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FUNN Launch Pad Saddle

Featured Review

“Solid durable saddle”

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The Good: durable and comfortable

The Bad: Can't think of any

Overall Review: If you are looking for a no frills saddle that will handle the abuse of free-riding and DH this is a great choice. The price tag is very reasonable but at the same time this saddle offers a lot of bang for the buck. I've had a lot of crashes and sketchy landings on this saddle but it still looks and feels good. The sides of the saddle are also durable so they stop any rips or holes from forming. in regards tocomfort, I've spent all day doing DH runs and have had no issues, the seat provides all day comfort. The cromo rails are also very solid and after years of use they are still straight and have presented no problems. Overall I would rate this as a great saddle, if you are looking for something inexpensive but at the same time that will be durable this is a very good choice.

Contour ROAM Wearable Camcorder

“Solid video action shooter”

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The Good: Reasonable price, sturdy, waterproof

The Bad: No preview screen, can not switch between modes unless plugged into computer

Overall Review: There definitely seems to be a bit of a battle between Contour and GoPro, these are the two main action cameras on the market today. I initially wanted to purchase the new GoPro but ended up getting a amazing deal on the older Contour Roam. The camera feels really solid and I have dropped it a couple of times already without any issues. Recording is really simple, you just push forward the switch and it start recording. The picture quality is really solid and provides great definition even on the 720p setting. The camera works well in all light conditions and seems to hold up well even in dark areas. I do Read More »

Royal 2014 Matrix Shorts

Featured Review

“Comfy short with great attention to detail”

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The Good: Lightweight, breathable, you can wear them off the bike

The Bad: None so far

Overall Review: The first thing I noticed about the Matrix short is the attention to detail. As with most clothing items from Royal Racing, the fine small details make all the difference. Although the Royal Racing logo is plastered thoughout the outside/inside of the shorts it is done in a tasteful manner that just adds to the quality of the shorts, even the buttons have the Royal logo on them. I really like that although these are a great bike short they aren’t too much to just wear off the bike. They come in three colors for 2013 and none of them are too loud to be worn off the bike. They feature a lot open deep pockets and a couple of Read More »

2012 Santa Cruz Jackal DJ Bike

“Santa cruz jackal '12”

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The Good: rather cheap
ready to ride from the box
nice frame
super long

The Bad: HEAVY
weird headtube angle
stock comes geared
bars too narrow
grips sucked
cassete is awfull

Overall Review: in all, a nice bike for starters. Great bang 4 the buck.

Chromag Fubar OSX Handlebar

“Chromag Fubar OSX Handlebar”

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The Good: strong and good looking

The Bad: Its difficult to chose your favorite color there are so many to chose from!

Overall Review: Very nice, strong bar. Looks great in the many colors it comes in. The whole thing just has a nice fell to it. If you purchase this bar i also recommend Chromag's basis grips

2014 Airborne HobGoblin

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“2013 Test Sessions: Airborne HobGoblin”

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Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Joe Schneider, and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman Every once in a while we test a bike that requires a completely different mentality than we are used to. Such is the case with the all-new 2013 Airborne HobGoblin. Usually we're handed bikes with top-of-the-line components, carbon this, fancy button that. Then along came the HobGoblin. No, not a hairy little man doing household chores in mythical stories, but rather a very practical, very affordable cross-country 29er with 100mm of travel. At just $1,750 complete, we suppose there is something mythical about it though. Read More »

2013 Kona Process

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“2013 Test Sessions: Kona Process”

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Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Joe Schneider, and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman Born and bred in the shred-heavy forests of Bellingham, Washington, the Kona Process has a decidedly simple, capable look to it. This bike blurs the line between all-mountain, enduro, and freeride with its 150mm of travel, 66-degree head angle, and big boy attitude. At $3,199, it's the more affordable version of the $5,499 Process DL, and just so happens to share exactly the same frame. One look at the Process and we knew we were in for some fun, so we saved it for a few of the rowdiest days of Vital's 2013 Test Sessions… Process Read More »

Shimano Zee RD-M640 Rear Derailleur

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“Tested: Shimano Zee Derailleur - Become a Trail Ninja”

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by Nick Zuzelski In the craze of clutched rear derailleur technology coming out these days, Shimano's newest offering is targeted to fit the market of gravity riders looking for performance while keeping some hard earned money in their pocket. Enter Zee. Zee RD-M640 Highlights 10-Speed Only Short Cage Weight: 250 grams MSRP: $109.99 The Zee rear derailleur features Shimano's Shadow Plus technology. Translation: The rear derailleur is strategically mounted and tucked in with a low profile design, decreasing the vulnerability of hits or impacts, and thanks to an innovative clutch, you aren't going to hear much Read More »

2013 Niner RIP 9 RDO

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“2013 Test Sessions: Niner RIP 9 RDO”

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Reviewed by Matt Thompson and Jess Pedersen // Written by Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman First introduced at Interbike 2012, the full-carbon Niner RIP 9 RDO is the next evolution of their popular and widely-loved aluminum RIP 9. Switching frame materials allowed Niner to tweak a few things and they took full advantage of the opportunity. Travel has been upped 5mm, chainstays shortened 5mm, tire clearance improved, cable routing revised and internalized, ISCG tabs added, stiffness boosted, and weight reduced… In short, they made it more capable of hauling ass and charging through the rough stuff. Read More »

2013 Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL

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“2013 Test Sessions: Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL”

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Reviewed by Steve Wentz, Joe Schneider, and Brandon Turman // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Brandon Turman The all-new, all-carbon, 650B wheel equipped 2013 Rocky Mountain Altitude came to life just a few months ago, making it a perfect candidate for Vital MTB's Test Sessions in Southern Utah. This 150mm travel rig is Rocky's flagship trail bike, designed with the goal of getting the job done well regardless of the terrain. From the first minute of the Altitude’s design process, Rocky says there was never any doubt that they would build it around 650B wheels, citing limitations of both 26-inch and 29-inch wheels for Read More »