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Straitline Silent Guide Chainguide

“Straitline Silent Guide”


The Good:

the good: reliable, no maintenance needed ,and the most resistant i have ever used

The Bad:

the only thing that could be better its the price ,but by the fact that you praticly don't need to change nothing because it wont break it's worth the price .

Overall Review: i used to have an e.13 LG1+ and i braeck the taco and it had 1 or 2 cracks on the upper side, this one i have landed with the chain ring on rocks and it didn't break, its like new the best guide ever and i don't want to change it for an other.
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Vital MTB member tmano2
14324 tmano2,14324/all 03/17/12 12 14 3,14324/setup 2 60 71 4

Fox Racing Launch Pro Knee Guard

“Really Good Knee pads”


The Good:

They are comfortable, breath well and actually protect you

The Bad:


Overall Review: I have had knee pads in the past, that when you crash stick to the ground and burn you knee(because your knee slides in them) these have never done that. Also, as far as comfort goes they are the best I have ever tried on. Almost all my friends used to use 661 and now all havetransferred over to these, everyone is blown away at how well they work.
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Vital MTB member BayScraper
1756 BayScraper,1756/all 01/20/10 5 22 2,1756/setup 1 13 53 3 4

Dakine Highwire Glove Spring/Summer 11

“Awesome glove for great price”


The Good:

durable, stylish, breathable

The Bad:

None so far

Overall Review: I purchased these gloves at a great price and after a couple of weeks of using them I am very happy with the purchase. Dakine makes tons of quality gear and their gloves, especially the Highwire glove is no exception. The first thing I noticed about these gloves compared to others is the Neoprene knuckle flex panel, you can really feel the material stretching (in a good way) when using the gloves especially when reaching for the brake levers. This provides a really nice custom feel to the glove. The quality and stitching of the gloves is really nice and even after a couple of crashes and doing some trail Read More »
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Vital MTB member vics26
549 vics26,549/all 08/18/09 2,549/setup 15 30 70 49 1

Manitou Circus Expert Fork

“if a fox 831 is the caddilac of dj forks then this is a flying ferrari tank”


The Good:

DURABILITY- at rays mtb park fox 831s and Argyle RCTs were breaking all the time and these were always the replacements.
Responsive- this fork is the definition of plush. it is a snap to adjust and you can dial it in soooooooo perfectly
Stiff- in the suspension and in the axle. manitou has outdone themselves with the 20mm hex lock
Light- for a tank like this its feather weight
AFFORDABLE- looking to pay less AND perform more? well i wouldnt reccomend dropping $800-$900 on an Argyle or 831

The Bad:

if your into 4x the weight might take front seat but durability will pay off

Overall Review: This fork is a light, stiff, plush versatile tank. IT is sooo beefy compared to the competition. This thing is a tank and an 831 is a go cart. Seriously. The suspension it so responsive and smooth and manitou created a lock out that can take hits without being destroyed unlike rock shocks lock out. PERFECT
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Vital MTB member Billy3197
11757 Billy3197 /images/default/avatar/c50.png,11757/all 11/20/11 1 6 4 21 15 1

One Industries Vapor Pants

Vital Review

“Tested: ONE Industries Vapor Pants, So Light You'll Jump For Joy”

Words by Sean “Griz” McClendon. Photos by Ian Collins. Well-known and respected in the motocross world, ONE Industries is about to make a charge into the bike market, and they're doing it in style. We recently had the opportunity to try out the new ONE Vapor pant, a crossover from their moto line that feels like it was made for mountain biking. Made with two-way stretch polyester, a touch of leather, an adjustable waist, and a velcro-style waist closure, the Vapor pant is like no other. Key Specs Constructed of a two-way stretch poly material - The outer shell is 95% polyester and 5% leather, and the lining is 100% Read More »
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Vital MTB member 26griz
258 26griz,258/all 08/02/09 3 1 15 18 1 88 10

Easton Havoc 26" UST Wheelset

“Havoc UST 150”


The Good:

Very light weight

The Bad:

Highly prone to dents
Easy to bend
Not reliable

Overall Review: I have now had a whole summer to ride on this new wheelset (not the one pictured - UST 150). I will say that this wheelset is very light for its intended use and should be taken into consideration when looking at the negative aspects. However, with that said the outer rim of this wheelset is soft as butter. I completely destroyed the front wheel on what i considered to be a mildly harsh landing on a 30 ft jump. I destroyed the rear in a rock garden at angelfire. After replacement i have decided to be a little more gentle, this is a very expensive product. As of now i have a front wheel that is about 1/2 inch out of true Read More »
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Fox Racing Launch Knee/Shin Guard

“Excellent Product”


The Good:

They fit, they breath, they protect, they do not move.

The Bad:

did I mention they do not move :-)

Overall Review: I have used these for both trail riding and lift assisted riding. I highly recommend these. The X-Strap setup magically keeps these things from moving around. I don't know why Fox does not use this technology on all their guards (buddy has a nicer more expensive looking set and he can't keep them up on his leg to save his life). My only complaint which probably is not a valid complaint is that my legs would get hot while trail riding (pedaling) but really only notice this on hot days which I think is to be expected. For lift assisted riding they are perfect. I would buy them again.
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Vital MTB member conlysm
18708 conlysm,18708/all 09/27/12 1 1 1 2

FOX DHX Air 5.0 Rear Shock

“Good Aggressive All-Mountain or Freeride shock”


The Good:

Smooth feel, propedal switch, doesn't blow through travel, relatively lightweight.

The Bad:

Not enough adjustments or adjustment indicators on the shock.

Overall Review: To start off, I will say that this review is for the 2011 version of the shock. The only factorseparatingthe 2012 and 2013 models from the 2011 version is kashima coat. Basically, I'm just trying to say that I cannot attest to the performance of the gold stanchion coating. Right out of the box, the DHX 5.0 has a nice feel and with its 50-300psi main chamber, it canaccommodatea wide range of riders and riding styles, though I should say that it tends to need to be pumped to higher pressures than normal. The rebound dial also has an impressive 22 clicks of adjustment, though depending on your frame, it Read More »
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Vital MTB member HMBA106
16995 HMBA106 /images/default/avatar/c50.png,16995/all 07/10/12 1 8 7

e*thirteen Dh/Am Crankset W/ BB

“The Alternative Crank”


The Good:

1)They are stiff, and the tabs don't bend.
2)They are quiet
3)They look cool
4)Reasonable weight

The Bad:

The crank arm comes loose and the finish on the cranks fades over time.

Overall Review: I said in my review of the Shimano Saint Cranks that they were the only cranks I would ever buy. Well, I lied, and I blame Specialized. Thanks to the super, mega sector awesome new industry standard dubbed pf30 on my Demo 8 frame, I was forced to buy a new set of cranks to rid the annoying, creaking, horrible plastic pf30 to 83mm BB adapter that came with my frame. The adapter would self extract, and leave me hating my life. Being the semi-smart guy I am, I listened to what e-nerds on Ridemonkey were saying and I learned that e13 was making a press fit BB for their new LG1 crank. I immediately bought it, and it was Read More »
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Vital MTB member NAYR
191 NAYR,191/all 08/01/09 1 7 25,191/setup 1 16 10

2013 Pivot Phoenix DH Bike

Vital Review

“Tested: Pivot's Phoenix Downhill Bike, Playfully Stable”

Reviewed by Sean “Griz” McClendon. Photos by Ian Collins. Life without gravity is bunk. This bike cured my depression and ended a 23-month dry spell of no downhill. I was excited to return to riding downhill on a dual compact linkage design - yes, the beloved DW-Link by means of the Phoenix DH by Pivot Cycles. I had a premeditated idea of what this design would require from the body based on my past experience on the Iron Horse Sunday, a parking lot test on Kyle Strait’s 2011 Phoenix race bike, and hours of relearning to dirt jump on his 2011 Pivot M4X slalom race bike. It was a bittersweet day when Shaun Palmer inherited that Read More »
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Vital MTB member 26griz
258 26griz,258/all 08/02/09 3 1 15 18 1 88 10