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Earn $100 at Jenson USA for Your Vital MTB Member Reviews

Every 30 days we award the Top User Reviewer with a little prize. This month Jenson USA pitched in a $100 gift card! Vital MTB member MTBcanuck wrote eleven reviews, earning the Top Reviewer spot. Here's a recap of his best:

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FOX Transfer Dropper Post - "I have used both the Kashima Factory and the Performance dropper models, and although the internals are the same, the Kashima did seem smoother overall and may last longer. Overall through the six month test I have not had any inconsistency with air, the post brake, or the cable lever. The infinite braking system worked flawlessly through both dry dusty terrain, as well as wet and muddy conditions. The lever and cable has been precise and has not needed any maintenance or needed to be changed throughout the six months. I have zero complaints about the performance, and have not seen any inconsistencies at either the top or bottom of the dropper range. I did notice that there is a little wiggle play in the saddle attachment with both dropper posts that I have used. It didn't effect the performance at all so I don't see it as a negative. Overall the performance is satisfactory at all times." - Read more»

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Deity Knuckleduster Grip - "My first impression of the grips were the feel, which was not as skinny as other grips that I had used previous. However, they felt comfortable and in riding scenarios I didn't feel that I was getting bad arm pump or fatigue. The next thing I noticed was the sheer amount of grip that I was getting with these grips, given the design it gives your hand a lot to hold on to. I further noticed this one day when I forgot my gloves, and noticed that I still felt comfortable riding as hard as I normally would with the grip that I had without gloves being worn.

Overall I found that they have been my favorite grips and there was not much negative I found in them besides the fact that its only a single lock-on system. Here is why. I found in one "oh crap" casing type moment the grip rotated on me. Now this may have been improper torque settings, but I always use a torque wrench so I doubt that was the case. However, this has only happened on one occasion and has not happened since. Another thing which is not as big of a deal, but the exterior portion of the grip is a little soft. In scenarios where my hands come on to the bar on the outside of the grip, it doesn't feel quite as firm and doesn't provide as good of a foundation as the exterior portion of dual lock on grips." - Read more»

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Yeti SB5.5c X01 - "The Yeti SB5.5c has not ceased to amaze me in what it is capable of, and I never find myself wanting or being envious of other bikes.

The SB5.5c tracks everything extremely well, and the linkage system finds a find line between performance and function. It doesn't blow through the travel although it has good small bump sensitivity when set up properly. I tried the bike with the float x as well as with the x2 and preferred the x2 for adjustment purposes. The infinity system allows for limited pedal bob and makes this bike a capable climbing machine, however where it really shines is on the descents!

Point this thing up, down, and around and enjoy the ride! With the x2 I didn't find myself needing to use climb switch as the infinity linkage does a good job and I was happy with the performance given the rocky terrain I was riding. However, if I was riding a smoother trail I would opt to stiffen up the linkage with the climb switch. I found that this bike performed best the faster you rode through sections of trail. When riding very slow, it wasn't my favorite but was still very capable and easy to move around. I highly recommend this bike." - Read more»


Big congrats to MTBcanuck! Thanks for helping out the riding scene with your thoughts on these products.

Want to be in the running for next month's award? Start reviewing the parts you use in the Vital MTB Product Guide and keep an eye on the Top Reviewer leaderboard. We'll announce the next winner in early August.

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