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bturman added a feature Modern Mountain Bike Geometry Defined - Transition Explains Effective Top Tube Versus Reach 1/15/2015 6:21 PM

The Technical Wizards at Transition Bikes are on a mission to educate riders about proper mountain bike fit and function. This multi-part "Get Dialed" series will help you decipher those pesky millimeters and angles and how they translate to your experience

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bturman added a press release Intense Cycles Seeking Next Generation of US Downhillers 1/12/2015 12:23 PM

Think you have what it takes to race for Intense Cycles? Speak up! The legendary Shaun Palmer could be your mentor. Full details below.

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bturman added a product blog First Look: SRAM XX1 Black, Direct Mount Cover and Crank Boots 1/9/2015 9:49 AM

Press Release The 1x drivetrain that launched an XC World Championship, SRAM XX1 was built to be simpler, lighter and more durable than any other. Calibrated to work together, SRAM XX1 components deliver remarkable chain control and rapid, high-precision

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bturman added a feature Meet The Testers - 2015 Vital MTB Test Sessions 1/8/2015 2:29 PM

A bike review is only as good as the humans providing the feedback. Since humans are about as different as the 19 bikes at the 2015 Vital MTB Test Sessions, our test riders needed to reflect a wide variety of style, sizes and tastes with an ability to turn experiences

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bturman added a feature 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 1/5/2015 2:40 PM

Nearly 20 new bikes tested in the mountains surrounding San Luis Obispo, California

"You're going to California for a few weeks to test bikes?! Rough job!" We hear that all the time. Yes, testing bikes is a lot of fun, but it's also hard work. ... more »

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bturman added a product blog First Look: 2015 Evil Bikes 'The Following' 29er 1/2/2015 7:31 PM

The first 29er from Evil Bikes has arrived. Known as The Following , it has 120mm travel with short chainstays and a do-it-all attitude. Paired with a 120-130mm travel fork and a relatively slack head angle, the bike is likely to be more capable than

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bturman added a feature This Guy Earned a $100 Jenson USA Gift Card for His Vital MTB Member Reviews - You Could Too! 1/2/2015 2:40 PM

Every 30 days, we award the Top User Reviewer with a little prize. This month Jenson USA pitched in a $100 gift card! Vital MTB member mpqueiros wrote a review of the new Banshee Run V2 that we'd like to highlight. It helped earned him the Top Reviewer ... more »

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bturman added a product blog Sneak Peek: 2015 Canfield Brothers Riot 29er FS 12/31/2014 2:31 PM

Looks like the Canfield Bros have another new project in the works! A few short riding clips featuring Chris Canfield on the prototype just surfaced. The bike appears to be a big wheel version of the recently released Balance, and may feature a similar suspension design.

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bturman added a product blog Spy Shot! Prototype FOX Air Downhill Shock 12/30/2014 2:45 PM

In the final episode of This Is Peaty, Steve Peat guides viewers through a tour of the FOX headquarters in Scotts Valley, California. When they enter the test lab, Peaty shows off one of FOX's latest projects - a prototype air shock unlike anything we've seen from the brand

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bturman added a feature Happy Holidays from Vital 12/24/2014 10:11 AM

Two-wheeled fun can last a lifetime. That's why every Christmas since 2009 we've donated BMX bikes to underprivileged kids. There's nothing like a shiny new bike under the tree! Best wishes to all this holiday season from Vital MTB, Vital MX and Vital BMX

Pictured in center (from L to R) - Albert Diaz, Kyle Carlson, Brandon Turman, Michael Morgan, Todd Toth, Brad McDonald, Patrick Male, Steve Giberson. Pictured around perimeter (from bottom left) - Aaron Chandler, Shawn Spomer, Johan Hjord, Lexa Kharchenko, Michael Lindsay, Christine McDonald, Chris Wilmshurst, Vadim Shevchenko, and Tom Edson.  Not pictured - all of our great contributors.
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bturman added a press release Norco Bicycles and Mike Hopkins Part Ways in 2015 12/24/2014 9:45 AM

VANCOUVER, B.C., December 24, 2014 - Professional mountain bike athlete Mike Hopkins and Canada's Norco Bicycles will be parting ways for the 2015 season. "On behalf of all of us at Norco Bicycles, we're thrilled to have worked with Mike Hopkins over

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bturman added a product blog First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/17/2014 11:59 AM

Full Speed Ahead(more commonly known as FSA) is diving headfirst into the mountain bike wheel game in 2015. Those who have followed the brand may remember FSA wheels back in 2009/2010, which lasted just a short while in a saturated marketplace. While ... more »

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bturman added a product blog First Look: All New 2015 Santa Cruz V10 Carbon 12/6/2014 8:16 PM

The bike that Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland won the 2014 UCI World Cup Series Championship on is now available to the public.

How do you improve something that's already been overhauled? It turns out Santa Cruz began the redesign in 2013, and tonight ... more »

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bturman added a feature This Guy Earned a $100 Jenson USA Gift Card for His Vital MTB Member Reviews - You Could Too! 12/2/2014 12:02 AM

Every 30 days, we award the Top User Reviewer with a little prize. This month Jenson USA pitched in a $100 gift card! Vital MTB member TSchafer wrote a great review of the new Yeti SB6c that we'd like to highlight. It helped earned him the Top Reviewer ... more »

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bturman added a product blog First Look: 2015 NS Snabb Enduro and Trail Bikes 11/28/2014 9:24 AM

In Swedish, 'Snabb' means fast, which is exactly what NS Bikes was going for with their new Enduro and Trail bikes. Available in both an Enduro (160/160mm) and a Trail (150/140mm) version, both bikes were designed to be reliable, good looking bikes

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bturman added a product blog First Look: OneUp Launches Competitively Priced Narrow Wide Chainring and Updated RADr Cage 11/26/2014 5:41 PM

In the past few years 1X drivetrains have taken the mountain bike world by storm, largely as a result of new chainring and drivetrain technologies first introduced with SRAM XX1. Today there are dozens of options for narrow/wide style chainrings, ... more »

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bturman added a news blog Help This Young BC Mountain Biker Beat Cancer and Ride Again 11/25/2014 11:02 PM

Earlier this month, 18-year-old Kyle McConkey of British Columbia was told he had just weeks to live. He has been battling leukemia for two years. Kyle has been through two bone marrow transplants - one from his brother and a recent one from a donor

Kyle McConkey sporting a jersey from Brandon Semenuk, just one of many Pro riders to get behind the young mountain biker.
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bturman added a press release 2015 Pro GRT Receives UCI Status, Will Be Broadcast 11/25/2014 5:38 PM

Press Release USA Cycling announced Tuesday that the 2015 Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) has gained UCI status for all five races of the calendar, making the U.S. an international mountain bike point-chasing destination in the coming year. Additionally, USA Cycling has partnered

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bturman added a news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/21/2014 11:05 AM

In a move that could set the precedent for the rest of the USA, the Moab Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has banned the use of electric bikes on mountain bike trails. A recent update to their website clearly states their viewpoint: "The Moab BLM has determined that motor

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bturman added a product blog First Look: Updated 2015 Banshee Legend MKIII DH Bike 11/21/2014 8:55 AM

Banshee's Legend downhill bike has received some major updates for 2015. The company's goal was to create "a leaner, meaner, and ultimately faster DH racer." Improvements include tweaks to the geometry, more travel, better tire clearance, a stiffer tube

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