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    what do you think VTs were designed for?

    i got a VT3 and love it... very plush ride and no bob unless you are mashing the pedals standing up

    though, i am confused with the intended purpose since it is such a plush bike... it doesn't seem to be overly stable on big descents and going down drops/steps.....

    i dunno, maybe it is my lack of skills but it seems to be more a bike for trail riding rather than technical singletrack stuff or freeriding

    i am generally using it for epic rides so i am happy with it for this purpose since it seems to climb very well

    do other ppl find the cockpit short and head angle a bit steep???

    i'm 180cm and the bike is an 18inch frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotzapollohimalaya
    do other ppl find the cockpit short and head angle a bit steep???

    i'm 180cm and the bike is an 18inch frame
    When trying out the VT i found the medium frame (18.5") felt cramped for me in the cockpit (I`m around 182cm) so i got the large (20.5").

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    You answered your own question.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotzapollohimalaya
    i got a VT3 and love it... very plush ride and no bob unless you are mashing the pedals standing up

    though, i am confused with the intended purpose since it is such a plush bike... it doesn't seem to be overly stable on big descents and going down drops/steps.....

    i dunno, maybe it is my lack of skills but it seems to be more a bike for trail riding rather than technical singletrack stuff or freeriding

    i am generally using it for epic rides so i am happy with it for this purpose since it seems to climb very well

    do other ppl find the cockpit short and head angle a bit steep???

    i'm 180cm and the bike is an 18inch frame
    "i am generally using it for epic rides so i am happy with it for this purpose since it seems to climb very well"

    I have VT-1 and that is what I bought mine for. I came to the realization a couple years ago that the hardtail I bought for racing, but got used mostly for just trail riding, was not really suited for for the kind of riding that I prefered. That is, going out and spending the day bombing through the woods.
    I run mine at 5" in the back and about 105mm up front and I too was surprised at how fast it handled. I like this, because although it still feels good on steep drops, it is not a dog on twisty singletrack.

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    When trying out the VT i found the medium frame (18.5") felt cramped for me in the cockpit (I`m around 182cm) so i got the large (20.5").
    man , u got the 20inch! wow... the bike seems so high and big already... but then it feels cramped???? weird?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianU
    "i am generally using it for epic rides so i am happy with it for this purpose since it seems to climb very well"

    I have VT-1 and that is what I bought mine for. I came to the realization a couple years ago that the hardtail I bought for racing, but got used mostly for just trail riding, was not really suited for for the kind of riding that I prefered. That is, going out and spending the day bombing through the woods.
    I run mine at 5" in the back and about 105mm up front and I too was surprised at how fast it handled. I like this, because although it still feels good on steep drops, it is not a dog on twisty singletrack.

    Brian
    not that i am complaining but i was under the impression that the VT was a freeride.. ish sorta bike....

    i suppose that is left up to the AC....

    so is the VT a direct competitor to the Kona Dawg or is the AC more comparable?

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    The VT is an all around trail bike/Aggressive XC bike. I have never heard anyone call it a freeride bike. It's a little light for that. Mines under 29lbs.

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    I always felt the same.."Aggressive XC/trail bike". It's a solid bike, but I would be huckin' this thing off 7 ft. drops.....don't think my knees would like that either! =)

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    I use my VT-2 for everything.

    I don't generally take it off drops over about 4-5 feet, but sometimes you have no choice, and just have to take the bigger drop if it comes up quickly..

    I do a bit of urban as well, nothing too rad, just stairs and stuff, as well as singletrack and cross country.

    I am finding that this bike is very good at just about everything i throw at it.

    It is NOT a specialist DH machine, but it does downhills really well imo, for what it is.

    No complaints at all from me, the bike just keep on getting better as I ride it more.


    R.

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    I have been riding on the easier trails around the Nth shore, Vancouver and also in the MTB park at Whistler. Generally, it has handled everything but I have noticed that it is being "stretched" in the these brutal environments.

    By that I mean, the wheels and especially the stock tyres are not suited to more DH/Freeride sort of conditions. I have also had some play develop in the bushing for the shock - but I suspect that is due to the bolts becoming loose.

    Overall, I agree that it is an aggressive XC/ trail bike. It is not a full on freeride bike and definitely not a DH bike but you can take this bike into a much wider range of conditions than a straight XC bike.

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