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    Long Term Reviews Of Rs Domain.

    i wont waste anyones time with a decision of which fork to buy. sales are starting now and i have narrowed it down to the 06 z1 rc2 and domain 318 u-turn, cant afford anything else (66 rc2x eta) that will give me more freeride travel and performance than my pike but still have climbing abilities. i know the z1 is plush and is lighter but i have a pike so i am not sure it is enough of an upgrade.
    so if i can swallow the bitter pill of carrying the xtra weight of the domain will it be worth it?
    i have been searching all the reviews and they are all short term reviews, 1 month or less.
    riding a 2006 coiler, 185lbs no gear, working on my freerdiding skills: gaps, drops to transition etc.

    i appreciate da help

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    I can tell you what I just did myself

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmadrigal/770861018/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1041/770861018_532048f392_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Marzocchi Z1 light" /></a>

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    The 06 Z1 light is basically the same fork as the 07 Z1 RC2... only that it's white

    I will probably install it today... let's see if the z1 can steal the Pike's place on my 575

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    ok crisillo rub it in. i read your reply the other day that you found a supplier for the z1 light.
    i have gotten over my orange phobia and i can hack it if it is worth it.
    enjoy the fork. i still love the pike and it will be welcomed on my hardtail where it belongs.
    report on the new ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juan pablo
    ok crisillo rub it in. i read your reply the other day that you found a supplier for the z1 light.
    i have gotten over my orange phobia and i can hack it if it is worth it.
    enjoy the fork. i still love the pike and it will be welcomed on my hardtail where it belongs.
    report on the new ride.
    didn't mean to... BTW the same seller has another z1 light on ebay.de (in case you want to give it a shot), shipping should be decent to the UK

    I love the Pike too... just want a "bigger Pike"

    I might swap the Revelation on my SS for the Pike ...keep it as backup (unlikely) or maybe sell it to a buddy... who knows...

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    i just looked at the ebay.de site and found the fork. couldn't understand much and i have no idea how to register etc. i will keep an eye on the bidding and see if i can figure it out. pretty sure it will fetch a good price since its such a sort after fork.

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    The Domain should feel very much like a bigger, stronger Pike, which is bloody great. Its gonna be a bit heavy, but it should be bombproof too. Its amazing how good the bodies have gotten from RockSHox.

    I can also tell you that the Marzocchi Z1 Light I had was hands down the worst fork I have ever ridden, bar none. Even my Manitous were better.
    Stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juan pablo
    i just looked at the ebay.de site and found the fork. couldn't understand much and i have no idea how to register etc. i will keep an eye on the bidding and see if i can figure it out. pretty sure it will fetch a good price since its such a sort after fork.
    if you are registered on ebay.co.uk, you should be able to see the auction through it (with the auction number) ...no need to register in ebay.de... all ebay site are integrated....

    Quote Originally Posted by dropmachine
    I can also tell you that the Marzocchi Z1 Light I had was hands down the worst fork I have ever ridden, bar none. Even my Manitous were better.
    well, dropmachine, I am about to find out by myself... though I will use it more for trailriding with some drops here and there... it is very praised around here..so let's see...

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    I was torn between the Domain and the 66 ETA. I've only heard good things about the Domain but ended up going with the 66 since I got a smokin' deal on Ebay. Turns out it's one of the guys that posts on the Spesh forum a lot. Keep looking on Ebay, deals come around every so often.

    I'm a Z1 Zokes fan, but the bigger stanchions(stiffness) of the Domain and the Maxle would be hard to pass on.

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    haven't had any problems arise with them yet at my shop. seems to be a stout little fork. (both the domain and z.1. lite consequentially)
    Proud to represent Mojo Wheels.

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    i have just read through pages and pages on pink bike to see wat i could dig up on the domain. most peope are happy with wat they have heard or experienced. most try and convince a switch to 66's. i wont be saving weight with a 66 and i will be paying a ton more cash, plus the 66 rc2x eta is 180mm.
    if i could have one fork for now i would go with the z1 but since i already got the pike i think it will be too similar.
    i have no doubts the domain will be strong and will handle any drops, hits etc but i hope it will be plush and smooth on the small stuff too. i dont think reliability is an issue as i think RS have got it sorted. considering the weight i probably wont pedal it too far when its fitted to my coiler and will either drive to my local area or ride the hardtail. i need a fork that i can learn with and maybe when i get smoother i can look again. domain is sounding sweet.
    thanks for the feedback.

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    considering i am new to biking, i got my first bike last october (banshee morphine) with the 318 domain, so i can't offer any comparisons, only my experience with it.

    i am very satisfied with my domain. the suspension is plush and progressive, especially near the end.
    i ride everything: technical and non-techy freeride, dh, around town, in parks and fields. i don't huck or jump anything major, but i'm working on that.
    having said that, i have never bottomed out nor felt let down by my fork. i even dh'ed while forgetting to extend the travel and my arms didn't even notice.

    i really like the adjustments you can make on them, it makes them very versatile.

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    A lot of people suggest a swap over to the 66 based purely on being image oriented sheep, rather then any real concrete reason behind it. Nothing wrong with 66s, but I can't see a real good reason to move to them either, considering cost vs performance.

    Juan, get a mechanice to open that fork first. I am convinced mine was screwed from the outset, hence the terrible ride. Mine was a demo fork, and it just could not have gone worse. Short of stabbing me while I slept, that fork just did everything wrong. That said, I bet properly done it would kick ass. ETA rocks.
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    the domains weight is always highlighted but cant see that being relevant when you consider the weight of the 66 which is the closest comparison. if i had the money to buy a 66 i would get the lyrik, lighter and better lengh of travel-160mm.
    still cant rule out the z1.

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    Have a Domain and a 66RC2x. Though I like them both, the Domain is better suited for all around trail riding and such...it just seems plusher and more tuneable. It can take the hits too, but it's the small bump performance that I really like. She's like butta' baby!! Don't really notice the weight but I am 210+ so almost anything on a bike feels light. Was not at all impressed with the Z1, but that's just me.

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    thats just the kind of news i like to hear. if i could have such a good all round fork for the current sale price of the domain then i am one super stoked rider! plus if the performance is good then i dont mind the extra weight, i aint lugging a pig around if she aint gonna give up the bacon.

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    I think going from a Pike to a Z1 is not an upgrade but a sidegrade.
    I went from a 05 Pike SL to a 05 Z1FR1 and then back to a Pike 426 2006. Now I am on a 66SL. I must say though that the Pike has the best feel to it.
    Sure the 66 is way stiffer, has more travel etc. but I really like the feel of a Pike.
    The Lyric would be very interesting too, but the level of reliability I expect from a fork, isnīt there "for me!" with the new RS forks.
    They creak,the damping stops working,the bushings sometimes get sloppy very fast. A lot of them work, but quite a lot of lemons also.
    So līll hang on to my 66 and keep it for another year or so. When I come across a good deal I īll get something besides it. Keep the 66 as a spare fork.

    By the way. I HATED my Z1FR1. I payed a lot for it, fondled with oil levels,heights,viscosities and even swapped springs. It felt like ****, I really really hated that fork. Donīt know why. The Z1Fr2 my buddy had at that time was **** too.

    The Domain feel buttery smooth, the damping is nice. Basically really a beefy Pike.
    Iīd get one over a Z1 any day. I donīt know if the 66 is that much better. It looks nicer because of the higher end stanchions. Steel stanchions do work good though. No scratches =)

    Greetings Znarf

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    cheers znarf
    i came close to being convinced that the z1 was it. i would consider the 66's more if they were better suited to my coiler. i think 180mm travel at 565mm a-c is too much.
    i will be home in a couple o weeks and the domain is now on the shopping list!

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    A friend of mine bought the Domain 318 U turn at Xmas, 4 days after putting it on his bike the U Turn got stuck resulting in sending the fork back, it was fixed under warranty in double quick time but it didnt give a very good initial impression for the fork. Four month
    later and the rebound adjuster doesn't seem to do anything anymore, thankfully though its set at about right anyway, still not what i'd expect from Rock Shox, my Pike SL's been brilliant from the start. Also, for me anyway(70kg) the standard spring seems very stiff but my mates a bit heavier and he prefers them that way, I run 66sl's on my other bike and prefer my forks really plush.
    All in all the U Turn's great when working, the compression adjustment is very good and the price is great, its feels completely different to a Pike though to me, its a hell of a lot stiffer and not as plush but it is designed for more aggressive riding. I think when next years domains get designed/released it'll be a belter of a fork, for me though its not quite there yet.

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    mmmmmmmmm?
    burst of the bubble!

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    Sorry if I burst the bubble, like I say my mate likes it and he bought it because I recommended it based on the performance of my pikes, the fact that Sram have taken over Rock Shox and the reasonably low cost. He rides fairly hard and hits doubles etc upto about the 20ft mark, the fork takes it all well an he never really complains about bottoming or anything. The U turn has been fine since it was sorted and we're now seven months on, but after reading some of the other reviews about it being plush im now wondering if there is something else wrong with the fork. If you buy new you've got a warranty to cover any problems.
    My reasoning behind buying the 66sl was the tuning options it offered and the light weight, plus if you check out the Turner forum those guys seem to know everything there is to know about the fork!
    At the end of the day though there's only you who can make the decision on what to buy and whatever you end up with you'll adjust to anyway, for me though i'd go with the Marzocchi!

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    thanks for the feedback oli h
    i'm glad you have been enjoying your 66 sl. just from reading through threads the 66 sl seem like a difficult fork to set and has given alot of riders headaches. so it just goes to prove you are right and it is a little hit and miss. like i said the 66's are a little too long for my frames geo but i would seriously consider them if they offered a 160mm option. i also prefer coil. i have riden my pike hard for 6 months and i am a heavy rider, couldnt be happier. if i could afford the lyrik i would jump on it. i am watching a couple o fox 36 vans on e-bay but from my searches there are a lot of unhappy riders so in the end its a gamble.

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