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Transition Scout Frame

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“A Modern Classic”

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The Good:

Versatile geometry.
Short wheelbase.
Good weight.
Bottom bracket very low in stock configuration (may also be a negative).
Solid Syntace axle and frame hardware.

The Bad:

Poorly implemented cable routing.
Short bearing lifespan.
Bottom bracket very low in stock configuration (may also be a positive).

Overall Review:

The Scout is an incredibly versatile, fun and surprisingly capable bike. It can be built into a potent weapon for XC to Enduro and everything in between. With some tough tyres and a taller fork I’ve ridden at DH venues alongside DH bikes and the Scout has proven itself extremely capable. The original stock builds came with a 140mm fork meaning the bottom bracket was pretty much on the floor. It’s easily remedied by using a taller fork and because the BB is so low you can happily run anything up to 160mm at the front which in turn will slacken out the head angle and provide more gravity ability - one of the reasons this bike is Read More »

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2017 Ibis Ripley LS GX Eagle Bike

“2018 Ibis Ripley LS Ride Review & Impressions Video”

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The Good:

Climbing rocket || Stiff rear end || Decently bottomless || Playful for a 29er

The Bad:

Front end doesn't match the stiffness of the rear || Deore brakes on a $4700 bike??? || Speed compound Nobby Nic not as grippy up front.

Overall Review: <p>Hey everyone, got the chance to take out the 2018 Ibis Ripley LS. Quick impressions are this thing is a climbing rocket. If you like to put in the miles and vertical this is the perfect bike. The front wasn't near as stiff as the rear however so a stiffer fork and maybe a 140mm fork could serve this bike well. Hope you enjoy the video. </p>
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Vital MTB member TamiJean
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Race Face Turbine Dropper 1x Remote

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“Race Face Turbine Dropper 1x Remote”

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The Good:

Looks great, burly and strong, excellent ergonomics, overall excellent lever

The Bad:

A bit on the heavy side at 60 grams, can't integrate (bolt on) to brake levers

Overall Review:

In the world of mechanical seat post droppers, there tends to be an endless list of options which grows with each manufacturing year. Many of these options come with everything you need to have it fully functional while others only include the post itself, like the Fox Transfer post. If you’re in need a mechanical lever, there are quite a few options out there. One of the most popular aftermarket levers is the Race Face Turbine X1. I got my hands on one and with several months of riding on it, here are my impressions. Key Specs: Constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum Bearing assisted lever pivot 2 Read More »

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Vital MTB member dirtworks911
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Rocky Mountain Slayer 790 MSL Frame

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“Rocky Mountain Slayer 790 MSL Frame”

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The Good:

The paint job, OMG! Pedals remarkably well for 165mm of travel (even better with a climb switch) Steep seat tube angle makes steep climbs feel more natural Eats up the DH like obesity if the new “Black” RIDE-4 chip makes for an incredibly adjustable bike Outstanding cable routing. Di2 compatible (if you’re into that) Maintenance free frame and is running smooth!

The Bad:

Stock Float X2 shock lacks 2-position climb switch (which makes a noticeable difference) Press-fit bottom bracket (from a mechanical standpoint) 20” seattube length of the X-Large frame is too tall for aggressive riding.

Overall Review:

By definition, the Rocky Mountain Slayer sounds nothing short of gruesome and many owners of the previous model can vouch of that. In 2017 Rocky reintroduced this horror creature with a few modern updates. I’ve been fortunate enough to have 6+ months on it. Below are my impressions on the new Rocky Mountain Slayer: Key Specs: 148mm “Boost” Rear Axle Spacing 165mm Rear Travel 27.5" wheels (26”+ compatible) Full carbon frame, rear triangle, and rocker link. Integrated upper chain retention guide 2/3 lower ISCG-05 tabs for bashguard compatibility Molded rubber swingarm and downtube protection SmoothWall linkage Read More »

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Vital MTB member dirtworks911
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SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork

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“Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork”

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According to basic economic theory, competition in a marketplace is a good thing. As more of a certain type of product comes to market, performance should improve and/or pricing should fall. Does the latest version of the SR Suntour Durolux fit this mold by offering top rung performance at a lower price point? We spent the better part of a summer trying to answer this question. With roots dating clear back to 1912, SR Suntour is not a new company. From the invention of the slant-parallelogram derailleur in 1964 to today, they now hold a formidable post as a major suspension manufacturer and OEM supplier to more Read More »

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Four Four Three Momentum Complete Wheel

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“First Ride: Four Four Three Momentum Wheelset”

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Anew brand in the component market, Four Four Three is on a mission to provide quality wheels at affordable prices. After extensive prototyping and testing phases, they are now bringing their first four products to market, and we’ve spent some time putting their heavy-hitting Momentum wheelset to work on the trail. Read on to find out more! Four Four Three Momentum Highlights Aluminum 6061 T6 sleeved rim Rim Finish: Sandblast Rim Dimensions: outer 35mm/ inner 30mm /height 28mm Hole Count: 32H Disk Mount: IS (6 Bolts) Tubeless Ready, rimstrip and Presta valves installed from factory Decals printed onto pro grade Read More »

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2018 Giant Trance 2 Bike

“2018 Giant Trance 2 Ride Review & Impression Video”

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The Good:

Spec for price is excellent! || Grip damper in Fox 34 is impressive || Smooth and Plush || Comfortable Geometry for all day riding || Can be configured to do more! || New Meastro Suspension much easier to set up

The Bad:

Noticeable Bob when Climbing || Not the most Stable when the hits get bigger

Overall Review: <p>Overall this was a great bike and the things I wrote under "The Bad" were very nit picky. What you get for the money is almost too good to be true and if someone wanted to start here and upgrade parts, there is almost no better platform. </p>
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Vital MTB member TamiJean
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2017 Yeti SB5.5 TURQ X01 Eagle Bike

“Yeti SB5.5 Ride Review & Impressions Video”

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The Good:

Very efficient climbing // Very sensitive and plush when descending // Perfect Spec as long as you like Sram

The Bad:

A little expensive but worth it.

Overall Review: <p>Hop over to my ride review video to hear my full impressions about this bike. Feel free to ask any questions there or here and I will try and answer them </p>
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Vital MTB member TamiJean
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100% Hydromatic Riding Short

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“First Ride: 100% Hydromatic Jacket and Short”

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How much effort do you give? That is the question that 100%’s founder would often ask, and the answer became the brand’s name of course. Giving 100% implies riding not only when it’s sunny, so naturally the company decided it needed to offer something to cover up with for those rainy days as well. Enter the Hydromatic line, a jacket and short made out of lightweight, waterproof and breathable fabrics that will keep you dry even if the heavens should open up on you mid-ride. We’ve had them out for a spin, read on to find out how we got along. 100% Hydromatic Jacket Highlights 100% Hydromatic Short Highlights Read More »

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100% Hydromatic Jacket

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“First Ride: 100% Hydromatic Jacket and Short”

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How much effort do you give? That is the question that 100%’s founder would often ask, and the answer became the brand’s name of course. Giving 100% implies riding not only when it’s sunny, so naturally the company decided it needed to offer something to cover up with for those rainy days as well. Enter the Hydromatic line, a jacket and short made out of lightweight, waterproof and breathable fabrics that will keep you dry even if the heavens should open up on you mid-ride. We’ve had them out for a spin, read on to find out how we got along. 100% Hydromatic Jacket Highlights 100% Hydromatic Short Highlights Polyester/Elastane Read More »

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