Marzocchi Roco Air TST R Rear Shock

DESCRIPTION

ROCO AirTST R Marzocchi ROCO AirTST R Rear Shocks feature external bottom out resistance, rebound andTST (Terrain SelectionTechnology) adjustability. Nickel-coated air canister, adjustable air spring, high volume air chamber for linear spring rate Carbon fiber-reinforced air canister Ext. adjustableTrail SelectionTechnology (TST) has five compression settings for on-the-fly adjustment Ext. adjustable Rebound Ext. adjustable bottom-out resistance piggyback via air valve Designed for a

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[Dec 09, 2012]
m0ngy
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

It's a Marzocchi, super plush, bottomless feel, true high volume (HV) air chambers, tough, durable, user serviceable, lots of adjustability, usable lockout for climbing.

Weakness:

Maybe heavy for an air can (it's pretty big), and it takes a bit to dial-in.

I have the 2011 model, and it's a brilliant shock. My first air shock, and I love it. I built-up a VP-Free, and wasn't sure which air shock to go for. I'm about 110kg, and being of the oldschool, I've always considered coil shocks the way to go, especially for bigger guys. My bike mechanic suggested a big air can, but I was sceptical. Anyway, I got a Roco TST Air, and a Roco WC coil, in case the air shocks sucked. From the very beginning, I've been blown away by the super smooth ride, it's a great shock coupled with the VPP design. With a bit of time and patience you can dial this shock perfectly, the adjustments work really well, offering a wide degree of tunability. The Roco TST air is so much more adjustable than any coil shock I've used before, especially for a heavy rider. The lockout is perfect, allows just enough give so as not to stress the seals too much, but still feels very ridged, like you're riding a hardtail. Needless to say, I'll be selling my WC coil as I can't see any use for it now, the TST Air is everything I'll ever need from a rear shock.

Similar Products Used:

5th Element, DHX 5.0, Curnutt (all coil)

[Feb 23, 2012]
zippin
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

-Large Air Canister gives a very linear feel
-Extremely smooth stroke
-Bottom Out Resistance
-TST Adjustment

Weakness:

The only thing that can even come close to being a weakness is the small hard to reach rebound adjuster but a small flat head solves that problem.

My Heckler came with a Fox RP23 on it. When I first got it I thought that is was the best air shock that I had ever felt, but was still no coil shock. I wanted to swap to a coil right off but money held me back. So I ran the RP23 for a year, only to blow a seal on the compression circuit and loose all dampening. At this point I had a race in two weeks and needed something fast. Luckily my friend had a Rockshox Monarch 4.2 laying around. I threw that on and was initially very impressed with the feel, but quickly came to the conclusion that the tune was all wrong for my suspension as I couldn't stop from bottoming it out. At this point I turned to Marzocchi which is my brand of choice for up front. After talking to Bobby at Marzocchi I decided to give the air shock one more chance and got a great deal on the Roco AIR TST R.

A few days later it arrives at the front door and the first thing I notice is its massive size. This shock makes every other air shock I have seen look like a little toy and most coils also. So I mounted it up and set the main air pressure to the suggested pressure of 135psi and the bottom out to 175psi. Jumped on and thought it was horrible feeling. Checked my sag and I was way off(about half). Let some air out(ended up at 95psi, and with gear I weigh in at 185lbs) tuned the rebound and my bike was transformed into a monster. Set the TST to the DH setting and when off several drops(3-5 feet tall) to a sprint across some choppy homemade trail and was completely blown away. My 6 inch travel Heckler felt like it had a bottomless pit of travel and made the choppy trail feel paved. I couldn't believe it. So I loaded up the bike and headed to the trails. Set the TST to the trail setting and found a good pedaling platform(not quite as good as the RP23) and an excellent small bump compliance(much better than the RP23). When I got to the roots this shock just laughed and told me to go faster and bigger. So I did and never once bottomed out and had the biggest smile on my face that 3 months later I still can't get rid off. Then it was time for a long climb, flip the TST to the lock out and it climbed like that trusty hardtail you have in your garage.

Needless to say this is the best shock I have ever owned. If you are an aggressive rider, riding anything from trail, allmountain or DH this shock will blow you away and take you to new levels in your riding.

p.s. This shock is also great for the bigger guys that want a full suspension bike. My friend(weighs in at 350lbs) got one for his vpfree and set the air pressure to 270psi (300psi max) and hit the correct sag on the money and absolutely love its.

Similar Products Used:

Fox RP23, ROCKSHOX MONARCH 4.2

[Jan 17, 2011]
epicjurneez
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Big air canister. Plush like a coil in ds mode(almost). Super active. Makes my el guapo feel like what I hoped it to feel like. Makes me want to never buy a fox product again.

Weakness:

Marzocchi gets poor reviews and made me hesitant to buy it. I shouldve bought it a long time ago.

If you purchase through leeworld don't expect original packaging, decals, manual, etc. I got my shock exactly a week after paying this guy via paypal.

Feels great right out of the box. It's just a hunch going off the feel of the guapos suspension leverage curve and a lot of input form el guapo riders with coil rears that a big air can shock would be ideal. Perhaps even better than a ccdb.

I had a fx rp23hv that came with the frame and it was supposed to be a high volume "Hv" can. Hold it next to the roco and it looks like a toothpick. The roco looks beautiful and rides just as well. Before, my bike felt like a stiff 3 inch bike, and now it feels like the 6in dh capable bike I bought it for in the first place. It's only been a couple rides. I'll post a follow up later for a more long term review. I was initially freaked out by the schraeder valve in the small chamber letting out all the air as I unscrewed my schorl pump. As I kept pumping it, it began to seal shut. Fhwww.

I'm 220 geared up and I'm running appx 140lb in the big chamber along w the standard 180 in the small and it feels just about dialed for me. The tst feels ok. I prefer to keep it in the plush mode.

This is a 2008 model. I'm not sure if detents are supposed to click or not but I clearly feel the effects of the tst and rebound. It's soo plush!

If you're worried about the reviews, don't hesitate like I did. Just get one. I now know what I've been missing out on and regret not getting it sooner!

Similar Products Used:

Fox....Crap! Ok, maybe only their air susp. I've had various float r, rp23hv, rp... They all failed to feel anything like quality susp.

[Nov 19, 2009]
In2falling
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Lighter than my Fox DHX 5 coil.

Weakness:

Failed after one ride around the block, next day all the air is gone and not hold air for longer than 15 minutes.

Wow, both my new 55 RV fork and Roco Air are bad out of the box. The 55 RV fork has no rebound think the rebound cartridge is bad, and the Roco is leaking air.
Now have to strip everything and send it in :(!! Should have spent the extra $$ and bought Fox!!

[Oct 28, 2009]
socalrider46
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Smooth throughout travel out of box easy to set up extremely adjustable.

Weakness:

none

Great shock for all mountain riding. 5 position TST easy to use and can be adjusted on the fly between any setting unlike the fox shock. piggy back makes for a smooth ramp up to prevent bottom out. large air canister allows for lower air pressure and a smoother overall feel to the suspension.

Similar Products Used:

fox rp23, fox dhx 5.0, rock shock bar 2.2

[Jul 03, 2009]
cmax151
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very plush shock. It is great for riders that weigh a little more. I weigh 250lbs. and it supports me better than my Fox DHX 5 air shock did. Rebound control is super responsive and the TST switch has a noticeable affect on the efficiency of the pedaling.

Weakness:

Doesn't have any

I would highly recommend this shock to someone else. Especially if it was a larger rider that didn't want the added weight of a coilover shock. The valving can handle everything you throw at it.

Similar Products Used:

Fox DHX 5.0 AIR

[Dec 07, 2008]
jsoates
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very plush and fully adjustable. This shock works and becomes invisible when riding the bike. Very easy to setup and holds it's pressures. I couldn't imagine a better feeling shock on my Knolly!

Weakness:

Nickel finish is coming off the air sleeve. It has a slight clunk when the TST is set at the max(5). It is going back for service for the second time this season.

I wish Marzocchi could get a handle on their quality control because they have a great product when it is working!

Similar Products Used:

5th Element coil, Fox DHX 3&5 coil

[Sep 09, 2008]
kirby85
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very Plush, nice and light, good adjustability.

Weakness:

Knobs a bit difficult to use

Felt super nice throughout the travel. especially good over small hits maybe due to the lower pressures you can run in the main chamber. It saged nicely and progrssed well to prevent bottom out. terrain adjustment is a great feature especially for someone without uplift access!

Similar Products Used:

Fox dhx 3 and 5.

[Aug 30, 2008]
niko
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

looks good, its easy to adjust for and trail or jump.

Weakness:

none so far

i wanted th wc air for this bike but they only make the tst in this size. i wanted the wc for its high speed comrpession. but after riding the tst i realized this is a great shock. it doesnt bottom out and the tst is great for climbing or for a rythem jump section. so far this is the best shock i have ever tried. the coil roco is of course great but it took me buying four spring to get the right firmness. however the is an air so you can adjust it with no worries.

Similar Products Used:

roco r air, roco wc coil, and alot more.

[Apr 14, 2008]
Jeff
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

smooth, bottomless travel.

Weakness:

non-yet, yes you have to check the air in the shock, but you are supposed to do that on all air shocks.

This shock feels really nice on bikes that don't need a platform shock. Can't comment on other setups.

After running DHX-Air on my previous bike (Nomad) and never finding the happy medium between too soft and no small bump compliance, I can happily say the Roco TST Air delivers.

First off the main air pressure runs much lower than the DHX-A but still feels better throughout the stroke. I needed to run 215-220 psi on my DHX, I started at 150psi on the Roco. After a couple of rides and rechecking the sag I dropped it down to just under 125psi in the main and about 175psi in the piggyback. I don't bottom out the shock it feels smoooth, ramps up very controlled, and yet feels lively.

The TST adjustment allows for almost hardtail like climbing, if needed or desired, then flip the switch to open and full out plushness on the decents

I have only run this for a handfull of rides but am impressed more and more with each ride. The last two runs I did were so smooth, it was hard to believe I was flying down a north shore trial.

I will update once I have more time on the shock, but for now I give it full marks.

Similar Products Used:

DHX-A, DHX-C, RP3, Swinger 4-Way Air/Coil

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