MRP Ribbon Coil fork launched

Spring tunability and stroke control previously found only with air

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MRP Ribbon Coil

Travel lengths are 150-170mm for 27.5 and 140-160mm 27.5+/29, and it’s internally adjustable.

We’ve long been fans of MRP. The Colorado-based company is among the industry leaders in the chain guide game and makes some of the best trail-worthy suspension forks on the market. It’s also good to have other players in the market to at least disrupt the dominance of Fox and RockShox. Choice, after all, is a good thing.

Read up on the air-sprung Ribbon fork.

Now you can add a coil driven fork to that list of choices. This week MRP has launched the Ribbon Coil, follow-up to their Ribbon fork. “Discerning riders have long sworn by the performance, durability, and consistency of coil suspension,” explained MRP is a press release. “While the industry moved away from coil springs in favor of air for its light weight and simple, broad tunability, these coil aficionados dreamt of a fork that combined coil’s advantages with the latest in chassis and damper technology. MRP delivers just that with the new Ribbon Coil.” Press play to learn more.

The Ribbon Coil top line features include spring tunability and stroke control previously only found only with air fork, while also delivering a supple linear spring curve, low friction, longer service life, and consistent feel. And the weight penalty isn’t that bad, with the Ribbon Coil weighing 203 grams (or 0.45 pounds) more than the air-sprung Ribbon. Travel lengths are 150-170mm for 27.5 and 140-160mm 27.5+/29, and it’s internally adjustable.

Each Ribbon Coil fork ships with three standard spring rates (soft, medium, and firm). Two additional springs (extra-soft and extra-firm) are available separately for $40 a piece. The fork itself sells for $990. The full range of springs covers riders from 125-250 pounds. Fine-tuning of spring rate comes courtesy of an external preload adjustment.

Read Mtbr’s take on MRP’s original Stage fork.

The Ribbon Coil also has MRP’s highly-regarded Ramp Control feature, a speed-sensitive ending-stroke adjustment that allows the rider to tune preferred amount of bottom-out support with the simple twist of a knob.

Like all MRP forks, the Ribbon Coil is assembled in MRP’s Grand Junction, Colorado factory. All forks undergo in-house quality control checks that includes dyno testing. Like the standard Ribbon, the Ribbon Coil comes in 27.5 or 27.5+/29 sizes. There are also 1o standard decal color options, and either QR-style or bolt-on 15×110 axles. And 27.5+/29 models have two offsets, 46mm or 51mm. All 27.5 models have a 44mm offset.

Ribbon Coil Features
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs. 27.5; 4.65 lbs 27.5+/29er
  • Travel length: 150-170mm 27.5, 140-160mm 27.5+/29 (internally adjustable)
  • Externally adjustable preload and Ramp Control
  • Extras: 3 springs included, 2 additional springs available separately
  • Outcast arch design
  • Bladder-free EssenTTial damper utilizing a low-pressure IFP
  • PSST pressure-relief valves
  • Boost spacing
  • QR15 or bolt-on axle
  • 10 decal colors and patterns
  • Price: $990
  • Additional springs: $40
  • Shipping: October 2017

For more info head over to www.mrpbike.com.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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