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First Look: iXS Xult Full Face Helmet
The arrival of the all-conquering, all-capable modern trail bike and the subsequent rise of the enduro racing discipline have led to an increased need for light-weight, breathable yet fully protective safety gear. Nowhere is this more obvious ... more »
Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp - Presented by iXS
UPDATE: Claudio Olguin's berm blaster shot took home an easy win at the polls, much to the delight of Vital member schuster19, this week's lucky voter. Both winners will each receive a pair of Darren Berrecloth's signature edition Dagger kneepad from ... more »
First Look: Kali Viva DJ/BMX Helmet
Kali thinks no one will ever give a shit about a DJ helmet... well that's just not true. Hardtails will always rule and skate-style helmets will always be the best looking half-lids out there. With three years in development, Kali's goal was ... more »
Catching Up with Sombrio
When Sombrio hit troubled waters a couple of years ago, we were pretty sad and disappointed. Sad because we've been fans of the brand for a long time, and disappointed because we wondered how come a seemingly successful venture such as Sombrio would end up
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Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp - Presented by Lizard Skins
UPDATE: Whips don't lie, and Sandi Bertoncelj's rad shot took home the voting this week to prove that point. Vital member Carraig042, this week's lucky voter, will no doubt be delighted. Both winners will each receive a pair of DSP grips ... more »
The Elusiveness of Speed - Part Two
Feature by Johan Hjord // Photos by Sven Martin, Lee Trumpore, Hoshi Yoshida, and Giant/FOX NZ The second and last part of our article exploring the pursuit of velocity, as we delve further into the minds of those who measure themselves against ... more »
The Elusiveness of Speed - Part One
Feature and Photos by Johan Hjord Speed. If there is one thing we all can relate to as mountain bikers, it's speed. It's a natural thing for most mountain bikers looking to get a kick out of a trail to want to go faster. Whether on a solo ride, ... more »
Earn $100 at Jenson USA for Your Vital MTB Member Reviews
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 »
What a Difference 5 Years Makes in MTB
Isn't it fascinating how 5 short years can seem like an eternity or a flash in the pan? MTB's ubiquitous, standard 26-inch wheel has gone from everywhere to nowhere. I'm not here to argue the merits of one wheel size over another, that's been ... more »
First Look: Easton Heist 30 Wheelset
A couple of weeks ago at Sea Otter, Easton launched a new MTB rim. Available in 3 different widths, the aluminum ARC rim caters to a wide range of riding styles and conditions. As of today, the same rim is featured on the all-new Heist wheelset, a competitively ... more »

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