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Blasting into the New Year
We'd like to extend a massive thanks to all of our visitors, loyal members, riders, racers, videographers,  photographers, contributors, and the companies that help make it possible.  You guys rock. 2011 was rad, and 2012 will be ... more »
World Record 1904 Upside Down Loop Jump
While combing through the Guinness record books yesterday we noticed the following entry: Trick cycling was introduced by Ancillotti (Italy) in 1868 and, in 1904, at the Barnum Bailey Circus, one of the Ancillotti Troupe did a world first, riding down
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2011 Vital MTB Shreddy Awards
Welcome to the 2011 Vital MTB Shreddy Awards, the highest honors in all of mountain biking. The kings and queens of mountain biking have been crowned! 2011 RIDER OF THE YEAR! View Video on iPad and Mobile devices 2011 RIDE OF THE YEAR! View Video on iPad and Mobile devices 2011 Why in the World Would You Do
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Stocking Stuffer: iXS Phobos Helmet
We picked a winner of the comment contest! Stay safe this winter in the super affordable iXS Phobos Helmet. Despite its competitive price tag of $85, the Phobos fullface helmet is available in a variety of colors and designs – and it comes ... more »
Happy Holidays from Vital!
Pictured above (from L to R) - Brad McDonald, Todd Toth, Patrick Male, and Brandon Turman. Not pictured - Shawn Spomer, Steve Giberson, Kyle Carlson, Aaron Chandler, Alexander Farennikov, Christine McDonald, and all of our great contributors.
We donated 10 new bikes to Toys For Tots again this holiday season. Since our most cherished Christmas memories involve a new bike under the tree, we wanted to do our part to help other kids get rolling on two wheels. We only wish we could see each ... more »
Vital Went Huge: All About the New Site Format
Last we checked, it's the year 2011 (almost 2012), which means the large majority of you have high resolution monitors. We decided to take advantage of this and supersize just about everything. In the process, we also added a new widget to the homepage
MS Paint for the win
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Interview: Graham Agassiz
One of the finest to come out of Kamloops, Graham Agassiz, talks about guinea pigging massive gaps, living in a trailer, keeping stunts secret and injury. A true, modern-day ripper, riders like Graham are what keep mountain biking awesome. Read on...
WTF!!! Graham the guinea pig, 2010 Red Bull Rampage canyon gap. Photo by Sven Martin.
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Stocking Stuffer: Bontrager Tools, Tires and Shock Pump
The best comment about this photo wins all these Bontrager goodies, including a pair of XR4 EXP tires (2.35 and 2.2), a Rollbar 12 multi-tool, a Shock Pump and pair of 5Nm Preset Torque Wrenches (4mm and T25). This stocking stuffer includes ... more »
In Deep: Martin Whiteley
Whether you know it or not, it's safe to say that Martin Whiteley has had a hand in shaping downhill racing as we know it today. From competitor to team manager to athlete agent, Martin knows mountain biking from the inside out, through experience and
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Chris Van Dine Goes South!
[Note- these photos don't necessarily correspond to the days of the story, they are just a sample of our favorites. You can view the full album on his Facebook page.] 
By the time our bus pulls into the Puerto terminal, the morning's golden hour ... more »

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