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    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!


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    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.

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