A Speedy Descent on the Ribbon Trail
Up Close & Personal With the Ribbon Fork
The Hand-Built Goods
Ribbon Trail & Ribbon fork photos: Caleb Weaver
MRP shop photo: Tyler Logan Photography
When former corporate litigation lawyer Tim Fry got tired of suit life in Ohio, he decided to switch gears (pun intended) and followed his passion for cycling and mountain biking westward, where he landed in Grand Junction. Interested in getting into manufacturing, he purchased Bicycle Parts Specific, along with several other companies, and united them under the Mountain Racing Products name. The brands — which include MRP, Kreitler Rollers, Power Grips and Tamer — all serve different segments of the cycling world.
Tim couldn't have chosen a better spot for his enterprise; being so close to a wide variety of terrain plays directly into the quality of the products. MRP focuses on innovation, designing components and products that are sure to perform great not just in Colorado, but all over the world. Prototypes of new products are done in house, then tested on the world-renowned trails of Fruita and Grand Junction. Employees skip out at lunch to hit the aptly named Lunch Loop trails just 10 minutes from the office. Amassing thousands of miles a year, this team puts its products through their paces.
The components are hand-built and assembled in the Grand Junction facility in relatively small batches, this way the team can control quality to the highest standards. Not to mention, focusing on as much Colorado-made product as possible has helped MRP stand out in the crowd.
New in 2017, the Ribbon fork is named after a local Grand Junction trail that overlooks the valley and sends riders down slickrock slabs and rocky, technical sections. The Ribbon fork has made a splash in the market this year, and with half the company’s sales outside the U.S., you’ll find these Colorado-made forks on bikes all over the world.
Riders can find MRP products in local bike shops, through internet retailers and at mrpbike.com.