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First Look: 2016 Shimano Deore XT
It's been a year almost to the day since Shimano launched its completely revised XTR group (followed shortly thereafter by the Di2 electronic version), introducing 11-speed and a host of new developments and improvements across their flagship groupset. The time has now come for the ... more »
First Look: 2016 Intense M16 Downhill Bike - The Next Gen of M
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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Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp - Presented by Royal Racing
UPDATE: Miguel Bento's roosty shot took an easy win this week, much to the delight of Vital member bblackyeti1, this week's lucky voter. Both winners will each receive a top to toe get up from Royal Racing! The Drift 3/4 Jersey is aimed at the gravity rider ... more »
First Look: Kore Stronghold Narrow/Wide Chainrings and Mega Range Sprockets
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 »
First Look: SR Suntour's 20-Inch Axon Werx Fork for the Groms
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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All Things Lourdes World Cup Downhill
photo by Sven Martin
Don't miss any of the action Vital posted this past week during the craziest World Cup opener in a long time! PIT BITS Aaron Gwin's Fox Float X2 Air ShockFIRST LOOK - Commencal Supreme V4Prototype X-Fusion Rear ShockIntense M16 DH BikeRockShox BoXXer with Ohlins CartridgeNeko Mulally's Prototype Shimano DX PedalsSam Hill's Nukeproof Pulse PHOTOS Downhill Finals SlideshowDownhill Qualifying SlideshowDownhill Training SlideshowDownhill Track Walk SlideshowG-Out ProjectWorld Cup Whip Off ... more »
First Look: SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes - More Consistent, Lighter, Easier Service
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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FIRST LOOK: Commencal Supreme V4
The track walk dust has just settled at the Lourdes World Cup, but the action just stepped it up a notch or two with the release of Commencal's all-new Supreme V4 bike. A couple of years in the making, it breaks a few molds in the name of delivering ... more »
SRAM GX Far and Wide - Exploring Austin, Texas and the Ties that Bond Us
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 »
Over $2000 in Prizes - Vital OTB, Lourdes World Cup - Win a RockShox BoXXer and Birzman Studio Tool Kit
Predict the winning times and riders for Elite Men's and Women's downhill at the 2015 World Cup Downhill in Lourdes, France, and you could win a brand new RockShox BoXXer World Cup and Birzman Studio Tool Kit! How to Play In the comments below, predict the winners and times ... more »

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