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    '07 Marz XC 600 sl or '08 RS Revelation 426 Air

    Okay, so I have been looking for an adjustable travel XC fork for a while, and I have narrowed it down to two:

    1. 2007 Marzocchi XC 600 SL $300
    Pros: Adj travel, cheaper, lighter, looks awesome, stiff enough for me (160lbs)
    Cons: Lack of good reviews/ bad reviews
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    2. 2008 RockShox Revelation 426 Air w/ U-turn $425
    Pros: Adj travel, more adjustability, comes in white, stiff for everyone,great reviews
    Cons: more expensive, heavier, not as good looking

    Okay, the argument comes down to, if the Revelation worth the extra wieght and expense?

    All advice welcome, especially some reveiws from some people who have the Marz, thanks in advance all!
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    I choose the RS, very happy with my choice.

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    second vote for the RVL
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    I'm a marzocchi guy. I've tried manitou and fox and the marz have always been super plush and reliable, but have not had a chance to ride the new rockshoxs.

    But with that said, my next fork will be a rockshox revelation 426 coil. Everything I've have read has been good, fairly light, plush, adjustable, and reliable. Sounds like a winner to me.

    It seems like marzs reliability has fallen, at least there forks with TST, and also some of there ATA forks also had issues. But the forks with marz's other dampers seem fine. Two people in my family have all mountain 1 with tst damping, and when they are working correctly they feel pretty good. But they have to have more maintance done on them to keep them performing. My 03 Z1 is still going strong though. Just wish it was lighter.

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    I have an XC 600 Retro (probably similar in a number of ways) and I've no complaints...I weigh about 150. Can't comment on the Revelation, I've never owned one. Either way, they are quality brands, just a matter of what you're looking for and what you're willing to pay.
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    Any decisions? I'm also looking at the sl and was wondering if you (or anyone) bought and tested or found any positive info...

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    what size tires?

    what size tires do you run? From what I hear, and someone correct me if Im wrong but the Marz has limits where the RS can run a bit wider tires. I have neither but plan on getting a Rev real soon to replace my Float.

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    I have the xc 700 sl, last year's model. The good: Its a little tricky to setup, but is very adjustable, and is light. The Bad: It is VERY flexi, especially towards the top of the range of travel. I had my LBS send it back and Marzocchi called them, chewed them out saying there was nothing wrong with it and sent it back, after four weeks of waiting. I weigh 180, so I'm not super heavy, and ride mostly XC singletrack, yet I can feel the fork slop while riding. Not very confidence inspiring. I wouldn't buy one again. I know RockShock has better customer service.

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    Bummer, you had me before flexy

    Quote Originally Posted by mudhut
    I have the xc 700 sl, last year's model. The good: Its a little tricky to setup, but is very adjustable, and is light. The Bad: It is VERY flexi, especially towards the top of the range of travel. I had my LBS send it back and Marzocchi called them, chewed them out saying there was nothing wrong with it and sent it back, after four weeks of waiting. I weigh 180, so I'm not super heavy, and ride mostly XC singletrack, yet I can feel the fork slop while riding. Not very confidence inspiring. I wouldn't buy one again. I know RockShock has better customer service.
    I've got a nice old hammered chameleon frame and enough spare parts, less a good 100mm fork to make a really nice single speed.
    I've been spoiled by my last 2 forks, a Fox RLT 80 and a RS Reba, both are stiff, plush, light and durable with the Reba being the better of the two, it really locks out great, but it's a few years newer than the Fox and is 100mm vs 80mm.
    I'm sure the late model Fox forks are as good as the Rock Shox stuff but the Rock Shox was a couple of hundred less at the time.

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