MRP has been on a roll lately with new products. Last week saw the addition of more fitments for their Ramp Control Cartridges as well as their new Micro XCg guard for small chainrings. Now, the company has set their focus on Boost hub adapters – though at this time it’s just the front. Calling it the Better Boost Adapter Kit, MRP is banking on the hope that riders are willing to shell out for a Boost adapter kit that doesn’t require you to touch your spokes.
How so? Well, the MRP Better Boost kit is designed so that you do not have to re-dish the wheel once it’s installed (dishing is the process of centering the rim). That should make it a lot easier for the average rider to just plug and play, without having to touch a spoke wrench. However, on kits like the Lindarets/Wolf Tooth Components Boostinator, the companies claim that re-dishing the wheel actually makes most wheels stronger by giving them a more symmetrical build. It seems then that the choice comes down to simplicity, and how much you want to pay for it. The Better Boost Kit will have you out on the trail faster, but it is almost double the price of the Boostinator. Due to the way the Boostinator is designed, front hubs only need one end cap and do not need the rotor spacer so the Better Boost kits include more pieces. It’s also limited to 6 bolt rotors, though they have a solution…
Instead of a single spacer that requires you to dish the wheel over to compensate, the Better Boost Kit includes two end caps that add 5mm to each side of the hub (going from 100mm to 110mm total).Then the rotor is spaced out with a 5mm spacer for proper alignment. To see exactly how it’s installed, check out this video MRP recently posted to instagram.
Due to the fact that a Centerlock Rotor can’t be shimmed over like a 6 bolt rotor can, MRP will soon have a solution – which is to move the brake instead of the rotor. Their post mount adapter will move the brake caliper over to meet the rotor. We’ll have more details on this kit as soon as it’s available. MRP mentions that they do not have plans for a rear adapter kit for either brake at this time.
Initially, the Better Boost Kits will be available to fit either the DT Swiss 350 15×100 6 bolt or DT Swiss 240s “Fifteen” 15×100 6 bolt front hubs. Priced at $44.95 and $49.95 respectively, the kit includes two precision machined end caps that are designed to stay in place in the hub shell, the rotor spacer, and six XL T25 rotor bolts. The kits are only for hubs with 15mm thru axles and to space 100mm hubs out to 110mm. Better Boost Kits are shipping now.
Noah from MRP also mentioned that their Ribbon fork which we spotted at Eurobike will be shipping mid March.