Marzocchi 44 RC3 Titanium Fork Review

Jun 22, 2011
by Richard Cunningham  
Marzocchi broke with convention by substituting a single titanium coil spring for the compressed air chamber that suspends almost every other trail fork sold today. The Bomber 44 RC3 Titanium is not the lightest fork in its class, but that title has never been bestowed upon a Marzocchi product. At 4.34 pounds (1972 grams), however, the 150-millimeter-travel 44 RC3 Titanium is less than 100 grams over its air-sprung competition, and once you ride the fork and experience its ability to digest almost any bump that is put in front of it, you may want to keep it on your bike if you were told that it was filled with lead fishing weights. Marzocchi’s Bomber 44 RC3 Titanium fork retails for $779.

Fork shot
Marzocchi 44 RC3 Titanium Fork at a Glance

-Purpose: All-mountain/trail
-Travel: 150 mm
-Damper: RC3 open-bath type, low-speed rebound and compression adjustments
-Single titanium coil spring with Air Assist preload adjustment
-32 mm tapered aluminum stanchions with nickel plating
-Post type brake-caliper mounts
-Steerer tube: Aluminum, 1.125-inch or tapered options
-Weight: 4.34 pounds (1972 grams)
-Price: $779 USD

RC 44 Titanium Fork Details
Marzocchi’s decision to suspend the 44 RC3 fork with a single titanium spring in the left stanchion tube is only one breakout feature of the fork. The 32-millimeter stanchion tubes are tapered aluminum, plated with a slippery nickel alloy finish. The RC3 open-bath type damper is in the right side, with the rebound dial on top and a low-speed compression clicker under the slider. Some of the fork’s weight is in the extra suspension fluid which is pumped through the damper and fed back into the fork leg, where it doubles as a lubricant for the sliding internals. In the center of the red rebound dial is the “Air Assist” feature – an air spring which is used to preload the fork and boost the ending-stroke spring rate to compensate for various rider weights and riding styles. The versatility that Air Assist gives the fork provides ample range for the medium (stock) and soft springs that Marzocchi offers to 44 RC3 owners.

Ti spring with shrink wrap
Marzocchi covers the 44 RC3's titanium spring with a plastic sheave to keep it quiet while the fork is working.

Rebound dial and Air Assist
The Air-Assist function is recessed into the center of the right-side rebound clicker. Very little pressure makes the fork significantly stiffer.

Marzocchi sells the 44 RC3 Titanium fork with its own version of the new-standard 15QR axle, which operates in much the same manner as the Fox/Shimano original. The brake caliper mounts are the post type that fit six-inch (150 mm) rotors. The sliders are magnesium alloy, with Marzocchi’s signature “M” logo fork-brace arch. Steerer tubes are aluminum, available in straight, 1.125-inch aluminum or tapered. Our test fork had a straight steerer tube and uncut, it weighed 4.347 pounds.

15 mm QR axle det.
Marzocchi's version of the 15-millimeter through-axle has a standard adjustment knob on the left side that remains in place when the axle is removed.

Setting Up the Marzocchi 44 RC3 Titanium Fork
We tested the 44 RC3 on the steep descents of Vancouver’s North Shore where the fork does the lion’s share of the suspension work, as well as the fast-paced rocky trails in Southern California where small-bump sensitivity can make or break both bike and rider. Because there is no facility for spring preload on the left-side coil, suspension sag must be controlled by the Air Adjust spring on the right side (you’ll need a Marzocchi air-valve adapter for your shock pump). For the heavy hitting North Shore, five psi was enough to bolster the fork’s spring rate against botched landings and drops, while no pressure at all seemed to be the best option for the high speed corners and rocky off-camber descents down South.

Compression dial
Marzocchi got the 44 RC3's compression damping spot on. Low-speed compression is on the bottom of the right slider

Both low-speed compression and rebound adjustments seemed ineffective until we got the dials about half way in. We set both rebound and compression five clicks out. Compression damping was just hard enough to keep the fork from diving under hard braking, and we left it there for the duration, while we found that a little extra rebound force made the 44 RC3 feel like all the rocks were made of butter at singletrack speeds.

Riding the 44 RC3 Titanium
The first pleasant surprise that Marzocchi had in store for us was the 44 RC3’s excellent speed-sensitive compression damping. Previous Marzocchi sliders had very linear feeling compression damping that performed well, but for a relatively narrow range of conditions. The RC3 damper feels sensitive at low speed, and bottomless when the fork is really hammered into a bump.

The coil-spring advantage: Before we tell you how wonderful the 44 RC3 is over the bumps, we’d like to say that there is a lot of banter about the superiority of coil-sprung suspension that, quite frankly, is largely verbal crap spouting from the mouths of riders who are living in the past, or have yet to experience the impressive performance the modern, pro-level air-sprung suspension which is winning races on the World Cup Circuit. The advantage that Marzocchi’s coil spring brings to the AM/trailbike arena is based upon its coil spring, which makes the fork’s rebound damping more effective at low speeds and delivers a smooth feeling ramp-up with its linear spring rate in compression. The magic of the 44 RC3, however is the boost in the ending-stroke spring rate that the right-side air-spring adds to the coil when the fork experiences a full-compression event. The Air Assist function still boosts the end-stroke rate, even if there is no additional pressure in the chamber. Marzocchi’s hybrid spring truly feels bottomless – as if there is another inch or so of extra fork stroke hidden in the mech.
Stiffness: The 44 RC3 chassis feels plenty rigid and while it does not compare with the oversized stanchion tube forks like the Fox 36, its steering precision and G-out performance are at the top of the all-mountain/trailbike class of 2011.
Big-hit performance: After testing the 44 RC3 Titanium for over a wide range of conditions, we would happily run it down some technical descents that we normally reserve for our big bikes. Botch a drop and land nose first, and the 44 RC3 picks up the slack for you. We often used up its travel, but rarely noticed until we inspected the dust marks on the stanchion tubes.

Seal and nickel plating
Nickel-plated stanchion tubes keep the 44 RC3 fork riding smoothly over the chatter - and they look great.

What would we change?
Beyond its slightly porky weight figure, only two items, both minor, had us wishing for improvements in the 44 RC3 Ti fork. The first was that the post-mount caliper bosses were not perfectly faced, which angled the Hayes brake caliper slightly and added occasional brake drag to the party. Our second wish is more fundamental: the 44 RC3 Ti is such a great performer on trail, the addition of a part-time pedaling platform function would make for more pedal friendly ascending.

Pinkbike’s take on the 44 RC3 Titanium
Marzocchi’s Bomber series was the fork that launched the infant freeride movement. Now, as significant numbers of freeriders are venturing off lift-access slopes and back into the mountains on lighter weight, all-mountain and trail-oriented bikes, Marzocchi is waiting for them once again with a reinvented version. The 44 RC3 Titanium has the go-for-it technical performance of a big-bike fork, in a chassis designed to be light weight enough to enjoy all-day trail rides. The 44 RC3 Ti is the best trail/All-mountain fork to come from Marzocchi in a decade.


Contact Marzocchi USA to get a look at its complete suspension lineup, including the ROCO shock, and if you own or have ridden a 44 RC3 Ti fork, we’d like to know if you have any info to add to Pinkbike’s review.

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167 Comments
  • 50 0
 I can say, that Marzocchi is back. After 2 years, in wich they destroyed their whole reputation they have started building good products from 2010 on. I just thrown away my Rock Shox Totem Solo Air, after I was testing a 66 Ti - so much better and not even 100 Gramms heavier. Funny thing is, that I was given the 66 for testing from a dealer who normaly was just selling Rock Shox for a long time when I was there because I had very strange issues with my Totem. He looked at the fork with me, we tried everything to get it solved an then he said: test the new 66, even if I am not a fan of Marzocchi - but I have to admit they are back in the game.
Can't say anything about the new 888, but I hear many people in the bike parks that they prefere the new 888 before any other DH fork. So I think we all should give Marzocchi a chance again, after their quality seems to have changed after those bad years in 2008 and 2009. Just my opinion.
  • 10 14
flag LemonadeMoney (Jun 22, 2011 at 3:47) (Below Threshold)
 Was really tempted to get these forks, but when I looked into it I read the following. They are only suited to a 'medium' weight rider. If you are too heavy (me) you need to ramp up the preload which diminishes the performance. If you are too light you need to buy the lighter spring (spendy). Also spoke to one of the leading fork servicers in UK that sell this fork as well as other makes, and they said it's hit or miss whether you get a 'good' one.
Feel free to correct me as I would like to be convinced to buy them. I miss my lime green Z1's and my '06 66 SL's, but not my '07 888 SL ATA's!
  • 5 0
 Just buy another set of 06 or 07 66's and get em serviced if you miss them, bang tidy!
  • 2 0
 i love marzocchi I run/have run 22s, 66s,55s,djs, dirt jams and numerous 888s ranging from 04 to 08 .

Theyre easy to service yourself , strong, plush and cheap second hand.
When they moved to taiwan they had reliability issues in some forks alright(particularly 08 ) , but they're very much back with the best I think.
  • 7 0
 Got to agree with you there longhitter - I was riding RS forks on all my bikes but when looking for a 140mm fork the marz 44 rc3 ti came along.
Great reviews in Dirt magazine along with the rumors that marzocchi were back +3 year no service warranty + coil performance for near air weight convinced me to pick up a pair (2010 were 140mm but exactly the same otherwise).
I had a few problems initially with stiction but the UK distributor told me a couple of seals inside may not have been oiled at assembly, popped the seals off and oiled them up.

WOW. I can completely understand see where the reviews were coming from. really sublime forks. soak up all the hits you'd attack with a trail/AM bike. Done several DH days with these forks too and the only bad thing about them is they've made me realise how crap the rear suspension is!
  • 2 1
 i have a 66rcv, a 888rce evo and peace.
  • 5 13
flag xxslopestylerider9x (Jun 22, 2011 at 5:58) (Below Threshold)
 I like it very much, yet for the price I'd rather get a talas or a pike. Still a sick fork though!
  • 13 0
 fox i think has a bling factor among alot of people
  • 3 1
 they do look sick, yet they still work extremely well
  • 20 0
 Thanks for all the positive props, we have been working really hard to produce the best products made and things have definitely turned around for us and greatly appreciate all the support.
  • 4 0
 Lemonmademoney: the 44 RC3 Ti is well suited for heavy/agressive riders, we have some riders in house over the 230lb mark and they run about 20psi of air. With the additional 20-30psi, the fork is still very smooth and reactive.
  • 2 1
 i would agree with Marzocchiusa. i had a couple of forks from marzocchi (2005/06 EXR Race, 2007 AM 4, 2008 55R, 2009 55R). in every marz fork i owned, i had to drain all the air to get it working for my weight (i was 130 lbs before without any clothes or gear on) and i could still barely bottom out the fork. the problem i find with marzocchi is you cannot expect off the shelf performance if you're a small or lightweight rider that's why i shy away from marzocchi forks but i bet these forks work better with medium to heavy riders as what Marzocchiusa said.
  • 2 0
 Well I took your advice Marzocchiusa, I've just bought a new 2010 44 RC3 Ti from Chainlove, £300 inc. shipping & import tax. First impressions are WOW, straight out the box the damping is amazing. Noticed a bit of forward/aft flex that I don't see on my Revs, but don't notice it riding. Haven't felt the need to put any air in them, maybe they need to wear in? Very impressed tho. Now can you make a trail coil rear shock to replace my Pushed FloatR, because there's a noticable difference in performance.
  • 12 0
 My first real suspension fork was an orange 4" Marzocchi Bomber with disc mounts on both legs. Every time I see them step it up like this it brings a big grin to my face. Congrats Marzocchi!
  • 3 0
 Thanks! The original orange Z.1 was a game changer for sure. The new 55 RC3 Ti is based on the same feel and thought process but a lot lighter and offers greater performance features. Cheers, Marzocchi.
  • 9 3
 Seems awesome, too bad it doesn't come in 20mm axle option. As for pedal bob - you either get super plush yet stabil open-bath damper, or "in-condom feel" semi baths with limited bob. Choose what you pefer, can't have both, even with kashima coated winky. It's like difference between carbon and steel hardtail - pA-Fo-mAns or soul Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Or get the 44 Micro Ti with the lock out Wink
  • 1 0
 Are the micro Ti forks comparable in terms of performance?
  • 8 0
 If I had a trail bike I would choose 44Ti anytime over anythign else. 300g is not a big weight penalty to have coil and open bath performance wonder. You can have the best of both worlds with BOS Deville I guess, which is pretty much an airspring + DH open bath damper. I'd love Revelation with Mission control DH damper for instance.

It's strange that RS and Fox make such a big diistinction between XC/am and DH forks.Fox 36 Talas 2011 doesn't come any longer with RC2 damper, only with RLC. 160mm fork with a lockout - bri-kfn-lliant... comes handy in case some roadie wants a bike to do "extreme sports". It seems that only BOS and Marzocchi think about downhill oriented trail riders
  • 1 0
 I have a '04 Z150 FR SL which is Open Bath and it has a Doppio Air cartridge an ECC5 damper and weights only ~2200 grams with 20mm axle!

With the ECC5 you can slow or even lock it down for the uphills and it's awesome on the downhills too! I love it! Smile
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns

"It's strange that RS and Fox make such a big diistinction between XC/am and DH forks.Fox 36 Talas 2011 doesn't come any longer with RC2 damper, only with RLC. 160mm fork with a lockout - bri-kfn-lliant... comes handy in case some roadie wants a bike to do "extreme sports". It seems that only BOS and Marzocchi think about downhill oriented trail riders"

AGREED!

this is why I am still rocking the excellent Fox 36 Float RC2 fork on my all-mountain bike Wink

no plans to "upgrade" to 2011 as I can live without both the Kashima coated stanchions and RLC damper!!
  • 1 0
 @TheTrailSailor I have a 10' 55 RC3 and an 11' 44 Micro Ti. Although you can directly compare them I would say that they both great small bump sensitivity and tons of adjustability
  • 1 0
 @Waki - avalanche cart with mid valve is open bath and has no pedal bob.
  • 5 0
 In response to pinske's comments about the Fancy things on the 44 RC3 Ti: our philosophy is to have as much oil in the fork as possible without going too heavy in weight. Oil is the key to longevity and superior performance. We had to use a titanium coil spring to reduce the weight and we also use a very high grade of titanium material to keep the spring rate consistent over time without any chance of breaking. The RC3 damper is also a sophisticated speed sensitive shim stack cartridge system that originally developed in the 888 RC3 DH fork. The added oil, titanium coil spring, RC3 damper all add to the performance of the ride. RS and FOX make great products too, just like Showa, Kayaba, Marzocchi, and Ohlins all make great motocross suspension with our design philosophy is more moto based.
  • 5 0
 Regarding the graphic design of the "rebound" lettering on the knob, it is a laser etch process. We did this because oil and cleaning solvents typically strip stickers away and since the rebound knob is used more than say the compression or preload knobs, we wanted the "rebound description" to be as permanent as possible. We wanted to make a clear and simple design that could be understood and read by all. Sorry the design offends ya!
  • 9 0
 It's great to see someone from Marz jumping into to clarify things that are being said here..! Smile
  • 4 0
 i agree! its good to know that there's a human being from marzocchi answering all our queries or misconceptions. props!
  • 1 0
 Yes I agree alot.I was going to get a 2010 fox 40 second hand because the service centre is less than an hour away from me and when my 2010 BOXXERS broke It took me 2 weeks to get them back and they still came back broken but,I might just have to change my mind.My only worry would be I cant find any service centres and I cant service them myself and I really dont want to travel far if I do find a service centre.Not sure what to do MARZOCCHI or FOX?
  • 1 0
 Downhill340, are you closed to the CRC office? They do offer technical help with Marzocchi suspension. I will say that the 888 EVO Ti will not let ya down. Its lighter than the 40 and contains 100% more oil meaning reliability, plushness, damping performance, and durability will be second to none. Wind Wave in the UK is our top-notch service and distribution center. We also offer service from the USA office and you will never be down for two weeks under any circumstance. Let us know how we can help you out with your buying decision.
  • 1 0
 Im 1hr and 30mins away from the CRC office.I dont travel up there alot but my step mam does. I must say when my BOXXERS broke I found a pair of 06 888s and got them,I didnt feel any differnce so I might just have to go for the MARZOCCHI fork on this one but Im still not sure.I want to get a high end fork that I can rely but I cant find any second hand Ti 888,thats a good sign seeing as no one is selling them but I cant afford even the 2009 Ti 888 off CRC.I will look around and try find a set of 888s but it will be FOX for me If I cant find some within the next 3 months.
  • 1 0
 How often does an Ti 888 have to be serviced to keep it running at its best?
  • 1 0
 It depends on how often you ride in wet muddy conditions. Oil should be changed once a year if you ride a lot, oil is the heart of the system and fresh oil will always keep things feeling buttery. The 888 (all Marzocchi forks) have an upper dust seal and a lower oil seal. Over time, mud and silt will work their way into the upper dust seal and if you ride in a lot of mucky conditions all you need to do is pop the upper dust seal off, spray it clean with a fork seal cleaner (found in moto shops) put some fork oil right above the oil seal and press the dust seal back on. This simple routine maintenance will ensure years of reliability without the worry of costly repairs.
  • 1 0
 I think I found a fork I want www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=54740 . Can anybody give me a link to some reviews?Want to know what its like.
  • 3 0
 I gather someone representing 'Zocchi is on here reading comments. I have 2 simple questions:
1. Do Marzocchi accept that the 08/09 forks were a disaster?
2. What has changed since?

I really want to go back to buying 'Zocchi's but am afraid their reputation took such a hammering, I'm finding it hard to be convinced that everything is now "fixed". How can you reassure us?
Thanks
  • 10 0
 To answer the two simple questions...08 and 09 was definitely a disaster! What has changed; dumping some of the bad designs like ATA as well others. Installing new manufacturing methods to ensure 100% bushing tolerance, 5 step process to size the bushings to perfectly match the stanchion tube diameter, 3 step 100% quality control process for all critical parts (lower casting, stanchions, bushings, seals, alignment of crown/stanchion, and final assembly, new bushings, new air systems, RC3 damper, more oil, optimized castings, 3 year warranty, and increased global service programs, just to name a few items that got us back on track. Its been two years now (2010 and 2011) that we have been on track with our new products and our quality and performance is top notch. I can assure you that if you try a Marzocchi product and your not satisfied in any way, we will take care of you! Let us know where you located, feel free to call us and we can make sure you are 100% supported and thanks for keeping us in mind.
  • 7 0
 Dude, first of all, I am MAJORLY impressed that someone from Marzocchi has had the balls to come on here and admit past failures. Also totally agree that ATA was aweful (although I still need convincing that TST actually works).
Basically, I am sold though. What you've written has convinced me that Marzocchi are worth buying again - in fact, I've decided to get some new Bombers, very much on the strength of you coming on here.
Consider a set of 888 RC3 Evo's officially "ordered" (although I can't stretch to the Titanium's).
  • 3 0
 Thanks a ton for your feedback and we greatly appreciate your support. Being honest and admitting our past mistakes is the only way, we pride ourselves on the quality and performance of our stuff and when things went wrong and our hands were tied from helping our customers it killed us on a personal level. Now we are back and upper management (Tenneco) understands that the customers always comes first. Glad you will soon be on a 888 EVO, the fork is amazing and offers the exact same performance and reliability as the EVO Ti. We are here for ya so feel free to contact us anytime. Cheers from Marzocchi.
  • 3 0
 Regarding TST, it didn't suck as bad as ATA! But we did have some assembly/design issues in 08 for sure. The 2010 and 2011 TST has been modified and now works great with the failure rate extremely low. The TST uses a really cool shim stack design and for 2012 we hope to include an adjustable low speed circuit and make it overall less complicated to set up. But to be perfectly honest, nothing compares to the beauty of the RC3 damper, nothing. Thx Marzocchi.
  • 1 0
 Cool, cool. By the way, while you're on - can you tell us anything about the 2012 888's? As mentioned, I'm just about to buy some 888 RC3's, but should I wait til the 2012 ones come out?
Oh and any chance of ETA making a come back on the trail forks? I always really liked that. ETA allowed a really long travel fork to be sprinted uphill. Dead simple and never seemed to go wrong. Still got a set of Z1 Freerides (the orange ones) and they rock - just getting a bit old now being from 2007!
  • 3 0
 The 2012 888 will offer an updated compression valve called the V2. The update is minor and the reason its been modified is to add slightly more stability in the mid stroke of the fork. Some of our WC racers wanted less dive under harsh braking while keeping all 200mm of travel, instead of raising the oil level (this is the tune to reduce diving) we will introduce this valve to improve mid stroke stability. The current 888 EVO is infinitely tune able so you wont be disappointed. 2012 will also see the re-introduction of the ETA system called "Switch TA". Its a new 30mm travel adjust mechanism via a quick turn knob, the main design difference is that its a simple design that doesn't introduce extra intricate parts that would eventually fail.
  • 1 2
 "I can assure you that if you try a Marzocchi product and your not satisfied in any way, we will take care of you! "

What if i have an 08 marz fork? Are you still going to 'take care of me' and the shit that you sold me?
  • 2 0
 bloodypalace: If you still have the '08 mark fork, please call Naz or Alex at Marzocchi Canada at 604-986-3675 and we can get you sorted out with the old fork.
  • 1 1
 k, i will but what should i be telling them?
  • 3 0
 ALL of the major manufacturers make GREAT forks! end of discusion..... i hate this massive Fox hype tho to be honest... bashing all other brands... i did try shit forks of every major manufacturer and i did try awesome forks of every major manufacturer!
  • 3 1
 I have a set of these forks and they are amazing. Much better than my Pike U turn air that I replaced. I was a Marz fan for years but switched to RS when they went to crap in 08. I'm convinced that Marz is back to form and I look forward to ditching that POS Boxxer that lets my V10 down. Finally once again we don't have to just buy the least shitty fork and try and believe it's normal to service it out of the box and every two weeks after that.
  • 3 0
 You will love the 888 RC3 Ti! It has a lot of oil, great adjustability, weighs in at 2990 grams, and has a 3 year warranty. Marzocchi Canada is located in the North Shore and the boyz there can help ya with custom tuning or an install. Thanks for the support.
  • 2 0
 i used to love marzocchi. best fork i ever owned was a 2005/06 EXR Race and a 2007 AM 4. they were plush, stiff and easy to maintain but unfortunately, they were heavy (2kgs for the EXR race and i didn't even bother weighing the AM 4) and weight for me is a big deal coming from an XC racing background.

and then, in my quest to look for a stiffer AM fork, i got myself a 2008 55R and another 2009 55R and that's were they really sucked big time. it weighed like an anchor (2.7 kgs for a 35mm, 140mm/160mm fork) and i hardly bottomed any of the 2 even if drained all the air (i also drain the air on my EXR and AM4 but it did a good job compared to the 2008 and 2009 55R's). so i just gave up on marzocchi completely.

a few things i want from marzocchi: bring back the old reliable, plush, stiff, easy to maintain marzocchi and make it lighter and affordable compared to RS and Fox and its a done deal! there are times that i think Fox is overrated but admittedly, they do make good forks but the price is just way beyond reach for some (like me!), hence, i feel they are overrated.

hope marzocchi kills it this year! cheers!
  • 1 0
 mountguitars, sorry you had issues with your forks and we will work hard to gain your confidence back in us. The new products (2010, 2011, 2012) are exactly what you mentioned; lighter, stronger, extremely reliable, adjustable, and increased performance. Feel free to contact us for a demo test, if you will be at Crank Worx this year stop by and check out the new stuff and we will get you on a demo fork for the week.
  • 2 0
 I dont know, after the nightmare of my 2008 55 tst2 and my 2008 xc 600 tst2, I just can't go back. The breaking, the servicing, the mailing it back in, missing months of riding only to have it come back and break on the next ride...
  • 1 0
 Sorry about the nightmare with the TST failures of '08. It was during the time of Marzocchi being sold to Tenneco and we couldn't get enough replacement parts in (stupid political reasons) resulting in our inability to take care of our customers. Its been a couple years now and things are back on track but we understand your frustration for sure.
  • 2 0
 Well, read the mini review in MTB Action. They put the 44 on a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR evo. " Transformed" the bike. Read RC's glowing review here on PB. Read all the discussion on Marzocchi's rebirth and improved quality. Ordered the fork and installed on my 2011 FSR EVO. Guess what. After one ride of approx 45 minutes, shortened by a flat tire and me having grabbed the wrong pack, I headed back out the next day. OIL LEAK, leaking from the gold compression dial bottom of right leg. Should I have left well enough alone, leaving the stock and oft realiable Fox. We'll see.., H&R was awesome, sent another right out, no questions asked.., I hope I didn't create a monster...
  • 2 0
 For those riders going up to Whistler for Crank Worx, Marzocchi will be offering up free demo forks to test. Stop by the Marzocchi truck or contact Marzocchi Canada for details and reserve your 888 demo fork!
  • 1 0
 who gives a fuck what they look like if they work and get you thru races or hard sections without fucking up all the time theyre a good fork,you cant have a big company like this making terrible forks theyre all good or no pros would ride marzocchi or fox or rockshock what ever,im saying that marzocchi may have been down for a few years but theyre coming back and i trust their components as much as i trust specialized bikes,or chirs king components
  • 1 0
 Just got a 66 RC3 evo Ti recently, however after few rides (less than 10 hours), there is noticeable free-play at between the stanchion & lower legs.
I do not experience the same for Fox even running after a year...
The mechanic say its normal... (a small trade off for plushness)
can anyone share is they have the same concern?
  • 1 0
 I just picked up a 2012 44 LR Switch for cheap. Marzocchi is back! Its an Air fork and feels like a coil! This is their mid-level offering. My Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti is on its way... however, I'm wondering if I will swap those on after riding this affordable offering on my 2012 Ibis SL. Hmmm. I'd be gaining weight and adding 10mm of travel. I had a Fox Talas 36, and a Kashima 32 RLC... cant compair to the 44 LR Switch! Yes the 36 was stiffer, but the the 32 is flexier than the 44. I will recommend Marzocchi to all who ask me!
  • 3 0
 can also say that the 2010 44,55,66, rc3 are just awesome and flawless..i ride the 55rc3 and love it..paid 450 for them brand new!
  • 3 0
 Marzocchi is a very friendly company, I have run many of their forks and am pleased to say I will be using their product for a long time!
  • 1 0
 Thanks, we love what we do!
  • 1 0
 yeah.had a lot of 888 ,almost every years model since they are in production.none of them was bad at all but i have to admit that the 2008 models were not the best .anyway right now i have a 2011 888rc3evo wc and it is the best fork you can buy.ownd boxxer wc,fox 40,white brothers,foes but no one comes close to the new 888.and the same system is planted into the smaller forks too so you cant go wrong with them.
  • 2 1
 Im so glad Mr. C put in quite a concise test of the 44. Ive used the '10 55 rc3 Ti on my trail bike for close to a season's worth, and I am more than impressed. Im no expert, and haven't tried a lot of forks, but the rc3 damper plus Ni coated stanchions are a match made in heaven.

Right now I have the 180 Van with the Kashima coated stanchions, and from the very first run they just don't compare. I was going for the 66 Ti's as my fork upgrade but was sold out, so I got the Van's since the seller was letting it go relatively cheap (and I wanted to try Fox as well). If I could've gotten the 66s for the same price as my Van; I've already done it. And having the same 38mil stanchions as the 888's, there's no question in the stiffness department Eek


My 55 felt bottomless and with just 10mil less travel, I'm positive the 44 will more than suffice for any AM/trail rides. tup
  • 2 0
 Dude, you spoke the truth !!!!
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 I really want to ride an air fork that out performs coil. However, I still haven't found an high air fork that has better performance than the high level coil. Coil weight is a disadvantage however it makes it up in performance.
  • 1 0
 Great review. Im going back to Marz after venturing into Manitou and Rockshox forks. My first fork was an Atom 80 Z2 which I still ride today on my hardtail. Great to here and read that you are back! Im now just trying to decide between this 44 RC3 and a 55 Switch. Thumbs up on the come back!
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 I run a 66 RC3 which is an 09, all my friends prefer that over their Fox 160 Float and Van RC2. Only thing i prefer on the fox is the 20mm axle design. The Marz I've come across some problems back in the day.
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 The new axle designs are very simple to use yet secures the axle in the drop outs better than most designs. It also is lightweight and more economical to replace is lost or damaged. Our take on the option between 15mm and 20mm is....15mm is positioned at more of the All Mtn arena and 20mm is more on the aggressive side. We feel that "20mm" is reserved for more burly type conditions therefore the drop outs, legs, arch, crown, etc should be more robust than what we feel a "15mm" intended use would be. That said, we also build our forks on the more burly side offering greater bushing overlap and greater wall thicknesses. I wish we could make both axle dimensions for ya on the 44 but the 55 RC3 Ti or the 55 Micro Ti offer the same RC3 type damper or available as air system in the Micro Ti with the 20mm axle option.
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 i must say that marzocchi's 08 and 09 tool-free 20mm axle sucks big time. there was a lot of twitching/deflection from the wheel set because the torque on those axles back then to keep the wheel set in place were very weak compared to a traditional quick release looking axle which marzochhi now employs. now if marzocchi can only make their forks lighter or at par with RS or Fox, then that would be the day that RS and Fox will have a beating from marzocchi.
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 I've got a 55R, either 09 or 10, not sure. It's got that tool free 20mm axle with qr lever, and its amazing! easier to take off than my 135mm rear qr, and it's very very stiff. as for weight- not important for me. zocchi riders i think are more dh oriented, so their forks being so so smooth makes up for the extra weight
  • 1 1
 @marzocchiusa correct me if I'm wrong but lookind at RS revelation weights which comes both in 15 and 20mm axle options, it seems that 15mm axle doesn't offer more than ~30g of weight saving over 20mm. Something stinks here with making XC boys believe they can have their own "better" toy. 15mm "standard" has this marketing strategic planning smell all over it Wink very little actual gain can be sensed. people might need to change the hub/wheelset if they want to change a fork, and... vice versa.

U want this super sweet xtr trail wheelset? Hm... Fox 32 series will go very nice with that... Just bought marzocchi 44rc3 ti, how about you accelerate to the future with changing your old 20mm xt am wheelset to easton ec90 hm?
  • 1 1
 dis like this company i sent my fork away cuz it had play in it and they said it past factory tests so i puty it on my bike and go for a ride i had a jump my fork gets stuck down and cuz of that I HAVE NOW SHATTTERED MY COLLER BONE IN 3 SPOTS now no bikin for me this summer.
  • 1 0
 bought new out off stock 2010 version, works perfect. had a 2003 Z1 drop off and that one was great, but 44 rc3 ti even better, you can go even faster. Takes high speed hits better.
  • 5 1
 Sick, I can tell this is gonna be an awesome fork!
  • 16 0
 The "shrink wrap" for quiet operating, just looks like they've stuck a jonny on the coil...
  • 12 0
 We at Marzocchi will forever refer to the shrink wrap on the springs as a...."Jonny Sock" thanks for making us laugh!
  • 1 0
 Very nice middleweight fork from Marz , looks to be on par with the rest of the stuff they've been putting out lately. I agree with whoever had mentioned previously that Marz stepped their game up.
  • 1 0
 One of my dreams is to build a bike with this suspension. I really like the fact that titanium spring and not air. I imagine the feeling of the land with this suspension.
  • 1 0
 Those are sweet forks but I don't like the grey color. But cant you get high end Marz... forks in myriad of colors? Or was that just show stuff.
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 Hey mate go to B&Q or a electrical type shop and buy some heat shrink wrap for about a fiver put it over spring in 3 places being the top middle and bottom then heat with blow torch or heat gun or even boiling water and it will shrink tightly on to the spring ,if you look at a boxxer spring they are like this from new ,if you want a quicker fix put grease on the spring this also works
  • 1 0
 panzer103, regarding colors....we always do a lot of colors to see how the forks look in their final form and then gain feedback from consumers and all our customers. Unfortunately in the end, nearly all of our bike customers and distributors only order grey, black, or white forks. The 44 RC3 shown in the test is available in the metallic grey but white will be on option for 2012.
  • 2 0
 I love my 03 monster T 2 fork haha Razz good old monster ts never let me down
  • 3 0
 Should we bring the Monster back?
  • 3 0
 do it!
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 Monster AND the Shiver! Smile
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 The Shiver will be out soon!
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 Is that official??? Big Grin
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 Kinda official....we have been testing the new Shiver for a while now and just waiting to see if or when the market will be receptive to going upside down again. We have a lot of demand for the Shiver to return and theres good reason for it. The feeling of a properly designed USD fork is second to none, the only issue is torsional stiffness. The new proto Shiver weighs in at 6.6lbs with a 20mm axle and we are considering going with a larger diameter but we prefer NOT to introduce another hub size if we can avoid it. We also don't want to introduce another DH fork if its NOT heads and tails better than the current 888 RC3 and thats going to be hard to do. Lets see how much more feedback we get and hopefully it will be our soon!
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 Marzusa, utilize a stainless steel front axle! That solves all the issues. Bigger axles are not needed, like what was in the foes etc, and wider hubs such as the White Bros is also not needed. A stiff stainless axle makes them track like MX forks.

I actually still run my shivers (had 888's but sold em of, as I really only rode my shivers. 8 years of insane beatings and they are still going strong. I do have to say though, the minute I took the stock axle out and replaced it with a custom lathed stainless axles, it literally made a night and day difference. The forks were as stiff as F1's, and tracked as good as the White Bros wider stanced legs.

And yes, USD forks compared to regular forks are a completely different feeling. 888's bounce and skip over rocks, while the USD's tend to keep a direct path, and flex enough to keep everything going exactly where you want it to.

Just my 2 cents. What better person to hear some feedback from than someone who has been on shivers for over 11 years (2 sets. 00-03, then my 03's to present, with pretty much daily riding).
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 YES bring the monster T back! that would be sick!
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 You sir "rffr", are an excellent source of info and an expert on how the Shiver rides. Its amazing that there are so many riders still using their Shivers, don't think there are too many other forks out there that have lasted this long and keep going strong. Steel axle, good call, we use them on our motocross forks and the diameter is less on a moto than a MTB fork, definitely worth a try! Thanks, Marzocchi!
  • 1 0
 Yes! Bring back shivers!
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 bring back the monsters and shivers and the steel axle is a very good Idea
  • 1 0
 when can we put deposits for the new shiver?
  • 2 0
 Soon I hope!
  • 3 0
 The only thing I miss about Marzocchi is the old sexy /V\ arch! Fab
  • 2 0
 2011 RC3 Ti's are the best thing since sliced bread. Such a good thing!
  • 1 0
 Oh hell yes!!! tup
  • 1 0
 looks like marzocchi maybe coming back a bit but im always true to my fox components.
  • 1 0
 Fox makes good suspension products for sure, just keep the new 888 in mind when its time for something new.
  • 1 0
 I keep seeing these on chainlove for $350 or so. What a deal! I'd run one if I had the bike for it. Good review Richard C.
  • 2 0
 nice to see them taking care and dismantling it in a clean environment!
  • 1 0
 Marzo digs dirt !!!
  • 1 0
 Do you know if you can get those plastic spring covers?

My 888's rattle a bit and this might help the problem.
  • 6 0
 buy some condoms lol
  • 1 0
 Contact Wind Wave in the UK and talk to Dan Jones, he can help you out.
  • 1 0
 Not bad, but you can get a Rock Shox Sektor RL U-TUrn Coil 110-150mm fork at the same weight (1 1/8" steer tube) for $455.
  • 1 0
 The Sektor RL U-Turn is a good product for sure, what sets the 44 RC3 apart is that it contains a lot more oil keeping things running fresh and smooth inside, improved reliability, damping performance, and overall durability. Other items; greater overlap between the stanchions and lowers increasing steering precision and strength, RC3 shim stack speed sensitive cartridge, nickel coated stanchions improve surface hardness and reduces sitction. The 44 RC3 weighs in at 1972 grams with an un-cut steer, typically another 25 grams come off when installed and according to the RS web site, the Sektor Coil U-turn, weighs in at 2100 grams.
  • 1 0
 Claimed weight of 4.9 lbs according to QBP, actual weight of 4.58 lbs (www.pinkbike.com/photo/6439624) with an uncut steer tube. That weight is also for the 20mm axle version of the Sektor. The 15QR version is probably 20-30 grams lighter.
  • 2 0
 Yes its hard to compare weights unless you have all the forks in one room all sitting on the same scale. In this day and age, everyone is making great stuff and the consumers have a tough time figuring out whats real and whats hype. Thx for the feedback, Marzocchi.
  • 1 0
 No offense intended towards Marzocchi, of course. Just trying to help inform people about other fork options in the same range. Don't get me wrong, my 2003 Z.1 FR QR20+ ETA was an awesome fork, and I loved my 1998 Z.1 Alloy as well.
  • 1 0
 No offense taken at all! Its good to chat with all you on the PB site and let everyone know whats happening at Marzocchi. Cheers.
  • 1 0
 i had some 07 888s and thay where good when thay worked
  • 1 0
 I own a pair of 66 RC3's and the RC3 damper is ace!
  • 1 0
 marzocchi have it back end of. just keep it this way this time Wink
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 We will and thanks for the support!
  • 1 0
 Nice CNC work on the adjusters for sure !
  • 2 0
 Thanks! They are pretty nice piece of machine work.
  • 1 0
 sweet
  • 2 5
 Used to have a drop off fork, was the biggest piece of trash i've ever ridden -> after that never ridden a marzochi again...
  • 7 1
 So you're expecting a low end fork to be amazing or what? The Drop off is pretty much bottom of the barrel.
  • 4 1
 the Drop-Off was made by Suntour in Taiwan at a very low price, and was a total POS - the only benefit was to stop your headtube dragging in the dirt Wink
  • 5 1
 The drop-off was not a high performance suspension part, thats for sure. Many bike companies do get pressured to build budget products that mimic the high-end designs yet fall short in superior performance. That was a fork designed in Italy and was built to spec by SR, therefore the performance issue wasn't because of a production issue. SR still makes all of our products and does so excellently. What Marzocchi has done over the past few years was work more closely together with them to ensure every part that comes to market is of the highest manufacturing standards
  • 3 1
 that's like judging a pricey restaurant by it's free bread sticks..!
  • 1 0
 after the first wash i got water in the fork legs -> never got it out and it made such an annoying sound...
  • 1 0
 that was the only fork that i've had, that had such a problem..
Also had some cheaper manitou, RST forks and these forks didn't had problems..
Therefor -> biggest heavy piece of trash..
  • 1 0
 mentalz, sorry to hear about your fork issue. Please contact us directly or one of our European distributors and we will get the fork working perfectly for you. It seems strange that water got inside the fork because its a sealed system but we will make sure it works perfectly for you.
  • 1 0
 Marzocchiusa thats very kind but the fork has been sold years ago... But it's very kind that you are helping us trough the forum with our technical problems.. Keep up the good work and maybe in the future i might buy a marzochi again..
  • 2 1
 mentalz, sorry about your marzocchi experience. The new stuff is stellar and it would be great to have the opportunity to get ya back someday.
  • 2 1
 I gotta agree with Mentalz though, i used to have a 2008 Dirt jumper 2 and it was the worst piece of shit ever. Not gonna buy a Marzocchi fork ever again. I still have the fork and it's so bad, i don't even want to sell it to somebody else.
  • 1 1
 try a REAL marz fork...
  • 2 0
 Define 'REAL' because if their name is on it, then it's a marz fork.
  • 2 1
 true, i'm just sayin' don't judge a whole brand by the bottom of the barrel...
  • 2 1
 still if it gets sold it has to work properly..
  • 1 2
 inverted Fox forks is what im looking forward to! Razz
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