MRP Hazzard coil shock review

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MRP is not a suspension brand that you see very often, in the UK at least. This is the first time we’ve had a MRP Hazzard rear shocks in and one of the first things you feel is… quality, for want of a better word.

  • Price: £659.99
  • From: ison-distribution.com
  • Weight (w/o spring): 541g
  • Adjustments: Low Speed Rebound, Low Speed Compression, High Speed Compression, 2-position Climb Switch (open, firm)

This product was selected for our Editors’ Choice Awards 2022, as published in Singletrack Magazine Issue 146

Benji: “It’s going to be hard to explain how it is that I’m choosing the MRP Hazzard as my Editor’s Choice instead of the Cane Creek Kitsuma Coil that actually won the best-in-test accolade in the previous issue. All I can say is: I just like it. I like the way it feels. I think a big aspect of this is because I’m someone who likes to use ‘lockout’ levers. The Cane Creek can be set up just-so and never touched for the rest of the ride, uphill or downhill. Set and forget. The MRP isn’t quite like that. The MRP is like me. It has an uphill mode. It has a downhill mode. I actively like flicking the switch at the start of the climb/descent. It’s like Steve McQueen changing gear in Bullitt. It’s time to crack on. And I’d still say the MRP has the edge on the Cane Creek in terms of suppleness.”

Original Review:

The MRP Hazzard just an extremely and pleasingly well-made thing. It’s hard to explain how or why, and in the Real World it probably isn’t actually any ‘better’ put together than anything else here, but there’s no denying that the Hazzard just feels great. Everything is well-made and well-positioned. It feels like a human hand has given it the once-over and approved. The dials are all positive in action and don’t get either tight or vague at any of their extremes of adjustment. The dimensions of the thing are just-so. Chunkily svelte, if such a thing can be. And heck yeah, we just like the decal designs and the orange climb switch lever. Good looks don’t hurt. Especially when the on-trail performance of the shock is exceptional.

The adjustment ranges on offer are all impressively broad but also actually useful. This is one of those rare instances where you can set adjustments to the middle setting as they’re OK. Out on the trails, the Hazzard was very probably the most supple shock on this test. It has ridiculously low break-away friction.

After a bit of rebound and compression twiddling to reduce pedal bob, we ended up embracing this suppleness and actively learning how to pedal smoother and slower instead. The climb switch is easy to locate and operate, which we did so on numerous climbs and tarmac drags, whereupon it feels great. Not jarring or stuttering, it’s nicely mega-damped. It’s possibly even a better climb switch mode than that on the Cane Creek. The Hazzard rides like you expect/hope/wish a coil shock to feel. Loathe as we are to say the P-word, it is insanely plush.

As regards bottom out resistance, we used full travel a lot more on the Hazzard than most coil shocks here but we never realised it at the time. Despite all the talk of damping circuits and other techno-a-go-go stuff, we reckon the big old rubber bottom-out bumper can take the credit here. A progressive spring might sharpen up the deep hit performance but to be honest we love this shock just the way it is. It’s nice to be different.

Overall

This is an extremely well made and nice to use shock, that also just looks really cool (sorry!) Absolutely ri-donk-ulously supple off-the-top, which sporty types may not like but we found utterly addictive and laugh-out-loud rad.

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Review Info

Brand: MRP
Product: Hazzard coil shock
From: Ison Distribution
Price: £659.99
Tested: by Benji for Issue 145
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Cotic RocketMAXer. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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