ETA and its heavy weight may not be ideal for climbing.
Pros: Affordable, decent adjustments Cons: No HSCV dampning

I guess thats it, a few might disagree with what I have to say, but thats the current breakdown for me. If you want to stay light, look into the 66SL.
 
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