Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9.00am
By Guy Kesteven, Mountain Biking UK
Damping developed for downhill racing makes the 55 RC3 Evo Ti the ultimate maximum traction and control fork for big-hit bikes. The chunky chassis and QR20 screw-through axle are reassuringly stiff but it’s the incredibly supple small bump response of the titanium spring that glues the fork to the floor.
The succulent, oil rich stroke melts mid-sized bumps like they’re not there, and while the 2011 RC3 Ti was actually too soft and feedback-free in hard carving race situations the new Evo version adds a very welcome edge to the deeper damping.
The combined high and low speed damping adjustment crossover dial isn’t intuitive and the air preload reduces sensitivity significantly but overall control is superlative. A three-year warranty backs up our flawless fit-and-forget experience with recent ‘Zocchis too.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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