Marzocchi 888 RC3 review£749.95

Beautifully plush, controlled, freeride fork

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Marzocchi’s 888 RC3 has the same new structure and RC3 damping as the top whack WC, but standard steel springs make it a freeride bargain.

The new beefier bottom end adds steering precision and a proper hose clamp. Extra metal does mean a high weight compared to others, which puts this fork in the freeride camp.

Plush early travel provides excellent traction, despite high and low speed compression damping being combined in a single knob (we’ve had no problem setting up a smooth, controlled stroke). 

External adjustment of oil volume means you can control the final part of the travel easily, too. 

The price is good – they’re only 100g heavier than the WCs but £450 cheaper.

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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