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    Where are you tcheezy?

    God I miss your day one ride reports.....now its nearly time for day two to come up and there is still nothing to see......iBike is dead.......MTBR is dead...... Hope your having loads of babies in Alaska!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidsuma
    God I miss your day one ride reports.....now its nearly time for day two to come up and there is still nothing to see......iBike is dead.......MTBR is dead...... Hope your having loads of babies in Alaska!

    Sad but so very true.............CF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidsuma
    God I miss your day one ride reports.....now its nearly time for day two to come up and there is still nothing to see......iBike is dead.......MTBR is dead...... Hope your having loads of babies in Alaska!
    Ditto.

    We had it good for a while. Thanks for the previous years.
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    I'm holding out (a little) hope that there is at least one giant report on it's way out. Coverage so far is pointless. Everyone out drinking and gambling? So far we have a bunch of pictures of tire tread. Woooot.

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    Sorta ironic, because I "demoed" (borrowed a friend's) Uzzi VP yesterday.



    If you want I could write up a little blurb for old time sake.

    I'll try to be back next year.
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    What's up tscheezy?

    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    Sorta ironic, because I "demoed" (borrowed a friend's) Uzzi VP yesterday.



    If you want I could write up a little blurb for old time sake.

    I'll try to be back next year.
    How you been, hope all is good..Ya I'd like to hear a little blurb about your thoughts on the VP sure............CF.

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    Totally agree...

    I logged into mtbr last night to see what was up from day one IB only to find a nice message that said, "Sorry we are updating, please try again later." Really - scheduled maintenance during Interbike? I would think you guys could plan that a little better.


    Definitely miss the Tscheezy I-bike report.

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    Love to hear your thoughts on the Uzzi. Your reviews are more accurate and more unbiased than most if not all pro / mag reviews I read. Looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithrider
    Love to hear your thoughts on the Uzzi. Your reviews are more accurate and more unbiased than most if not all pro / mag reviews I read. Looking forward to it!

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    So, I took my friend's size medium Uzzi VP out the other day. We rode about an hour and a half. The first 20+ minutes was up a steep but pretty smooth gravel road where I got a chance to play with rear shock air pressure (sag) a bit and get comfy on the bike adjusting the brakes, derailleurs, fork travel, DHX Air Propedal, etc. Then it was an undulating trail of mostly tundra and alder bushwhacking, finally a very steep and technical descent- but without much real speed or serious drops. It's a glorified deer trail straight down a mountain side through tundra, grass, and finally mossy spruce forest.

    The bike is a little small for me as I would normally ride a large. I was a bit surprised that I didn't feel more cramped, though the fit wasn't totally a shock as we had generally demoed medium Intenses at Interbike in the past. If you have ever been on a 6.6 with a big fork, this thing will feel familiar.

    Overall the construction is excellent. I like the hydroformed tubes and bracing. The welds a big and even, and overall things flow and seem well proportioned. The rear dropouts are impressive (135mm QR on his bike) and the 1.5 head tube is massive. The works blue has a cool translucence to it that looked great in the sun.

    Climbing was a bit of a chore. The bike is just shy of 36 pounds with the 66 ATA on the front, mostly XTR, Magura Louise, Maxxis Advantage 2.4 tires, Gravity Dropper, etc. Not a bad weight, but not an XC or even AM machine either. I doubt I would want to pedal it up Amasa Back or Gold Bar Rim, and I'm not a total slouch on climbs. Laps on Gooseberry would be fun though. Smooth seated pedaling was very pleasant and even the Advantage tires rolled with no noise or vibration. I was glad there was a Propedal knob, however. The VPP really does not isolate rider pedaling input completely when mashing seated, and even less so standing. Sprinting efforts were met with very noticeable suspension movement and an energy sucking sensation, so I stayed seated whenever possible. That said it was not a bad pedaling machine by any means, especially for a "FR" bike. You just need to be smooth and not depend on the linkage to clean up after you. I'd put it up there with the Delerium T and Highline, and way ahead of other big bikes I have tried.

    The thing that really stood out for me was the feeling of a rearward axle path. Not that the bike actually has a pronounced rearward axle path, but rather that's just how it feels over obstacles. Many bikes will absorb a bump and not feed the shock up to the rider, but you still know you hit the obstacle because the frame will hesitate and hang up a little as the wheel needs to instantly change direction to overcome the bump. The bike tugs backwards a little, and if the hits are repeated, it sucks your momentum. The Uzzi does this very little. The rear wheel just doesn't hang up as it rolls over stuff. It is a very pleasant sensation. I didn't spend much time in the granny so I can't comment on any pedal feedback, but I have never felt it was an issue with any VPP I have ridden, so I guess I'm not as sensitive to it on these bikes like I am on high/forward single pivots (barf).

    The fork felt a little floppy at slow speeds, especially on the climb (even with the ATA wound down) but totally on its game when things got steep on the way back down. The bike is nice and balanced and has flow. Very smooth and competent. It felt stiff enough to me, but it's hard to judge that when you are on soft surfaces the whole time.

    It wasn't all rainbows and unicorns though. The rear tire clearance SUCKS. I mean, really pathetic. My road bike takes bigger meats (well, almost ). I got about 5 sticks wedged in the rear triangle on one ride. Normally I would have to ride for a couple of weeks to even have to pull one thing out of my Turners. There was a 1/4" of room at most with the 2.4 in back. Granted there is another, more rearward position for the modular rear dropouts and that could help a little. The seat stays are also set absurdly far outboard. I ride with my feet very "straight" on the pedals (not duck-footed) and I still bumped my heels and ankles on the stays repeatedly. Anyone who rides heels-in/toes-out need not apply. The reason for this design is not apparent since there are no frame members they are trying to clear, and tire clearance was obviously not a priority judging by the rest of the rear triangle. The tubes just get fat and flare out for no good reason right where your heels pass. The chain stays certainly don't suffer from this odd bulge and offer plenty of clearance. The cable routing was also a bit suspect though this may have been my friend's doing and not the bike's fault. The rear brake cable did slide back and forth through the downtube cable guides with each suspension compression. Over stutter bumps it looked like a porno in fast forward.

    Anyway, it's a pretty cool bike and I would put it in contention with the Highline for my favorite Big Bike. If I were shuttling Porcupine or going to Whistler it would be a kick to be on one of these, especially a trail (like Porc) with serious broken rock chatter. Any lesser trail and I think I would want to be on a 6.6 or RFX because I don't see the benefits of hauling this much bike around as outweighing (pun intended) the caloric costs, especially in light of its climbing manners. I would love to try a size large with some components a bit better dialed in.

















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    Thanks!! It is nice to see a reminder of what Interbike coverage used to be/could be. Thanks for the morning stoke!

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    I know it was meant as humorous but it's still better than the current interbike coverage. Thanks.
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    I nominate tscheezy for next year's Interbike Overlord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer
    I nominate tscheezy for next year's Interbike Overlord.
    Second that

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    It's amazing how the absence of one person makes me really disappointed with the mtbr's coverage, if not the whole www's coverage this year.

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    There are a couple of others who do a great job (KRob maybe?) and another guy who has not posted here in a while so I fogot his name...but tscheezy's Interbike reviews were pretty in-depth and comprehensive. So there are 3-4 guys but the Interbike Overlord has not been replaced. Guitar and Pasta are simply not in the same league as any of the others and francois (sorry man) is too close to the manfacturers now, in my opinon, to be totally and brutally honest...even though he knows his stuff. I may be wrong on that score though.

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    While I may not always agreed with his perceptions of each bike, Tscheezy would cover an insane amount of bikes with a ton of pictures, sometimes to a fault, crushing my even my broadband connection. So far we got what 5 bikes tested, with super short write-ups.

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    I totally bow to the superiority of tscheezy as a tester/reviewer both on content and speed at which he gets out the info. We all miss you, Phillip.

    I just got back from Interbike last night and will get some reviews up ASAP but they won't compare with tscheezy's for thoroughness, attention to detail (please, who notices the cables sliding in and out of the guides with suspension action?), or just plain awesomeness.

    A couple of notes to whet your appetite:
    The UZZI felt insanely light for an AM/FR bike to me.... and that was with a Totem and a DHX Coil.... (But then, I ride a 39 lb Delirium T).
    Carbon breaks
    The DW link DHR is amazing.

    Stay tuned.
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    KRob put up a spankin' fine Dirt Demo mega thread last year. Maybe next year we can team up and split the effort, because it is a HUGE job getting that stuff out in a timely fashion.

    Edit- Oh, hey bro. Next year?
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    Yeah, KRob's work is excellent- I now remember that mega thread. KRob- you're definitely appreciated and a tscheezy-KRob coverage for 2010 would be fantastic.

    That other guy's name escapes me...I need to go back and read the report. His reviews were short but written extremely well and captured a lot of the basic characteristics people want to know about.

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    Well done tcheezy, thank you............CF.

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    I rode this bike down porc rim. I agree about hitting my heals on the stays. However, I think it was just a bit too much bike for such a ride. I prefered the Tracer vp on porcupine (6 inch), lighter, quicker, easier to throw around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    Edit- Oh, hey bro. Next year?
    Let's plan on it.

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