Marzocchi 55 RC3 Ti fork review£929.95

Long-travel single-crown

BikeRadar score4/5

Marzocchi’s big trail fork is the plushest high-traction fork around. The titanium springs keep weight competitive and, combined with slotted bushings, make the 55 so supple you’ll feel as though you’ve got 10psi in your front tyre.

It melts most head-on square-edge hits and the RC3 damping cartridge keeps it up in its travel on multiple hit sections despite the soft spring. The 2011 adjustment dials are easy to use.

Apart from an oil leak on our 2010 set, reliability feedback is excellent. There’s three-year warranty backup too. Air preload causes spiking and notchiness though, so swap to a heavier spring rather than adding pressure if you find the stock coil too soft.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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