Marzocchi XC700 SL review

Top dog of the new XC Retro Trailhound range, the XC700 drops a whole load of weight but still picks up some useful options. With twin air springs and everything fork top - not remote lever - controlled,

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £429.95 RRP | USD $750.00
Marzocchi XC700 SL

Our review

Impressively light, versatile and smooth trail performer
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Top dog of the new XC Retro Trailhound range, the XC700 drops a whole load of weight but still picks up some useful options. With twin air springs and everything fork top – not remote lever – controlled, the 700 model is a whopping 350g lighter than the 600 (p71). This despite an ATA travel winder top cap (with super cute popup ‘ears’) that lets you click from 130mm to 90mm to suit terrain requirements.

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The seals are tight for the first few rides, but once it’s settled in it’s outstandingly smooth and eager to suck up trail trauma for superb singletracking traction and control. It’s stiff enough to work it hard through corners or techy sections without vagueness or wander, too.

It does take a while to balance the positive and negative springs (ignore Marzocchi’s extremely high recommended pressures for a start) to get it plush without diving too much, though. The fi ve preset TST compression damping settings really do make a difference to ride character, so be prepared to play around to get to know your new fork.

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Vocal oil bath internals and shiny nickel-plated sliders show all the usual Marzocchi contempt for lousy weather and lack of loving care, too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name XC700 SL
Brand Marzocchi

Crown to Axle Length 505
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Steerer Material Alloy XC
Damping Adjustment Lockout
Year 2007
Max. Fork Travel 130mm
Min. Fork Travel 90mm
Spring Type Air
Bike Use Cross-Country Mountain
Material Alloy
Brake System Compatability V-Brake
Features TST 5/ATA Adjustability
Available Colours Signal White
Colour White
Weight (oz) 1
Weight (lb) 3
Weight (g) 1642
Travel 130
Stanchion Diameter 32
MPN 9070101
Damping Compression