Marzocchi 55 Micro Switch TA fork - in brief review£799.99

Enduro suspension fork with mid-stroke support

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We loved Marzocchi’s titanium sprung 55RC3. The Switch Micro is almost as smooth and has more mid-stroke support and travel adjust to target the enduro race market.

The low-pressure air spring is less sensitive than the coil sprung version but it’s still supple over small chatter or big blocks. The tweaked TST damping is more supportive, so when you load the bike hard through rough corners, exits are sharper and faster. 

The air spring makes it slightly more progressive and it’s easier to adjust for rider weight. There’s no high-speed compression adjustment, but there’s a low-speed compression adjuster on the lockout lever. Travel change is easily flickable too. 

2,330g is a fair weight for a 120-160mm (4.7-6.3in) fork, Marzocchi reliability has been excellent lately, and there’s a three-year warranty.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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