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2015 Specialized P.3 Bike

“Great Bike ”


The Good: Everything about this bike is great! I love how you can change how much compression you want while you ride it. My other bike you couldn't change that at all.

The Bad: I would change the pedals personally because I don' like plastic pedals. My feet slip easier

Overall Review: There is nothing wrong with this bike besides the pedals. I would recomend it. If you Live in North OC, go to BikeLand Cypress it is only $1210 there plus tax.

2015 Specialized Women's Rumor Expert EVO 29

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“2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Rumor Expert EVO 29”

Reviewed by Courtney Steen and Amanda Wentz // Photos by Lear Miller The sun is rising over the the gorgeous green hills in San Luis Obispo, the Vital MTB Test Sessions house smells of espresso and bacon, and it's time to test out another bike. Oh yes. For us lady testers, Specialized sent their Rumor Expert EVO 29er - a bike they boldly claim is the "ultimate women's full-suspension trail bike." We imagine if Batgirl rode mountain bikes, she would probably be on something dark like this murdered out M5 alloy bike with big ol' 29-inch wagon wheels, 120mm travel in the front and rear, and a design specially Read More »

2015 Cannondale Jekyll 27.5 Carbon Team

“Destroys Trails up and down”


The Good: Is the best cornering bike I have ever ridden, Very comfortable cockpit. Inspires confidence

The Bad: Needs a seat dropper with longer travel than 120mm. The Magura brakes are very powerful. too powerful for my taste

Overall Review: Whoever wrote that review is absolutely nuts! I sold my brand new 2015 Nomad after riding this bike1x . It is a great all mountain bike. Very refined and unique. The bike does not feel "tall".Its nice not to mash pedals against rocks and flip off of your bike. I cant wait to race the bike this season.

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 »