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Vital Soapbox - Mountain Biking and the Mainstream
Andy Warhol famously predicted that in the future, everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes. The prophecy may not have been completely fulfilled as of 2014, but the increased mediatization of our lifestyle certainly means that reaching ... more »
10 Instagrammers You Should Follow but Probably Don't - Vital Gram Central
Vital Gram Central took a week off because gordo had a new baby boy (well, his wife did), and even though Sven was texting relentlessly about getting the Gram Central feature published as the baby's head was popping out, gordo resisted the ... more »
Bryceland's Big, Bad Banger Bonanza - 21 Photos of Ratboy
photo by Sven Martin
If a picture is worth a thousand words, let's just have these 21,000 words do the talking. 26-inch wheels or 27.5, it doesn't matter. Bruised and battered or primed for fighting, it makes no difference. Soak up Josh Bryceland in all his glory ... more »
First Look: All New 2015 Santa Cruz V10 Carbon
The bike that Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland won the 2014 UCI World Cup Series Championship on is now available to the public.
How do you improve something that's already been overhauled? It turns out Santa Cruz began the redesign in 2013, and tonight ... more »
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 »

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