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Reply to Diamondback vs Divinci 1/26/2015 11:02 AM

The Mission has VERY long chainstays, so consider that before buying. It changes the ride a bit, especially if you enjoy tight/twisty/jumpy trails. That Diamondback DH bike looks rad though. Great value.

Reply to Dj rim suggestions 1/26/2015 10:58 AM

My advice is light but strong. Rotational weight can suck while spinning/tricking. The rear wheel seems to take more abuse while dirt jumping, so consider going to a 36 spoke wheel if you really want it to last. I'd suggest sticking with tubes for your ... more »

Reply to Fork Geometry help 1/26/2015 10:56 AM

Go for it! The 10mm increase in travel will slacken the bike by about 0.4-degrees and pick up the bottom bracket a little bit. It'll make the bike just a bit more capable on the descents without hampering the climbs much at all.

Reply to How small is too small??? Bike size 1/20/2015 9:23 AM

Yes, a larger frame will help. At 6'1" you're best suited to a Large or XL, depending on the brand. Look for something with around a 450mm reach measurement (learn more here), combined with a short stem and wide bars. Don't go rushing out the door though ... more »

Reply to What XC bike to buy? 1/20/2015 8:58 AM

Here's a review we did of the cheaper EVO model: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Specialized/Camber-EVO-29,13230

Reply to What XC bike to buy? 1/20/2015 8:57 AM

Personally, if I were to get an XC bike on that budget, I'd look into a lightweight, short travel, 29er trail bike. If you're set on Specialized, I highly suggest checking out the Camber. It's a sick bike. Fast as can be, yet still gives you a bit of ... more »

Reply to Ordering a Frame from Chain Reaction Cycles 1/20/2015 8:45 AM

I've had great luck with Chain Reaction. Quick shipping. Good prices. The new Escarpe frame you're considering looks pretty dang good for the $$$.

Reply to 2010 Salsa Big Mama 29er Trail / XC Bike - Great Entry Level MTB 1/17/2015 8:00 AM

Bump. Price drop to $1400!

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/15/2015 12:06 PM

Eric Carter is officially out of World Cup action for 2015: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-america/2015/01/15/eric-carter-joins-marin-sales-staff

Reply to About bike reviews 1/15/2015 11:57 AM

That's very considerate of you. In our experience Specialized makes great bikes, especially at the high end like you're considering. Just make sure the bike's target application aligns with your riding intentions (in this case XC racing). Here's a review ... more »

Reply to About bike reviews 1/15/2015 11:44 AM

Thanks very much for your offer, but we'll source the bike direct from Specialized should we decide to review that model. We do value member reviews a lot, and I'm sure the typical rider does to. They offer a perspective we can't always provide - you ... more »

Reply to About bike reviews 1/15/2015 11:34 AM

The reviews on Vital are a mixture of professionally created reviews by our staff and "member" reviews by riders like you. It's easy to tell the difference by looking at the title of the review:

Vital's reviews also typically have ... more »

Reply to Do you ride with a pack? 1/8/2015 1:05 PM

Tool and spares wise, what are you pack guys carrying beyond a basic multi tool and a tube? Most tool have a chaintool built in these days, so that's out. What else?

Reply to Do you ride with a pack? 1/8/2015 10:34 AM

For 2-3 hour rides. Bottle on bike, tool in pocket (or Specialized SWAT cage), food in pocket (usually just a bar or two), and tube/CO2 strapped to frame. Easy. Also, pre-hydrate. I use a Backcountry Research Mutherload to strap my tube/C02 to the frame. ... more »

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/7/2015 10:56 AM

Here's some more info on the new Fox air shock: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/feature/Spy-Shot-Prototype-FOX-Air-Downhill-Shock,293

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/7/2015 9:21 AM

Press Release: Gstaad-SCOTT Welcomes Neko Mulally 2015 sets a new era in the history of GSTAAD-SCOTT. The team is becoming both a bit leaner and more international.

Neko Mulally has joined Brendan Fairclough to form the new Gstaad-SCOTT, and ... more »

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/7/2015 8:56 AM

BMC's enduro squad announced. Notably absent is Aaron Bradford. Press Release: BMC launches new 2015 Factory Trailcrew This year sees BMC Switzerland entering its third season on the Enduro scene with a brand new name; the BMC Factory Trailcrew. Four

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Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/2/2015 7:41 PM

Brosnan confirmed with Specialized for two more years:

Reply to True freeride bikes 12/30/2014 5:25 PM

The updated Voltage would be rad: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/First-Look-2015-Scott-Gambler-and-Voltage,7852/Slideshow,0/bturman,109 Specialized's Enduro EVO is another good option: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Specialized/Enduro-Expert-EVO,13412 ... more »

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 12/17/2014 12:29 PM

Alex Lupato leaving Lapierre: Press Release: After 5 years of an intense relationship full of successes, in 2015 will melt the binomial Alex Lupato / Lapierre. The need for Alex to get motivated in the international arena and different marketing objectives ... more »