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Best Of Vital - November 2014
Summer all but forgotten, and Xmas still a month away, what do you do? Silly question, you ride your bike of course! Even though November is a bit of an in-between month in the bike industry, there's been plenty of news and action to keep us entertained,
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First Look: 2015 Patrol 871 DH Bike
During the 2014 Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge, we caught a glimpse of the 2015 Patrol 871 downhill bike. Patrol is an Indonesian brand that is stepping up their game with a World Cup DH team in 2015.  Patrol will produce two 27.5-inch DH bikes. The ... more »
Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp - Presented by Royal Racing
UPDATE: Sandi Bertoncelj takes home this week's comp with his golden hour shot, much to the delight of Vital member mkb5150, this week's lucky voter. Both winners will each receive an Alpine soft shell jacket from Royal Racing! The Alpine Soft Shell jacket ... more »
This Guy Earned a $100 Jenson USA Gift Card for His Vital MTB Member Reviews - You Could Too!
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 TSchafer wrote a great review of the new Yeti SB6c that we'd like to highlight. It helped earned him the Top Reviewer ... more »
First Look: 2015 NS Snabb Enduro and Trail Bikes
In Swedish, 'Snabb' means fast, which is exactly what NS Bikes was going for with their new Enduro and Trail bikes. Available in both an Enduro (160/160mm) and a Trail (150/140mm) version, both bikes were designed to be reliable, good looking bikes
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First Look: 2015 Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro
Mondraker has a rich racing heritage, and a distinct brand identity heavily influenced by the needs and requirements of its racers. Of course, none more so than Fabien Barel, multiple World Champion and a man not afraid to look outside the ... more »
We Fear Change - Vital MTB Gram Central
There was a time when Instagram was an app that could edit your images to look cool and unique. The average by-stander wondered why you chopped the sides off a perfectly good image to make it square with diluted instant film color. Nowadays, ... more »
First Look: OneUp Launches Competitively Priced Narrow Wide Chainring and Updated RADr Cage
In the past few years 1X drivetrains have taken the mountain bike world by storm, largely as a result of new chainring and drivetrain technologies first introduced with SRAM XX1. Today there are dozens of options for narrow/wide style chainrings, ... more »
First Look: Updated 2015 Banshee Legend MKIII DH Bike
Banshee's Legend downhill bike has received some major updates for 2015. The company's goal was to create "a leaner, meaner, and ultimately faster DH racer." Improvements include tweaks to the geometry, more travel, better tire clearance, a stiffer tube
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First Look: Nukeproof's Affordable OKLO Dropper Seatpost
It's no secret that a dropper post will transform your bike for the better, leading to an even more awesome experience on the trail. They often come at a high cost though, which is why we're glad to see more budget-friendly options popping up. Nukeproof's
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