053 S3C2R Shock
Marzocchi's 053 S3C2R doesn't look like anything else out there.
Marzocchi gave us a sneak peek of rapid prototypes of two different shocks while at Sea Otter back in April
, and both have now reached production. The first is the somewhat awkwardly named 053 S3C2R that's been designed to be a lightweight yet mega-adjustable air sprung shock for trail, all-mountain, enduro or whatever it is that people might be doing on their mid-travel bikes these days. The first part of its name designates that it's intended to be paired with Marzocchi's 350 series of 160mm travel forks, while the S3C2R stands for its on the fly three-position compression switch, separate low and high-speed compression dials, and single external rebound knob. Further tuning can be done by those with some mechanical skills by re-valving the shock if required, with Marzocchi planning on making such parts available to consumers in the future.
The black lever on the side of the piggyback bridge controls a three position compression system that can be adjusted on the fly, with a small hex adjuster on the opposite side (pictured below, left
) that is used to adjust the amount of force required to overcome the compression damping when it's in its firmest setting. It's also remote compatible should you want the ability to adjust its compression on the fly, which is ideal for enduro racing.
Its two piggybacks give the 053 S3C2R a unique look, with the smaller one housing the compression assembly, and the larger being home to a bladder compensator rather than an IFP.
The shock's unique looking double piggyback layout isn't just to set it apart from the crowd, with Marzocchi actually taking a different route than most of their competition when it comes to the 053 S3C2R's inner workings. The cylinder on the left houses the shock's compression assembly, something that you'd usually see on a shock's bridge, while the larger cylinder is home to a bladder compensator rather than the far more commonly used internal floating piston (IFP
) layout. Why not go with an IFP? Marzocchi said that a standard IFP's o-ring seal adds a fair bit of friction into the system, whereas a bladder obviously does not. Using a bladder is nothing new, of course, as it's been employed in the moto world for many, many years, and we've been getting along just fine with the IFPs so far, so it'll be interesting to see how the 300 gram 053 S3C2R performs on the trail when it becomes available this coming January for $600 EUR. Will its bladder design make for ultra sensitive performance?
023 S3CR Shock
The 023 S3CR is one of the most adjustable cross-country shocks out there.
And now for something for the cross-country folk. The diminutive shock's name implies that it's to be matched to the 100 - 120mm 320 series of forks, as well as it sporting a three position compression switch and compression and rebound dials. The shock's compression dial allows for separate low-speed adjustment, not something that you see on most cross-country shocks, and blow-off threshold can be tuned via a small hex key at the back of the shock. The 198 gram 023 S3CR will be in January.
320 LCR CarbonView entire Eurobike 2014 Product Gallery Here
The 3.3lb LCR Carbon is an entirely new fork for 2015 that's aimed at, you guessed it, full out cross-country racing. Stock travel sits at 100mm, with it being able to be tuned down to 80mm or up to 120mm internally as needed, and Marzocchi offers it for both 29" and 27.5'' wheel sizes.
The chassis features 32mm stanchions (with Marzocchi's Espresso treatment) that have been pressed into a one-piece carbon fiber crown and steerer unit, and new lowers and a revised 15mm axle are said to shave further grams. Internally, it utilizes Marzocchi's DBC cartridge that allows for both low-speed compression and lock out adjustment, as well as rebound tuning at the opposite end of the fork. Being a cross-country race fork, it's also remote compatible.
Marzocchi told us that they've also worked hard to limit friction, with the their Espresso coating on the legs and new single-lip fork seals that are said to keep things running ultra smooth.