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What do you think/know about this forks on the 6.6

For trails, FR and DH (no XC)

Fox Talas 36 or the VAN 36 or the Marzocchi 66 SL
 

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i'm curious about the 66. the thought of the 66 light on my ride did cross my mind more than once........... i would say the light would be nice just for the eta. the eta on my z1 is very very handy.
 

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I was considering the 36 vs the Z1 FR1 for my Uzzi SLX. Went with the Z1 FR1 so I could get disk brakes for my Tracer as well. I don’t know if there is a big price difference between the 36 and the 66. Anyway I feel the price you have to pay for a 36 here in EU is outrageous...
 
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if you plan on doing FR and DH i would go with the 36 Van. lots of people seem to prefer the Ti spring over the air spring. i don't know why other than the "feel" of it.

i do all trail riding (i am guessing that XC in this case refers to fire-road type stuff) and find the Talas to be a great advantage when climbing steep technical stuff. it isn't necessary but it definitely helps me out. HA and CG move more than you might think when you drop that front end down.

there was a 6" fork shootout a couple of months ago in one of the mags. some people felt that it was way biased toward Fox, but it seemed to have some good information.

my dream bike right now is a 6.6 in white with a 36 Van. don't know if that helps at all. :)
 

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I love my bike, but I do think a travel adjust could be benificial for steep climbs. I do mostly freeride all mountain stuff, so the van 36 was my choice. Here is a pic of my bike.
 

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My favorite fork on the 6.6 is the 36 TALAS - at full travel, it was a blast at Downieville or Mammoth - back home on some of the longer climbs or twistier singletrack the shorter travel lowers the front end and quickens the steering nicely.
 

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Fork of choice!

OK, I'll chime in. I have an Uzzi VPX and a 6.6 coming next week in Pearl White. I have the 66 Light w/ ETA for the UZZI and a Z1 Light w/ETA and travel adjust for the 6.6. I have owned the 36 TALAS and 36 Van and wouldn't choose either one of them over the Z1. The 36 Van was the closest, but has no travel adjust and no way to bring the front down for a climb. That is the weak point. Other than that it felt good on my 6 pack. So, I sold both Foxes and went back to what I have been riding for years, Marzocchi. They feel stiff and plush, they adjustments work like they should. Cosmetically the forks look great too. I think that both fox and Zocchi have made a good product, it just depends on what you can live without or can't live with. IMO Marzocchi has an edge in the feel of the forks. Plus they seem to be a fork that is built a little more tolerant of abuse. They get my vote everytime. I tried the Fox, but just didn't have what it takes to keep me from going back to what I feel is the best.
 

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Incase it matters to anyone, the 66 light ETA has 10mm's more and a full pound heavier than the Fox Van36, The ETA is an added plus though.
 

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Incase it matters to anyone, the 66 light ETA has 10mm's more and a full pound heavier than the Fox Van36, The ETA is an added plus though.
True, but it's a zocchi. It gobbles up more than a turkey being chased for Thanksgiving dinner. OK, bad analogy, but it does feel stiffer and more plush than the 36 Van. I have ridden both of them back to back on the same section of trail and the Zocch just feels more in control and seems to track better. Also, the rebound feels more engaged on the stutter stuff. Maybe it was just me, but it really does perform that much better to justify that extra pound. Save weight in the wheels and get a fork you don't have to worry about. Seeing as how I usually hit put on that extra pound after I ride eating at Wendy's. So it's just a frame of mind, the whole weight thing for a pound or two, except in the wheels. At least that's my take. Just keepin it reeaall!
 

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True, but it's a zocchi. It gobbles up more than a turkey being chased for Thanksgiving dinner. OK, bad analogy, but it does feel stiffer and more plush than the 36 Van. I have ridden both of them back to back on the same section of trail and the Zocch just feels more in control and seems to track better. Also, the rebound feels more engaged on the stutter stuff. Maybe it was just me, but it really does perform that much better to justify that extra pound. Save weight in the wheels and get a fork you have to worry about. Seeing as how I usually hit put on that extra pound after I ride eating at Wendy's. So it's just a frame of mind, the whole weight thing for a pound or two, except in the wheels. At least that's my take. Just keepin it reeaall!
Combo number 2, biggie size? :D
 

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6.6 forks

In an ideal world I would have enough money to get the Fox RC 36 Talas or my friends at Rock Show would have released the long travel single crown fork they were domoing at Interbike.

As it is back to reality, the only forks I have to go on my 6.6 are a newish pair of Rock Shox Pike 454 Air U-turn, is this

a) good idea and the bike will perform to its best enough though it could be 5-10mm down on the designed 6.6 travel front travel

b) Ok idea but not optimal

c) bad idea and the 6.6 and me will suffer !

Thanks in advance Paul
 
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