Today's suspension forks work pretty darn well out of the box, and you can't really go wrong if you're spending the big bucks on a high-end fork from one of the main players. That fact pretty much killed off the aftermarket fork hop-up business many years ago, but there are still a few upgrades that make sense, one of them being MRP's pint-sized Ramp Control Cartridge.
We've shown you this thing before, and I've even reviewed one back in February, but MRP keeps adding versions to fit more and more forks - the one pictured here is their latest, and it goes inside of any X-Fusion fork with 34mm stanchions.
When it comes to adjusting ramp-up and bottom-out resistance, you're likely picturing either tokens or some sort of system where the volume of the air chamber is altered by turning a dial to move a piston up or down. And, with an orange knob on top of the cartridge, it sure looks like that's what's going on with the Ramp Control Cartridge. But that's not how it works. Instead, the orange knob adjusts the preload on a small air port at the bottom of the cartridge. Adding preload means that it requires more force for air to enter the cartridge, and that means more bottom-out resistance. Less preload lets air transfer from the fork's normal air chamber and into the cartridge easier, so you'll have less ramp-up.
There are no volume-adjusting tokens involved, and the Ramp Control unit creates speed-sensitive control as opposed to position-sensitive as tokens do.
The move to Boost spacing was a real pain in the ass for a lot of riders, and especially those who own expensive wheelsets that they'd prefer to move to their next bike, or if they wanted to buy a new fork but it was only available with Boost axle sizing. And those riders are 100% right to bitch about Boost - yes, there are some clearance advantages at the back of the bike, but there's essentially zero perceptible difference in rigidity between a non-Boost and a Boost fork. So, what's a person to do?
MRP's Better Boost Adapters might be the answer, but only if you have a DT Swiss, Industry Nine, or Stan's front hub (a Hope version is coming soon). The kit includes two anodized orange hub end caps that replace the stock caps, and a spacer that moves the rotor out from the hub shell. Longer rotor bolts are also included. Unlike some kits, MRP's end caps are captured and won't fall out when you take your wheel off, and you won't need to re-dish the wheel, either.