I received my new MRP Stage 29 fork tonight and thought I would start a post to share my experience since there isn't a lot of info out there on this fork.
Full disclosure - this is my 2nd Stage. I bought one last month to use with my Krampus as it is one of the few (only?) forks out there with decent clearance for a 29+ tire on a wide rim. Due to the lousy weather to start 2015, I have only a handful of rides on the 29+ Stage. Initial impressions have been positive and I have spent many minutes on the Krampus thinking "man would I like to try this fork on my FS bike".
So time to see what's in the box...
Fit and finish are very nice. Right up there with anything from Fox or Rock Shox, and better than the X-Fusion Trace I owned. Good feel on the knobs, solid chassis, everything looks great. It just feels like a quality product.
Quick start card with some initial setup suggestions
Every Stage is individually dyno tested and signed by the person who ran the tests.
I love that they include little packs with travel spacers and instructions on how to change travel. This gives you what you need to do the job right down to a pack of grease and replacement o-rings. Nice touch! The fork is adjustable between 120-150mm in 10mm increments by changing the internal spacers. For now, I have mine at 120mm.
Top mounted adjustments - ramp control on the left and compression on the right. Rebound damping knob is on the bottom of the right leg. The valve to add air is on the bottom of the left leg. There is a button in the middle of the ramp control knob to bleed air pressure. Bleeding from the top prevents any oil from spewing onto your rotor when you want to let air out with the fringe benefit of allowing an easy way to bleed a small amount of air on the fly.
Sticker on the back of the right leg showing how many clicks of adjustment are available on the various knobs. It is a small thing, but another nice touch IMO.
All mounted up and ready to ride. Initial impression from ripping around the backyard were very positive. Very supple feel over small bumps and a nice controlled no-dive feeling over the one or two bigger hits I charged into. I will post up first impressions once I have some saddle time on a real trail.
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