MRP Unveils Coil-Sprung Ribbon Fork - Eurobike 2017

Aug 31, 2017
by Vernon Felton  
Eurobike 2017

There are a lot of interesting products floating about the MRP booth, but the Ribbon Coil is the one item that you really have to elbow the euro journalists aside to get at.

As the name implies, the fork is a coil-sprung version of MRP’s air-sprung Ribbon all-mountain/enduro offering. The two forks are nearly identical—same lowers, crown, 35-millimeter stanchions and so forth. In fact, you can convert an air-sprung Ribbon to coil if you have a hankering to ditch air for steel.

And, clearly, some people do harbor said hankering.

It’s not hard to imagine why: Coil sprung forks have always had their adherents, thanks to their supple stroke and their, generally speaking, bomber, long-term performance.

What coil-sprung forks, in many cases, often lacked was that nice end-of-stroke suspension ramp. MRP says they’ve sorted the “my fork is too linear” issue with the addition of their Ramp Control adjuster.

MRP is tight lipped at the moment about the specifics of how Ramp Control functions because the product is still knee-deep in the patent application process, but the long and short of it is this: If you find yourself bottoming the fork out, you turn that gold-anodized knob at the bottom of the left fork leg and—Voila—no more of the oh-shit-I-just-about-broke-my-arms-in-half sensation the next time you send it.

In short, with the Ribbon Coil you’re supposed to get that silky suspension stroke with the tuneability of an air-sprung model. Weight gain? That'd be the other, obvious downside of ditching an air spring for a metal version.
MRP Ribbon Coil Fork

The Ribbon Coil, however, only weighs less than a half pound more than the air-sprung Ribbon fork. The 27.5-compatible Ribbon Coil, for instance, tips the scales at 4.6 pounds (2086 grams), which is still damn light for 170-millimeter travel fork, regardless of whether the spring is made of ether or steel.

MRP Ribbon Coil Fork

The Ribbon Coil is available in both 27.5 and 29er versions. Travel can be adjusted internally) from 150 to 170 millimeters for the 27.5-compatible forks and 140 to 160 millimeters for the 29er/27.5+ forks. You also have options when it comes to tweaking the actual spring rate. Fork offsets are suddenly a big deal, so if you're wondering, the 29er version of the Ribbon Coil will be available in either 51 or 46-millimeter offsets. The 27.5-compatible version will rock a 44-millimeter offset.

MRP Ribbon Coil Fork
MRP's new fork also comes with soft, medium and firm coil springs in the box. If you are on the far end of either side of the rider-weight bell curve, you can also purchase either extra soft or extra-firm coils.

Dialing in your sag is accomplished by removing the top cap and using a four-millimeter hex wrench to adjust the spring preload. When it comes to damping adjustments, you’ve got rebound and low-speed compression damping to play with. The axle is available in both bolt-on and 15-millimeter, quick-release, thru-axle flavors. It is, however, a thoroughly Boost 110 affair. The Ribbon Coil will carry a price tag of $989.95 and should hit shops in October.



89 Comments

  • + 55
 #coilarado
  • + 21
 #areyouhigh #passthatshit
  • + 20
 Alright, I owe you for that one.
  • + 4
 #highonawesomecoloradobasedsuspensioncompanies
  • + 14
 @NoahColorado: do i get a free one now?
  • + 4
 @adrennan: Rooting for a yes for you, bud!
  • - 2
 just glad you didn't capitalize the "rad" part like all the stupid transplants.
  • + 4
 @adrennan:
#TLDR
  • + 14
 FFS GIVE US HSC ADJUSTMENT. This is far more important than LSC which is nice to have, when you already have HSC. But thanks for bringing back coil sprung goodness.
  • + 6
 You have Ramp Control with this fork, which is essentially high-speed compression damping using air, not oil. More info in a few weeks.
  • + 18
 @NoahColorado: Hold on now, ramp control only meaningfully effects HSCfor the last part of the stroke. That's very different from overall HSC damping for the entire stroke. I'm still siding with @Boardlife69 on this one. Making adjustments to your fork, for most riders, is about controlling how your bike responds chundery, chattery sections. Ramp Control is about curve shape (which is awesome in its own right), not about damper sensitivity.
  • + 10
 @zsandstrom: they needed to save something for the model year 2019
  • + 1
 @adrennan: Haha! Seriously.
  • + 4
 I am sick and tired of hearing this" blah-blah but its like having HSC but without having it" just freaking give it to us already but not in 2019, like how we had it in 2010. I agree with @zsandstrom. Its not the same.
  • + 1
 @zsandstrom: high speed comp is about big hits not chatter isn't it? So isn't lsc more useful?
  • + 8
 I cannot help but think this fork looks like its mounted backwards with the bridge cutouts facing forward like that.
  • + 6
 Ever get mud stuck to the front of the bridge? Probably not nearly as much as behind it, given the direction mud slings...
  • + 14
 You can fill in the holes with different color silicon. I think there is enough room to make a rainbow
  • + 4
 Who needs aerodynamics on a MTB anyway? Smile
  • + 4
 That's Noah's creativity giving it a unique look. Just be happy he didn't emboss unicorns on the lowers instead.
  • + 3
 @onemind123: There's always 2019. We can dream.
  • + 4
 How are the service intervals of these new coil forks? I am tempted to get one just to avoid servicing my pike every month in order to keep it "sensitive". I still have a marzocchi z2 from 1997, serviced it twice in 20 years, still smooth like it was new.
  • + 6
 I've just converted my Pike to coil with Tftuned in the Uk - might be cheaper than buying a new fork! I'm very impressed so far...
  • + 6
 The "sensitivity" you're trying to recover is lost from several points of friction. Those are greatly reduced in a coil spring system. There's less to service, and a simple servicing of the lowers (cleaning, new bath oil, Slick Honey on wipers, etc.) is all that's needed, on occasion, to keep it feeling perfect. That is, until you're at the ~200hr damper service interval.
  • + 5
 Same here, I could service my pike every 6-10 rides to keep it feeling perfect. At 20 rides it feels like a piece crap.
  • + 2
 Hey slim, how it's the small bump sensitivity with the Ttuned pink convert coil?
I'm sick getting rattled by my pike.
  • + 2
 @Chris-drake: Much improved. It was one of the reasons I went for it really. At first, in a car park test, it wasn't as pronounced as I thought it would be (about the same as a freshly serviced air fork) and I was a little underwhelmed. However, upon riding them and breaking the seals in a bit they've improved and are now far better, plus I'm hoping for less degradation of performance with time. I spent their first ride at a bike park and could still (just about!) hold onto the bars at the end of the day. I compare that to the last time I went where I was a lot fitter and I struggled far more. I was definately hitting stuff harder at the end of the day too rather than limping down.
The other thing I would add is that whilst I understood what midstroke support was, to actually experience it is something else - my bike felt so much more composed in jumping and high speed berms it was a real eye opener.
I think the conversion cost me around 300g but I'd happily do it again.
For info I ride predominantly red/black trail centre stuff in the UK winters, with mainly off piste stuff in the summer and the odd uplift day. I'm no pro, just a reasonably quick weekend warrior that struggles to get out more with wife/kids /work/etc. I'm no high level pro!
  • + 8
 Excellent Marzocchi reference!
  • + 6
 MRP Unveils Coil-Sprung Ribbon Fork a few days ago
  • + 4
 I've loved my Stage on the Following. Next year's Sentinel will be wearing MRP as well.
  • + 5
 Wow that's ugly... I want one!
  • + 4
 Pssst....180mm version please.
  • + 1
 This goes for alot of companies right now...
  • + 0
 That's what she said. Bada-boom-bading. Please tip your servers. I'll be here all week.
  • + 4
 Guess I'll (gladly) get this over a CC Helm, because it comes in 170mm.
  • + 6
 and because the damper will last longer than a month?
  • + 4
 Anyone riding MRP Ramp Control?
  • + 14
 Anyone not?
  • + 2
 I am and it is a game changer ... took a Revelation RCT3 that I could never dial in and made it a damn fine fork. Not as fine as my MRP forks but a hell of a lot better than it was.
  • + 2
 Yes. Awesome. Supple, yet composed, is how I'd describe it. It's just not bothered by rocky chunk, soaks it up with no spiking, and holds a line. This is on a Stage.
  • + 1
 Arriving today for my Fox 36. Can. Not. Wait to have it in and rejoice at the transformation.
  • + 1
 @Geearmo: and on the Fox 36 you get the valve upgrade which makes the air spring act more like a dual MRP one ... really clever!
  • + 3
 Unless DVO comes out with a 150-170 adjustable travel coil sprung fork I may be tempted to try this out.
  • + 3
 I think they have one in the works
  • + 1
 according to one of there service guys there is no coil fork in the works. Just a cartridge to retrofit...
  • + 4
 Loving all these coil forks and shocks
  • + 4
 I've got the air version and they are plush as hell. Love them!
  • + 4
 Oh and just to clarify the holes in the arch face forward...and yes it really does stop a lot of mud getting in there.
  • + 3
 Any chance you can coil retrofit a Stage?
  • + 1
 This looks awesome. Their website shows a 46mm offset 29" version coming soon. I wonder how that would play with Transition's new geo.
  • + 1
 I wonder the same, but about a 27.5, 37mm offset version! Many brands now offer lower offset 29er forks, but none that I know offers lower offset 27.5 forks. If brands don't start making those lower offset 27.5 forks, 2018 Patrols and Scouts can become a pretty bad deal in the future...
  • + 0
 It will work out just fine as you won't be able to tell the difference between 46mm and 51mm.
  • - 1
 @RedRedRe: I'll say that again: I'm looking for a lower offset 27.5 fork. 51 and 46 are 29er offsets
  • + 2
 46mm offset for the 27.5+/29" model is not coming soon, it's here!
  • + 1
 It's more than just here, I have already been riding a ribbon 29 with 49mm offset. It's a great way to achieve a more stable feel with the same head angle. I wouldn't go back now. You will notice a bit more feedback from rocks when hitting them at an angle as I feel like the wheel has more leverage working against steering with the increased trail. No issues with the steering feeling heavy while turning in general though. Overall it seems to be a step in the right direction.
  • + 0
 @RNeves: I was not ansering to you. But Formula makes a 44mm 27.5.
So according to your reasoning, 46 for 29, 36 for 27, 26 for 26?
My guess is they are reducing the offset because of the increased HA and longer single crown forks. Maybe it helps with flex.
  • + 1
 @RedRedRe: That's not according to me! 2018 Transition 29er bikes will come with 44/42 offsets depending if you chose fox or rockshox. Transition 27.5 bikes will come with 37mm offset! If anyone wants an aftermarket 27.5 fork for those bikes, there will be very few options. That's why I said that 2018 Scouts and Patrols can become bad deals in the future.
  • + 1
 @RNeves: I'm pretty sure the only reason Transition committed to the reduced offset fork was that RS and Fox were going to make them a standard catalog item (both 27.5 and 29) in 2018.
  • + 1
 I already have a 46mm offset Pike, apparently. It came stock on my 2017 YT Jeffsy and I didn't even realize until I looked it up when Transition announced their SBG bikes. Very cool that MRP is offering the same thing.
  • - 3
 It will ride better. 37mm offset is flop town USA
  • + 0
 @RNeves: Everything will be okay - I promise. Take a deep breadth.
  • + 2
 Ribbon...add a bow and give one to me!
  • + 2
 $989.95 just like it 1k seriously
  • + 1
 Will this arch whistle if you go fast enough?
  • + 1
 Put a fender on, prob solved
  • + 0
 Straight 1 1/8" steerer version please.
  • + 4
 what year is it???
  • + 5
 @adrennan: My mind is still in '94, but looking at my bike I'm guessing about 2009?
  • + 1
 bwaaaahaaaaaa....
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