From all the good comments I heard about old school 01 and later Marzocchis, I started looking into the new ones. Fell in love with the features of the XC retro series like TST (5 stage adjustable setting for different terrain), ETA (a sort of lockout that you can do at any compression height but with a little flex [30mm] ), and they offer them in coil/oil + air assist or straight up air. Lots of features.
But started talking to different LBS guys at all the local stores and they have nothing but bad things to say about the new Marzocchis, they they really dropped the ball and manufacturing quality (which has been outsourced to Asia) has gone way down and their customer service has also gone way down. Chronic TST cartridge failures... One of the shops has literally returned more than they sold... Marzocchi also list their weights without the steerer tube which is bogus. Bummer because the fork I was looking at, about $330-$350 really was a hell of a deal. The XC700 (which is the one that most appealed to me, all of these features, coil + the air assist better for heavier guy like me). But is now discontinued. My guess is possibly quality related...
All my LBS guys are saying RockShox has really gotten it together and their stuff is performing really well. Bummer there is cost/benefit of the RockShox, in terms of features, versus the pricepoints for the Marzocchis is much worse. But I guess you get what you pay for regardless and seems like there are really no good deal, you always get what you pay for..
Do you guys agree? Again the wisdom of the LBS, good guys who know their stuff!!