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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

Vital Review

“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 »

Guerrilla Gravity GG/DH Frame

“Sweet ride in a amazingly simple package”

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The Good: No Flex / Easy to tune / Simple maintenance / Great geometry options / Clean cable routing / Easy to build up / Great on fast or steep tight trails / Pedals well / No noticeable brake-jack

The Bad: Hummmm of the top of my head I can't think of any to date...

Overall Review: The GG/DH is on par or surpasses many of the current mainstream downhill bikes. A weekend warrior or a seasoned racer can set-up the bike for fun and to win races. I know for a fact that the bike can be built up to a 36.5Lb race bike with basic downhill parts. It is a great bike to ride, rails corners, rips through steep gnarly trail sections and is simple to maintain. Set up is super easy with the GG/DH baseline recommendations, a couple runs to tweak in the suspension to personal preference, and the bike is ready for race day.

Santa Cruz Heckler Frame

“you to spend hours with it enjoying”

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The Good: one very agile bike in slow single track , does not require much experience to enjoy.Very comfortable, lets spend many hours on it.

The Bad: Tihs is a weak bike, you can not require too much of it, but the price is justified

Overall Review: You can not put chain guide. It's a pretty simple bike which corresponds very well to the less demanding!

Kore OCD Handlebar

Vital Review

“Tested: KORE OCD Bars, Repute Stem, and Rivera Lock-On Grips - Back in the Game”

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by Kevin Shiramizu KORE has been around for a long time and to be honest, I haven’t given them much thought since I was last shopping for a 120mm cross-country stem and some kinked bar ends, which was like two years ago. No wait, 12 years ago. But then these spiffy new bars, stem, and grips showed up for review and I realized, I should pay more attention to KORE because someone woke up something good inside those company walls. KORE looks to be back in a big way for 2013. OCD Handlebar Highlights AL7050-T6 Triple Butted 31.8mm Bar Clamp Diameter 5 Degree Upsweep, 7 Degree Backsweep Zero, 20mm, 35mm Rise Options 800mm Wide HRT Read More »