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2016 100% Racecraft Goggles

“Value up the wazoo ”

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The Good:

I've been using racecraft google with a D3 for years now. They're an awesome price, well constructed and look great to boot. The brilliance comes from the standard lens between models. This keeps availability and price in check. I mainly use the clear lens because it works awesome in nearly all conditions but recently I've been using the yellow mirrored lens which goes a stellar job of keeping the sun at bay while keeping visibility in high contrast and low light areas consistent. I've used the blue mirror lens as well. This one looked stellar but wasn't the best at low light, it did work really well in flat light. The bars on the end of the goggles fit a D3 incredibly well so they don't move around on your. The nose guard is also super 70's moto. A nice touch.

The Bad:

Everyone stops you while riding to ask why your goggles are so dope.

Overall Review: A must buy for full face lids.
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Vital MTB member ryan_daugherty
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9point8 Fall Line Dropper Post

“Amazing Seatposts”

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The Good:

Reliable
Home serviceable
Amazing customer service

The Bad:

Can't think of anything!

Overall Review: Amazing seatposts. Great range of sizes (currently have 2 175mm and 1 200mm. Quality product, nice to see a company that really cares about their products. Pretty sure the guys who designed them are nuclear engineers or something like that? Super easy to service at home. No more reverb rebuild bills...

Bell Super DH Helmet

Vital Review

“Two Helmets in One - Bell's New Super DH is Built for Today's Rides”

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Just a few years ago we were all wrapped up in full body amor and burly helmets while racing our downhill bikes. Today's enduro-craze has us racing and riding the same trails at the same speeds on smaller bikes with less protection. Seems odd, doesn't it? Enter the convertible helmet – one where you can go from something suitable for trail riding and climbing to full-on downhill gnar with the flip of a few clasps – as a solution to keep us all protected. Riders who can only afford one helmet or those who want to climb without the airflow restrictions of a dedicated full face will be pleased with the new Bell Super DH Read More »
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Vital MTB member bturman
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SR Suntour Auron 34 Forks

“650B+ 35mm”

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The Good:

strong quality build, nice fender and titanium axle

The Bad:

not liquid butter smooth

Overall Review: im not an experienced mountain biker... wanted to pass this review along so others would have an idea about how and why this fork works for me. this fork is a huge improvement over stock raidon of my specialized fuse fattie, 35mm strength is there (needed for my 265lbs), i find this to be a quality focused bomb proof design for reliability first and suited to mid level riders on moderate ground. eg. if im running over tree roots, at a good clip, this fork eats it up where I am having trouble controlling the kick from the back of the hardtail as it hammers the same obstacles. buy it if you want to upgrade your ride, trust me Read More »

9point8 Fall Line Dropper Post

Vital Review

“Tested: 9point8 Fall Line Dropper Post”

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We have a love-hate relationship with dropper posts, because although things are looking up, we’ve yet to find the perfect solution to building a telescoping, remote-controlled tube that allows you to get your seat out of the way at the push of a lever and do so with absolute reliability. We are perhaps being unreasonable, as components that need no service and never break are not exactly commonplace, but we have many dropper post failures behind us that still leave a sour taste in the mouth and we want posts that do better. Coincidentally, so did the good people at 9point8 which is why the company even Read More »
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Sixth Element 27.5" Complete Wheel

Vital Review

“Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset”

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Sixth Element is a young company based in Manchester, England, and as anybody with basic recollection of the periodic table might deduce from the name, they specialize in carbon wheelsets for anything from trail to downhill riding. Offering “faster, lighter, stronger wheels” that are hand built in the UK, we were curious to see how Sixth Element would stack up in the ever growing carbon wheel market – and how they would fare on the trail. Read on to find out! Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset Highlights Unidirectional weave Toray T700 carbon rims, enhanced with 3K weave around the internal spoke bead Black double Read More »
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Vital MTB member iceman2058
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OneUp Components Aluminum Flat Pedal

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“Tested: OneUp Components Aluminum Pedal”

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OneUp Components is a relatively young, Squamish-based company that started out making wide-range drivetrain add-ons, but their product range has expanded since then to include all kinds of clever bits and pieces, like the innovative steerer tube mounted EDC multitool for example. Working their way out from the drive train the good people at OneUp were always going to end up taking a look at pedals at some point, and that is just what they have done with the recent introduction of a pair of brand new, aluminum and composite pedals. We’ve put the former through three months of hard riding to figure out what it’s Read More »
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Vital MTB member iceman2058
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2017 Trek Remedy 8 Bike

“It loves most terrain”

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The Good:

Good spec for price
Versatile
Good geometry

The Bad:

Dropper a tad short for my liking
Needs a chain guide
Bar needs more sweep
Should come with softer tires
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Overall Review: I got this bike to get back to mountain biking. Next thing you know I'm racing enduro. The steed is too much for an xc loop and after having it for 2 months I find myself going slow on flats and uphills to save energy for the perfect downhill run! Only the roughest DH rock gardens have been too much to enjoy on the bike. It really feels much like a dh bike but the travel is not there. Although the Re:aktiv shock creates some stiction to the beginning of the compression and on some hits or berms decides to plummet through the travel quite unexpectedly it has not been anything I couldn't get used to. Although in the beginning it was Read More »

ODI Rogue Lock-On Grip

“Fatty fats for big fists”

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The Good:

Thick cushioned feel for those that prefer a larger diameter grip. Sticky rubber, but doesn't wear too fast.

The Bad:

Can be too thick for some riders. A lot of texture for bare hands - too much, too deep?

Overall Review: I have used up at least six sets of these over the past decade.I prefer this grip for long trails rides. They wear very well and can be rotated when one side begins to get thin. I use them with gloves and I don't like the feel without gloves (prefer Ruffians for bare hands). I cracked one of them in a hard fall. A rock impact broke the hard internal plastic sleeve, but it probably saved the bar from getting kacked and the damage was my own fault.
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Banshee Rune Frame

“Best bike I've ever owned”

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The Good:

Excellent geometry, Stability at speed, Versatile (3 rear dropout positions for 2016), Durability, Well priced

The Bad:

Powdercoat is not as tough as anodizing could be

Overall Review: Banshee has built a bike that fits perfectly with my needs. In the year I've owned it, it's been ridden nearly 750 miles in San Diego CA, Santa Cruz CA, and Park City UT. It handles the gamut between XC and light DH easily. I've not had an ounce of frame trouble. The Rune makes it possible to use one bike for nearly everything. It replaced two bikes: an Ibis Mojo HDR and a Santa Cruz VP Free. The Rune is actually more stable on fast, rough descents than the Free was. It's every bit as quick on trail as an HDR. The long, slack (but not too long, not too slack) geometry and KS link rear end must be to blame for both of those wins. Read More »