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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 Wonny wrote several great reviews, and we'd like to highlight the ones that helped earned him the Top Reviewer spot.


Schwalbe Hans Dampf Tire - "The Super Gravity Hans Dampf (26in x 2.35) tire is an evolutionary step forward in downhill tire construction. The innovative carcass, reinforced folding bead, snakeskin protection and tubeless ready design creates an enduro/dh tire that is 250 to 300 lighter than a comparable 2 ply tire. I was eager to find out if this tire was tough enough to handle real world downhill trail conditions.

I've ridden these tires (Trail Star Front, Pace Star rear set up tubeless) on rocky, loose downhill trails, super fast single track and bike park jump lines. What I noticed right away was how fast these tires rolled compared to my 2 ply 2.5 Minions! The reduced rolling resistance is remarkable. I was also impressed with the durability and stability of the Hans Dampf SG tire. The tire did not squirm under hard cornering or burp out tire sealant on hard landings or rocky sections. So far, the lighter construction has not compromised performance.

If you need an all around tread pattern tire for enduro, dh or aggressive trail riding, I highly recommend the Hans Dampf Super Gravity tire."


Shimano SLX M666 Disc Brake - "I ran these brakes hard this season - bike park, dh shuttle laps, aggressive trails. What impressed me most was the consistent braking power even on the longest downhills. The oversized ceramic pistons and ice tech brake pads keep the system fade free. The lever design is comfortable for 1 finger braking. I found the tool free reach adjustment very convenient. Coming from Avid brakes, I had to get used to the power of the Shimano brakes. The power comes on more quickly, requiring the rider to not drag their brakes. SLX brakes require less pressure to engage thereby reducing hand fatigue. In addition, I feel that I can brake later into corners which increases my speed.At $125 per brake, these are the best performing brakes on the market. Get them. You won't regret it."

Big congrats to Wonny! 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 December.

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