Building off the success of the excellent Stage fork, MRP set out to achieve the impossible by creating a fork with higher performance, more adjustability, and more features with a significantly lower weight. The result of this venture resulted in the best fork MRP has ever produced, a fork that will become the new industry benchmark. Enter the all new Ribbon.
The new FulFill air spring offers independently adjustable positive and negative chambers, giving you more control than ever over your base setup. You can personalize the tune of your fork to achieve the desired feel based on your style of riding and the type of trail. MRP's popular and critically acclaimed Ramp Control technology lets you isolate and tune your forks behavior when subjected to the most violent, demanding high-speed hits. It's a robust and convenient package that simultaneously adds speed-sensitive ending-stroke and bottom-out force control on-the-fly; finely adjustable by a 16-position knob. You can relieve unwanted pressure build up by activating the PSST valves in the Ribbons casing that allow you to bleed it off quickly with the press of a button. The Ribbon's EssenTTial damper, twin-tube dampers offer advantages in performance, ride control, space-efficiency, and durability that open bath and mono-tube dampers can't touch. The attention to detail in the casting design went a long way to achieving the feathery weight of the Ribbon (Under 4.2lbs, with uncut steerer, for both 27.5" and 27.5+/29" models). The Ribbon fork was painstakingly designed and tested under demanding conditions to make sure that it will handle everything the trails could possibly throw at it.
Just installed a this fork on my YT Capra after riding for several months with the Rockshox Pike that came with the bike. The difference is unreal! I know the Pike is the leading fork out there, but it doesn't even feel in the same league as the Ribbon. The guys at MRP really outdid themselves on this one, and their customer service is top notch! I HIGHLY recommend this fork, you won't regret it for a second!
The Ribbon offers more adjustability and performance than any other fork on the market while still coming in at a relatively light 4.2 lbs for the 29 version. With the FullFill negative/positive air springs you can dial in the amount of suppleness you like, using less air in the negative chamber to make it firm off the top or more air to maximize small bump compliance. Then with the Ramp Control you can dial in the progressivity, so you can have a fork that's super supple off the top but resists bottoming out on big hits, or go the other way and make it firm for pedaling, but able to use full travel on more moderately sized trail features. Being able to adjust the ramp without tools is invaluable too, as you can adjust mid-ride if you find yourself hitting larger than normal features, or if you find yourself not using all the travel; that's something you can't do with tokens. Then there's the twin-tube damper with low speed compression adjustment that ends up using less pressure than other, simpler designs for greater control and support throughout the stroke. Oh yeah, don't forget that the travel is adjustable from 120mm - 160mm for the 29er version and 140mm - 170mm for the 27.5.
It took a couple rides for me to get this fork dialed, but now I can't believe how supple yet supportive it is and how well it still manages to handle big hits. Stiffness is more than adequate, and the outcast arch design looks cool and doesn't fill with mud like every other fork. It also has pressure relief valves for bleeding off pressure in the lowers that develops from heat or elevation changes. To be honest I've yet to use them and feel a difference, mainly because the fork just always feels so damn good. But I've definitely encountered this problem with other forks, so it's good to know it's there.
Bottom line, this is a fork that brings the competition to the big guys in the suspension market, and ultimately surpasses them with a product that has no drawbacks and has a competitive weight and price to boot.
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