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7iDP Covert Knee Pad

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“Tested: 7iDP Covert Knee Pad”

Review by Fred Robinson // Photos by Fred Robinson and Brandon Turman 7iDP may be a newer name when it comes to protection in the mountain biking world, but with over 65 years of combined experience in MTB protection design and product management, it should come as no surprise that they are gaining more and more notoriety as one of the leading brands that consistently nails their products. Excited to get another chance to put a 7iDP product through the wringer, we laid our hands on the Covert Knee, a kneepad that offers customizable levels of protection in a low weight, form fitting package. Read on to see how we got Read More »

2015 Cannondale Jekyll 27.5 Carbon Team

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“2015 Test Sessions: Cannondale Jekyll Carbon Team”

Reviewed by Dylan Stucki and AJ Barlas // Photos by Lear Miller After taking a win at the notoriously rough Mammoth ProGRT downhill course under Marco Osborne, the new Cannondale Jekyll is proving to be a head turner with a complete geometry revamp, updated rear shock tune, 27.5-inch wheels, more travel, and the unique carbon Lefty SuperMax PBR fork. Do the revisions add up to a better Jekyll? We hit the trails during the 2015 Vital MTB Test Sessions to find out. Highlights Carbon frame 27.5-inch wheels 95mm or 160mm (3.74 or 6.3-inches) of rear wheel travel // 160mm (6.3-inches) front travel 1.5 Si head tube Read More »

Troy Lee Designs SE Jersey

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“well designed jersey that ticks all the boxes”


The Good: great styling, breathable back and arm panels

The Bad: nothing so far

Overall Review: I've had this jersey for one season's use and recently decided to get another one since I liked it so much. First of all the fit is nice, it is not overly baggy or too tight. Size medium fits me well. (I'm 5'10" and 170 pounds). The collar and cuffs are not too tight or loose, both ofwhich are deal-breakers for me in a jersey.The quality of the fabric is excellent - lightweight yet tough like a jersey should be, not prone tosnags like some fabrics out there.Maybe the best thing aboutthis jersey is the mesh fabric on the back and under half of the sleeves.The extra breathability comes in handy on hot days. A Read More »

e*thirteen TRS Race Crank

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“Tested: e*thirteen TRSr Crank”

b Kevin Shiramizu E*thirteen has always had their roots in parts that don’t mess around, and that push conventional ideas out the window. Remember back in the day when you said “there’s no way I’d run a plastic chainguide” … well look at us now. Those who do run guides have plastic tacos and bashrings all over the place. Could that same evolution of mindsets apply to cranks too? There’s no way you could have convinced me to run an aluminum spindle on my cranks before, but I was happy to put my disbelief to the test with the new e*thirteen TRSr cranks. Read on to see how we got along. E*Thirteen TRS Race Crank Highlights Read More »

7iDP Control Knee Pad

“7iDP Control Knee Pad”


The Good: Light weight, comfortable fit, sickest looking pads out

The Bad: Price is high but your getting what you pay for

Overall Review: These pads I was very impressed with. Between the looks and the feel of the pads and durability you cant go wrong. And they keep your knees warm on the morning rides haha ;)

Continental Mountain King ProTection Tire

“I miss the Exiwolf”


The Good: Light, uhh....durable?

The Bad: Super porous sidewalls, horrible wet root/rock traction, doesn't hold a seal, seems smaller than advertised size(2.2)

Overall Review: Well, since WTB discontinued my favorite rolling rear tire, the Exiwolf, I had to move on and accept the loss. Change happens. We get used to it. We adapt. We move on. We are humans after all. I had seen many a positive review on the Mountain King II(MKII) version 2. The first version garnered tremendous hate due to poor quality control that resulted in knobs ripping off randomly. So, I purchased the ProTection version of the MKII to set up tubeless. Still to this day the bead holds fine but the sidewalls are the consistency of cheesecloth. While this makes them nice and supple(120TPI) it does nothing for Read More »

7iDP Control Knee Pad

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“iDP7 control knee pad”


The Good: Comfortable, minimal / low profile, light weight, excellent quality

The Bad: High retail price

Overall Review: When i first received my iDP7 control knee pads i was immediately impressed with the overall quality and amazed at how light weight they are. Putting them on the first time it was immediately apparent that comfort was a priority in the design. Im 5'10 ish and around 165lbs and the medium fits perfectly. There's a fixed elastic band that sits just below the back of the knee and a nice adjustable strap at the top with a silicon band on the inside, above the front of the knee to help prevent slipping. Riding with these pads on is a pleasure! I don't notice them and they don't interfere with my shorts. They also stay put Read More »

Stealth Hubs MTB Rear Hub

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“Do you even have instant engagement bro?”


The Good: Instant engagement, rolls extremely fast, silent coasting, stainless freehub body, made in the USA

The Bad: Heavy on paper but light on the trail.

Overall Review: Being that True Precision is located in my home town I have heard allot of good things about them over the years but always figured hubs didn't make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things when deciding to upgrade parts on my bike. Recently I decided to give them a try and I sure wish I had switched sooner. First and foremost the guy's at True Precision are super helpful and easy to deal with. The hubs look awesome and you can tell they take attention to detail very seriously. The stainless free hub body is a nice touch; while being lighter, aluminum ones are far to prone to damage from cassettes, I've had to Read More »

2015 Transition Patrol 1

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“2015 Test Sessions: Transition Patrol 1”

Reviewed by Brandon Turman and Steve Wentz // Photos by Lear Miller Giddy up boys and girls! An entire new line of Transition bikes is here for 2015 featuring the GiddyUp suspension design. The complete overhaul to their frames and suspension system includes a Horst Link (not to be confused with a four-legged animal who neighs), which is now available to use by a wider number of companies. Transition was among the first brands to jump on the opportunity. Interested to how they pulled it off and what improvements they might have made, we tested the 155mm travel Patrol 1 during the 2015 Vital MTB Test Sessions. Highlights Read More »

Geax Gato Tire

“All Round Good Egg”


The Good: Corners Superbly.Great Mud Clearance.Smooth In a Straight Line

The Bad: Nothing at the moment

Overall Review: Bought these as an alternative to the usual Schwalbe and Conti's popular pattern,and it's safe to say I won't use those two names again. Living in the very changeable climes of Scotland,I needed a tyre that could do it all. And boy,I am not disappointed !!!!. On loose over hardpack ,the spaced tread cut through the gravel and stones and clung to the ground effortlessly. When the conditions change to wet and gloopy,it excels in the corners.Something I had struggled to maintain with other brands. The straight line is smooth,and there is no drag whatever the conditions. Good Price,Great Performance and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to break from the norm. People need to find their optimum tyre,instead of going with the flow. I have found mine :)