Marzocchi 888 differences?
I've been looking at dual crown forks for a while, and only recently found that there was a 2012 888 rv. What is the difference between the 2012 rv, rcv, etc. I know they are lower end models of the 888 and only have one or two adjustable settings, but how about the difference in feel?
Any help would be appreciated!
The lower end 888s are good forks in that they require minimal maintenance, are well built, and can take a real beating.
However, how they feel/perform will be dependent on a lot of things like rider weight, bike set up, style, terrain, etc.
The RVs have minimal adjustments-most common complaint is too much brake dive. Rebound is the easy adjustment, but you can still "tune" the forks a bit with oil volume and spring weight. If you are a rider where the stock set up works great for your weight and style, then you've got a good fork. If you are outside of the stock tune range, you'll never get the fork feeling great and end up wasting $ trying to make it better.
RCVs offer a bit of compression adjustment along with rebound adjustment-very helpful in tuning out brake dive and keeping the fork up in it's travel on steep descents and in the corners. RCV is a decent fork. Still a bit of a blunt instrument though compared to the better cartridges in the Marzocchi line and from the competition.
In the past, a great thing to do was to get a low end 888 cheap and then upgrade to an aftermarket cartridge-Avalanche for example. This resulted in an awesome fork for minimal dollars.
You should be able to find a used or closeout 2012 RC3 EVO 888. Awesome fork for the $$$ if the budget allows.