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Best of Vital - November 2013
November can seem like a bit of a downer, with all the big events well and truly behind us and the start of the new season some ways away still. But we prefer to think of it as a time to recharge the batteries, and to check out things we'd ... more »
First Look: Renthal's Bombproof Fatbar Lite Carbon Handlebars
Bars so burly they'll survive explosions mid-trail, and we're not talking roost explosions... Don't believe us? Watch Neil Donoghue narrowly escape with his life in this product intro video. BOOM! Designed for Trail, Enduro and XC riders and racers,
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Pro Rider Interview: Mike Hopkins
Mike Hopkins and Norco teammate, Sarah Leishman, recently traveled to Israel as part of an international delegation of journalists, on a mission to discover what this part of the world has to offer mountain bikers. Fresh off conquering a ... more »
Vital's Bravest - Monthly Contest Presented by Five Ten - November Winner
November 2013 Kurt Shimada always goes for it. We've seen countless edits from the Cali pinner over the past few years, and they always involve Kurt getting sideways whether it be on the ground or through the air. A staple of the Carlmont scene, ... more »
Transition Reveals Full Details and Graphics for All-New 2014 TR500
For 2014, Transition went back to the drawing board with their TR450, redesigning pretty much everything from the ground up. The result is the all-new TR500. The new ride features a hydroformed top tube, integrated fork bump stops, internal routing in
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Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp - Presented by Shimano
UPDATE:  There were only 7 votes in it this week! In the end, Sebastien Wilhelmi's tunnel vision gets him the win, much to the delight of Vital member whisky who is this week's lucky voter. The 2 winners will each receive a rad riding ... more »
Vital MTB's Top Reviewer Award - Presented by Jenson USA
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 Billy3197 wrote several great reviews, and we'd like to highlight the ones that helped earned him the Top Reviewer ... more »
Can't Afford XX1? Massive 42 Tooth OneUp Components Sprocket Could Be Your Solution
Inspired by SRAM's well-regarded but pricey XX1 drivetrain, more and more riders are making the jump to a single ring setup these days. With increasingly available narrow/wide chainrings and clutched derailleurs, many are forgoing the real deal XX1 or
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First Look: Canfield Brothers Joins the 27.5-Inch Club with an All-New Bike and Suspension Design
A few months ago we brought you a glimpse of the all-new Canfield Brothers Balance , a bike Canfield claims is what a 27.5-inch (650, 160mm travel all-mountain ride should be. Today a full list of features, build specs, finalized ... more »
Destinations with Projekt Roam: Whitefish Bike Retreat
It was one of those brilliant and crisp late summer mornings. Bird calls resonated throughout the forest, harmonizing with the hum of bike tires, creating a relaxing background melody. The two of us were exploring the Whitefish Trail ... more »

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