So I finally threw in the towel and broke down for some Andreani cartridges. A worthwhile upgrade. I like to say, the best thing you can say about suspension is that it doesn't call attention to itself. That sure wasn't the case with the Marzocchi's. So after 7 days of this I'd say the only thing I might change is the next softer springs. I'm not running any pre-load or additional compression damping. The biggest problem with the Marzocchi's is that from the factory the cartridges are not bled properly. On mine that meant the first third of travel had no dampening. And that's on replacement legs! (i had the defective run).