Marzocchi 55 RC3 Evo Titanium suspension fork review£899.95

Smooth and reliable

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Damping developed for downhill racing makes the 55 RC3 Evo Ti the ultimate maximum traction and control fork for big-hit bikes. The chunky chassis and QR20 screw-through axle are reassuringly stiff but it’s the incredibly supple small bump response of the titanium spring that glues the fork to the floor.

The succulent, oil rich stroke melts mid-sized bumps like they’re not there, and while the 2011 RC3 Ti was actually too soft and feedback-free in hard carving race situations the new Evo version adds a very welcome edge to the deeper damping. 

The combined high and low speed damping adjustment crossover dial isn’t intuitive and the air preload reduces sensitivity significantly but overall control is superlative. A three-year warranty backs up our flawless fit-and-forget experience with recent ‘Zocchis too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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