Dak ALMOST Wins a World Cup (Again) | Vital's B Practice Podcast - Val di Sole
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by Vital MTB
3w ago
What could have been! After a long stint in the hot seat with a time that bested the season's biggest names, the last man down the hill squashed our tall bar savior's dreams of winning his first World Cup. We were filled with mixed emotions as reality set in that we'd have to wait a little longer to see Dak take that elusive first win, but what a treat to watch Amaury Pierron piece together a historic run that cemented his return to the top of the sport. We chatted a lot about the wet, slippery conditions that made Val di Sole particularly difficult this year. Dak weighed in on where Amaury m ..read more
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RACE DAY - Val di Sole World Cup Downhill
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by Vital MTB
1M ago
Visit Jenson USA  - FREE BONUS CARD valued at up to $1000 with the purchase of eligible Santa Cruz bikes & frames! Passionate interviews from the Val di Sole World Cup Downhill today as Amaury Pierron and Tahnee Seagrave return to the top of the podium! Interviews 0:32 - Tahnee Seagrave 1:26 - Amaury Pierron 6:21 - Dakotah Norton 8:24 - Marine Cabirou 8:58 - Cory Rimmer (Dak's trackside coach) 11:54 - Finn Iles 14:16 - Myriam Nicole 16:15 - Troy Brosnan 18:44 - Luca Shaw 21:55 - Loic Bruni ..read more
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Deep Dive - 2025 RockShox Fork and Shock Updates With Chris Mandell
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by Vital MTB
1M ago
After years of success, RockShox has updated its trail and gravity suspension lineup with some new internals for model year '25. The latest Charger 3.1 damper is now found across all fork models, while rear shocks gain an XL air can option and a high-flow main piston for Super Deluxe models. They have also re-introduced the Vivid Coil shock with some technology derived from the Vivid Air released last year.  We sat down with Chris Mandell from SRAM and RockShox to help make sense of all  the technical. We discussed the motivation behind the changes made, how they were achieved, and ..read more
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Leogang Post-Race & Val di Sole Pre-Race Show - Vital's B Practice Podcast
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by Vital MTB
1M ago
A track on the circuit that always provides dramatic, legendary race runs, this year at Leogang was fairly uneventful. A business as usual World Cup, you could say. Rain throughout the week provided some of the most changing and challenging conditions hit the #notabikepark track, with the lower woods being the deciding factor on race day. There was exciting racing across each category, highlighted by a dominating victory in both women’s fields, an upset in the Junior men’s race, and another elite men’s podium filled with new and returning names. With a tight turnaround heading into Val di Sol ..read more
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How Does Loic Bruni Keep Track of Those Buttons?
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by Vital MTB
1M ago
Loic Bruni has five different electronic buttons on his prototype Specialized Demo downhill bike, and we're not even talking about shift levers. He, his mechanic Jack and Ohlins are all pretty tight-lipped about the functions they serve, but today we got a bit of information from the current World Cup DH leader himself. SuperBruni confirms the buttons are not Skittles, he seemingly teases that they're for playing music, and then says their function should be pretty easy to figure out. When asked if using them is confusing, he admits that keeping track of them is not easy and there are risks as ..read more
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Living on a Prayer and GoFundMe with Seton Tuning DH Team
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by Vital MTB
1M ago
GoFundme to support Seton Tuning DH Team Phil Seton, manager of Pole Factory Racing, shares the story of keeping his team alive after Pole Bikes went into administration a week before Fort William. All team budget was pulled and they were left with a decision to race or pack it up. Phil decided to use his personal money to get Onni Rainio and Dan Slack to Fort William and Poland. Onni had a personal best at Fort William and Dan Slack had his best-ever finish making finals and breaking the beam with a 28th in Poland. With the help of a GoFundMe, they're successfully attending Leogang this week ..read more
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Who Will Be Fast in Leogang?! Vital Downhill Fantasy Pre-Race Show
The Inside Line Podcast | Vital MTB
by Vital MTB
1M ago
What a start to the 2024 World Cup downhill season we've had! Fort William properly kicked things off with a gnarly track and insane racing, followed by a new venue in Poland that produced one of the best tracks and tightest races we've seen in years. Now, after a brief two-week pause, racing resumes this weekend in Leogang, Austria. A classic track that always delivers dramatic racing, there are exciting stories shaping up in each category that will be fun to watch play out over the weekend.  Join Vital's own Jason Schroeder, ex-World Cup mechanic John Hall, and podcast co-host and cont ..read more
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Who to Watch in Leogang! Vital Downhill Fantasy Pre-Race Show
The Inside Line Podcast
by Vital MTB
1M ago
What a start to the 2024 World Cup downhill season we've had! Fort William properly kicked things off with a gnarly track and insane racing, followed by a new venue in Poland that produced one of the best tracks and tightest races we've seen in years. Now, after a brief two-week pause, racing resumes this weekend in Leogang, Austria. A classic track that always delivers dramatic racing, there are exciting stories shaping up in each category that will be fun to watch play out over the weekend.  Join Vital's own Jason Schroeder, ex-World Cup mechanic John Hall, and podcast co-host and cont ..read more
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Tight Times and Dangerous Inside Lines - B Practice Podcast - Bielsko Biała, Poland
The Inside Line Podcast | Vital MTB
by Vital MTB
1M ago
After a rocky (literally) start to the 2024 season in Fort William, a fresh track with a good mix of features and fluctuating speeds greeted racers for the second round in Poland. Speculation surrounding speed suits and electronic lockouts was replaced by the buzz of line choice and rut formation. In the end, it was a battle for thousandths of a second, and who could predict and adapt to the ever-evolving conditions best after some race day rain. The cream is definitely beginning to rise to the top in each category, but holy cow, there are a lot of names fighting for the podium! Our guy Stack ..read more
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RACE DAY Interviews - World Cup DH Poland
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by Vital MTB
1M ago
With positions separated by just hundredths of seconds, the 2024 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill near Bielsko-Biala, Poland, was a fan and racer favorite even with it being a first-time venue. Listen to the podium finishers and more as they discuss how it all went down. Interviews 0:00 - Ronan Dunne 2:10 - John Lawlor 3:47 - Dakotah Norton 7:02 - Marine Cabirou 8:35 - Asa Vermette 9:25 - Neko Mulally 10:35 - Heather Wilson 11:51 - Loic Bruni 14:04 - Camille Balanche 15:37 - Nina Hoffmann 18:16 - Loris Vergier 19:37 - Jess Blewitt 20:19 - Amaury Pierron 21:57 - Luca Shaw ..read more
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