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Canfield Brothers Crampon Ultimate Pedal

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“Simply Amazing Pedals”

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The Good:

Super thin pedal body
Aluminum construction with machined pedal body surface
Threaded traction pins provide ample amounts of traction

The Bad:

Pedal pins can fall out if not loc-tited or kept snug (replacement pins included though)
Pedals develop a bit of side to side movement with heavy use

Overall Review: These pedals are great. I recently did a review on the Crampon Magnesium pedal, and while these are slightly heavier, they performed better for me. I really like the machining on the pedal body - it gives me the extra traction I just couldn't quite get on the magnesium pedals. The shape of the pedal body itself is amazing - it is flat enough that you don't feel like it is a convex pedal but still gives you a very thin leading pedal edge. Overall, these pedals are my go-to favorites and get ridden more than any other pairs of flats I own. Definitely worth the money.
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Vital MTB member AceHouston
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X-Fusion Metric HLR Fork

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“Tested: X-Fusion Metric HLR Fork”

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Review by David Howell // Photos by Dave Trumpore Until the last few years, parking lot suspension experts have been talking about how good their “dampening” is, how supple their mid-stroke is and how their suspension wallows when they pin it through the gnar faster than you. We have all heard it. Well, more recently the familiar brands like RockShox, FOX, Manitou and Marzocchi have started seeing competition from less familiar names like X-Fusion, SR Suntour and DVO. And having heard excellent things from my friends that were already on X-Fusion products, I jumped at the chance to nerd out over the newest offering in Read More »
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Vital MTB member AceHouston
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2014 Niner ROS 9 with X01

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“2014 Test Sessions: Niner ROS 9”

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Reviewed by Brandon Turman and Evan Turpen // Photos by Lear Miller Billed as a hardtail for riders that don’t like hardtails, Niner's new ROS 9 brings the simplest form of mountain biking up to speed in a glorious, in your face, 4130 Cro-Mo fashion. Niner isn’t shy about what the bike was intended for, and when questioned about the ROS name you’re likely to hear “RIDE OVER SH*T!” It’s a fitting name, too, because that’s exactly what us bunch of hooligans did during our 2014 Vital MTB Test Sessions in Sedona, Arizona. Buried deep in a garage filled with 25 of the latest and greatest $8,000+ carbon dual suspension rigs, the Read More »
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Vital MTB member bturman
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Kore Torsion Stem

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“Solid direct mount stem”

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The Good:

great bang for the buck

The Bad:

no adjustability in length or rise

Overall Review: Kore stems may not have the exotic looks or fancy name brand that will get kids drooling over it in the parking lot. The design of their Torsion Direct Mount stem is simple and the quality is apparent when you handle it and bolt it onto the upper crown of your fork.A good stem does its job dutifully and without a lot ofattention. You could easily pay twice as much for another stem that does the same job. Some direct mount stems allow for multiple lengths or the ability to flip flop for different rise options. Kore's torsion direct mount stem offers noadjustabilityand so you want to make sure that the length and rise are what you Read More »
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Vital MTB member SaddleRags
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Loaded Precision Napalm Carbon Stem

“Perfect Race Stem”

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The Good:

Legit! This is such a light weight stem its ridiculous! It's strong at I think about 90 grams. I like the length of it. Mine is 110mm but they offer 90, 100, and 120 as well. Also loaded backs it up with lifetime warranty

The Bad:

I love carbon so nothing bothers me!!!

Overall Review: If your goal is to lighten up your bike, this is the stem to go with! It's been on my race bike along with their other carbon products. For carbon, I think it's priced fairly as well. With a lifetime warranty, nothing to fear. This stem is worth every penny!

Loaded Precision AmX Direct Mount Stem

“Beautiful stem”

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The Good:

Has a sweet design, they're strong, easy to install, light weight, sturdy. Love the color options as well.

The Bad:

Can't complain

Overall Review: If you're looking to get a direct mount, this is by far one of the best ones out there. Compared to other brands, I've found that they're reasonably priced for the quality you get. I've been running mine for a while now and it's held up strong. The little design is pretty cool as well.

Loaded Precision AmX Flat Handlebar

“Amazing wide bar”

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The Good:

It's perfect for Dh or trail since I like running my bars wide. It's strong and I really appreciate the flat bar since I can get lower to my bike. Loaded has a lot of colors which is cool if your into colorful bikes. It's affordable which really helps the bank

The Bad:

No complaints

Overall Review: I run these bars on my DH rig and dirt jumper as well. I really like having flat bars so they've worked for me. They seem to be a lot stronger than other bars since I've ran a couple of other brands but switched over to loaded's since I needed some gold ones. Really love them so far.

Michelin Wild Rock'R2 Advanced Reinforced Tire

“impressive tyres!”

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The Good:

Grip and fast rolling

The Bad:

scoops sand

Overall Review: I got the 26 2.35 Magi X for front and Gum X for rear. At first, i thought this is a heavy pair of tyres. Almost 2KG as per the weight indicated by the packaging. Magi- X really feels sticky and the Gum-X somewhat sticky in texture.Took it for a ride yesterday and I'm really impressed. If was rolling fast and grippy on the trail. Never had been confident using my last tyres. The traction is great. I felt more control over my bike.The only thing that annoyed me was the sand that gets scooped up. Well, too much grip i'd say but I can live with it.
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Royal 2014 Quantum Glove

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“Tested: Royal Racing Quantum Glove”

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Review by Johan Hjord // Photos by Tal Rozow Royal Racing has put a lot of work into its glove range over the past few years, and there’s a pretty impressive selection on offer from the UK-based outfitters today. For 2014 there’s a brand new model in the catalog, and given the spec we were eager to try it out. Here’s our report after a good couple of months of trail time with the Quantum glove. Royal Racing Quantum Glove Highlights 0.75mm AX perforated stretch palm material Minimal cuff closure with expander v panel Aggressive ergonomic pre-curving to avoid bunching Microfiber thumb wipe Lycra fourchettes Technical Read More »
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Vital MTB member iceman2058
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Marzocchi 888 CR Fork

Featured Member Review

“Good budget dual crown fork”

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The Good:

low maintenance, smooth feel

The Bad:

a bit heavy, few dials for fine tuning

Overall Review: Last summer I purchased a cheap dh bike for bike park days and it came with a single crown fork. I soon ditchedthe fork in favor for the Marzocchi 888 cr. The relatively good priceand my previous experience with Marzocchiforks sealed the deal. Once I had sold off the single crown fork I was looking at about a $350 upgrade which was staying true to the "budget" part ofmy new dh rig. I was really hoping that the fork would be like a big brother to the bomber 66 single crown fork, which I have had a few times on different bikes over the years. I was pleased to find out that was the case after getting it set-up and taking it Read More »
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Vital MTB member SaddleRags
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