Marzocchi 888 RC3 WC fork review

Tough, smooth fork for extreme antics

BikeRadar score4/5

Marzocchi’s top line 888 keeps the titanium springs but adds the latest RC3 damping technology. The bigger bottom end and brace add extra steering stiffness, post-style brake mounts and a proper hose guide. 

It also adds a fair dose of extra weight, which makes the air sprung ATA WC the smart racer choice.

Titanium coils make the feel outstandingly fluid, with consistent buttery ground connection right through the stroke. 

Initial worries about the high and low speed compression being combined and controlled by a single knob have subsided, now they’ve proved to be impressively controlled.

The volume adjust knob lets you tune end stroke feel and so far they’ve been fit-and-forget. 

Our number one choice for freeriders. 

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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