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Old 10-18-05, 10:01 AM   #1
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I'm researching new bikes for my Spring wish list. I'm looking for a light all-mountain bike. Something with around 5" of travel and 30 lbs and under. Something I can take the occassional 2-3 foot (maybe bigger, but not much), yet still be efficient for 25+ mile epic rides. The FSR Comp (typo in the title) and Blur LT seem to stand out right away. The Horst link seems to be the FS design of choice, but how close is the VPP? Is it better in any way?

A Blur LT speced similarly go the FSR Comp is quite a bit more expensive. Any reason to consider the Blur other than having a bike that no one else around here has? Any other bikes that I should be looking at?

If I don't go the FS route, I may think about building up a nice, steel hardtail. Since I already have a hardtail, I'm thinking of looking at the FS route.
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It seems as though with the new 6'' bikes, if you are willing to through some (ok, alot) of money at them, they will come in barely heavier than 5'' inch bikes while being more capable of holding up to some stunts.
Just incase your 2-3 footers turn into 5-7 footers.

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Not a bad idea. I looked at the Dawg Deluxe. Not a bad price for a 6" travel bike. My budget will be in the low 2k range. I'd really have to go looking for 5-7 footers around here. There are none on any of the trails nearby. There's a couple of drops like that off the side of one of the trails that a few people do, but the run-out is sketch. Lots of trees. So, I'm looking for a bike that can handle 99% of what I could throw at it. Then again, I could start taking biking vacations. I'd have to stop kayaking, though, and that would suck.

Any opinions on VPP vs. Horst link?
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That would be a tough 30 (or even 35) lb. build if you used components commensurate with the capabilities of the frame.
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Any opinions on VPP vs. Horst link?
I am a big fan of the HL myself.




Gastro - True at 30 lbs you are losing some of the benefit of getting such a beefy frame.

At speedgoat I built a 17'' chap with the following for 31 lbs for only $4,900

Fox 36 Talas RC2
Deemax wheels
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ust nokians

Thompson stem/seatpost

Monkeylite DH bars


If the emphasis is on light I would go for another frame.
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Any opinions on VPP vs. Horst link?
I've been looking at this for a while, and they are pretty close. I have a chubby for Horst because it doesn't require the use of a pro-pedal style shock to make it pedal well. That said, damn near every FS out there can be pedalled effectively these days. In the 5-6" travel range, just test ride a few bikes to get an idea of how they handle. Proper setup will make a big difference in how the bike feels, and there's the ever important geometry to consider. Ride a few bikes off of curbs and that will tell you a lot of what you need to know.
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moots cinco
turner 5 spot/6 pack
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Ellsworth ID/Moment
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Spec. sworks enduro

It seems as though with the new 6'' bikes, if you are willing to through some (ok, alot) of money at them, they will come in barely heavier than 5'' inch bikes while being more capable of holding up to some stunts.
Just incase your 2-3 footers turn into 5-7 footers.

Just a thought
How far off the pace is the Giant Reign compared to those bikes?
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