Designed for All Mountain and Enduro!
Already a high-class member of all-mountain forks, the latest MRP Stage is further raising the bar. Despite the unanimous applause from media and riders alike, MRP has found a few ways to make the best even better. Internally, they have manipulated the rebound architecture to reduce operational noise by 26%, but still maintain the high-volume, high-flow circuitry that gives the Stage fade-free performance, precise damping control, and one of the longest service intervals in the industry. On the compression side of the equation, MRP has given you more easily discernible adjustment increments for both simpler and more robust tunability. A new wiper seal design and compound has amazingly reduced friction on a fork already praised for unmatched suppleness. MRP Stage features a proprietary 15x100 mm through-axle called QtapeR. On the lever side the axle has a conical tapered washer, and there is also tapering at the female threaded dropout. The idea is that this helps prevent lower leg twist, which can bind with the uppers. And finally, the manufacturer has completely refreshed the graphics and is launching a first of its kind program that allows you optionally to color match your bike and fork — something never before seen on the consumer or dealer level.
- Ramp Control
The Ramp Control unit is located within the air spring assembly, and adjusted via a 16-position knob on the top of the fork leg. Ramp Control gives you the ability to adjust, on-the-fly, the air spring's ending-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. Cadillac-plushness not your thing? Dial back the Ramp Control and up your pressure to enjoy a more linear fork that rides high but uses every inch of travel effectively.
As you turn the dial clockwise, you are adding compression damping or slowing the forks compression stroke. It is an adjustment that is subtle, and often overlooked, but can make a big difference in 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. Do not confuse compression damping 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.
In the eighth, final position of the compression adjustment range MRP's patented magnetic valving provides a highly-damped, supported feel perfect for smooth trails, road stretches and transfer stages. Should you encounter any rough patches however, the magnetic valving will “blow-off” and allow the fork to cycle and your front wheel to track.
QtapeR combines the simple functionality of a quick-release with the stiffness, control, and security of a through-axle.
The “taper” in QtapeR comes from the tapered, conical interface found in the dropouts that mate to the wedges found on the axle mechanism. In contrast to quick-release through-axles that simply pinch the hub between the dropouts, the QtapeR axle’s wedges drive into the conical dropouts and expand with the closure of the axle cam – effectively mating the axle, dropout, and hub in harmony. For those familiar with pinch-bolt through axles, the QtapeR works essentially the same way – but with no tools needed.