Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Orbea Rallon - A Wildly Fun Carbon Enduro Machine 6/26/2017 9:13 AM
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True, mules and a heli drop were absolutely a luxury during this particular launch, but we did do plenty of pedaling. The bike can climb well, it's no uphill weapon but it still gets you to the top just fine. I climbed with the shock in both the open setting as well as the firm setting and noted some pedal bob with the shock wide open. That said, it's decent climber, but not an XC rocket to the top.

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Updated photo album 2018 Orbea Rallon Build Kits 6/26/2017 8:00 AM
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Added a new video Suspension Movement - 2018 Orbea Rallon 6/24/2017 7:51 PM
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Watch 150mm of 4-bar suspension with a concentric rear axle pivot in action on Orbea's all new Rallon, then check out our First Ride impressions in our First Look.

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Added a new video Gooning with Gwin | Behind the Scenes of the Jeffsy Launch 6/21/2017 2:25 PM
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Bar humps, front tire skids, and good times with Aaron Gwin and the Suspended crew during the filming of the YT Jeffsy launch video.

About 6 months ago we shot the JEFFSY-275 video with Aaron Gwin and it was filled with #GOODTIMES.

Special thanks to Luca Cometti to gathering and editing the extra footage we had. The man of many talents.

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Added a new video Getting to Know Jordie Lunn 6/21/2017 10:44 AM
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From his start in racing to his career as one of the greatest freeriders mountain biking has ever seen, Jordie Lunn continues to push the boundaries and get out of his comfort zone while on two wheels.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Tire Insert Systems 6/15/2017 9:46 AM
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I had initially planned to include a basic tubeless comparison as a control, but quite honestly I got too sketched out to do one as hard as I was hitting the curb with the inserts installed. I was sketched out every first run-in with a new insert installed. Knowing a basic tubeless hit would have the greatest chance of a big failure meant it had to be reserved for last, and I opted out. At 245-pounds with firm suspension settings, hitting that curb while not unweighting the bike at all is a very hard impact.

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Thank you Fred! I will do as you say!

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Since you already have them I'd say test both configurations and see what you think works best for you. I like the feel of running both and think it's worth the penalty. Aaron Gwin just posted similar sentiment on his Instagram account regarding running the Flat Tire Defender in the front and rear vs. just the rear. Keep in mind too that one of the benefits of running these kinds of systems is being able to drop your pressures a bit to allow the tire to track better. Considering more of your cornering traction comes from your front wheel, not running the insert negates that benefit in one of the most important parts of riding where traction is paramount.

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Added a new video Pure Rowdiness from Black Sage Fest | FEST Series 2017 6/13/2017 2:14 PM
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With a long list of some of the best freeriders in the world and an all-new venue built by Kyle Jameson and Carson Storch, there's no doubt the FEST boys were going to throw down for one hell of a show.

The first rendition of Black Sage by the Fest Series was hosted by Kyle Jameson & Carson Storch east of Bend, OR at the Oregon Dirt Park. All the boys travelled from the corners of the earth to enjoy a week and a half of shredding the Black Sage course, and all that Central Oregon has to offer. Kyle and Carson spent 6 months carving the line out of the earth, and it was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all the fans that came out to support the boys on the public day.

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Added a new video Big Drifts and Big Slams - GT Factory Racing in Leogang 6/13/2017 10:55 AM
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What a week for GT Factory Racing. Brook Macdonald proves once again he's an absolute beast, while Wyn Masters and Sam Dale didn't have the runs they were looking for. On to Andorra!

After a bit of a battle in Fort William last week, the team’s luck has turned. The boys were amped for the fast conditions, loose corners and high-speed jumps of the Leogang Bike Park.

After a mechanical Brook had to eject from his bike crashing down a 15ft drop only to put in a solid qualification run the same day. All the boys made it comfortably into the finals and things are looking up again for the GT Factory Racing downhill team.

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Added a new video Opening Day Shreddage at Snow Summit 6/8/2017 3:42 PM
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Rippers gonna rip, and that's exactly what they did during opening day at the Snow Summit Bike Park, which also happens to be Vital Ditch Day. 

The 2017 MTB season is underway at Snow Summit. Check out all the action from opening weekend. The Bike Park is currently open weekends only (Fri.-Sun.) with daily operations beginning June 16.

Riders: Caroline Buchanan, Laura Bruneau, Myre Metzger, Merric Otto, Barry Nobles, Erik Winters, Alan Kinum, and Dylan Stark.

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Added a new video ​Greg Minnaar: This is Home 6/7/2017 7:51 AM
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Hailing from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Greg Minnaar has established his legacy in the world of Downhill Mountain Biking. He has won and podiumed more than any other Male Downhill MTB athlete ever.  

Greg has three World Championships to his name, along with an incredible 20 World Cup victories, and 70 World Cup Podium finishes in his career thus far. He has 10 World Championships medals and won his first World Championships in 2003. Greg won his 3rd World Championship title in 2013 where it took place less than a mile or two from where he grew up and lives in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

We visited Greg at home for a week to get a glimpse at what home means to him and the family behind him.

Photos by Sterling Lorence

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Added a new video Greg Minnaar is on Another Level - Fort William Winning Run 6/6/2017 2:28 PM
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Three seconds ahead of the pack and now his seventh win on this track, check out "Mr. Ft. William's" run as he bags the first win at a Downhill World Cup aboard a 29-inch steed.

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Added a new video When the Heavens Open and Create Hell | Fast Life with Loic Bruni 6/2/2017 9:31 AM
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Make sure you're up-to-date as Ft. William quickly approaches with this rad race season opener recap, Episode Two - Plot Twist.

In downhill mountain bike racing, the only certainty is that nothing is certain until the last rider’s run. With the 2017 season kicking off in Lourdes, France, expectations are running high. But in DH mountain biking, the only certainty is that anything can happen. For Loic Bruni and the rest of the sport’s elite, this means taking nothing for granted.

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