“They’re back!” That’s a quote from Chris Canfield of Canfield Brothers bikes and the reason my new Canfield One is equipped with a Marzocchi 66 RC3 EVO Ti coil fork and Roco TST R coil rear shock. After a few tough years with quality control and service issues, it looks like things are starting to improve for Marzocchi. I stopped by their booth at Interbike this year to say hi and see what’s new. It seems like they’re feeling more positive and confident. People have been really happy with their new titanium coil forks and it seems like the quality control and service problems might be behind them.
Marzocchi had three new things to show off at Interbike – a carbon 29er fork, a new rear air shock, and they’re also adding travel adjustment to some of their 2012 forks. Besides the new stuff, there was a roped-off display of freeride / DH forks demonstrating how Marzocchi has been a gravity suspension leader and innovator. Among Marzocchi’s firsts were the first 40mm stanchion fork (Monster-T) and the first upside down fork (Shiver), the first carbon upside down fork and the first travel adjust forks (ECC). The last couple of years have been tough on Marzocchi’s reputation and they want to make sure we remember that more often than not, they’ve been leading the way for downhill mountain bike suspension.
Corsa Superleggera 29er RC Carbon Fork
Marzocchi says their new carbon 29er fork is “100% optimized for the big wheel.” That means it’s more than just a stretched out 26-inch fork. It has a carbon fiber crown and steerer tube and it’s wider so you can run fatter tires than other 29er forks allow. It also has a remote lockout and Marzocchi’s excellent TST Micro system for easy dampening adjustment.
Corsa Superleggera 29er RC Carbon Fork Specs:
- Travel: 100mm (can be converted to 80mm and 120mm with spacer)
- Carbon fiber crown and tapered carbon steerer tube
- Weight: 1650 grams with axle (w/o remote)
- QR15 axle
- 32mm nickel-coated tapered aluminum stanchions
- TST Micro RC with remote lockout, compression and rebound control
- Completely reengineered AER air spring
Marzocchi also has two other 29er forks, the Corsa Superleggera 29-inch RC and the Corsa Superleggera LR 29-inch. The Superleggera 29er RC is basically the same as the carbon fork except it has an aluminum crown and steerer tube and weighs 1785 grams. The Superleggera LR 29-inch fork has a straight aluminum steerer tube, rebound adjustment instead of TST and it weighs 1850 grams.
Roco Lite Air Shock
The new Marzocchi Roco Lite air shock is, “designed specifically for XC and the perfect addition to your Corsa or 44 forks.” More importantly, at 198 grams, it’s weighs less than the lightest air shocks currently listed on the Fox and RockShox Web sites.
Roco Lite Air Shock Specs:
- Weight: 198 grams
- Sizes: 190.5x50mm and 165.1×38.1mm
- New LO lock out rebound
- External rebound control
Marzocchi has a full line of Roco rear shocks, including the Roco RC World Cup and TST R coil shocks and three other air shocks.
Marzocchi Adds Travel Adjustment To 55 & 44 Forks
For 2012, the 55 and 44 forks will have Marzocchi’s new Switch TA adjustable travel control. Switch TA is a hydraulic travel adjust system that, “works completely independent from the damping system so you can adjust the travel without compromising on your suspension.” The 44 forks will have 30mm of adjustment and the 55 will have 40mm of adjustment.
I’m really excited about my new Marzocchi-equipped bike and I’m pleased to see things looking up for a brand I consider to be an integral part of mountain bike history and mountain bike fun. I was worried about them for a while but if the new EVO Titanium forks are an indication of things to come, they’re gonna be fine.