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Reply to I came from BMX, what do i need to know? 6/16/2015 6:51 AM

Hahaha. Oh yeah, this is a must watch: http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/How-To-Be-A-Mountain-Biker,23486/bturman,109

Reply to manualing a 29er 6/15/2015 12:40 PM

It really depends on your frame size, rider height, and preferences. I use 35 or 40mm stems on bikes that are really long for me, but I typically like a bike with a 50mm stem and 430mm reach the most. I'm 5'10" tall. You can read about the reach measurement here.) If you can get a deal, ... more »

Reply to manualing a 29er 6/15/2015 12:32 PM

Looks like your stem is on the longer side, likely ~100mm, and your bars are just 680mm wide. Try something a bit shorter and wider. You'll dig the added stability and control. Here are some good tips: http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/features/How-To-Mountain-Bike-Cockpit-Set-Up-with-Arts-Cyclery,24603/sspomer,2 ... more »

Reply to manualing a 29er 6/15/2015 12:12 PM

Don't go swapping your wheel size. That'll goof up the geometry big time. What bike are you on? MTB's (especially 29ers) have much longer chainstays than your BMX, which is part of the reason why they can be harder to manual. If it's a full suspension, ... more »

Reply to Syndicate is not a trade team 6/12/2015 8:39 AM

Someone Strava'd the hell out of those switchbacks:

Reply to Syndicate is not a trade team 6/12/2015 7:45 AM

I love Santa Cruz. Happy to see Greg on this new athlete commission. Set 'em straight buddy. - http://www.uci.ch/pressreleases/the-uci-reveals-the-composition-its-athletes-commission/

Reply to Another Procore Failure - Discuss 6/9/2015 8:54 AM

I think they just said the honest truth. They're under a bit of fire because people expect it to perform incredibly well, and it's easy to see when things don't go as planned due to less than perfect line choice or otherwise. This is the important part: ... more »

Reply to Another Procore Failure - Discuss 6/8/2015 2:50 PM

Here's a response from Schwalbe North America: "We’re obviously always testing to product with our teams, and they have a slightly different tire than what is currently available on the market. Needless to say, the damage to both Nico and Harry’s wheels ... more »

Reply to Another Procore Failure - Discuss 6/8/2015 10:42 AM

You pose some great questions here, Oz. I'll notify the guys at Schwalbe and get them to hopefully hop on here for a response. To me, it looked like Harry's tire went just before the drop, and the landing of the drop did his wheel in. The Pro riders ... more »

Reply to DH Dual SL in the Midwest 6/8/2015 10:31 AM

Looking good boys!

Reply to Any suggestions for an Enduro/downhill bike 6/8/2015 10:27 AM

Sounds like you'd like something that can do a bit of everything? Pedal up some days, take the lift or shuttle others? If so, an enduro/all-mountain bike would be a good bet. There are several reviews worth checking out here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/category/Bikes,3/riding_type/all_mountain?discontinued=true&scope=by_vital_rating ... more »

Reply to Only one w/out dropper post????!! 5/21/2015 6:35 PM

Watch this. It's the truth. http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Seat-Down-Vs-Seat-Up-Whats-Actually-The-Difference-For-Mountain-Biking,28339/iceman2058,94 In short, your life will change forever (and for the better) after a dropper.

Reply to Poducts not shown here on Vital 5/13/2015 12:17 PM

BOOM! - http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Tires,48/WTB/Trail-Boss,15834 Please let us know if there are others you'd like to see.

Reply to Just added my bike... 5/4/2015 2:51 PM

Welcome! Bike checks are easy. Just go here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/profile_manager/setup_checks Click "New Bike Check," name it, add your photos, select your components, and hit save. It will then appear in the Bike Check section: http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/main ... more »

Reply to The Low-Gear Arms Race 4/27/2015 3:20 PM

There's certainly a push towards more and more gear range, and it's getting a little out of hand. SRAM's GX line comes in a 2X version with their 10-42T cassette, and Shimano's XT/XTR in a 3X version(god forbid) with the 11-40T cassette. Is that much range really needed? I don't ... more »

Reply to AM wheels on a budget 4/27/2015 2:28 PM

We'll second this. Here's a Vital review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Wheelsets,44/Spank/Oozy-Trail295-Bead-Bite,14455

Reply to If you could do one thing on a bike REALLY well, what would it be? 4/24/2015 3:02 PM

Flows like a raging river. Luke rips!

Reply to FEST Series Santa Cruz Gnarliness 4/24/2015 11:13 AM

#cruzfest A video posted by @terrywcox on Apr 23, 2015 at 10:11am PDT Sickest thing ever.

Reply to Does vital have a snapchat? 4/20/2015 2:58 PM

We do not. Sorry amigo!