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2017 Giant Trance Advanced 0

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“Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions”

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The 2017 Giant Trance Advanced sports nearly everything one could want out of a spec sheet. Do you want a carbon mainframe? Look no further. Want a really lightweight bike that can also rip down the trails? Sign us up. Want carbon wheels? The new Boost standard? A Metric shock? Every Trance Advanced model has those, too. With 10mm more travel up front compared to years past, the new Trance also sports 150mm/140mm of travel front and rear while rolling on 27.5-inch wheels. That's not all that's been updated, though, with an entirely new frame at work. Giant claims this bad boy is capable of climbing like a cross-country Read More »
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Vital MTB member bturman
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Troy Lee Designs A2 Open Face Helmet

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“First Ride: Troy Lee Designs A2 Helmet”

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Back in early 2013, Troy Lee’s A1 dropped like a bomb in the trail/enduro/open-face helmet segment, and with good reason – it offered extended protection, a very comfortable fit, and great looks to boot. It went on to become hugely popular, and it would be fair to say that you couldn’t visit any kind of trail center or riding destination today without seeing the now iconic lid on a good number of the riders present. But Troy is not one to rest on his laurels, and he’s been putting all his energy into finding ways to make helmets even safer and more comfortable. The result is the all-new A2. The helmet launches Read More »
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Vital MTB member iceman2058
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2017 Devinci Django Carbon 29 SLX / XT

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“Review - 2017 Devinci Django from Vital MTB Test Sessions”

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The Devinci Django was born as a completely new bike in early 2016, first with 27.5-inch wheels and later joined by 29-inch version. As the brand's first attempt to create a truly worthy 120mm travel trail bike, we couldn’t wait to see if the Django was ready to be unchained. We headed to Tucson, Arizona for Vital MTB Test Sessions to give it a proper go in a wide variety of terrain. Highlights Carbon DCM-G frame 29-inch wheels 120mm (4.7-inches) of rear wheel travel // 130mm (5.1-inches) fork travel Split Pivot suspension design Tapered headtube Internal cable routing FRG Cup compatible Two-position adjustable Read More »
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Vital MTB member bturman
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Shimano Crank Install Tool HollowTech II

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“Shimano Crank Install Tool HollowTech II”

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The Good:

Very small, light weight, and cost effective tool.

The Bad:

Made from plastic means it's not indestructible

Overall Review: When looking for a solid quality crankset at a reasonable price, Shimano's Hollow Tech II crank line-up is pretty hard to beat. When picking up your first Shimano Hollow Tech II crankset however, many people don't understand that the tensioning bolt has a very unique interface which requires a specific tool to properly install and remove the crank (the Shimano Hollow Tech II Crank Tool.) Quality: Made of a high quality plastic, the interface slides nicely into the tension bolt for quick and easy removal. However, since it is made from plastic, it doesn't take much for it to get marred up. The Read More »
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Royal 2017 Core Riding Jersey

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“Tested: Royal Racing Core 2017”

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We’ve been fans of Royal’s collections over the past few years, won over by great quality, features and cuts as well as the company’s distinctive styling. What caught our eye in the 2017 catalog was not the top of the line stuff however but rather the arrival of a budget-friendly option for those looking for a do-it-all kit that will take some abuse without taking you to the cleaners. We’ve put it to the test over these past couple of months, read on to see how we got along. Royal Racing Core Short Highlights Royal Racing Core Jersey Highlights Royal Racing Core Glove Highlights Trail fit 2-way stretch back panel Detachable Read More »
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Royal 2017 Core Gloves

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“Tested: Royal Racing Core 2017”

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We’ve been fans of Royal’s collections over the past few years, won over by great quality, features and cuts as well as the company’s distinctive styling. What caught our eye in the 2017 catalog was not the top of the line stuff however but rather the arrival of a budget-friendly option for those looking for a do-it-all kit that will take some abuse without taking you to the cleaners. We’ve put it to the test over these past couple of months, read on to see how we got along. Royal Racing Core Short Highlights Royal Racing Core Jersey Highlights Royal Racing Core Glove Highlights Trail fit 2-way stretch back panel Detachable padded Read More »
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Vital MTB member iceman2058
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2017 Evil The Calling Eagle X0

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“Review - 2017 Evil The Calling from Vital MTB Test Sessions”

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Evil seems to have a habit of coming out with cool new stuff right about the time we get to testing. We were going to try out one of their other models, but when organizing Vital MTB Test Sessions this year they offered up a brand new rig. Of course we jumped at the chance to try out the fresh ride, as it looks to have some refinement and new features to fit into Evil’s growing line of trail weapons. Fun is a resounding theme in Evil’s line of bikes, and this 130mm travel ripper is no different. Unlike some manufacturers, they don’t have standard lines of cross-country, freeride, or race bikes. All of their bikes can Read More »
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Vital MTB member bturman
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Royal 2017 Core Riding Short

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“Tested: Royal Racing Core 2017”

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We’ve been fans of Royal’s collections over the past few years, won over by great quality, features and cuts as well as the company’s distinctive styling. What caught our eye in the 2017 catalog was not the top of the line stuff however but rather the arrival of a budget-friendly option for those looking for a do-it-all kit that will take some abuse without taking you to the cleaners. We’ve put it to the test over these past couple of months, read on to see how we got along. Royal Racing Core Short Highlights Royal Racing Core Jersey Highlights Royal Racing Core Glove Highlights Trail fit 2-way stretch back panel Detachable Read More »
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Vital MTB member iceman2058
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Project 321 Boost Rear Hub

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“Project 321 G2 BOOST Rear Hub”

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The Good:

High quality materials, Excellent Craftsmanship and attention to detail, Options for noise levels and p.o.e., An insanely high point of engagement, Light weight, Excellent customer service, 3 year warranty.

The Bad:

Nothing too much (See Possible Concerns)

Overall Review: In the world of mountain bike components, there are some heavy hitters pumping out some high quality components. Specific towards hubs, some companies you may have heard from are Chris King, Industry Nine, Onyx, Hope, and Profile Racing. One company that you may not have heard from, yet has recently been turning quite a few heads, is Project 321. After that quick “Project 321” google search you’ll find their website which seems to be some sort of a hotchpotch of products ranging from car parts to keychains. But don’t let this diverse range of products fool you, they make a mean hubset that has recently had a performance Read More »
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Box One 11-Speed Rear Derailleur

“Box One transmission”

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The Good:

Working crisp so far

The Bad:

Waiting on the short cage version for the DH bike application - the wait, if that's bad.

Overall Review: Just want to comment on the Box's rear der integration with the e13 TRS 9t cog's. I too had an initial issue with tuning the Box shifting with my TRS cassette in the 9t cog. Otherwise, on a standard cassette with either a 10 or 11t cog, it's great. The trick for me was a combo of getting just the right chain tension derived from cutting the chain length just to the absolute minimum length and fiddling with the B tension adjustment.  It's been running smooth and good on my Intense Spider275c with e13 TRSr 9-46 cassette.  I'm building up the new Tracer so I'm hoping for the same success I had with the Spider. 
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