Like its DH sibling, the Raze, the new Hazzard shock from Mountain Racing Products (MRP) includes an on-the-fly low-speed compression switch for more pedal-oriented enduro and all-mountain use. Of course, high-speed compression, spring preload, and rebound are also adjustable.
The Hazzard is available in metric and standard sizing, with traditional eyelet, bearing, and trunnion mounts. The shock can be coiled with MRP’s standard steel springs, the new Enduro SL, or Progressive spring offerings. The Progressive springs ramp up 20% at the end of the stroke, and are designed to work well with frames that were created around air shocks. Enduro SL springs are made from a lighter steel than their previous standard. Overall shock weight comes in at 867g (230×60 with 500 lb. Enduro SL spring).
MRP Springs are compatible with most of their competitions’ shocks by way of various adaptors that are available at your local dealer.
Hazzard shocks will be available in mid-July of 2018, with an MSRP of $649.95 (excluding spring and hardware).
Is there a space to be filled between the capabilities of enduro bikes and downhill/park bikes and components? The suspension team at MRP felt there was, and they filled it with the Bartlett dual crown gravity fork. In the clear words of the MRP marketing department, “the dual-crown design provides space efficiency over a single-crown, allowing longer travel at shorter axle-to-crown lengths, as well as stiffness and steering precision.” The fork is designed for bikes at the longer-travel end of the enduro spectrum, like the Santa Cruz Nomad, Pyga Slackline, and Whyte G-170.
Bartlett tech and tune
Most dual-crown, DH forks on the market utilize a 20mm axle, but the Bartlett features a Boost 110/15mm through-axle. This spec allows riders to use their existing boost wheels, and to switch between a dual crown and single crown fork on the same bike without changing any other components.
Both positive and negative air spring pressures are externally adjustable, and MRP’s patented Ramp Control system provides precise air spring volume tuning. For this fork, MRP has added threaded spacers to the Ramp control. The colorful rubber doughnuts, called Huck Pucks, allow riders to further tune the air spring volume across various travel options. On the damper side, you will find an external 8-position low-speed compression knob, along with a 16-click ramp control and rebound adjuster.
- Travel: 170,180, or 190mm
- Wheel Size: 27.5 or 29″
- Stanchion diameter: 35mm
- Weight: 5.5 – 5.7 lbs.
- Spring System: FulFill independent positive & negative chamber system
- Offset: 49mm (27.5″), 51mm (29″)
- Axle: 15 x 110mm QR standard, Bolt-on optional
- Brake mount 180mm post-mount
- Colors: All black chassis with 9 decal options
- MSRP: $1,289.95
Bartlett forks will be available in late July of 2018.
Core Series chain guides
The core series 1x guides from MRP are an economical offering for riders who are more concerned with saving a buck than saving a little weight. The DH/Freeride/Enduro offerings are all steel-backed, while some XC and trail models are made up of a glass-filled composite. Apart from the shift in backing and mounting materials, these guides and guards include all of the same features as their carbon and alloy counterparts. Some of the glass-filled composite guides are lighter than their more expensive carbon fiber doppelgangers.