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bturman added a press release Santa Cruz Bicycles Sold to Pon Holdings - What's Next? 7/3/2015 9:06 AM

Pon Holdings, a Dutch conglomerate, has just purchased Santa Cruz Bicycles(and Juliana) for an undisclosed amount. Pon also owns Cervélo, Focus, Gazelle, Union, Kalkhoff, Univega, Rixe and BBB Cycling. What does it mean for the future of the brand? Co-founder Rob

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bturman added a feature Earn $100 at Jenson USA for Your Vital MTB Member Reviews 7/2/2015 2:10 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 pdawgz earned the Top Reviewer spot with this review: 2014 GT Fury Expert Bike - "I've had this bike for a good ... more »

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bturman added a product blog Trek Invents Automatic Dropper Seatpost Concept - No More Sitting Down Required! 6/10/2015 3:13 PM

​By now we all know just how incredible dropper posts can be, because they truly do help you ride better by getting the seat out of the way on descents. They've always had one major drawback though - you have to sit down on the saddle in order to lower

Trek's automatic drop seatpost in the up (Fig. 3), auto-drop (Fig. 11), and down (Fig. 12) positions.
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bturman added a feature Earn $100 at Jenson USA for Your Vital MTB Member Reviews 6/3/2015 9:48 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 Vegas Jekyll Rider wrote several thorough reviews and we'd like to highlight a few that helped earned him the Top Reviewer ... more »

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bturman added a news blog Jared Graves Still Recovering, Will Miss Rounds 2 and 3 of Enduro World Series 5/8/2015 3:58 PM

In a Facebook post today, defending Enduro World Series Champion Jared Graves has made it clear that he won't be racing Rounds 2 and 3 of the Enduro World Series. Graves sustained an injury shortly before the Round 1 at Crankworx Rotorua while training at home. Both

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bturman added a feature Earn $100 at Jenson USA for Your Vital MTB Member Reviews 5/4/2015 3:04 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 awol12 wrote several reviews and we'd like to highlight a few that helped earned him the Top Reviewer spot. ... more »

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bturman added a news blog Gee Atherton Lourdes Injury Update 4/28/2015 10:12 AM

via Atherton Racing Two weeks ago, in the qualifying rounds of World Cup Downhill Round 1 at Lourdes, GT Factory Racing’s Gee Atherton had a massive OTB when his front tire got hooked into a rut on a lefthand corner, soon after the first split. He was particularly

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bturman added a product blog First Look: The Biggest Dinner Plate Yet - OneUp Introduces 45 Tooth Sprocket for Shimano Cassettes 4/27/2015 1:18 PM

There are those that say Shimano blew it when they came out with a cassette offering less gear range than SRAM's widely praised 10-42 tooth cassette. At the same time, we'd wager a bet that among those people are people that still prefer the feel of

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bturman added a press release Pacenti's PDent Technology Makes Sub-30mm MTB Stems a Reality 4/21/2015 8:47 PM

Press Release Designer Kirk Pacenti is best known as the leading advocate for the game-changing 27.5” (650b) mountain bike wheel size. But when he addressed a packed house of MTB editors and industry buyers At Sea Otter last Friday, the topic was an

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bturman added a product blog First Look: 2016 Intense M16 Downhill Bike - The Next Gen of M 4/15/2015 9:32 AM

If a person were to ask what the most iconic downhill bike is, something in the Intense Cycles M-Series would surely top the list. Ever since the M1's pure dominance in the late 1990s and early 2000s under the likes of Shaun Palmer, Chris Kovarik, and Sam

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bturman added a product blog First Look: Kore Stronghold Narrow/Wide Chainrings and Mega Range Sprockets 4/13/2015 7:44 PM

Narrow/wide chainrings rule. Pioneered by SRAM just a few years ago, competition over this component has lead to better prices and new ideas. Dropped chains still occur, however, which is why Kore decided to take a another look at the design. ... more »

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bturman added a product blog First Look: SR Suntour's 20-Inch Axon Werx Fork for the Groms 4/13/2015 2:18 PM

Kids bikes have come a long way in recent years, and in turn kids are pushing harder and progressing faster than ever, requiring performance suspension to follow and meet their small stature. SR Suntour’s passion for riding bikes and ability to do what

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bturman added a press release FLY Racing Teams Up with KHS Factory Team 4/13/2015 1:17 PM

Press Release FLY Racing is proud to officially announce they have teamed up with the KHS Factory Racing team. KHS Factory riders Logan Binggeli, Kevin Aiello, and Quinton Spaulding will wear select FLY Racing MTB products throughout the 2015 and 2016

Left to Right: Logan Binggeli, Quinton Spaulding, and Kevin Aiello.
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bturman added a product blog First Look: SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes - More Consistent, Lighter, Easier Service 4/10/2015 4:21 PM

Feature by Brandon Turman // Photos by Adrian Marcoux If 2015 bike specs are anything to go by, people want the consistency, power, and ease of use offered by Shimano brakes. Vital's own audience survey showed the same trend. This likely left SRAM wondering

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bturman added a feature SRAM GX Far and Wide - Exploring Austin, Texas and the Ties that Bond Us 4/9/2015 10:19 AM

Austin, Texas is known for a lot of things: live music, barbecue, and the Longhorns. We found all those things, but we also found a cycling rich town with a small, but quality trail network.
I can’t seem to forget a damn thing. There’s the random item or two that I’ll lapse on at the grocery store sometimes, but really that’s it. If I tell you I forgot something, I might be lying. My mind is a trap filled with smells, faces and ... more »

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bturman added a feature Earn $100 at Jenson USA for Your Vital MTB Member Reviews 4/7/2015 1:26 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 Vegas Jekyll Rider wrote a few in-depth reviews that we'd like to highlight. They helped earned him the Top Reviewer spot. ... more »

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bturman added a product blog World's Lightest DOT Helmet Now Shipping - Kali Shiva Gets Official 4/7/2015 12:44 PM

Claimed to be the World's lightest DOT-certified helmet, the Kali Shiva also meets the new ASTM downhill mountain biking standard. What does that mean? Now you can do both activities in one helmet knowing your head is well protected. It weighs just 1,050

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bturman added a product blog World's Lightest DOT Helmet Now Shipping - Kali Shiva Gets Official 4/7/2015 12:44 PM

Claimed to be the World's lightest DOT-certified helmet, the Kali Shiva also meets the new ASTM downhill mountain biking standard. What does that mean? Now you can do both activities in one helmet knowing your head is well protected. It weighs just 1,050

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bturman added a product blog 2016 RockShox Product Updates 4/7/2015 10:58 AM

2016 brings several updates to RockShox's product line, including improvements to the Monarch RT3, a fresh OneLoc Remote, low-profile Maxle Stealth, and additional color options for the innovative RS-1 fork. Details in the Press Release, below! MONARCH

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bturman added a product blog First Look: Limited DVO Edition 2015 Intense Tracer Carbon 3/31/2015 3:16 AM

When great companies with innovative products collaborate, really cool things happen. This time Intense Cycles has teamed up with DVO Suspension to create a limited edition Tracer T275 Carbon that's designed to stand out, on and off the trail. Just 250

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