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The Ultimate Park Bike? Vital's Yeti SB165 Project
The Ultimate Park Bike? Vital's Yeti SB165 Project
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8/10/2020 11:01 PM

Wrap it Up! Race Face Stash Wrap
Wrap it Up! Race Face Stash Wrap
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8/10/2020 1:49 PM

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Four Exciting Electric Mountain Bikes Reviewed Head-to-Head 8/10/2020 10:01 AM

Much like Brandon said, the biggest reason I would foresee people not making a bike like the Levo their "one-and-only" would be legal access to trails. If you can't enjoy your favorite trail, I can't see any point.

I'm like you, I own one bike that is suited to where I live and that's my go-to rig. For reasons beyond legal access (which I have loads of) the e-bike is still number four or five on the list.

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Added a new video Mt Bachelor's Steepest, Most Technical Trail with Cam McCaul 8/10/2020 7:11 AM

Part 2 out of 3 of my little series of vids showing some of my favorite trails at @Mt. Bachelor bike park. This time we are riding the trail, "Rockfall" -- a trundling bundle of goodness; that goodness gracious, was gracious enough to spit us all out in one piece. Steeper than the trail we were on last week (which was "Rattlesnake") and even more technical. Dusty Wygle and Matt "Oatman" Edleston joined in on the action this time around and consumed more Dust than the recommended daily dosage. Next week will be the final part of the Mt. Bachelor Bike Park trail series and we'll be hitting "Redline," which is Bachelor's flagship jump trail... and it's ridiculously fun. See ya then, and thanks for watching. -Cam Shot and edited by // John Reynolds Additional footage by // Jonathon Chandler

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Added a new video Brandon Semenuk, Just Out for a Trail Ride... 8/10/2020 6:43 AM

Big bikes, small bikes, hardtail, or full suspension... Brandon Semenuk holds a style Ph.D. on all of them. Cascade takes us deep into the forests of British Columbia where the Canadian slopestyle star has been ripping on his trail bike lately.

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The $99 Dropper Seatpost is Here
The $99 Dropper Seatpost is Here
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8/7/2020 7:48 AM

Added a new video Mike Hopkins Wants You to Get Out and Ride - The Spirit of Adventure 8/6/2020 1:48 PM

Think of all those incredibly uncomfortable situations you have found yourself over the years, and they were right there with ya... hell, they were the ones that talked you into it. They have a way of making the unknown something we can't live without, you could even call them the curators of curiosity. They were the ones that introduced us to skids and wheelies and the long way home. They are the master manipulators of "Just a bit Further", that can't even spell "Straight and Narrow". They are our best friend's and worst enemies, the curious, the wild, the irrational voices of awesome... The Spirit of Adventure!

  • Presented By: Diamondback Bikes
  • Written / Directed / Edited By: Scotty Carlson and Mike Hopkins
  • Produced By: Mike Hopkins and Juicy Studios
  • Rider: Mike Hopkins
  • Cinematography: Alex Fostvedt and Derek Frankowski
  • Narration / Spirit of Adventure: Colby James West
  • Sound Design: Keith White Audio
  • Colour: Sam Gilling
  • Adventure Rig: Haanjo 8C Carbon

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Added a new video Everesting in Colorado's High Country Singletrack 8/6/2020 1:14 PM

Inspired by Rebecca Rusch's "Giddy Up For Good" climbing challenge for Covid-19 relief, Payson McElveen set out Everest 100% on high country singletrack in an effort to explore his limits and rediscover the childhood feelings of self-discovery that drew him to bike riding many years before.

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Giant's All-New Trance X 29
Giant's All-New Trance X 29
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8/5/2020 9:00 AM

Added a new video Fabio Wibmer's Signature MT5 Magura Brake 8/5/2020 8:39 AM

The true value of a pair of on-point brakes is demonstrated right at the beginning of the first clip: A quick pull on the lever of the Magura MT5 Fabio Wibmer Signature brake and Fabio’s hectic and busy life comes to a halt, giving Fabio some spare time to go and shred his home trails. Here too, the powerful four-piston-brake in Fabio’s new black-and-gold signature look proves its potential during never-ending nose manuals, precise jumps, and steep downhills.

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Kona's Big Bike is Big News
Kona's Big Bike is Big News
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8/5/2020 7:56 AM

Added a new video The Crossover of Mountain Bike and Powersports Suspension Development at FOX 8/5/2020 6:14 AM

How do powersports influence mountain bike suspension design? Does mountain biking influence powersports? We talked with Bill Brown, director of engineering for bike suspension, to find out what advantages exist when working alongside powersports engineering.

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Added a new video You Should Know the Name, Warren Kniss 8/4/2020 1:39 PM

7 Reasons Why You Should Know the Name, Warren Kniss

Although this 23-year-old shredder has mostly been under the radar, Warren’s talents on and off the racecourse are making waves. Here are a few reasons why you should care: 

1. “He’s the most stylish rider in town.” When that quote comes from Ryan “R-Dog” Howard and that town is Santa Cruz, California, that says a lot. The small coastal community is known around the world as an epicenter of action sports, including (and especially) mountain biking. Warren’s regular riding buddies include world cup downhillers like Kieran MacKinnon, pro cyclocross/XC racers like Tobin Ortenblad, and rockstar freeride/dirt jumpers like R-Dog. “The level of riding in Santa Cruz is crazy,” says Warren. “I think it pushes us all to be better.” 

2. He’s Napalm Approved. Warren joined Shaun Palmer’s Intense Junior Development team to race junior DH world cups in 2015. “That was really the start of racing for me,” Warren says. “I got lucky with that team. Palmer was a mentor for me and really helped my confidence.” 

3. Yeti signed Warren to the development team this season to focus on enduro racing. Considering Yeti Cycles’ legacy of identifying and nurturing up-and-coming riders, this alone is a strong statement. Richie Rude, Jared Graves, Aaron Gwin, Jill Kintner, Missy Giove, Myles Rockwell, and John Tomac all raced in turquoise in the early stages of their careers. Could Warren Kniss be the next legendary talent to emerge from the program?

4. Style and speed: Warren’s skate/BMX/moto-influenced riding style speaks for itself. “I grew up riding Post Office,” Warren says. “From age 11 to about 16 or 17, dirt jumping was all that I wanted to do. When Post Office went away and it was like, 'What do we do now?' That’s when I discovered downhill. Downhill was just so cool… a mix of everything that I like: moto, BMX, mountain bikes, just perfect for me and I got super into it, just so pumped on everything about it. Enduro is like that for me now.”

5. He’s juggling a full-time job as a heavy equipment operator, full-time college student, and full-time training until the race season restarts. “I’m studying communications right now,” he says. “Because communicating effectively can apply to anything. But the end goal, when I’m done racing, is to be a tactical pilot. I want to fly for Cal Fire”

6. Full commitment: Warren says, “I find training fun. I really like the feeling of getting better and stronger. I ride a ton of moto, go to the gym.” Despite his dirt jump and skate background, he’s a true racer and he has the work ethic to prove it.

7. He’s got something to prove: “This was the year that I was supposed to show everyone that I could keep pace with the top guys,” he says. “I really wanted to show Damion (Yeti team manager) that I could put in the work and have some results. The fact that this season has been delayed … I wouldn’t say it’s heartbreaking, because these things happen … It’s just kind of uncertain for me. Hopefully, next year happens, I really want to do something.”

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Added a new video Always with the Massive Gaps, Braydon Bringhurst in SOLACE 8/3/2020 12:24 PM

“Having cycling through these hard days has helped me find solace,” says Braydon Bringhurst. “The feeling of getting through an incredibly tough climb followed by the thrill and stoke of the descent gives me hope.”

Watch Braydon’s newest edit SOLACE and read below to learn how one of the most talented trail riders on a mountain bike today is helping to pay it forward—by inspiring riders to ride through his videos and contributing to the growth of mountain biking, firsthand.

Vital MTB: What was your motivation to create SOLACE?

Braydon Bringhurst: I wanted to create something that resonates with other riders to showcase just how fortunate we are to have mountain bikes to get out and be free. I can only speak for myself, but having cycling through these hard days has helped me find solace. I think any form of cycling is far more unifying than dividing. I think there is a unifying element for people who use two wheels to find comfort these days. For me, ever since I was a little kid, I would go ride my bike to deal with life—for good or for bad.

How would you describe the terrain in SOLACE?

The terrain in this film was very much motorcycle trails. This is just outside Boise, Idaho, in the Boise mountains. Fifteen years ago, as a kid, I would go ride my CRF 250 there and I remembered how beautiful it was. Taking my mountain bike up there made me appreciate the beauty that much more. I imagine shooting this project out on moto trails will draw some people to go explore moto trails in their area. I’m not sure whether it’s a good thing or bad thing, but I do know that it got me away from the thousands of local trail users right outside the Boise area. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t immensely enjoy it.

From the outside looking in, it appears you work hard to better yourself as a rider, as well as to develop your local trail scene—what’s your focus for 2020?

Focusing on personal skill development to enjoy my daily ride and then getting involved with my community is what gets me stoked. So that is where my passion and energy go. I also love making films and showcasing mountain biking the way I enjoy it: Climbs, descents, jibs—I love it all. It’s not a typical approach, but it works for me. I would go as far as to say that I don’t consider myself a mountain bike athlete. I would more consider myself a mountain bike enthusiast and ambassador. I feel way more passion and excitement in that area. I just love riding mountain bikes and getting people involved and into the sport.

How did you get into trail advocacy around Boise?

I got a message from Canyon Bikes in 2018 that said: “We love what you’re doing. How can we support you?” I was doing local clinics to help beginners, doing group rides, and posting some clips that got some good stoke. I knew I wanted to continue doing community stuff, but I also knew I wanted to make MTB films. I figured the more support I could get for making films and riding, the more I could do for my community and make a real difference right around my home. I proposed to get a couple of film budgets to make some films. I would have never asked to get paid for just riding, but getting some film budgets was something I felt appropriate. After the first film TRANSCEND in Moab, I really felt the support and encouragement come. It was then that I started setting time aside to really develop more and more skills to become the best rider that I could be. I think the thing that excites me the most is that the possibilities seem endless—both in my community and my skills on the bike. My buddy Kirk Cheney, myself, and pretty much everyone else in Boise started the Boise Mountain Bike Festival. Boise is an incredibly tight-knit cycling community and I am so fortunate to be a part of it. And as far as riding, I feel I have a ton of work to grow and develop in becoming the best overall mountain bike rider that I can become—the sky is truly the limit for both of those aspects.

Can you tell us more about the trail advocacy programs you’re involved with, in Idaho?

I really try to do my best to help riders ride. I’m always trying to do better, but last year—with the help of my sponsor—I was able to put together a raffle that raised around $14K for my local trail organization, SWIMBA. Mountain biking is only going to continue to grow if support is given to those that advocate and get their hands dirty building and maintaining the trails—without it, the sport will plateau or fade. I have a major passion for helping this sport grow, so sharing my resources to help that cause really isn’t that much of a sacrifice. I feel fortunate to be part of the mountain bike community and finding ways to give back is an expression of that gratitude.

What other groups and trail advocacy efforts are you contributing to this year?

This year has been obviously full of challenges, but I want to organize something to not only help and support our local trail organization but help with some other inspiring non-profits, as well. There are two more non-profits that I want to be able to help get some funds to and the first of the two is Dirt Dolls—a women’s organization that has 300-400 participants each year coming out for group rides, get-togethers, clinics and it’s all for women to have that comradery with. They are truly doing incredible things and they are one of the many reasons why Boise has such a wonderful cycling community. The second is a non-profit called the Boise Bicycle Project. They are determined to get bikes in the hands of the underprivileged and those that can’t afford a newer bike. The funds that would go to them would go specifically to a program that supports mechanics in training to help get bikes rolling again. So between SWIMBA, Dirt Dolls, and The Boise Bicycle Project, there is a major need of help in my area. During this time of distress and difficulty, many of us are turning to our bikes. I hope we don’t forget to support those that have helped build the sport and are out there trying to fight for more trails. If you can give, please give. If times are tough and you’re unable to give, no worries.

Where do you find inspiration to continue pursuing your cycling dreams?

I want to continue developing all the aspects of riding that I am working on for my current and upcoming film projects—I have some pretty high expectations on riding that I want to accomplish. I also recently started a non-profit called “Build. Support. Ride.” that is going to have a raffle go live here soon to raise funds for local non-profit organizations to continue doing rad things for the Boise community.

If the pandemic ends tomorrow, who are you riding with and where?

Oh man, probably going riding with some of my good buddies right at home. I just love the approach we have of getting out early for a nice adrenaline-pumping ride before the day begins.


  • Height: 5-foot 9-inches
  • Weight: 160 lbs
  • Frame: Canyon Spectral CFR 9.0
  • Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate, 150mm, Pressure: 95 psi
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, Pressure: 200 psi
  • Bottom Bracket: Pressfit DUB
  • Cranks: SRAM XX1, 175mm
  • Chainring: SRAM, 34T
  • Cassette: SRAM Eagle XX1, 10-50T
  • Chain: SRAM Eagle XX1
  • Wheels: ZIPP 3Zero Moto
  • Tires: Maxxis DHF EXO, 27.5x2.5-inch
  • Front Tire Pressure: 29 psi, Rear Tire Pressure: 31 psi
  • Handlebar: Deity Brendog, 760mm
  • Stem: Deity Copperhead 35mm
  • Grips: Deity Waypoint
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb AXS, 170mm
  • Saddle: Deity Speedtrap

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The Yeti ARC is Back in the Lineup
The Yeti ARC is Back in the Lineup
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8/4/2020 6:51 AM

Added a new video Planting Fresh Doubles in Brendan Fairclough's Jump Garden 8/3/2020 7:05 AM

Finally back in the backyard, building a new line of dirt jumps. This week we wanted to mix it up and build a new line. Cant wait to ride the jumps and peel off on to the new line. It will join back in the original line after the whale tail. So good to be back in the backyard. Now lockdown has ended its great to be using the dirt jumps again and not because its the only mountain biking I am allowed to do. Cant wait to keep building these over the next few months. Who knows if the World Cups don't go ahead, I might be spending the whole season on the jumps. Let us know in the comments what we could keep adding to the line. Follow us at - @brendog1

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