I'm building up a new bike to replace my stolen one . I had somewhat settled on a Nomad, but have always been a little apprehensive as to whether it would hold up to everything I'd like to do (I estimate it would have zero problem with 90% of what I actually do, but I like that other 10% a lot ).
So I head down to my local Santa Cruz dealer to price out some stuff, check out frame availability, etc, etc. The guy at the shop rides a VP-Free and we start chatting about it. Just for sh*ts and giggles, I ask him for some pricing on it as well. Apparently, I can pick up an Ano VP-Free/DHX Air frame for $572CDN cheaper than the Nomad equivalent. This is not a small chunk of change (at least to me).
So now I'm thinking...what would happen if I built up a lighter-but-still-strong VP-Free. The frame weights aren't that terribly different. Yeah, it's not going to be as trail-friendly as a Nomad, but what if I can make it reasonably close? Then, I wouldn't have to worry about that extra 10% of riding, and I would open up new riding possibilities (hopefully without much sacrifice on the other end of the spectrum).
So, I'm reading about the VP-Free/Air combo on here; most threads are pretty old, and aren't based on a whole lot of personal experience. So, now that some time has passed with the Air shock available, does anybody have a reasonable amount of experience on it? How does it ride compared to a VP-Free with the coil shock? Any regrets, suggestions, comments? I'd be interested in hearing any personal experience, preferably if you've ridden both coil and air shocks (optimized for you...not your fat buddy whose bike you are playing around on ).
The price difference between the coil and air shock is relatively small (~$60CDN), so really, performance and weight are the only factors in my decision.
Thanks a lot!
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