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Origins of the MTB Whip Contest
Photo of Finn Iles by Sven Martin
By Sean Griz McClendon Eric Carter introduced “mountaincross” to the world at the Glen Helen Outdoor MX National in 1999. The event was on OLN (the now-defunct Outdoor Life Network) and covered in Mountain Bike Action. EC’s event sold me on the fact that ... more »
First Look: SRAM XX1 Black, Direct Mount Cover and Crank Boots
Press Release The 1x drivetrain that launched an XC World Championship, SRAM XX1 was built to be simpler, lighter and more durable than any other. Calibrated to work together, SRAM XX1 components deliver remarkable chain control and rapid, high-precision
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Meet The Testers - 2015 Vital MTB Test Sessions
A bike review is only as good as the humans providing the feedback. Since humans are about as different as the 19 bikes at the 2015 Vital MTB Test Sessions, our test riders needed to reflect a wide variety of style, sizes and tastes with an ability to turn experiences
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How (Not) To Instafail - Vital Gram Central
#mtbbatman has been watching kids. Not in a weird, through-your-window, self-righteous way, but more like a caring, older-brother-making-sure-you-continue-along-a-path-of-endless-selfies kind of way. One thing #mtbbatman has noticed over the ... more »
2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction
Nearly 20 new bikes tested in the mountains surrounding San Luis Obispo, California
"You're going to California for a few weeks to test bikes?! Rough job!" We hear that all the time. Yes, testing bikes is a lot of fun, but it's also hard work. ... more »
Best Of Vital 2014 | Five Wicked Web Videos
There were a good few web videos produced this year that really turned heads. Not just great riding (there was a lot of that) or great cinematography (there was some of that too), but edits that delivered an experience that made you want to ... more »
First Look: 2015 Evil Bikes 'The Following' 29er
The first 29er from Evil Bikes has arrived. Known as The Following , it has 120mm travel with short chainstays and a do-it-all attitude. Paired with a 120-130mm travel fork and a relatively slack head angle, the bike is likely to be more capable than
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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 mpqueiros wrote a review of the new Banshee Run V2 that we'd like to highlight. It helped earned him the Top Reviewer ... more »
What's Out and What's In - Mountain Biking in 2015
Vital MTB solicited 262 of mountain biking's most established industry and media folk to create a list of what's out and what's in for mountain biking in 2015. Abide by this list and you'll be totally on-trend while on the trail and on the ... more »
Best Of Vital 2014 | 5 Stories, 5 Slide Shows
One of the things that sets the mountain bike apart from other sports equipment is that it is also a vehicle. Not just a toy, a bike has the capacity to transport both your body and your soul, and to take you to destinations you might never ... more »

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