Marzocchi 66 RC3£649.95

Huge freeride stalwart bigger than ever for 08

BikeRadar score4/5

Marzocchi’s massive 66 fork is a freeride stalwart, and this year’s is even bigger. 

The bottom end gets a monster ‘Bomber’ logo brace, buttressed post mounts and huge dropout blocks sliding on 38mm stanchions for maximum strength. The new screw-through axle, axle guides, twin bolt hose pinch and 1.5in steerer option make set-up easy too.

Too much pressure in the supplementary air spring can make them feel notchy but otherwise they’re beautifully fluid. The RC3 cartridge damping adds useful high and low speed compression control.

They’re pretty hefty though and we’ve heard about more reliability problems than usual recently too.

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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