by Ben Haworth
July 21, 2009
In the heart of the 2010 range is the RC3 cartridge that provides the damping for the 888 (EVO), 66, 55, 44 & 4X models. The Italian made, open bath RC3 cartridge gives a wide and usable range of rebound and both high and low speed compression adjustment. The High and low compression is adjusted from just one dial.
Open bath technology is used throughout the range. Marzocchi have also incorporated a new MDU bottom out bumper that prevents any harsh bottom out noises and secondly it also displaces a little oil – this saves weight.
The titanium coil springs have been re-worked saving up to half the weight over the 2009 versions. Higher quality titanium is now used in the manufacture of the spring, however fewer coils are now used keeping the weight and the cost down.
Marzocchi are now using higher quality 2 piece bushings that are reworked with vertical slots for better oil penetration. The bushings are also paired to the stanchions and lower legs to ensure tighter tolerances and smother running.
Marzocchi has taken the QR lever design from their QR15 system and produced the new QR20 system. In use it feels like a standard QR lever, but gives you the full security and stiffness of a 20mm bolt up. The new QR20 levers are also backwards compatible to the 2008 model range.
55 RC3 Ti
Marzocchi has taken 2009 55RC3 and put it on a diet. Weighing in at only 1850g for an open bath, coil sprung fork the 55 RC3 Ti weighs only 101g more than the 2009 55 ATA and 362g less than the 2009 55 RC3.
The 160mm travel 55 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.
66 RC3 Ti
Weighing in at 2760g for an open bath, coil sprung fork the 66 RC3 Ti weighs 133g less than the 2009 66 ATA and a 481g less than the 2009 66 RC3.
The 180mm travel 66 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.
55 RC3 Ti – 1 1/8” or 1.5” £899.95
66 RC3 Ti – 1 1/8” or 1.5” £999.95