I have a 2003 vt2 and raced with it last sunday. I did okay in the race and would like to lightend the bike to its max. So I would not feel the uphill that much, I noticed that the pepole that had the 3" travel in the back were boucing around and my 5.7" was glued to the ground. So the downhill on this bike is a big energy saver because of the travel it has. If it was a bit lighter it would be awsome.