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Crankbrothers Highline 7 Dropper Seatpost

Vital Review

“Tested: Crankbrothers Highline 7 Dropper Post”

 Crankbrothers Highline 7 Dropper Seatpost
Leaving a trail of unhappy customers in its wake, Crankbrother’s first foray into the world of dropper posts was shall we say, adventurous. They began to right the ship with the original Highline post, released in 2016, a reliable post that was really only held back by slightly slow action and the imposing overall length of the post which made it unsuitable for frames with shorter seat tubes. Fast forward to 2019, and Crankbrothers released a fully redesigned Highline family of posts, including the value-oriented Highline 3 and the premium Highline 7, tested here. After four months on the trail, time for Read More »

Shimano XT 12-Speed Cranksets

“Lightweight crankset for trail bikes”

 Shimano XT 12-Speed Cranksets

The Good:
+Super light
+Reasonable price for what it is
+Simple to install
+Nice elegant design
+Creak-free chainring interface

The Bad:
-Left crank arm splines show some wear (but never loosened)
-Feels like the arms could be stiffer (what!?)

Overall Review: So you've read every review of the new 12-speed Shimano groups and like me, XTR is too much for you. You're left with 3 options : XT, SLX or (recently) Deore... depending of what's left in stock during the pandemic. You need 165mm cranks ? Then XT or SLX are the only choices left for you. Still undecided between those two ? Read on. I can't explain why, but I've always been a fan of the SLX group. Maybe it's because of SLX components' excellent price/durability/performance ratio, or the often nicer looks over XT (in my opinion, in the past years). Once again, while choosing my new crankset, I was torn Read More »

Garmin Edge 130 Plus

Vital Review

“Small But Mighty: Garmin Edge 130 Plus”

 Garmin Edge 130 Plus
Garmin needs no introduction when it comes to sports and lifestyle wearables and various activity tracking devices. In addition to more “classic” applications, they are now making tons of other stuff that takes advantage of their knowledge and experience, from attachable radars to alert you to the presence of cars while on the bike to auto landing devices for small airplanes. We don’t have any size of airplane at all here at Vital but some of us do use a bike computer to track our rides and workouts, so we were happy to take delivery of a sample of the new Edge 130 Plus device to look into how it would perform Read More »

2021 Santa Cruz Nomad X01 Reserve Carbon CC

Vital Review

“2021 Santa Cruz Nomad V5 REVIEW”

2021 Santa Cruz Nomad X01 Reserve Carbon CC
2021 Santa Cruz Nomad V5 Highlights 27.5-inch wheels 170mm of lower link driven VPP rear travel 170mm fork Flip chip adjusts head angle by .3-degrees 64-degree head angle and 78-degree seat angle (high position) Size-specific chainstay lengths Carbon C & CC frames Reserve 30 carbon wheel options (tested) Sizes: S, M, L, XL Revised leverage curve and twin swingarm uprights 37mm fork offset Available with coil and air shocks SRAM Universal Derailleur Hanger Lifetime warranty Price: $8,699 as tested (CC X01 Reserve) Weight: 32 pounds (size medium CC X01 Reserve with FOX Float X2 shock, with pedals) Video Read More »

Industry Nine Hydra Classic 6B Rear Hub

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“I9 Hydra vs I9 Torch vs DTSwiss vs ... ”

 Industry Nine Hydra Classic 6B Rear Hub

The Good:

US made CNC-Porn 🖤
Finish is great and durable
A lot of color option Durability - no problems - I ride a lot at muddy conditions, rain and snow
Very little tolerances
Sound is great
Instant engagement

The Bad:

Sound (okay just for some, I love it🤍)
Availability in Europe (could take some weeks...)
Expensive (what is relative...)

Overall Review: First of all, I'm a I9-fan, but why? Install it and forget it! Okay that's not possible you can’t forget/ignore your I9 because: A - of great sound B - the nice finish - its an eyecatcher I have always two wheelsets for my main bike (Santa Cruz Megatower). Note: if you want a second wheelset for quick changing without a adjust brakes or shifting, use the same hub manufacture/model, same disk rotors and same cassette. Else a little adjusting is needed every time - or you can try your luck with washers (not my recommendation). One set with durable and grippy tires - for bike park, home trail up to 700hm and Read More »

e*thirteen Vario Dropper Seatpost

“e*thirteen Vario Post and Lever Close up and adjustment guide”

 e*thirteen Vario Dropper Seatpost

The Good:

Adjustable length to fit any leg inseam

The Bad:

None yet, Still new

Overall Review: e*thirteen Vario Post and Lever guide Watt On Wheels

SRAM GX Eagle Trigger Shifter

“SRAM GX group in a box”

 SRAM GX Eagle Trigger Shifter

The Good:

SRAM Eagle 12 speed

The Bad:

thats up to the rider

Overall Review: SRAM GX group in a box Watt On Wheels

SRAM GX Eagle Rear Derailleur

“SRAM GX Group in a box”

 SRAM GX Eagle Rear Derailleur

The Good:

Eagle 12 speed

The Bad:

Tricky adustment

Overall Review: SRAM GX Group in a box Watt On Wheels

Trek Ticket S Frame

“Trek Ticket S close up look and Tech talk”

 Trek Ticket S Frame

The Good:

Adustable geometry,

The Bad:

hard to find sometimes

Overall Review: Trek Ticket S Watt On Wheels

Manitou Circus Expert Fork

“Manitou Circus Pro vs Circus Expert”

 Manitou Circus Expert Fork

The Good:

Best DJ fork for the money hands down. If you ahve the extra cash get the PRO model.

The Bad:

You still have to hear about all the PIke DJ and Fox blow hards tell you their fork is better (They are not)

Overall Review: Manitou Circus Pro vs Expert Watt On Wheels