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2014 Giant Anthem 27.5 3 Bike

“Great for all day riding”

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The Good: Rockshox
27.5
climbs anything

The Bad: No problems yet.

Overall Review: Picked this bike up from my local shop after riding one at a demo event. I have been loving every minute of my riding.  the 2x10 deore system shifts smoothly even under heavy loads. the shimano brakes were great right out of the box and  their stopping power is amazing.

Five Ten Hellcat Shoe

Vital Review

“Tested: Five Ten Hellcat Clipless Shoe”

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by Nick Zuzelski All it takes is a quick look around today's World Cup races and you'll see Five Ten Hellcats strapped to some of your favorite rider's feet. Coming in hot with a new colorway, Lime Punch, we got the chance to run these tried and true clipless shoes ourselves and we wasted little time putting them through about as much abuse as we could muster up to see what they are made of. Answers below! Five Ten Hellcat Highlights Sole material: Stealth S1 rubber Upper Material: Synthetic / Leather Closure:Laces / Velcro Pedal type: Clipless Weight:(Size 9) 20.1 Oz/ 570g each Available sizes (US):6-12, 13, 14 MSRP: Read More »

Chromag Brandon Semenuks' 'Overture' Signature Model Saddle

“When Semenuk and Chromag team up this is what happens. Goodness.”

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The Good: Light, strong, and well... it's what Semenuk rides so...

The Bad: Nothing to think of...

Overall Review: Love this saddle so dang much. Looks so good on any bike and feels good on your booty after hitting the line you have always wanted to hit. If Brandon Semenuk approves you should probably approve too because he knows whats up.  

RockShox Argyle RCT Solo Air Fork

“Go ahead and bail it won't change a thing!”

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The Good: Light, STRONG, stiff, and great for hitting the streets of downtown or hitting the jumps at Crankworx!

The Bad: Nothing that I know of. Vital just needs to update this picture haha

Overall Review: Been riding the RCT on my P3 for awhile now. I must say I have bailed on lots of jumps and cased a lot and its still stronger than ever. Love the solo air with many different adjustments!

SRAM X01 DH X-Sync Crank

Vital Review

“Tested: SRAM XO1 DH Drivetrain”

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by Ian Collins Ever since downhill grew into it's own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now : SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem like old news. The cranks are basically your standard Read More »

SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed Mini Block Cassette

Vital Review

“Tested: SRAM XO1 DH Drivetrain”

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by Ian Collins Ever since downhill grew into it's own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now : SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem like old news. The cranks are Read More »

SRAM X01 DH 7-Speed Trigger Shifter

Vital Review

“Tested: SRAM XO1 DH Drivetrain”

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by Ian Collins Ever since downhill grew into it's own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now : SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem like old news. The cranks are basically Read More »

SRAM X01 DH X-Horizon Rear Derailleur

Vital Review

“Tested: SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain”

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Review by Ian Collins // Action Shots by Fred Robinson Ever since downhill grew into its own discipline within mountain biking, riders have been tinkering and experimenting with their drivetrains, trying to optimize them for the demands associated with pointing bikes towards the bottom of the hill and all that comes along with it. This is in part due to the fact that manufacturers have neglected to build a specific group for the demands of DH. Until now. SRAM recently released X01DH - a fully dedicated gravity drivetrain. Some parts are ground breaking, but in all fairness, some have been around and may seem Read More »

Giro Cipher Helmet

Vital Review

“Tested: Giro Cipher Helmet”

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by Justin Schroth Giro has long been in the head-protection game in various action sports, producing some of the best technology and features available for riders today. With the Giro Remedy being a crowd favorite for many years, Giro now looks to further step up their game with the new Cipher, aimed at the DH and Enduro crowd in need of a lightweight and well-vented lid at a price point that won’t break the bank. Giro Cipher Highlights Integrated P.O.V. camera mount Tool-free, bolt-on visor Channeled ventilation at browline Emergency removable pads X-Static anti-microbial padding D-Ring buckle system TuneUps audio Read More »

2014 Niner RIP 9

“Review of RIP 9 after upgrading from RM Slayer”

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The Good: Every damn bit of it

The Bad: No dropper post, not even a quick release post

Overall Review: Thought I'd add my review to give people some additional feedback. First off, I've been riding a Rocky MountainSlayer for the past five years. While the Slayer is a great bike, I've grown tired of slogging 34 lbs uphill. The Slayer has treated me well otherwise. Once at the top, it always rules the downhill. It handled three days at Whistler just fine (with a downhill wheelset). But, for everyday riding, it's just a mental killer on the climbs. I'm a bike shop employee, so I had access to Niner, Pivot, and Norco. I poured over reviews, rode a few bikes, talked to a bunch of people, and ultimately decided on the RIP 9. My size Read More »