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Win SRAM GUIDE RSC Brakes - Vital OTB Meribel, France, World Cup 191

Predict the winning times and riders for Elite Men's and Women's downhill at the 2014 UCI World Cup in Meribel, France, and you could win a set of SRAM GUIDE RSC brakes.

Posted by sspomer on 8/21/2014 8:56 AM

Vital RAW - Meribel World Cup, Friday Training 4

Short and sweet is the name of the game in Meribel. Filming qualifying is not allowed, but we've got some video heat from the practice runs early this morning. #steep

Posted by sspomer on 8/22/2014 1:58 PM

Heckler's Rock - Daily Shot 1

Ed Masters putting in a dominating performance on Heckler's Rock. #rockhard #spiritofenduro

Rad snaps? Share them here!

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/22/2014 2:02 PM

Matt Simmonds and Rachel Atherton Qualify Fastest in Meribel 6

Plenty of drama and unfamiliar faces on the first page of the Meribel qualifying sheets! We've broken our abacus to figure out the points standings and some of the scenarios heading into what promises to be an absolutely epic end to the World Cup season tomorrow. YEOW!

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/22/2014 6:27 AM

Loose, Rocky and Fast with Trippin' in Slovenia

Sam Flanagan and Mark Scott aka The Trippin' Fellaz continue their trippin' in between EWS rounds and other assorted mayhem. This time the pair hit up Slovenia where things get loose in a hurry. #soenduro

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/22/2014 11:52 AM

Méribel DH Practice Recap

Unlike the wide open track at Windham, Méribel is a multi-line track that rewards those that can string together the hot lines amidst the loam, mud and roots.

Posted by 970biking on 8/22/2014 10:48 AM

Tested: OneUp Components RAD Rear Derailleur Cage 3

Adding a larger cog to a 10-speed cassette is becoming a popular alternative to more expensive 1X wide-range solutions. And with the RAD cage from OneUp, you no longer have to live with some of the compromises inherent to such modifications. Check our review to see how this seemingly simple part makes a big difference on the trail.

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/22/2014 9:38 AM

Chain Reaction's Epic Summer Sale Just Got More Epic

Get the deals while they're hot!

Posted by ezduzit on 8/21/2014 9:23 AM

Bearclaw Invitational Teaser

The contest season isn't over just yet! Time to get stoked for the upcoming diamond level event - the Bearclaw Invitational!

Posted by 970biking on 8/22/2014 11:14 AM

Slick Steve and Rocker Rat Get Down and Dirty in Meribel

Peaty and Ratboy practice their French and then head out for a run down the Meribel WC track. Clearly, Josh didn't take French in school (they don't teach those words there).

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/22/2014 2:33 AM

Bike of the Day: Taokas Dumun 200 4 2

It's called the Taokas Dumun. That's all we know.

SHARE YOUR BIKE! Add your bike to our Bike Check section.

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/22/2014 2:07 AM

NAILED IT! Cam Zink Lands MASSIVE World-Record 100-Foot Backflip 5

Yeah Cam! Watch his record breaking 100-foot, 3-inch backflip at Mammoth Mountain that aired live on ESPN.

Posted by bturman on 8/21/2014 7:53 PM

DMC Powered by Kenda - Trailer

10 days in Northern Italy, Austria, and Slovenia in late July with DMC riders Eric Porter, Kelly McGarry, Carson Storch, Tibor Simai, Guido Tschugg, and Andrea Bruno. This video should be full of radness!

Posted by sspomer on 8/21/2014 9:23 PM

XC Racer Carnage! 19

Oh! Ouch. Dang! Oooo. So much carnage from the national XC series race at Cannock Chase.

Posted by csteen on 8/21/2014 4:29 PM

First Look: 2015 Commencal Supreme DH Comp and DH Park

Commencal is coming out swinging with its 2015 DH line-up, including dedicated models for racers and park rats alike. We've got pics, video, specs, geo, and pricing all lined up and waiting for you just inside. There's a new US distribution model to go with the new bikes too!

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/21/2014 12:55 PM

Member Review: Renthal FatBar Riser Bar

Vital member vics26 weighs in on one of the most popular handlebars on the market.

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 8/21/2014 4:55 PM

First Look: SRAM Goes Hookless on New RISE 60 Wheels 3

SRAM's carbon RISE 60 wheels get new hubs and new rims for 2015. Built for XC and trail riders, the RISE 60 now utilizes a hookless rim design that results in a wheel that’s lighter, stronger and more resistant to impacts. The inner width of the rim is now wider, too.

Posted by bturman on 8/21/2014 11:56 AM

Meribel World Cup Timed Training Results, Bryceland and Rachel Atherton Fastest

Our first glimpse into the speed and pace at the final World Cup of the season.

Posted by sspomer on 8/21/2014 8:58 AM

World Cup Downhill Action Slideshow from Meribel 4

Everyone is spraying about how epic the track is, but you know those in the hunt are thinking about more than loam. Sven, Duncan and Joe bring the heat from France.

Posted by sspomer on 8/21/2014 5:43 PM

Vital RAW - Meribel Thursday Practice 5

Let the sliding, slipping and ripping begin!

Posted by sspomer on 8/21/2014 3:42 PM

Tobi Wrobel's Raw Nine Knights Run 1

All aboard for Tobi Wrobel's raw run, complete with backflip, from Suzuki Nine Knights on Mottolino Fun Mountain in Livigno, Italy.

Posted by csteen on 8/21/2014 1:48 PM

The Earth Isn't Flat - Daily Shot 3

But Warren Bower's tables are!

Clicked a trick? Share the goods.

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/21/2014 11:24 AM

Meribel Course Walk with Wyn Masters

It was track walk day yesterday in Meribel, and Wyn Masters took the opportunity to get the inside line from the racers as they attempted to make sense of it all. As if it wasn't hard enough already...

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/21/2014 10:50 AM

Hoff Fest Course Preview 4

When you're packing your jumps with a truck, you're doing something right! Check out the massive jumps in this course preview for the next stop in the FEST series.

Posted by 970biking on 8/21/2014 10:19 AM

Rain Day at Highland Bike Park

When the lifts get shut down, the Hauck gets tricky! What better way to pass a rain delay?

Posted by 970biking on 8/21/2014 10:37 AM

The 22 Most Amusing Ways To Crash Your Bicycle 4

We've all been there at one time or the other. People, we're laughing with you, not at you.

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/21/2014 5:32 AM

Slaughterhouses and Sick Trails in Slovakia 1

Piotr Szwedowski continues his two-wheeled celebration of life and visits Slovakia, where the riding looks like a lot of fun. The old abandoned slaughterhouse looks decidedly less inviting...

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/21/2014 7:05 AM

Jumping 90' at 7am - Cam Zink is Ready for the #MammothFlip 1

The day has come! Later this evening Cam Zink will attempt a new world record for the longest backflip on a bicycle. Check out this quick clip of the final practice - airtime!

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/21/2014 4:16 AM

Bike of the Day: Dartmoor Shine 3

Singlespeed simplicity for this slopestyle slayer from Dartmoor.

SHARE YOUR BIKE! Add your bike to our Bike Check section.

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/21/2014 3:59 AM

Snowbird's Big Mountain Trail: 2,900 Vertical Feet, 7.5 Scenic Miles, One Tram Ride Away 11

Snowbird's new Big Mountain Trail runs through some of the most scenic high alpine terrain Utah has to offer. A 7.5 mile long, 2,900 vertical foot adventure is just one tram ride away.

Posted by csteen on 8/20/2014 6:51 PM

WIN Big! Canfield DJ Frame Up For Grabs

Canfield Brothers is graciously giving away one of their awesome 4130 chromoly DJ frames. Entering to win is easy: 1 - Like Canfield Brothers // 2 - Like Vital MTB // 3 - Share this image // 4 - Cross your fingers! We'll announced the winner on September 3.

Posted by bturman on 8/20/2014 5:28 PM

First Look: Limited Edition 2015 Niner Jet 9 RDO

Niner’s new Jet 9 RDO features an updated carbon layup, lower weight, improved internal cable routing, and an exciting list of components. Listen in as we discuss the new bike and new Carbon Compaction System that marks a big milestone for the Colorado-based brand.

Posted by bturman on 8/20/2014 4:42 PM

ELIXIR - The Story of Nick Geddes' Battle with Cancer and Inspirational Return to the Bike

Leo Zuckerman and Nick Geddes teamed up to create this inspiring video sharing Nick's story of discovering he was sick, aggressively battling leukemia, and then getting back on a bike. A rough road traveled and a great video with awesome imagery.

Posted by csteen on 8/20/2014 3:29 PM

Claudio's Course Check - Meribel, France 5

The old Chinese say, be careful what you wish for, it may come true...well, the riders have been asking for a real DH track, and a real DH track is what they got. Even course check legend Claudio Caluori is reduced to a gibbering mess here, and that's saying something. Bring on the racing.

Posted by iceman2058 on 8/20/2014 1:05 PM

Meribel World Cup Downhill Finals Track Walk Slideshow 6

The end is near and it couldn't be hotter out there. Some serious DH slaying is about to unfold in the new World Cup venue of Meribel, France.

Posted by sspomer on 8/20/2014 5:06 PM

Vital Power Rankings, Meribel World Cup - The 15 Fastest Going In 6

There's one 2014 World Cup downhill race remaining and if Claudio's helmet cam has shown us anything, the venue is no joke. We've thrown down the prediction gauntlet so you can see the results before the race even starts. #nailbiter

Posted by sspomer on 8/20/2014 2:22 PM