Marzocchi XC700 ATA fork review£550.00

Super-light, travel-adjustable 140mm bump-eater

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Marzocchi's XC700 fork gets whole new structure for 2008, to create a potentially impressive lightweight for patient fettlers.

A new crown and bottom end with chunkily square 'Bomber' logo brace make it workably stiff on the trail, but it's still lighter than any other 140mm fork, let alone a travel-adjustable one. It takes patience to balance the positive air spring and TAS bottom-out spring between feeling too linear or too ramped, but a smooth, well controlled compromise is in there.

While it's got a much less squishy feel than most Bombers unless you really thrash it, the TST Micro compression damping is more than just an open and shut case. 

The metal adjusters are painful on your fingers, though, and the price isn't too friendly.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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