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Commencal Supreme 6 Frame

“Great all around”

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The Good: Super good suspension, gives great traction without bottoming out because of its progressive rate. Feels like it has more travel. Super fun to ride, corners very well and likes to fly high. Easy to get use to it from the first ride. Super versatile.

The Bad: Its a bit heavy for a bike with 6" travel. The paint is not very good and chips easily.

Overall Review: Altough it pedals well, its deffinetly a mini dh bike rather than a trail or enduro bike as its travel would suggest. Anyway its a great all arounder, I have it as my only bike and use it from trail rides to bike park laps, some dh races and even dirt jumping. Its super durable, it bought a used one two years ago and even after two summers in my local bike park and one month in whistler it still rides perfect.

2015 Orange Alpine 160 RS

Vital Review

“2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS”

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Reviewed by Dylan Stucki and AJ Barlas // Photos by Lear Miller For 2015, Orange moves to the 27.5-inch wheel size and slightly more aggressive geometry on their Alpine 160 RS. Still sporting the trusty single pivot suspension design that has taken them through many years of mountain bike history, the Alpine 160 RS aims to contend with the industry’s finest enduro rigs. Vital MTB's Test Sessions was the perfect opportunity to evaluate the merits of the handmade British bomber. Highlights Aluminum frame 27.5-inch wheels 160mm (6.3-inches) of front and rear wheel travel Tapered head tube 65-degree head angle 74-degree Read More »

Atomlab Superlite SL 650b Wheelset

Featured Review

“Great Wheels Great Price”

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The Good: Weight, Strength, looks

The Bad: A bit narrow

Overall Review: This summer i picked up an early season Cannondale Jekyll 4. I bought this low end model because it came with the basic frame and fork set up I wanted but then left me freedom to build the rest the way I wanted it. One of those changes that I made right out of the gate was to install the new Atomlab Suprelite 650b wheels. Atomlab components have always been durable and I was looking for a wheel set that would perform over the long haul in the Las Vegas dust, ledges, and drops that constitute the majority of my riding. Installation I set mine up tubeless (is there another way) right out of the box. I used stan's Read More »

Atomlab SL Stem

“Atomlab SL Stem”

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The Good: Stiff, Lighter than it looks.

The Bad: None observed, unless you value weight over strength and stiffness.

Overall Review: I have had the Atomlab SL stem on my 2015 Cannondale Jekyll since interbike in September. I put it on to replace the stock 50mm OEM cannondale stem that came on the bike.  The machining is superb and the laser etched graphics are amazing.  But besides giving my bike a much better look the stiffness that it provides along with the DHR handlebar is incredible.  I went with a 70mm on my Jekyll because wanted just a bit more length that the stock set up and my cockpit is perfect.

Troy Lee Designs 2015 Ruckus Riding Jersey

Vital Review

“Tested: 2015 Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Short and Jersey”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Troy Lee’s Ruckus kit has been part of the catalogue for a good few years already. Billed as the do-it-all, all mountain option, it is meant to be lightweight and breathable enough for all-day adventure, yet sturdy enough to get rowdy in. TLD’s full 2015 apparel line actually launched earlier today, but we managed to lay our hands on some early samples, so we’re here to tell you how the stuff performs already. Read on to find out! Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Short Highlights 2 way stretch, 92% polyester / 8% spandex Includes premium removable chamois Read More »

Troy Lee Designs 2015 Ruckus Riding Short

Vital Review

“Tested: 2015 Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Short and Jersey”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow and Johan Hjord Troy Lee’s Ruckus kit has been part of the catalogue for a good few years already. Billed as the do-it-all, all mountain option, it is meant to be lightweight and breathable enough for all-day adventure, yet sturdy enough to get rowdy in. TLD’s full 2015 apparel line actually launched earlier today, but we managed to lay our hands on some early samples, so we’re here to tell you how the stuff performs already. Read on to find out! Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Short Highlights 2 way stretch, 92% polyester / 8% spandex Includes premium removable chamois Read More »

Pedro's Ice Wax 2.0 Lube

Featured Review

“It LOOKS like it would be good but...”

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The Good: Inexpensive, goopy and waxy, smells nice

The Bad: Lasts only one ride, hard to get chain completely wiped free of lube

Overall Review: We've obviously come to a different era. An era where guys discuss lubes with other guys, right? Right. Wait. What were we discussing again? Oh yeah. Chain lube. I got this lube in a pack with a degreaser and chain cleaning tool. This was the product I was most jazzed about as it seemed really different. I have tried many a lube(from TriFlow all the way to B-9 to Dumonde) and have liked some and realized others were a waste. Unfortunately I'd have to put the Ice Wax in the latter category. I hold B-9 as my gold standard as it goes on easily, wipes away easily and stays adhered to the chain for at least Read More »

Profile Racing BMX Crankset

“Profile BMX crank”

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The Good: Crank has at least 10 years of life and is still at almost 100% from a brand new bmx crank. Titanium spindle upgrade reduces weight and also increases durability.

The Bad: I have had to replace the bottom brackets a couple times over past 5 years, but its an easy and cheap fix.

Overall Review: I have had this Profile BMX crank on my Black Market Riot (Dirt Jumper hard-tail with 26" tires). I can't think of one negative comment regarding this crank as it has taken a pounding over the years from a 180-200lb rider constantly riding trails and jumps of any size. I did upgrade the spindle to the titaniumProfile GDH Ti Spindle Upgrade Kit which saves 3.15 Oz compared to the original chromolly version. I have taken my bike all across Texas and this crank has handled everything from pump tracks to Downhill trailsin the Hill country. It keeps my bike a one speed which saves weight and ease of use and once you get Read More »

2014 Jamis Dakar AMT 650 Comp Bike

“2014 Jamis Dakar AMT Comp 650B: $3000 MSRP”

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The Good: 150mm Fox CTD (Climb-Trail-Descend) Full Suspension (Such plush and responsive suspension that has saved me from several huge wipeouts). Great Spec for a solid Aluminum Frame that's not too terribly heavy. Shimano Deore Hydro Brakeset does the job very well.

The Bad: Not as light as bikes in the $5,000 - $12,000 range. Tire in front is a 2.4 inch in width which is not totally necessary (matching the slimmer 2.2 in the back would have been just fine).

Overall Review: The bike is versatile to any trail. It has ultimately amplified the fun I have on the trail.

Atomlab Superlite SL 26 Wheelset

“Quick Engagement, Fast Wheelset”

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The Good: Super Light, Fast, Strong, and Quick Engagement.

The Bad: Apparently attracts K-9's...

Overall Review: I decided to ride a local trail called Zen to test out my new Atomlab Superlite SL wheels. I had much anticipation with the 102 Rear hub. I upgraded my own personal bike a few years back and went from 15 degrees of engagement on the free hub to 7.5 degrees cutting it in half.. So needless to say when upon learning about the Atomlab 102 Rear hub offered 3.5 degrees I was intrigued and had to have a pair. Upon arrival of my new wheel set I proceeded to install my tires and set them up tubeless which was very easy...no complications and the Kenda Nevegal tires seated up without fail... The Atomlab wheels are light but Read More »