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So Are Clips Really More Efficient Than Flats? Science Attempts To Find the Answer 2

We all know flats are radder than clips (cough Sam Hill cough), and we all know clips give more control than flats in the gnar. But what about the efficiency thing? What is REALLY the difference when it comes to power output and energy consumption? Check inside to see!

Posted by iceman2058 on 11/1/2014 3:27 AM

Wallrides and Frontflips As Tricks Take Over Taxco

Best of the best video action from the 2014 edition of Down Hill Taxco, including Antoine Bizet's best-trick-winning frontflip and CVD's steezy wallride. Two minutes of nothing but bangers here!

Posted by iceman2058 on 11/1/2014 1:39 AM

Bike of the Day: Intense Tracer T275 1

28-lbs of awesome.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 11/1/2014 2:05 AM

California Enduro Series Recap

Enjoy the photos, videos and good times from a great season of racing at the California Enduro Series.

Posted by sspomer on 10/31/2014 3:27 PM

Breaking News: The Laws of Physics Temporarily Suspended - New Research Required 3

We've obtained evidence that suggests Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton were full of $h1t.

Posted by iceman2058 on 10/31/2014 12:49 PM

Riding the Razor's Edge - Daily Shot 1

Chris Pilling with a beauty of a night shot - check his gallery for lots more goodness too!

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Posted by iceman2058 on 10/31/2014 1:47 PM

Trail Zombie

Surrey Hills has a new Strava KOM master... and he's got a unique edge.

Posted by 970biking on 10/31/2014 11:13 AM

Bike of the Day: Scott Gambler 4 3

Raw and ready to rumble!

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Posted by iceman2058 on 10/31/2014 12:24 PM

SuperDom Fights Enduro

SuperDom, save us all from Enduro! A hilarious jab at the current state of mountain biking and reminding us all to keep it fun on two wheels! Happy Halloween!

Posted by 970biking on 10/31/2014 11:05 AM

Forum: MTB / MX Pumpkins 4

Are you keeping with the two-wheeled theme for Halloween? Post your pumpkins here.

Posted by sspomer on 10/31/2014 10:08 AM

Manon Carpenter and Kayley Ashworth Ride the Ballroom After Dark

Trapped inside for eternity, they wait until after dark to ride the ballroom... HAPPY HALLOWEEN y'all!

Posted by iceman2058 on 10/31/2014 5:55 AM

Nicholi Rogatkin's Season Highlights

Nicholi Rogatkin has had quite the season. Since first hitting everyone's radar at 26TRIX in Leogang, he has continued to impress. Now we all know his name and recognize his style. Enjoy these highlights from his year.

Posted by csteen on 10/30/2014 3:54 PM

Member Review: Knolly Endorphin Frame

"Incredible traction, tons of tire clearance, and aggressive geometry" are three major highlights for Vital member Missinglink. Read more in his review.

Have an informed and honest opinion about a product? Help out your fellow MTBer by writing a review. The top Vital reviewer each month earns a Jenson USA gift card.

Posted by bturman on 10/30/2014 2:59 PM

12 Bike Crashes That Will Give You Nightmares 2

Halloween is all about fright and there's nothing scarier than crashing your bike. Dig into a handful of MTB wrecks that will leave you hoping the Zombie Apocalypse comes sooner than later.

Posted by sspomer on 10/31/2014 9:55 AM

Prototype, Unique & Random Bikes 32

I've added some of the 2009 World Champs bikes. Despite the experimentation by some, Peaty won on a full-pull DH bike.

Posted by sspomer on 10/27/2014 2:35 PM

Always Summer Somewhere | New Zealand

SRAM takes you on the MTB journey of a lifetime in New Zealand. The photos, video and story will have you booking tickets immediately.

Posted by sspomer on 10/30/2014 10:44 AM

Tested: Birzman Maha Apogee MTB Floor Pump 3

Part tire pump, part shock pump, part genius. Check out the new Maha Apogee MTB pump from Birzman.

Posted by bturman on 10/30/2014 10:28 PM

Dirt Art - Daily Shot 1

Sam Reynolds with the style, the local diggers with the dirt art.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 10/30/2014 1:29 PM

Death to Enduro 8

After taking care of business Office Space-style, Eric Price and Regan Hogelie head to Silverstar mountain for some proper downhill.

Posted by 970biking on 10/30/2014 10:37 AM

Team News & Rumors Forum - Giant Factory Off-Road Team Announcement 227

Official news from Giant that Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling are no longer on the team. Marcelo Gutierrez remains for downhill along with new, young gun Alex Marin.

Posted by sspomer on 10/30/2014 9:51 AM

How to Be a Mountain Bike Star

Want to know what it takes to be a mountain bike star? Ask 12-year old Vali Holl, she knows!

Posted by iceman2058 on 10/30/2014 7:13 AM

Bike of the Day: Ragley Blue Pig 1 1

There's a lot of yellow on this blue pig.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 10/30/2014 6:49 AM

12 Rides That Will Give You Nightmares 4

No risk, no reward, right? The difference between a worthy adrenaline rush and pure stupidity is a variable that can't be quantified scientifically, so we'll let you be the judge with these nightmare-inducing bike rides. Happy Halloween Eve.

Posted by sspomer on 10/30/2014 8:34 AM

Pro Bike Check: Greg Watts with his 2015 Mongoose Fireball Dirt Jumper 1

Mr. Double or Nothing runs through his hardtail in between suicide backflips and other tech wizardry at the trails.

Posted by sspomer on 10/29/2014 2:36 PM

Taxco Trickery with Antoine Bizet

Antoine Bizet doesn't mess around on the DH bike! The typical crazy Taxco POV followed by some shenanigans that made the crowd erupt!

Posted by 970biking on 10/29/2014 11:24 AM

Writing with Light - Daily Shot 4

"Photography" = writing with light.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 10/29/2014 1:15 PM

Logan Peat for Chromag

If the trails in this video don't get you amped, the downhill bike 360 should. Logan Peat, with that smooth, easy style.

Posted by sspomer on 10/29/2014 8:44 AM

Bike of the Day: Ordnance Bikes .44 Special 2 2

Dirtjumper or work of art? Both!

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Posted by iceman2058 on 10/29/2014 12:42 PM

12 Bikes That Will Give You Nightmares 33

We're in the heat of fright season with Halloween right around the corner, so what better way to get into the spirit of scare than to look at 12 bikes that will give you nightmares.

Posted by sspomer on 10/29/2014 11:16 AM

Ivan Leonov Street Sessions

Skate park and street sessions with Ivan Leonov of Pride Street. Step one, find a big huck. Step two, bar spin it like it 'aint no 'thang!

Posted by 970biking on 10/29/2014 11:17 AM

Heal Up Jamie Goldman 3

Jamie Goldman crashed during the Taxco Urban DH race this past weekend.He suffered broken C6 and C7 vertebrae, a broken wrist and a handful of stitches. We know Jamie is a brick house of a human and will heal up stronger than ever. We're wishing you the best Jamie!

Posted by sspomer on 10/28/2014 9:17 PM

Midweek Mulch Session

Sam Pilgrim heads to Matt Jones' mulch compound to dial in some new tricks for the 2015 season. Prediction: 720's will become the new flip whip!

Posted by 970biking on 10/28/2014 2:48 PM

Shred the Red! Kick Off Spring Season Riding at the Sedona MTB Festival March 6 - 8, 2015

Here at Vital, it's no secret that we love the riding in Sedona - that's why we chose it as the venue for our 2014 Test Sessions. The trails are incredible, the town is fun, and the weather is hard to beat. This event should definitely be on your calendar.

Posted by bturman on 10/28/2014 2:38 PM

Just Another Day in the Office for Thomas Vanderham and Sterling Lorence

Join one of mountain biking's longest-standing and most prolific photographer/rider tandems as they head out for another day in the "office". If you get lifestyle envy easily, you might want to click something else though...

Posted by iceman2058 on 10/28/2014 1:54 PM

Hehl Hills Sessions

Nothing better than a well designed jump spot that circles in on itself, creating transfer lines all over! Good times in the woods outside Augsburg.

Posted by 970biking on 10/28/2014 11:20 AM

3 Runs, 3 Cams, 3 Times the Taxco Stoke 1

With so much coverage coming out of the Taxco urban DH race, we thought it would be interesting to have a look at 3 different runs shot on 3 different cams. We wonder what that extra water on the course is, but we're glad to see at least it's there for each run... #fairisfair

Posted by iceman2058 on 10/28/2014 10:28 AM