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  1. Hey Guys, So i started a thread on here a week ago and that led me to deciding to upgrade my current 2016 Trance 2 instead of getting another bike. Currently wanting to replace the stock fox 32 ctd 140mm fork with a 160mm. Cant seem to find one down here but the new Fox 36 Performance Elite 160mm 27.5 Grip 2 or I have seen and read reviews on the MRP Ribbon. Do any of you ride one of the above or have any input? I was going to go with a cheaper fork but instead of putting cash into a new bike I'm going to get a higher end fork and then in a few years I can upgrade to a newer frame if need be and move the new fork over. Thanks in advance
  2. The MRP Stage has been around for a couple of years and has seen some minor revisions for 2017. It comes standard with a host of external settings, and tweaking the fork to your liking can be done using compression, rebound, air pressure (dual air), and ramp control. In terms of weight, it is a bit heavier than the Fox 34 and RockShox Pike, on par with the Fox 36, and a bit lighter than the RockShox Lyrik. Features27.5" Travel: 140*, 150, 160, or 170mm 29" Travel: 120*, 130, 140, or 150mm Weight: 1.95kg. for 26/27.5"; 2.0kg for 29" Axle-to-Crown Height: 553mm for 170mm 26" / 27.5", 558mm for 150mm 29" Spring System: EQUALair External Adjustments: Air spring pressure, 8-position compression, Ramp Control, rebound Internal Adjustments: Travel Steerer Options: Tapered (1.5 - 1.125") Offset: 43mm (26/27.5"), 51mm (29") Brake Mount: 180mm PM Wheel Size: 26”, 27.5”, 29” Axle: QTAPER 15mm RRP: R 14,700 * not a standard option, but internally adjustable to this travel with included spacers. Ramp Control MRP's Ramp Control gives you on-the-fly ability to adjust the air spring's end-of-stroke curve. Part high-speed compression damping, part bottom-out control, Ramp Control is completely independent of your damper or air spring pressure settings. All MRP forks feature super-supple small-bump compliance, but with Ramp Control you can set your fork up to be super plush but still resist bottoming.The Ramp Control unit is located within the air spring assembly and adjusted via a 16-position knob on the top of the spring-side fork leg. Compression The compression adjustment knob is located on the top of the damper-side fork leg. There are 8 positions of adjustment. As you turn the dial clockwise, you are adding compression damping or slowing the fork's compression stroke. It is an adjustment that is subtle, and often overlooked, but can make a big difference on how your fork performs. Aggressive riders tend to like more compression damping because it provides a firmer, more positive feel. Comfort-oriented, less aggressive riders tend to like less because it allows more small bump sensitivity. Compression damping should not be confused with spring rate (air pressure). They are very different adjustments and while adding compression damping may make the fork feel "stiffer", it is not changing the spring rate. On The Trail First things first, the MRP takes some time to get dialled. Just to be clear, that's not because the fork is difficult to set to your liking, its simply down to the fact that there are so many external settings that can be adjusted, and the impact that those have on each other. Fortunately, MRP has some videos on YouTube and a guide based on weight and the type of rider that you are that is quite good and helps to get the base tuning in place before playing around to dial it to your preference. Once I got the base tune sorted, I started playing around with other settings to get a feel for how they impacted the fork's on the trail performance. What was interesting to experience was the ability to quickly and easily adjust the fork's feel to a specific trail section. Once I got confident with dialing in some extra Ramp Control on the fly and then turning it back again a bit for other sections. It is however not something I did very often as I prefer to focus on the pure enjoyment side of riding and that for me means tuning out to numbers and dials and just getting on with the riding part. For the most part, I settled on a combination of settings very close to factory recommendations. This proved to be good all-round and yield a fork that was plush with enough ramp up to give a controlled feeling. The trickiest bit for me was adjusting and fine-tuning air pressure as the positive and negative air is adjusted independently and needs to be balanced in feel and performance. That means one has to find a balance point in terms of feel and then apply that through the range. On a single air fork you can drop some air, take a short ride and get a feel for the change in pressure, but with the dual air you may have to change the positive to negative ratio a bit as you go along. This is not as quick and easy task as turning a dial. What amplified this a little bit was the Fox X2 shock with all its external settings. On a bike like the Knolly Warden that meant getting the base settings of the fork and shock right and then work and re-work on each until they felt great front and rear, but also balanced on the bike for maximum speed, traction and fun. Once dialled and up to speed, the MRP Stage was super impressive with the performance gain worth the time it took to dial. I should maybe stress that I am not talking about months or weeks, but rather three or four rides that were dedicated to setting up the fork with trail sections sessioned to give me a better reference of changes made. Small bump compliance is excellent with the front wheel sticking to the ground like it is nobody's business. For a plush fork that's not shy to use full travel, it does well not to slosh needlessly when pedalling to the top of the trail. On the Warden, I was happy to climb with the fork wide open and only use the pedal lever on the Fox X2 to aid climbing. This also helped to keep the rear up which in turn helps to keep weight on the front wheel which keeps it from wandering on steep sections. Fast, steep, downhill sections are what the Stage lives for, and it rewards hard riding in buckets. With the Knolly Warden up to speed, the MRP Stage shone coping exceptionally well with anything that came its way. I'm sure I'm not fast or aggressive enough to bend this fork, but there were no signs of any flex. It would be interesting to get a feel for this fork on today's breed of 170mm enduro bikes, but set to 160mm on the 155mm Knolly Warden Carbon it was as stiff as it needs to be without feeling harsh or too rigid when pushed hard. Verdict MRP has been dropping some great tech and products and has managed to produce some very impressive forks, shocks, and other suspension parts. The MRP Stage has proven itself more than capable enough to play with the big boys and is a solid alternative for those looking for the absolute maximum from their fork. ProsPlethora of external settings allowing for detailed tuning Well-priced Hand assembled in the USA by a guy who signs his name to the fork ConsAll those settings take time to dial in Looking for a suspension upgrade? Search our online marketplace here.
  3. Hey guys, I want to use an MRP2X chain device on my my 2x10 29er. I need ISCG-05 tabs but I don't seem to have any. First Q: If I buy the tabs to fit onto my BB, will it be easy to source a generic one, or will it need to be MRP specific? For example, csixx have two: https://www.csixx.co.za/products/iscg-adapter-clamp. Second Q: Is there an easy way to find out what BB I have to choose the right adapter? This is my bike: http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa_en/2014/bikes/mountain/xc/2014-zaskar-9r-elite And this is the MRP2X I'm wanting to purchase: https://cdn.bikehub.co.za/uploads/monthly_05_2017/hubmarket-51814-0-87551500-1495176961_med.jpg Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!
  4. First Look Friday is an introduction to the gear that we are currently testing for review. This week we've got the brand new Scott Spark; a Volvo bike rack, and MRP's Ramp Control Cartridge. Click here to view the article
  5. Scott Spark 940 Since July, when the new Scott Spark range was announced, I've been itching to give one a ride. Scott took a leap with the 2017 Spark range, making a big departure from the previous design, with a whole new suspension layout plus more travel, an aggressive longer and slacker geometry, and modern standards like Boost axle spacing and metric shocks. We are reviewing the Scott Spark 940 which is the top specification aluminium frame model. It is well equipped with a Shimano XT drivetrain, a Fox 34 fork paired with a Fox Nude shock both set to 120 mm, and Fox's Transfer adjustable seat post. The cockpit and rims (with Shimano hubs) are from Scott's Syncros range.The Scott Spark 940 retails for R46,000 and is available from your local Scott dealer. Scott Spark 940 specifications: FrameSpark 3 Alloy SL 6011; custom butted Hydroformed tubes; tapered Headtube / BB92 / DM hanger; dropouts for 148x12mmForkFOX 34 Float Performance Air; Grip 3 / 3-Modes / 15x110mm QR axle / tapered steerer; Reb. Adj. / Lockout / 120mm travelShockFOX NUDE Trunnion; SCOTT custom w. travel / geo adj.; 3 modes: Lockout - Traction Control -Descend; DPS / EVOL / Reb. Adj.; Travel 120 - 85 - Lockout / 165X45mmRemote SystemSCOTT TwinLoc Remote Technology; 3 modes front and rear / integ. Grip clampHeadsetSyncros Pro Press Fit / Tapered 1.5" - 1 1/8"; OD 50/61mm / ID 44/55mmRear DerailleurShimano XT RD-M8000 SGS; DM / Shadow Plus / 22 SpeedFront DerailleurShimano XT FD-M8020-D / side swingShiftersShimano XT SL-M8000-B-I / Rapidfire Plus; 2 way releaseIspec 2 clampBrakesShimano M615 Disc; 180mm F & R / SM-RT64 CL RotorCranksetShimano XT FC-M8000-B2 / Hollowtech 2; 900 Series: 34x24 TBB-SetShimano BB-MT500-PA / shell 41x92mmHandlebarSyncros FL2.0 T-Bar / Alloy 6061; T shape Flat / 9° / 740mm; Syncros Pro lock-on gripsStemSyncros FL2.0 / 6061 Alloy; 6° / integrated Top Cup / 31.8mm / 1 1/8"SeatpostFOX Transfer Dropper Remote; 31.6mm / S size 100mm / M, L & XL 125mmSeatSyncros XR2.0 / CROM railsFront HubShimano HB-M618-B CL / 15x110mmRear HubShimano FH-M618-B CL / Boost 12x148mm RWS axleChainKMC X11LCassetteShimano SLX CS-M7000 / 11-42 TSpokesDT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mmRimsSyncros X-23 / 32H / Tubeless readyTyresMaxxis Forekaster / 2.35 / 120TPI Kevlar Bead TR Tubeless Ready / EXO / 3C maxx speedClaimed weight13.1 kgRetail PriceR46,000 Volvo bike rack Volvo bike racks aim to provide a safe and convenient way of transporting your bikes. These racks attach to the cars towing hitch. The racks feature rubber coated frame holders and wheel ratcheting straps to secure the bike in place. The wheel holders are adjustable to easily fit your bike's wheelbase. Should you need to get into the back, the bike rack can be tilted to allow the boot door to open. Both the rack and the frame holders are lockable. The Volvo bike racks are currently available from CMH Volvo Dealers in Cape Town and Johannesburg at the following prices:2 Bike - R6,200 (Including Electrical Adaptor) 3 Bike - R7,950 (Including Electrical Adaptor) 4 Bike - R9,650 (Including Electrical Adaptor) MRP Ramp Control Cartridge The MRP Ramp Control Cartridge brings custom on-the-trail tuning to certain RockShox forks. The Ramp Control Cartridge helps with setting end-stroke control and bottom-out force. The major benefit here is convenience. Instead of playing with internal volume spacers which require you to dismantle the fork, the Ramp Control Cartridge allows you to make similar adjustments by turning a knob. Great for making adjustments to changing trail conditions or simply experimenting with your fork's settings.The MRP Ramp Control Cartridge is compatible with the current generation Pike, Lyrik, Yari, and Boxxer World Cup forks (Solo-Air models only) and retails for R2,600.
  6. I'd like to share with you all the simple installation of the : MRP Ramp Control Cartridge https://www.bikehub.co.za/features/_/gear/previews/first-look-friday-scott-spark-volvo-bike-rack-mrp-ramp-control-cartridge-r5683 Designed for: Current-gen Rock Shox Pike, Lyrik, Yari, and Boxxer World Cup forks (Solo-Air models only) Adds speed-sensitive ending-stroke control and bottom-out force adjustability to compatible Rock Shox forks.Just 55 g! Lighter than most air-spring assemblies with more than two tokens.Isolate and tune bottom-out with minimal changes to initial and mid-stroke.Bring your tuning to the trail and out of the workshop!Easy installation requires little time and few tools - no lower-leg removal required! Compatibility:Ramp Control Cartridge Model A ...will fit 2013 and newer Pike forks with 15x100 axle spacing and 2010 and newer Boxxer World Cup (air-sprung) forks. Ramp Control Cartridge Model B ...will fit 2015 and newer Pike forks with "Boost" 15x110 axle spacing, and all 2015 and newer Lyrik and Yari forks (regardless of axle spacing). CUSTOM TUNE ON THE TRAIL Inarguably, convenience is one of the biggest benefits of the Ramp Control cartridge versus internally-accessed volume adjustment components. Internally-accessed spacers aren’t friendly to on-trail experimentation and tuning - requiring bulky tools and a clean environment to utilize. With Ramp Control, experimentation is so simple it’s encouraged! The powerful range of Ramp Control is harnessed through a simple 16-position knob with clearly defined detents. That enables you to arrive at your base setting in just one ride on a familiar trail, whereas internally-accessed spacers would necessitate a trial and error approach - several rides followed by garage or shop sessions - to get to the same point. A BETTER WAY TO TUNE The volume adjustment spacers used by competing brands change the shape of the air-spring’s curve throughout the entire travel range, regardless of velocity. Aside from the slight change resulting from the volume of the cartridge itself, the Ramp Control upgrade effects only the ending stoke spring curve - as its damping effect is velocity-dependent. This portion of the curve represents intense, sharp hits and big events, like landing a sizable drop or plowing through a rock garden. Without Ramp Control, your fork’s behavior in these circumstances has been compromised by your desired feel elsewhere in the stroke. With Ramp Control, you can tune the general feel of your fork through its air-pressure and damper settings, and isolate big-hit performance and bottom-out with the Ramp Control adjustment. NO MORE COMPROMISES, TUNE TO THE TRAIL AT HAND Unless you ride just one trail, the air-spring volume you’ve so carefully tuned with internally-accessed volume spacers is probably not ideal for all your adventures. A trip to the bike park might reveal, for example, that more support would be welcomed when the features and drops get bigger and trails get steeper than those found on your local go-to. If you have extra spacers and the necessary tools on hand, and don’t mind burning time that could otherwise be spent riding the lift-accessed terrain you just paid for, you could get the needed support. Or, in just seconds, you could add more Ramp Control and keep the good times going. Whether it’s a new-school flow trail or near vertical DH course, Ramp Control gives you immediate control of the terrain at hand - of particular benefit to time-crunched enduro fans tasked with practicing and racing multiple, varying stages. "With Ramp Control, initial and mid-stroke feel is largely unaffected by your level of adjustment - unlike tuning with volume spacers. It enables you to isolate and greatly control required bottom-out force, and experiment with damper and air-pressure settings to achieve your desired performance in the rest of the stroke." Feel free to contact me for info Happy Trails
  7. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring a selection of components from MRP, the Spurcycle bell and Giant's Numen Mini TL rear light. Click here to view the article
  8. MRP Stage Fork The Stage is MRP's all-mountain/ enduro fork. The Stage offers easy low speed compression and rebound adjustment with an additional adjustment feature called Ramp Control. Ramp control allows the rider to adjust the fork's spring curve allowing for more or less support on the big hits. While the Stage is clearly aimed at big riding, the shorter travel options will see the Stage suiting a number of more trail-orientated rides. With 34 mm stanchions, the Stage is on par with the Fox 34 but slightly skinnier than a RockShox Pike or DVO Diamond. MRP prides itself on quality and accountability, every Stage fork goes through a full dyno test and is signed off by the tester (apparently the same tester will attend to any warranty issues) before leaving the factory in Colorado. Specifications: Travel: 140, 150, 160, or 170mm (26/27.5"). 120, 130, 140, or 150mm (29"). Weight: 1.95 kg for 26/27.5" & 2 kg for 29" Axle-to-crown height: 553mm for 170mm 26/27.5", 558mm for 150mm 29" Spring system: EQUALair External adjustments: Air spring pressure, 8-position compression, Ramp Control, rebound Internal adjustments: Travel Steerer options: Tapered (1.5 - 1.125") Offset: 43mm (26/27.5"), 51mm (29") Brake mount: 180mm PM (Disc only) Wheel sizes: 26”, 27.5”, 29” Axle: QTAPER 15mm Retail pricing: R15,600https://vimeo.com/100946020 MRP Wave Ring With their new Wave ring, MRP takes a different approach to the the narrow / wide chainring by positioning each tooth slight off of centre from its neighbour. This gives it a sort of wave appearance when viewed from above which should make it less prone to pick up leaves and other trail debris. The Wave ring will come in a direct mount version as pictured for either GXP or BB30 bottom brackets, with 28 - 36 tooth options to choose from, as well as a four bolt, 104mm version in 30 - 38 tooth sizes, the 30 tooth will be slightly offset for chain clearance on the crank spider. A five bolt, 110mm option is in the works as well. Specifications:Compatible with SRAM XX1, X01, X0, X9, 2200, 1400 and Truvativ AKA cranks. -8 for 24mm GXP (and BB30 cranks using 15mm spindle spacer), -7 for 24mm GXP 36t Available in 28-36t even sizes 28-34t: 49mm chainline (68/73mm BB) & 54mm chainline (83mm BB) 36t: 50mm chainline (68/73mm BB) & 55mm chainline (83mm BB) Compatible with 8-11 speed chains. 30t weighs 54g, 32t weighs 60g, 34t weighs 69g *only S1400 models with removable spider (not S1000 models) Retail pricing: R1,300 MRP Decapitator and Front Derailleur Mount Covers If you're one of the many who has converted your mountain bike to a 1x drivetrain, you'll find your front derailleur mount no longer gets much use. The MRP Decapitator will cover the mount and allow you pop open your favourite beverage.Opens bottles with unparalleled precision Made in Grand Junction, CO, USA Alloy with matching alloy fastener 12g Retail pricing: R480.00 The other option is to run a standard front derailleur mount cover. Made in Grand Junction, CO, USA Alloy with matching alloy fastener 5g Retail pricing: R320.00 MRP AMg (V2) with Skid Plate MRP's All-Mountain Guide is an upper chain guide and bash guard combination. The chain guide is designed to have no contact with the chain (unless called upon to keep a wayward chain in place) while the nylon skid protects your crank and chainring from impacts with the trail. Specifications:New nylon integrated skid protects chainrings and glides over rocks and obstacles Tracked and grooved upper guide / backplate interface increases stiffness and eases installation New co-molded "TR" upper guide with softer durometer interior for silent guidance Available in 28-32t and 32-38t sizing All install and adjustment operations possible with just a single 4mm HEX wrench. Compatible with chainlines 49mm and wider 111g (28-32t Alloy ISCG-05) - 129g (32-38t Alloy ISCG) Retail pricing: Alloy - R1,900; Carbon - R2,700 MRP 2X Designed to work seamlessly with the new wave of 2×10 drivetrains, the 2x utilizes MRP's patented integrated skid chainring protection and features a dual pulley tensioning system. Notable on the 2x system is the absence of a crank-mounted bash guard or guide ring, instead it relies on the front derailleur and lower pulley assembly for complete chain retention. The integrated skid protects the chainrings from impacts without the added weight of a full bash ring. The dual pulley tensioning system ensures that the chain is properly tensioned and in the right position, keeping it on the chainring in the roughest conditions. The dual pulleys also reduce drag and noise compared to other designs, ensuring a better riding experience. Finally, the raised top fin profile prevents the chain from dropping to the BB shell. Specifications:Removable integrated skid protects chainrings and glides over rocks and obstacles Dual pulley design provides precise chain engagement while reducing noise and drag Raised top fin profile prevents the chain from dropping to the BB shell BB mounted guides are only compatible with traditional, threaded BB systems 130g (36-38t ISCG-05) & 147g (39-42t ISCG) Retail pricing: R2,550 Spurcycle Bell The Spurcycle is a full metal bell manufactured in the USA. It's a beautifully designed bell with simple operation. Fitment is easy, simply insert the flat metal strap and tighten it around the bar by turning the screw on the top of the bell. When the brass hits the stainless steel bell, a sharp and loud noise is produced. Early testing gives the Spurcycle a big thumbs up. The Spurcycle bell is a premium product and comes with a price to match, the silver bell goes for R549 while the black bell retails for R649. https://vimeo.com/131564741 Giant Numen Mini TL The Giant Numen Mini is a great additional light you can fit to your handlebar, seat post, seat stays or pretty much anywhere on your frame. Coming in two modes (constant or flashing) you can get a runtime of up to 100 hours.Very compact, easy to attach and cheap these light are very popular amongst commuters. Features:2 Bright Red LEDs 2 Modes: Steady/Flash Easy mount soft strap Water resistant rubber case Price: R89.95
  9. So as an average rider I decided I wanted to build an enduro/trail type ride....read all the hype about bikes in my budget and desired. I ended up building a Pyga pascoe ( My Zola bud...taxi yellow ????) Have a like minded mate that rides same kinda bike,travel wise but with 26r wheels... Booooo doesn't he know there dead. He built a meta am with a monarch 150mm Rt3. We have done many rides where we have swung a leg over each other's steeds to see what the real world differance is and see if all the hype that those talented journos write ring true for us mere average joe's. We already had a good idea in our minds as to what the differance is between our bikes,and strangely enough we both had the same perceptions mostly about the pro's and con's . Then he went and did the unthinkable and Threw even more money at his steed and put a mrp stage 160mm 34 mm (previous fork was a rockshox 120-150mm air rct3 32mm)Can accommodate either a 26" wheel or a 650b. And changed his Tyres from purgatory & ground control to wtb Bronson 2.3 front & back. As he has a busted wrist and wanted to know how his brand new mrp felt ,especially compared to the pike on my taxi. He suggested take both bikes out and do the same twisty forest sections and rocky runs and up and down more than a few times straight after each other and see if I could feel the differance in the two forks. Yea of course I laughed my arse of at first ,but after not much debating I was keen to be the test biatch. I did a 58km ride on my taxi on the Saturday and was a little leg weary . This was by far the longest ride I had done on my pascoe and wanted to see how it felt in comparison to my 29r's I had previously owned (the list is long).. I rode in pedal mode fork & shock and it was awesome,until I started to get fatigued 10 Km's from home. Then the weight & fat tyres of the bike took its toll and almost instantly made me feel like I was pulling a trailer behind me. I know this is the same on any bike, but was amazed at how quickly it sapped my energy. But with more xc orientated tyres a lighter wheelset I could do the distance and be a lot more comfortable doing it at the same time. Would I be as fast as a 29r ? Never,but as soon it pointed downwards or got rough I would be laughing my tits of at the 100mm carbon boys. So I meet my mate on Sunday as planed and I have a go at thrashing his new mrp and comparing it to my pike. I ride his meta first and instantly can feel the weight differance in the two bikes. my first thought is if I had to drag that meta over a 60 km route ....well I just wouldn't. Our normal 20-30km rides with stops in between no problem,but there is no ways that the meta could live with the pascoe over flat out distance. And it ain't because of the wheel size . I was instantly comfortable and confident with the mrp and felt like it has transformed his ride. Am also sure the tyres have a roll to play as well but as soon as that meta pointed downhill it was like it was a bulldozer on rails...I was blown away by the mrp / tyre upgrade,and considering it wasn't my bike and a 26r ( there dead aren't they ? ) I had a huge grin and was laughing to myself every time it pointed slightly downwards. Then I jumped on my pascoe and instantly I could pedal quicker...the first part was straight up. Thinking to myself i should be quicker and more confident on my own bike . I hit the first forest section and was instantly at home on my bike. Come out the forest ride along the path and hit the Rocky road section going down,nothing wrong feels like every other time. Pedal up through the rocks and then hit the fun part of the ride,where is starts to wind down though the loose gravel etc. Get to the bottom ride through the forest and it dawns on me the meta's weight disadvantage made it feel more planted coming down. We lower the pressure for my weight and I go again on the meta. This time the fork,tyres and the whole combination of the bike was gob smacking to say the least. It tracked through comers (so much so that I wacked the pedal whilst cranked over going through a fast sweep,in the forest) with such ease that I just kept pushing it harder and going faster. Bombed it down the Rocky road,and flew over the rocks with out thinking,**** I'm on my mates bikes don't bin it. I couldn't wipe the grin of my face. Don't get me wrong I love my Pyga pascoe and had a fat jol,riding both bikes back to back. We also did timed sections through the forest and the taxi was about 10-15% quicker. Was it the tyres size,possibly but I think so it was the weight factor as much as anything else. The pike is a stunning fork,and so is the mrp. Would have no qualms about putting either on my bike. But the biggest surprise was that I couldn't feel the differance in the wheel size. Sure over long flat fire road type of riding the pascoe would ride away from you. But if you want to point something downhill,damn that meta is a sweet sweet ride. And they say 26r is dead...blah is what I say. Already have a meta am lined up for myself. This is only my personal experience and am a very average rider to say the least. I hope in some small way anyone looking to buy a enduro style bike this will encourage them to take the plunge.
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