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ODI Troy Lee Designs Lock On Grip

“TLD Grips, do just that GRIP!!”


The Good:

Excelent grip!!, Look great, compfortable, durable.

The Bad:

To bad they didn't have more color options. I purchased two pair of grips to get the color combo I wanted. Not really a big deal that they don't , but this would be nice.

Overall Review: With the way the grips are designed when your pulling back on the bars it's like your hands are glued to the grips. I've been putting them through a lot of abuse and they are taking a beating for sure.
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Vital MTB member Peresite70
18942 Peresite70,18942/all 10/15/12 9,18942/setup 9 2

2012 Mondraker Durham Bike

“Light and Versatile Freeride/DH Light Bike”


The Good:

Ride characteristics
Solid components

The Bad:

Fragile bearings
Fox suspension under-gunned

Overall Review: The Bike: The Zero suspension system performs brilliantly. Great power transfer and tracking is very impressive. This doesn't seem to be at the expense of stiffness, something that more complicated linkage systems frequently suffer from. Over all build was fine, brakes, drive train and general components have all stood the test of time. I swapped out the fox springs for heavier weight to suit my more airborne riding style and will be swapping out the spring on the rear shock soon, too. Have to say I was disappointed by the build quality of the bearings and linkage bolts. 6 months in a bearing race failed completely and most of Read More »
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Vital MTB member simonlwoods
20963 simonlwoods,20963/all 01/14/13 1

2012 Transition Bottlerocket Bike

“So far so good...”


The Good:

Awesome geometry for jumping, and some downhill... I got it for Christmas 2012... So far so good.

The Bad:

Not too happy with the fork... It's a coil fork, so I wish it came with a stiffer coil... I'm gonna get a stiffer one though. I bottomed out on a 1-2 foot drop... :/

Overall Review: It's a great bike! So far so good! I wish they were still putting Fox Forks on them though... An air fork would be better, I think...
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Vital MTB member alec.ilstrup
20923 alec.ilstrup,20923/all 01/11/13 1 1

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 Camera

Vital Review

“Tested: Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 - A Solid First Go”

Words/Video/Photos by Johan Hjord The action has really been heating up in the wearable POV video camera market. Once the exclusive domain of GoPro, the last couple of years have seen additional competitors enter the ring which has led to new capabilities and lower prices – in other words a classic case of success breeding success. Sony is of course a powerhouse in professional media production, and it provides an impressive lineup of pro and semi-pro grade camcorders that often feature among the best in class. We were therefore quite excited to see Sony enter the POV market, and eager to lay our hands on the new Read More »
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Vital MTB member iceman2058
94 iceman2058,94/all 08/01/09 779 54 714 1752,94/setup 39 266 3269 78 24

Canfield Brothers 2015 Jedi Frame

“Jedi (master)”


The Good:

Where to begin. Plush and fliud; this bike gives crazy contol and is completely stable at the fastest speeds. With a 10 speed drive train you'll surprise the XC and All-mountain bikers when you pass them on the steep climbs. Braking is different feeling than other bikes, it is very smooth you don't feel the rocks or chatter when you are braking over rocks. The bike tends to sits back when braking. For big drops it is hard to tell when you left the ground and when you landed. Besides the bottomless suspension(I still haven't felt like I've hit the end of its travel) the initial impact that is transfered into your legs almost completely disappears. Perect therapy for those with bad knees. On top of it all, it is awesome looking.

The Bad:

I'm trying to be objective and find weakness in how it rides, but so far with everything I've given it, it keeps screaming for more. It does exactly what it was designed to do. It would not be ideal for riding long uphill trails. Even though it climbs really steep technical stuff like a billy goat.

Overall Review: First off I am not a professional rider nor claim to be.I know each rider has somthing different he likes, so with that in mind if you are looking for rock gobbling, fluid, crazy control that can take the steepest rocky downhills as well as climb and pedal then you are looking for what I seach for. This bike feels far better than any bike I've been on and I've tried most of them. It is kind of unreal. I attribute that partly to the rearward travel. Half of the riding I do is DH and the other half is on technical, steep, and flat trails and it handles them better than my all-mountain bike used to. My expectations were high and this bike continues to exceeded them all.  Canfield is also an amazing company to work with.
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Vital MTB member dayne.grant.1
20597 dayne.grant.1,20597/all 12/24/12 10 3,20597/setup 6 3

Spank Spoon Stem

“Mega Bang for the Buck!”


The Good:

Short, stiff, loads of color options, priced right.

The Bad:

None at all.

Overall Review: I was building up a dirt jump/pump track slayer, and wanted to make it cool, but also keep everything on budget. Stems are an often over looked part, if it gets the job done. And that's exactly how I describe the Spoon stem. I never notice it when riding, because it is stiff and super short, and also easy on the knees. What I do notice about it is how easy it is to pick one of these out that will match the color scheme of the most obsessed bike nerd out there. Spoon stem FTW!
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Vital MTB member Dirty Jane
19650 Dirty Jane,19650/all 11/07/12 5 31,19650/setup 2 56 1 1

Spank Spoon Stem

“Good value, strong, attractive stem.”


The Good:

Nice colour choices, 40 mm, zero rise, stiff,

The Bad:

None found

Overall Review: I've had a bunch of different stems in the past. I like zero rise short stems that are tough, fairly light and look good. This stem works for me. I have a comparable (in price, length and rise) Truvativ Hussefelt stem and I much prefer the machining and anodised finish on the spank. Also comes with matching top cap which makes it even better value!
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Vital MTB member ZMC888
6998 ZMC888,6998/all 03/03/11,6998/setup 5 25 59 1

Spank Royala 762 Handlebar

“A solid piece of functional bling”


The Good:

Great bar, good color. Nice sweep, available high rise.

The Bad:

Could be a bit garish on some builds.

Overall Review: This bar has been growing along with fashion over the past few years, 710, 740 and now 762. Personally I like 40-50mm rise and about 730mm wide, so this bar suits me fine. I have an Easton Havoc on another bike and I prefer the stiffness and sweep on the the Spank.
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Vital MTB member ZMC888
6998 ZMC888,6998/all 03/03/11,6998/setup 5 25 59 1

2012 Trek Session 9.9

Vital Review

“Tested: 2012 Trek Session 9.9 - Bike of the Year”

Review by Brandon Turman // Photos by Sterling Lorence Following the official launch of the Trek Session 9.9 Carbon in Whistler, we've been riding it for nearly one full year. That's a long time for a test bike. The reason? We just can't let go of this one. It's that good. So good, in fact, that we're giving it the illustrious Vital MTB Shreddy for 2012 Bike of the Year. Inspired and refined in conjunction with Trek World Racing and Aaron Gwin, there's no wonder why this bike rips so much. Their success on the World Cup downhill series is a huge testament to the bike's capabilities. Session 9.9 Highlights Frame Material: OCLV Read More »
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Vital MTB member bturman
109 bturman,109/all 08/01/09 1156 92 5810 1055,109/setup 252 1090 2070 123 40

2012 Haro Steel Reserve 1.2 Bike

“Great bang for your buck!”


The Good:

Light frame makes it easy to handle
Low cost Looks Great
Solid construction

The Bad:

Low end parts
mechanical brakes (just my opinion)

Overall Review: This bike is great for its cost. Not the best bike money can buy but its a great place to start with plenty of room for upgrades and customizing. Although the parts are low end, it is still a solid bike and will do just about everything you need it to. MSRP is $765 but I picked mine up for $600 so just keep your eyes open. Great fun bike.
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Vital MTB member Recon127
20467 Recon127,20467/all 12/17/12,20467/setup 1 1

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