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Ergon GD1 Grip

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“Great Grippiness Ergon!”

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The Good:

Low profile
Good grip! (sticky)
Comfortable grip pattern Inner flange really helps with hand placement when things get rough and rowdy.

The Bad:

Wears quickly Limited color options
Expensive

Overall Review: Ergon's GD1 grip is a great choice for riders looking for a comfortable and sticky low profile grip. The GD1 is billed as a DH or freeride grip; however, I've found it to be my favorite grip for all types of riding. The lower profile model fits my hand better than Ergon's more ergonomically designed grips. The single lock ring design provides more usable grip surface compared to double lock ring grips. The inner flange really helps with hand placement without interfering with shifter or dropper post use. The grip's pattern and rubber density really help with control while limiting hand fatigue. Unfortunately, the GD1, like other Ergon grips, wears pretty quickly.  Overall this is a great grip; however, I'd like to see some more color options and for it to be more competitively priced.
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Vital MTB member VonR
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2018 Scott Genius 700 Tuned Bike

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“First Ride: 2018 Scott Genius 700/900 Tuned – A Swiss Army Trail Knife”

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Billed as the Swiss brand’s take on the ultimate do-it-all shredder, the Genius is an important bike for Scott. It sits squarely in the all-mountain segment, but thanks to a nifty multi-mode suspension platform and generally low weight, it can venture out on either side of its principal raison d’etre without getting in too deep over its head. For 2018, Scott has gone back to the drawing board to come up with an entirely new bike, and we headed over to the magnificent Valle d’Aosta in Italy to give it a spin. Read on to find out what we think of it. 2018 Scott Genius 700/900 Tuned Highlights Full carbon frame 150mm travel Read More »
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Vital MTB member iceman2058
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Ryders Eyewear Incline Fyre Glasses

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“First Ride: Ryders Incline FYRE Glasses”

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Choosing sunglasses for riding can be as much about personal style preference as it is about performance. If you don't like the way glasses look, you won't really care about how they perform. Knowing this, Ryders Eyewear offers their high-tech, constantly-adjusting FYRE lens technology in a variety of frame styles. Vital was sent the Incline and the Roam MTB models to investigate. We spent some time in the Incline which feature a grey FYRE lens and is considered the "invert" version of the Ryders Seventh sunglasses. Ryders Incline FYRE Features NXT Lens: Superior optics compared to traditional lenses / Extremely Read More »
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Öhlins RXF 36 27.5 Fork

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“First Look: Öhlins RXF 36 27.5 Fork - Sweden's Big Hit Contender”

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If you follow the racing scene, you've no doubt seen the Öhlins RXF 36 under some of the world's fastest EWS racers. It will soon be available in a new wheel size and is the company's first publicly released 27.5 model. Just like the well-regarded RXF 34, this bad boy sports a three chamber air spring and multiple external adjustments that allow you to really dial in your ride. What else is new? Let's dig in. Highlights 140-170mm (5.5-6.7 inches) travel options 27.5-inch specific design 36mm diameter stanchion tubes Tunable three chamber air spring system: two positive, one negative TTX twin-tube damping technology with 22mm Read More »
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Vital MTB member bturman
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SRAM GX Eagle

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“First Look, First Ride: SRAM GX Eagle Drivetrain - More Range For All”

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When you look back at the history of SRAM's 1X drivetrains, it took quite a while for all that wonderful technology to trickle down to a price point that many considered to be affordable. Three years and multiple intermediary drivetrains separated the 2012 introduction of XX1, the company's flagship 11-speed system, and GX, the affordable workhorse. That's not the case this time around. SRAM is making moves by releasing an everyman's GX version of their new 12-speed Eagle drivetrain just one year after it launched. Let's dig in... GX Eagle Highlights Fits existing bikes with XD drivers 12-speed 10-50 tooth pinned Read More »
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Vital MTB member bturman
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Buzzy's Slick Honey All Purpose Grease

“Spectacular Lube for Seals and Stanchions”

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The Good:

best value and superior performance

The Bad:

nothing negative about it

Overall Review: Slick Honey is the absolute best performing product for lubricating seals, stanchions, shock shafts, and suspension points during routine maintenance. It's the best value per ml of anything else you will buy for your bike. Stays put and slippery than a bee's butt!
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Vital MTB member thinkbike
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Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels

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“First Look: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels”

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Santa Cruz is set to ruffle some feathers in the wheel world with the launch of their new Reserve lineup of wheelsets. The high performance, top dollar wheelset is aimed at leaving no compromises, complete with a lifetime warranty. Is it indeed a game changing product or mere marketing riffraff? Read on for our first look... Highlights Available in 27.5 and 29-inch diameters 29-inch wheels in three widths: 25, 27 and 30mm internal 27.5-inch wheels in two widths: 27 and 30mm internal 1.5:1 width to height ratio 28 spokes pre wheel with three-cross lacing pattern Asymmetrical profile and offset drilling for even Read More »
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Vital MTB member jeff.brines
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2018 Santa Cruz Nomad CC XX1 Reserve

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“First Look, First Ride: The All-New 2018 Santa Cruz Nomad”

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Defining the new Nomad left me scratching my head for words. Most everything I wrote sounded like a cliché directly from the 2009 Handbook for Mountain Bike Journalists. "A trail bike that descends like a downhill bike." "A mini-DH bike that can pedal." Yeah, they've both been used ad-nauseam... The ultimate irony to my cliché-laden articulation strugglefest is that the new Nomad is anything but cliché. At a time when most companies seem to be chasing the perfect mid-travel trail bike or eeking every millisecond out of an enduro race bike, Santa Cruz’s latest Nomad iteration seems to be built less for the race Read More »
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Vital MTB member jeff.brines
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Chromag Squarewave Grip

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“Chromag Squarewave Grip”

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The Good:

Solid lock-ons, Excellent dampening, Durable, and Unique ergonomic shape

The Bad:

Outside squares started coming off after a year of riding (pretty much expected though).

Overall Review: In regard to bike performance, there are a few components that have a huge impact on how one’s bike handles. For instance, suspension has an enormous role on if you’re straying on the trail or if you’re getting bucked off the bike. Riding at your highest potential is greatly determined by components like suspension. On the other hand, there are minor, less significant components that influence our confidence while riding that are often overlooked. Grips are one of these components. Understanding that grips are the things that literally connect a rider to their bike, I wanted to find a set that would make me feel the most Read More »
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Chromag BZA 35 Stem

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“Chromag BZA 35 Stem”

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The Good:

Strong, burley, great looks, oversized M6 hardware, highest quality and craftsmanship,and made in north America.

The Bad:

On the heavier side and is on the pricey side (but helps support north american workers).

Overall Review: When piecing together my dream endure bike, every component was hand-picked. I was looking for something strong, clean, showed off my SixC bar, and had to have a 35mm clamp diameter. Weight wasn’t my main focus but wanted something reasonable. After some massive comparisons, I landed on the Chromag BZA 35. With a few months of riding on it, here are my impressions: Out of the Box: The thing that really sets this stem apart (besides the pricetag) is the fact that it came directly from my friends in the great white north. CNC machined in the loom just down the road from Chromag’s headquarters in Whistler, BC, meant buying this Read More »
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Vital MTB member dirtworks911
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