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Reply to Start of the Downhill Family.... 7/30/2014 11:10 AM

It sounds like you've built up some solid base skills. Stepping up to a true DH bike will enable you to really get after it. The transition from hardtail to DH bike will blow your mind (in a good way).

Reply to Prototype 2015 Specialized Demo? 7/29/2014 11:03 AM

Geometry and more available here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/feature/First-Look-Radical-New-2015-Specialized-S-Works-Demo-Carbon,271

Reply to Specialized Enduro 650B vs. Devinci Spartan 7/25/2014 12:04 AM

More photos of the Spartan Carbon: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/PIT-BITS-2014-Enduro-World-Series-Colorado-Freeride-Festival,7729/Damien-Otons-Prototype-Devinci-Spartan-Carbon,79401/sspomer,2

Reply to Downhill Beginner - Help please!! 7/23/2014 2:22 PM

Hey Josh, here's a good primer about the bikes used for DH: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/category/Bikes,3/riding_type/downhill?guide=1 You might also consider a "park" or freeride bike since you're just getting into it: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/category/Bikes,3/riding_type/freeride?guide=1 ... more »

Reply to DIY Carbon bike repair 7/21/2014 2:25 PM

Seems legit.

Reply to Best Colorado Bike Parks 7/15/2014 2:15 PM

WP is fun, yes, but it lacks the full-on raw terrain of some other Colorado destinations. Many find that a trail/AM/Enduro bike is plenty for Winter Park, and that a DH rig is overkill. Depends on what you're looking for in a bike park I suppose.

Reply to Best Colorado Bike Parks 7/15/2014 2:13 PM

That says it all really.

Reply to New bike help pls 7/9/2014 11:58 AM

Of those listed on the link you posted, I've ridden and approve of the GT Force X, Kona Process 153, Specialized Enduro 29 Comp, and Cannondale Jekyll for the type of riding you've described. The Kona Process is probably the burlier of the bunch and ... more »

Reply to buy a product 7/2/2014 9:48 PM

The various Alex Rims importers are listed here: http://www.alexrims.com/distributor.asp?cat=1

Reply to Dents/Scratches on Stanchions 6/28/2014 11:59 AM

SlackBoy is on point. Clean the scratch well with rubbing alcohol, let it dry, fill it with clear nail polish or epoxy, let it dry, then sand smooth using a circular motion with very fine grit sand paper.

Reply to Air Dog 6/25/2014 1:11 PM

How's this for awesome? Very similar idea.

Reply to Want cheap full suspension 29er 6/24/2014 4:13 PM

If you're looking for a new rig, the Airborne Hobgoblin is a bargain at $1750. It's geared towards light duty XC use. - http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Airborne/HobGoblin,11751

Reply to WHAT'S UP WITH TUF RACK MTB RACKS tufrack.com 6/24/2014 4:10 PM

Looks like they've removed their Facebook page as well... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuf-Rack/185608458124933?sk=wall

Reply to Why are flat tires something we still see these days? 6/24/2014 4:09 PM

Check this vid for a clearer explanation of how it works:

Reply to Are there any bike maint. seminars around? 6/24/2014 11:40 AM

Arts Cyclery does a great job with their online tech series. Check out the database here: http://www.artscyclery.com/learningcenter/

Reply to videos don't load on mobile devices 6/19/2014 10:23 PM

Some videos on Vital are embedded from outside sources. The Atherton/Manon video you mention is a Redbull hosted video, and their player does unfortunately use flash when embedded.

Reply to So this exists... 6/4/2014 8:18 AM

Here's another WTF invention:

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Reply to Spec Demo 8 Size Help 5/29/2014 8:04 PM

I'm 5'10" and prefer the feel of the Large for wide open courses. My arms seem to be longer than average, though. Definitely test ride a few sizes if you can.

Reply to New wheels 5/27/2014 10:03 AM

Don't miss all the user and pro reviews right here on Vital: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/category/Wheelsets,44 Spank wheels are consistently rated well by our crew because they're durable, competitive in the weight game, and come at a good price. ... more »

Reply to Spec Demo 8 Size Help 5/25/2014 10:35 PM

At 6-foot tall I wouldn't even be considering the Medium. You'll feel cramped. The Large isn't much bigger, but you'll appreciate added reach. People often talk about how a smaller bike is "more playful," but you're talking about a DH rig. You want stability

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