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Updated bike check 2013 Specialized Demo 7/16/2014 8:02 AM
Added reply in a thread List off the mountain bikes you've had 7/2/2014 10:48 AM

Specialized Ground Control Trek Y Carbon Specialized BigHit Cove G-Spot KHS Dominatrax Norco 4Hun Intense Tazer HT Yeti AS-X Intense M1 Mongoose Nugget Jamis Dakar BAM2 Specialized Demo Commencal Absolut

Liked a bike check Banshee Rune V2 6/20/2014 10:13 AM
Started new thread Swapping shocks on Specialized demo 6/20/2014 7:22 AM

Hi, Hoping to get some advise on a shock swap for my Specialized demo. I am currently running a Cane Creek DB but wanted to swap it for my Fox RC4, just to see the differences in the shock. Do you guys know if its possible to get the below pictured sleeve

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Added a product review for Shimano Saint M820 Disc Brakes 6/20/2014 7:09 AM

Powerful DH stoppers


The Good: Tons of stopping power, durable, great modulation, easy to bleed

The Bad: Not as light as some of the new DH specific offering from SRAM


Right out of the box the M820 has a solid look and feel to it, the brake looks very tough and durable and doesn’t have any plastic feeling parts. Both front and rear pre bled hoses come in at very long length, allowing the brakes to fit any bike, I assume even extra-large frames should have no issues with the default hose. Compared to the M810 brakes, these new Saints have definitely shed some of their bulk, both caliper and level are a lot smaller and sleeker, thus helping to reduce some of the weight seen with the old M810s. Installation is a breeze and both removal and installation of the pads is also very user friendly and can be done so very quickly.

The brake includes an easy to use reach adjust nob, that is big enough and easy enough to access even while riding allowing you to customize the level reach while mid ride. The brake also has a free stroke bolt (requires a screwdriver), although I have played around with this I really have not noticed any difference in brake feel.

The Servo Wave level has a very ergonomic feel to it, it’s very compact and has a curve to it that helps reduce the chance of your fingers slipping off the lever. Overall the level feel is very solid and comfortable, and allows for one finger braking.

Riding performance: I’ve had the chance to use these brakes in various conditions and they have performed flawlessly. Regardless if you are riding in super dusty conditions or mud or even snow, these brakes provide tons of stopping power. Some people mention that the Saints lack modulation, that they are simply power ON and power OFF but I haven’t found this to be the case, the M820 offer lots of modulation allowing the rider to brake as much as needed. In terms of long hot  descends, the M820 really shine and provide consistent performance and stopping power regardless how hot they get, I haven’t noticed any  fade. Overall these brakes offer a lot of confidence on the trails and really allow the rider to push themselves as you know that you will have strong braking power when needed. As with the old M810, the M820 can also get a bit loud in wet conditions, but I think most other brakes do the same so not really a negative but they definitely do howl when they get wet.

Bleeding: This is where Shimano and specifically the M810 really excelled, in the past with the M810 there were times where I didn’t even have to remove the wheels or pads before bleeding the brakes. The complete bleed process could be done in less than 10 minutes. The M820 definitely also allow for a pain free, easy and simple bleed process. The bleed process is a bit different as it requires the addition of a funnel that gets attached to the level and then oil is bled into the caliper but overall the process is very easy and very quick.

Would I recommend the brakes: When I was upgrading my old M810 I knew I wanted to stick with Shimano so it was a toss-up between the Saints and the Zees, overall it looks like from a performance perspective they are both very similar, the Saints however comes in a tad lighter, offer on the fly level adjustments and have a bit less bulk to them on the calipers. Regardless of how much you throw at these Saints they offer consistence braking power in various conditions, modulation and  quick and easy bleed process, overall I am very happy with them and would strongly recommend this product.

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Added a product review for Race Face Atlas FR Cranks 6/18/2014 8:40 AM

Race Face Atlas FR Cranks


The Good: Strong, stiff, durable

The Bad: Can't find any flaws yet


I've been a fan of Race Face cranks since back in the days of square tapered bottom brackets and the North Shore crank sets, the Atlas is an evolution of the DH /freeride crank that provides a stiff and durable crank while keeping the weight at a minimum. The weight to strength ratio of this crank is very good, that’s probably why this crank can be seen on full out DH bikes to all mountain/trail bikes. It's a solid crank that allows you to setup and then ride without any hassles for the rest of the season.

Besides the great performance and durability, the other great thing about the Atlas range of cranks is that they offer a lot of color ways allowing you to truly get a custom looking setup on your bike. While most cranks come in just one color option, the Atlas line has several base colors plus the addition of some limited editions like the Green Monster and Kash Money (kashima colorway)

So overall this is a great crankset that can be used for various types of riding, it’s very durable and stiff while also being a great value. I would strongly recommend this product.

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Added a product review for Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon Full Face Helmet 6/17/2014 2:27 PM

The comfort, airflow, looks and protection you get from this helmet is well worth the price.


The Good: Light weight, amazing quality, great graphic options, comfortable

The Bad: A bit on the pricey side, sad when you get it scratched or dinged


Besides great looks, the D3 offers loads of safety protection and really great comfort. The inside padding is very soft and offers comfort through all day riding even in the warmest conditions. TLD has done a great job of air vent placement in all the right spots to offer superb airflow allowing you to stay comfortable as you ride, there was a huge difference between the air flow with the D2 and the D3. The overall weight of the helmet is verynoticeable in a good way, that is to say that's its very minimal which also adds to the comfort of this lid.

Fit wise the helmet comes in several size allowing each rider to find thier perfect fit, the cheek pads are also removable and interchangeable allowing for even more custom fit.In terms of goggle fit, we have tried Dragon goggles and most recently the Oakley Airbrake and they fit perfectly with this helmet.

The other great thing as compared to the older D2 is that most of the inside padding can be removed and washed. Although I haven't had to do this yet it's nice to know that the helmet can be washed and kept clean & fresh when the times comes.

TLD definitely has great options when it comes to looks. The D3 comes in a variety of color ways, allowing riders to choose a helmet to match their style or kit. You can choose from more flashy graphics to more subtle and simple styles like the black pinstripe carbon. Plus this year looks like they have an Aaron Gwin signature, so that's pretty sweet, buy that helmet and you'll be able to rip down a World Cup track on just your back rim!

Another nice thing about the D3 is that in addition to the carry bag,  the D3 also comes with an additional visor which is a nice bonus in the event of crashing.

So overall I am very happy with this full face, yes it's very expensive but you really do get what you pay for. The comfort, airflow, looks and protection you get from this helmet is well worth the price.

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Added a product review for Renthal FatBar Riser Bar 6/17/2014 2:22 PM

Moto inspired handlebars


The Good: durable, stiff, great looks

The Bad: Could not find any yet


Handlebar choice is a bit of personal preference, a lot of the bars in this price range offer similar sweep, length and rise and for the most part they all work great, the Renthal FatBar is no different.

The Fatbar comes in a 31.8mm clamp size and also in 20mm low rise, 30mm mid rise and 38mm high rise versions, I'm running the low rise bar.
The bar features a positioning grid to assist with bar setup as well as width marks to assist with cutting the bars down if required.

The renthal bar features very subtle graphics (with just two logos) logos that seem very durable, some other bars the paint or logo graphics have worn out but with these ones they still look new.
In regard to performance, these bars have been great for the past few months, they are very durable and very stiff. One of those set and forget products. Comfort wise the rise and sweep feels perfect my my riding style.

Overall I am very happy with this moto inspired bar, the looks, comfort and durability are great and I look forward to using this bar for many more years.

This product has 6 reviews

Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB Leogang, Austria World Cup 6/14/2014 4:17 PM

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Added a product review for Thomson Elite Seatpost 6/11/2014 3:43 PM

Best in class


The Good: Quality build, strong, durable

The Bad: None that I can think of


There is something special about Thompson products and the Elite seat post is not exception, even though this is just a simple post, it simply oozes quality and craftsmanship. It has no frills or gimmicks; it’s just a simple post that is built tough and will last a long time without issues and do what it is meant to do. Thompson as a company and the Elite post remind me very much of a Chris King headset, yes perhaps it a bit more expensive than some of the other ones on the market, but it will take tons of abuse while not requiring any attention.

I ran this post on my DH bike last season and put it through its paces with crashes and cases along with hard landings on the seat and itdidn'tfalter at all. I moved this post onto my dirt jump bike, and again it’s a set and forget type product, works great without any issues.

Buying a Thompson Elite post really gets you something a bit special, the quality, durability, simplicity and looks make this one of the best posts on the market. Strongly recommend if you are looking for a best in class seat post.

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Added a product review for Schwalbe Table Top Tire 6/10/2014 8:12 PM

Fast rolling tires perfect for jumps and pumptracks


The Good: fast rolling tire, light weight, works in various conditions, good value

The Bad: None so far


I've had the opportunity to run these tires in a couple of various conditions and so far they have done great. These tires have a low rolling resistance and at the same time are fairly light weight making for a very fast rolling tire. I've used them a bit in the skatepark, and they have worked great but also tried in in several conditions on the dirt jumps and pump track.

The tires grip really well on dry hard-pack tracks and also held up well when the pump trackwas a bit greasy after rain, I had no issues leaning the tires into corner and berms, they felt comfortable and kept their line. In the dirt jumps they were flawless, I even cased a jump pretty hard and the tires had no issue, my rim on the other

hand wasn'ttoo happy.

Overall if you are looking for tries for your dirt jump,pump track or urban assault (do people still ride urban?) bike I would strongly recommend these.

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Fort William World Cup 6/7/2014 7:01 AM

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Liked a bike check Trek Ticket S 5/27/2014 6:57 AM
Added reply in a thread Mongoose Nugget 5/22/2014 3:05 PM

I had a Nugget a while back and it was a very fun and playful bike, i wrote a review about it on vital.... http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Mongoose/Nugget,3263 Overall i was very happy with it, it was very good dirt jumper and on the flow ... more »

Added reply in a thread Let's see your old mountain bikes 5/20/2014 8:47 PM

Norco 4Hun, Marzocchi DJ1, 24" rear wheel, BMX crankset

Added reply in a thread Let's see your old mountain bikes 5/20/2014 8:44 PM

2001ish intense M1 with Marzocchi Shivers and progressive 5th element shock, deemax wheels, profile cranks

Added a product review for Lezyne Rap-13 Multi Tool 5/2/2014 3:47 PM

Nice tool although sometimes comes up short ;)


The Good: Great quality of tools and features within the mini multitool, solid craftsmanship, durable, very compact.

The Bad: For certain fixes the short tool lengths can be pain


As with most Lezyne products this multitool has really great build quality, is very durable and just overall feels very solid. The Rap 13 unit features most of the popular and important tools that would be required trail side and they come together in a very small and compact little unit. If you are looking for something compact and tough I would strongly recommend this one, there are no flimsy plastic parts on this multitool thus you get a durable tough product.

The one major pain point (although that's what you get with a compact unit) is that in certain fixes the tools on this multitool are too short. If you are just tightening your stem it works great but if you get into the bolts on your calipers or front derailleur/ or anything that is in a tight space the short length of the tools on this this unit can cause some issues as you have to constantly remove the unit when you try to tighten or loosen bolts and re position it to continue turning bolts just because there is not enough space for the Allen keys to move around without hitting something.

So if you are considering this tool you just have to be aware that the compact little package does come with a caveat and its bulk can be a bit of a pain when working in tight quarters (such as rear shock area).

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Added a product review for Fox Racing Flux 5/2/2014 3:25 PM

Good looks, comfort and value


The Good: Good fit, very comfortable, large vents create great breath ability and keep you cool on the hot days

The Bad: Rear straps are in a weird spot, the size adjuster is hard to accurately adjust both sides evenly. Large vents make it tricky to stick a gopro mount on.


Overall I am very happy with this helmet, the comfort and fit is up to par with most other helmets out there such as Giro and Bell. I found the fit of this helmet to be very comfortable, breathable and with no movement once tight on your head. Although I have not had any crashes on this lid yet the overall durability of the helmet seems really good, there is nothing flimsy and everything is made with good quality.

The only somewhat bad thing about this helmet is that the adjustment on the rear inside of the helmet requires the use of two hands and is also very hard to accurately adjust both sides evenly unless the helmet is taken off. This isn't a big issue but could potentially mean that the helmet doesn't sit evenly on your head. Comfort wise it works really well though.

Lastly, again not really really a major issue but due to the big vents and the unique shape of this helmet it makes it tricky to stick on a gopro mount evenly onto the lid. I managed to stick on one although not sitting flush with the helmet and it hasn't come off yet though.

Overall I would recommend this helmet as it is comfy and a good value.

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Cairns World Cup 4/25/2014 6:53 AM

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Pietermaritzburg World Cup 4/11/2014 6:12 AM

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