Marzocchi 66 RC3 fork review£799.95

A decent big-hit fork but heavy

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Marzocchi’s 66 was one of the original really-big-hit single crown forks, and it’s still a frontline freerider.

It’s a serious piece of fork with an all-up weight of 3.2kg that puts it firmly into the play rather than comp category.

The mechanically preloaded coil sprung internals give it a predictable and super smooth feel right through the long 180mm stroke.

The squelchy-sounding but wide-ranging and effective RC3 cartridge gives plenty of tuning options, from ground sucker to long drop swallower.

While the two-handed axle and air valve adaptors are still a pain, Marzocchi have spent a lot of time and effort correcting previous production issues. That hopefully means a return to reliable form this year.

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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