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Hope Technology 11 spd Cassette Cassette

“Hope Cassette 11-48”

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The Good:

The usual high quality appearance and machining expected from Hope. Very light, 305g, an X01 Eagle cassette weighs in at 355g.

The Bad:

Steel cluster is non functional with Shimano?
Very limited hub choices.

Overall Review: First Impressions - As with most Hope products, the fist impression of this cassette were very good. The finish appeared top quality, and pulling a platter sized cassette out of the box, I was instantly blow away by how light it was. Setup - Mounting this cassette requires that you own a Hope or DT Swiss hub. I mounted it to a DT 240 using the OneUp mini driver. Very painless process. With the bike in the stand, I bottomed out my suspension and cut my chain as short as the derailleur would allow me to go. Now I was ready to dial in the shifting. I'm running an XTR Di2 derailleur a KMC X11 DLC chain, so this Read More »
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Troy Lee Designs Skyline Air Riding Jersey

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“Tested: Troy Lee Designs Warm Weather Gear”

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The warmer months are finally here, which means drier trails and longer days. As mountain bikers, we know all too well that this also means we’re going to get a lot hotter and a lot sweatier. There is not a lot you can about this except dress accordingly, and that is precisely what Troy Lee Designs set out to help you with when creating the Air series of gear. From gravity to trail, there’s something here for all kinds of riding, and we’ve been putting the stuff to the test over the past month or so to let you know if it will keep you as cool as it looks. Skyline Air Jersey Highlights Skyline Air Short Read More »
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2017 Kona Operator DL

“Kona Operator 27.5”

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The Good:

Playfully fun park bike, Capable race machine, progressive linkage system.

The Bad:

Weight, pedal efficiency

Overall Review: Kona as a company has been around for a long time and has been known to build a quality bike. This year they took a turn from carbon and went aluminum across their whole DH line. The differences to note are the 27.5 wheel size with a frame built around the 27.5 platform, as well as a more progressive linkage system. Right off the bat I noticed that pointing the operator downhill or toward anything resembling technical steep and rocky sections was easy. The 27.5 operator rolls through rough downhill better then the 26 inch model of previous. I also noticed that the more progressive linkage system made the bike more lively and Read More »
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iXS Xult Full Face Helmet

“Xulted DH and Enduro Helmet”

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The Good:

Great Ventilation
Good Visibility
Decent Weight

The Bad:

Poor liner design and fit
Poor finish quality
Limited sizing

Overall Review: The Xult is supposed to be a downhill and enduro helmet. It almost hits the mark for both with great protection, great ventilation, and pretty decent weight. Visibility is good and the helmet easily fits most modern goggle shapes. While the Xult has a lot of pluses, it also has some pretty noticeable minuses. The biggest minus is limited sizing. The Xults limited sizing range limits the amount of riders who will get a correct fit. The other big minus is the poor liner design. The liner while removable, fits poorly in the helmet. With a little more effort on quality and sizing, this could be a much better helmet. Hopefully iXS will come out with a revised model soon.
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Ergon GD1 Grip

Featured Member Review

“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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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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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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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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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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