MRP announces the Baxter - A new gravel fork for 2021
MRP has felt the pain of getting neck-deep in terrain completely out of your gravel bike's depth and with the all-new Baxter fork the brand promises to expand the capability of your bike. It gets a 1.5" tapered steerer, an adjustable offset, and more. Read on for all of the details.
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MRP says that gravel bikes are supposed to allow you to get away from it all but the brand asks the question, why are gravel bikes confined to roads and light off-road trails?
With the Baxter, MRP promises to expand the capability, comfort, and speed of your gravel bike with 40, or 60mm of supple, but progressive suspension.
It's built with a 1.5" tapered steerer, a geometry optimized axle-to-crown length, and an adjustable offset. It comes with either 12x100 spacing or 12x110, meaning that the fork is compatible with a range of modern gravel bikes.
In terms of clearance, the 60mm fork with an axle-to-crown measurement of 456mm offers space for 50c or 29x 2" tyres. The shorter 40mm version with 430 axle-to-crown measurement can swallow 45c tyres - with an optional 50c capacity via a flip-chip. More on that when we get a set in our hands.
The stanchions on the Baxter are 32mm in diameter and the fork uses MRP's FulFill Air spring with 3-position compression damping and 20-position rebound damping.
It's also fully bikepacking ready, with an accessory mount per leg and finally, there are mounts for 160 and 180mm flat-mount brakes.
The MRP Baxter is available from July 2021 and will set you back £930.