Made for hard trail riding!
The Loop TR is the middle-weight champion of the trail. The TR perfectly suits the new breed of low and slack rally-inspired mid-travel bikes. As the name implies, the TR is the quintessential "trail" fork - a tight, light, and stiff package the gets you up and down with equal, awesome ability. The eight-position compression adjustment and Ramp Control feature give a level of tune-ability not previously found in this segment - effectively giving you truly independent high and low-speed compression control. The TR's 32mm stanchions slide effortlessly on anti-friction treated wiper seals and slotted Norglide bushings. MRP Loop TR 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.
- 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.