Marzocchi 44 Micro Ti fork review£570.00

Excellent damping but weighty

BikeRadar score3/5

The 44’s structure, complete with slippery nickel stanchions, is acceptably stiff in steering terms in the quick-release format of our sample, but the QR15 screw-through version would definitely be our choice for more aggressive riding.

While the RC3 Ti gets a full titanium spring, the Micro Ti just gets a long negative spring made from the wonder metal. This helps overcome initial stiction in the air spring and, although it feels notchy in the workshop, can be set up super-plush on the trail.

However, accurate pressure setting and use of the volume adjust feature is vital to stop it diving without feeling too tight and wooden.

Damping control (particularly in rebound) from the TST Micro system is great and covers fully open to adjustable lockout settings. It can be spaced for either 120mm or 140mm travel and, while significantly heavier than claimed, it is well priced.

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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