Liked a comment on the item The Lightest MTB Full Face? See the Troy Lee Designs Stage Helmet and 2018 Sneak Peek - Sea Otter Classic 4/21/2018 6:56 AM

Ah man, Gutted I didnt get to see that! I asked about it when i was at the booth! Apparently the Vital boys have a lot more pull than my random bro self pullin in with a beer in hand.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/7/2018 5:27 AM

Jesse, ya pinner! It's really awesome to see you chiming in and I appreciate your thoughts.

We would LOVE to do a test in the manner you've proposed for the reasons you stated. It would be the gold standard for a pure frame test, no doubt. There are some big hurdles we'd have to overcome to...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/7/2018 5:24 AM

One of the testers did race enduro last year, and placed on the pro podium at Vail's Outlier Enduro. That tester also has raced DH, and was a 'Junior X' XC racer years ago, and loves to dirt jump. The other tester rides more bikes in this category than many, has raced DH, did XC events in his...more

Added bike check Uncle Cliffy's 2018 DeVinci Spartan 12/2/2017 4:13 PM
Added a comment about photo Hmmmm 3/23/2017 11:50 PM

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 6:33 PM

Pedal kickback is mostly felt when the suspension compresses during pedaling on bigger cogs on the rear, and at slow speeds (rocky climbs are a good example). On small rear cogs and fast speeds the kickback is hard to feel. At higher speeds the pedals not always rotate backward,...more

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 11:01 AM

Definitely smoother than what's in that video, but there are some sections that are similar. It's best you just come and see for yourself bud...

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 11:00 AM

Genuinely appreciate your opinion, Cliffy! It may be a matter of where you ride and your chosen gearing combo. Can you describe the trails a bit? Tucson is a full-on, unrelenting square edge chunk fest in sections.

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 11:00 AM

You're on the money, which is why our conclusion points to a similar type of rider to what you describe.

Without testing to the extreme end of things it's impossible to know where a bike excels and struggles. The variety of terrain in Tucson allowed us to find where the Recluse...more

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/19/2017 10:32 PM

Great review as usual guys. I've had this machine for a couple weeks now and I'm really impressed with it so far. I'm coming off a DeVinci Spartan and I feel I've upgraded. I was actually hoping to get into the new Troy XO, but build kits weren't going to be available until June. I'm happy I ended up on this...

I have to admit I'm confused about the pedal kickback and shock rate data. Any faults in its design are not apparent to me on the descents. I haven't ridden as many bikes as you guys obviously, but I'm stoked on how this bike feels playful, stable, and very efficient. I've straight-lined all the technical stuff I can find around here.I think it soaks up things better than the 165mm bike I came off of...

I gotta say though, I might not be doing that much anymore after seeing what happened to the wheels.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:55 AM

It's great to hear support for brands and pedals that weren't included in this test. We'll work to include them in future revisions of this feature. We plan to update it (and all future Face Offs) on at least a yearly basis.

While we wish we could physically test all of the pedals out there, it's...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:53 AM

I am with you on Twenty6!! My favorite too. Tyler is an amazing guy and I love the grip on them. The bonus is getting them custom engraved for the win!

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:53 AM

Great review, but what about Twenty6 Predators? Super expensive but top dogs in my book and great customer service.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:53 AM

I call bullshit, you include Crank Brothers flats and yet don't include Twenty6? So you don't care for American manufacturing then? They are milled and made in Montana. Tyler's Predators are hands down the very finest, grippiest flats on the planet.

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Added bike check Uncle Cliffy's Intense M16c 5/13/2016 11:35 PM
Liked a comment on the item Steve Smith Passes Away at Age 26 5/10/2016 9:43 PM

Rest in peace Sender. You were taken way too soon. We will miss you : (

Liked a comment on the item Remembering Kelly McGarry 2/1/2016 1:39 PM

This morning has been a whirlwind of emotions. Trying to fight back tears and sadness, while simultaneously laughing at some of the adventures and stories. Kelly was an amazing person and I'm fortunate enough to have known him for a number of years.

One of the Kelly memories that came up this morning was from...more

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Maxxis Aggressor 1/21/2016 7:36 PM

Stay tuned! Aggressor will be available for 26" and 29" later in the year.