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From 4X to Enduro - An Athlete's Journey
Source athlete Hannes Slavik of Austria (no relation to namesake Tomas) has been racing 4X for a long time, but he has for 2014 decided to attempt the cross-over to Enduro. Check out Hannes' adventures as he tackles the many physical, mental,
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Stories: The First Time My Handlebars Fell Off
By gordo Growing up, riding bikes, my handlebars fell off twice. This is the story of the first time. The blue and silver AMF Hawk 2 “BMX” bike was my pride and joy. The shiny fake chrome frame accented with blue rims, bars and pad set complimented ... more »
Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp - Presented by Pearl Izumi
UPDATE: Brett Watts boosting on Bear Scratch proved too much for the others to handle this week, much to the delight of Vital member Banshee956c, this week's lucky voter. Both our winners will each receive the X-PROJECT 1.0 shoe from Pearl Izumi ... more »
7 Things the Leogang World Cup Taught Me
by gordo, photos by Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott and Boris Beyer Another World Cup downhill in the history books and another first-time winner is crowned. As the world's fastest two wheelers avoided catastrophe with every twitch of the bars, I came away
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Winner Announced - DT Swiss #livetoridemtbcontest Photo Comp
Thanks to all who participated. The winner of the DT Swiss Spline ONE XM Wheel set is lsett for the photo below! Rolling through one of many animal cages at the abandoned Jungle Habitat, the closed and abandoned safari park in NJ.
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Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB Leogang, Austria World Cup
Predict the winning times and riders for Elite Men's and Women's downhill at the 2014 UCI World Cup in Leogang, Austria and you could win a brand new SRAM X01 DH drivetrain. How to Play In the comments below, predict the winners and times of Elite Men's ... more »
First Look: Canyon Strive CF 'Shapeshifter'
Making a bike that climbs like an XC rig and descends like a DH sled has been the goal of pretty much every manufacturer with a 160mm bike in their catalogue since way way before a certain special word was invented to describe riding a knobby-tired ... more »
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Recap: California Enduro Series Round #1 — Battle Born Enduro
Words by Matt De Young, Photos by Scott McClain, Called To Creation
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The 2014 California Enduro Series kicked off the season with the Battle Born Enduro on Peavine, Mountain, just outside Reno, Nevada. The course featured some classic high desert ... more »
Vital Power Rankings - Leogang, Austria World Cup - The 15 Fastest Racers Going In
We've barely had time to catch our breath after the banger of a race that went down a few days ago in Fort William, and it's already time to don our pointy hats again and shake the Aonoch Mor cement dust off our Power Rankings crystal balls ... more »

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