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2014 Sea Otter Classic Pit Bits - 3rd Edition 8

The new goods just keep on coming! This gallery is filled with an another 30 new products that are due to hit shelves between now and 2015.

Flip Flops, Tights and a Neck Brace - Eddie Masters and the Spirit of Enduro

To be a winner on the Enduro circuit, there is no sacrifice too great, as Eddie Masters demonstrates in this fine piece of cinematic excellence.

Posted by sspomer on 4/17/2014 7:58 AM

Carson Storch Rides Bend, OR

Before back flipping his way into our hearts at Sea Otter, Carson did a bit of riding in Oregon to perfect his technique.

Posted by jasonvelocity on 4/17/2014 7:51 AM

A New Level of Rad - Brandon Semenuk's Rad Company 1

Brandon Semenuk has been working on Rad Company, the heir to the NWD series for quite some time. Well it looks to been well worth it - there are moves in this trailer we can't WAIT to discover in their full glory. June 8, mark your calendars... #radredefined

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/17/2014 7:20 AM

Silencing the Haters: Gwin's Return to Gwinning at the South Africa World Cup 2

HECK YES GWIN! Episode 1 of "Inside Specialized Racing" takes us to the first stop of the 2014 UCI World Cup season with Aaron Gwin, Mitch Ropelato, and Troy Brosnan.

Posted by bturman on 4/16/2014 10:12 PM

Red Bull Wide Open: Updated Rider List 3

If you haven’t heard of the Red Bull Wide Open then pay attention. This 6-man downhill race on July 13th will crown the ultimate mountain bike athlete. Check out the updated rider list and mark you calendar!

Posted by McFly on 4/16/2014 4:36 PM

The Ups and the Downs - Hutchinson UR in South Africa

Hutchinson UR head to South Africa to take on the first World Cup of 2014. Mick Hannah's World Champs revenge was the Cinderella story we were all looking for, but racing has a mind of its own...

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/16/2014 11:14 AM

2014 Sea Otter Classic Pit Bits - 3rd Edition 8

The new goods just keep on coming! Catch an extra 30 products that are due to hit shelves soon or in 2015.

Posted by bturman on 4/16/2014 8:53 PM

Santa Cruz Syndicate Reports from Pietermaritzburg 3

It's really no surprise that Greg Minnaar posted up a 3rd place at downhill in PMB, even as he's recovering from knee surgery. He's a fierce competitor and wants to win. Catch up with the Santa Cruz Syndicate as they report on their experience at the 2014 World Cup opening round.

Posted by sspomer on 4/16/2014 9:07 AM

SlowTV: Weekend Warriors

SlowMotion productions just dropped episode 3 featuring all the action from the shapely Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis bike park in Austria.

Posted by 970biking on 4/16/2014 11:10 AM

Grafton Road Gap - Daily Shot 2

We couldn't resist another road gap daily shot...and this one is pretty sweet!

Want your photos to be considered for Vital's Daily Shot and Weekly Comp? Upload here.

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/16/2014 11:51 AM

Projekt Roam: Vital Quick Rip - Flagstaff, AZ 2

When you're short on time or in need of a pick-me-up, Vital's Quick Rip is just what the doctor ordered. In this episode we join Jessee Maule for a flowy run down Schultz Creek Trail in Flagstaff, AZ. Looks like bags of fun!

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/16/2014 11:15 AM

Colored in Radness 4

The guys at Void Media got ahold of some powder paint and let the colors fly as they slashed their way down the trail. Clay Porter would be happy.

Posted by sspomer on 4/16/2014 8:03 AM

The Raw Side of Rampage with Geoff Gulevich 4

We sometimes forget just how gnarly the ridges and drops of Rampage are. Take a ride down with Geoff Gulevich as he battles the wind and the first run jitters to nail his run at Rampage 2013. Listen in as he has to change lines at the Oakley Sender because of the wind - this is raw emotion right here!

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/16/2014 6:53 AM

On a Roll with Team Lapierre in South Africa

Catch up with Team Lapierre for round 1 of the 2014 World Cup in South Africa - it looks as though they are well-prepared and fully intent on carrying on where they left off in 2013. Rad!

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/16/2014 7:41 AM

On the Trail and Tail of Sam Hill 4

You can tell this was shot during preseason training by the simple fact that somebody is actually following Sam Hill.

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/16/2014 6:02 AM

Bike of the Day: Transition TR250 2 6

This is one girly bike we wouldn't mind shredding!

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Posted by iceman2058 on 4/16/2014 12:45 AM

Tested: IXS Trail RS Helmet 3

Looking for a new-school trail lid that is comfortable, full of features and looks good to boot? The iXS Trail RS might be just the ticket - check out our review to see if it ticks all your boxes.

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/16/2014 2:49 AM

Beyond the Bike: Andrew Neethling 3

With all the chaos around Sea Otter and PMB, we missed this AWESOME video with our boy Needles. Get inside the head of one our favorite riders, courtesy of the crew at Dirt.

Posted by sspomer on 4/15/2014 5:02 PM

Up Close: 14 Photos of the Prototype Devinci World Cup Race Bike Made for South Africa 3

Learn more about the bike that Devinci made exclusively for use in Pietermaritzburg under Stevie Smith and the Devinci Global Racing Team.

Posted by bturman on 4/15/2014 3:35 PM

Road Gap at Hilltop - Daily Shot 2

The Hilltop Bike Park at Mountain Rest, SC looks like a serious playground!

Want your photos to be considered for Vital's Daily Shot and Weekly Comp? Upload here.

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/15/2014 1:53 PM

Boulder Dashing with New Zealand's U19 National Champ 2

Keegan Wright warms up for the season by ripping down the infamous Rotorua trails in New Zealand. Riding alongside Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling, be sure to keep an eye on this 17-year-old shredder!

Posted by 970biking on 4/15/2014 10:47 AM

Sam Hill and Team CRC at World Cup #1 2

Sam Hill and the CRC / Nukeproof squad knock out the first round of the World Cup in South Africa.

Posted by sspomer on 4/15/2014 9:06 AM

Bike of the Day: Morewood Sukuma 2 4

Split-pivot suspension sweetness from South Africa.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 4/15/2014 12:47 AM

Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp - Presented by iXS 2

There's a rad Trail RS helmet from iXS up for grabs in this week's photo comp, and all you have to do to try to win one is vote. Vital is better than just any old democracy!

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/15/2014 8:18 AM

All You Need to See from the 2014 Pietermaritzburg World Cup 2

The content from PMB was coming in faster than Gwin on the pedaling section. Fear not, we've got your back with links to all the action from this weekend's racing.

Posted by sspomer on 4/13/2014 12:57 PM

2014 Sea Otter Classic Pit Bits - 2nd Edition 13

From fresh bikes to prototype parts, here's another dose of all things new from the Sea Otter Classic.

Posted by bturman on 4/15/2014 2:57 AM

Swatch Rocket Air: Team Barcelona Gets Naked 5

Time to sweep aside the debate about riding with or without gloves, Team Barcelona proves you only need your underwear to get big air.

Posted by jasonvelocity on 4/14/2014 2:43 PM

Bike of the Day: Intense Tracer 275 2 8

The Fanatik Bike Co. crew has come up with a banger build on this new Intense Tracer 275.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 4/14/2014 1:21 AM

If You Don't Win, Backflip! 3

If you're not gonna win, might as well go down in style. Carson Storch floats a huge backflip during the Sea Otter DH.

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/13/2014 11:56 PM

No Dig, No Ride - Daily Shot 5

Berms are even sweeter to rail when you build them yourself.

Want your photos to be considered for Vital's Daily Shot and Weekly Comp? Upload here.

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/14/2014 4:05 AM

How-To: Mountain Bike Suspension Set Up with Art's Cyclery 13

Besides having air in your tires, there is nothing more crucial to enjoying your time on the bike than proper suspension set-up.

Posted by sspomer on 4/14/2014 1:04 PM

Brian Lopes and Anneke Beerten Win the Sea Otter Classic DH

'Flyin' Brian Lopes added to his Sea Otter legacy with another DH win, while Anneke Beerten overcame illness earlier in the week to claim top spot in the Women's race. Results inside!

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/14/2014 12:39 AM

Spins and Flips at the 2014 Rocket Air

It was a busy weekend on Planet Mountain Bike. In addition to World Cup DH racing and the Sea Otter festival, the Swatch Rocket Air drew some of the world's top FMB riders to Thun in Switzerland. Video, pics, and results await you inside!

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/13/2014 12:41 PM

Daily Slays from the Parkin Brothers - Red Bull World Cup DH Finals Video from Pietermaritzburg

The video we've all been waiting for. DH finals action from PMB and the Parkins!

Posted by sspomer on 4/13/2014 9:20 AM

REPLAY - Pietermaritzburg World Cup Downhill

Missed Saturday's live race coverage from Pietermaritzburg? No worries, you can relive the whole show as it happened, right here, right now!

Posted by iceman2058 on 4/12/2014 10:21 AM

REPLAY - Pietermaritzburg World Cup Men's XC

Dust, heat and even some skinnies in the battle for PMB's fastest uphiller.

Posted by sspomer on 4/13/2014 11:26 AM