by Ben Haworth
July 9, 2009
As we revealed in our exclusive Sea Otter coverage, for 2010 Marzocchi has gone back to its roots and has re-introduced the core values and technologies that made the original Bomber such a revolutionary fork.
44 RC3 Ti
The 44 RC3 Ti is Marzocchi’s flag ship coil sprung fork that uses damping technology developed from the world championship winning 888 downhill fork. The 44 RC3 Ti is the “absolute do it all fork that is light enough for fast climbing and plush and precise for breathtaking downhill, making it the spiritual successor to the original, classic Z1 Bomber.”
The 140mm travel RC3 Ti features adjustable rebound and hi & low speed compression damping, mechanical pre-load with a low pressure air valve for small pre-load adjustments. A Titanium main spring helps to keep the weight down with alternative rate springs available from launch.
Weighing in at 1850g for an open bath, coil sprung fork the 44 RC3 Ti weighs only 52g more than the 2009 44 ATA and 468g less than the 2007 Z1 RC2.
44 Micro Ti
The air models have not been ignored, the 44 Micro Ti uses the proven open bath air design which does away with a traditional sealed cartridge and uses the stanchion as the air chamber. This reduces internal air pressures and working with a Titanium negative spring it improves small bump performance.
The 140mm travel 44 Micro Ti features adjustable compression and rebound damping with lock out. Another feature borrowed from the 888 is the variable air system which mechanically raises or lowers the oil level to alter the spring curve (from progressive to linear) at the twist of an adjuster. The travel is also internally adjustable from 100, 120 or 140mm using spacers supplied with the fork.
Weighing in at 1799g (QR15) for an open bath, air sprung fork the 44 Micro Ti weighs the same as the outgoing ATA model.
44 RC3 Ti QR 15 £679.95
44 Micro Ti QR15 £569.95
44Micro Ti (QR) £569.95
Expected delivery Sept 09.