Marzocchi 888 RCV Fork review£769.95

Smooth and simple gravity workhorse

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Marzocchi’s most basic 888 is the cheapest double clamp 200mm travel fork available and it’s enough fork for most non-racers. It’s very heavy, but the 888 chassis has been around long enough to prove durability.

The bolted 20mm axle is secure and the wide stance gives useful steering lock. The supple, coil-sprung action also keeps it well connected to the ground.

Externally adjustable rebound and compression damping are on the basic side. There’s enough scope to set it up butter smooth for grip or bluff for big drops, depending on usage. While this fork can get sloppy, it generally soldiers on fine for ages if you look after it.

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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