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Old 07-27-04, 12:06 PM
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Time for a new bike

I just sold my 4 yr old Santa Cruz SL. So, now I'm in the game for a new bike. I like the vpp system and am going to be looking at the Intense Spyder and their 5.5 as well as the Blur.

I'm leaning towards the 5.5 because of where I live and the type of riding I do. I live in the Central Rockies and often ride Fruita/Moab as well as local rides here and the Front Range (near Denver.) I mostly focus on the longer endurance rides ...Leadville 100, Vail 100, White Rim in a day and so forth. But I also race occasionally. Although most of my racing is done on the road bike. The 5.5 has the most cush and is still mostly a XC rig. The 5.5 seems perfect for where I am and what I do.

I like the Intense spyder and 5.5 over the Blur because both Intense frames have a shorter chain stay - better for climbing than the Blur. The numbers between all three are pretty tight though. The Spyder chain stay is 16.75"; the 5.5 is 16.8"; the Blur is 17.1".

Weight isn't a huge factor. If it were, I'd have kept the SL and upgraded or buy another. If I get more into local weekly mtb racing series then I'll probably get a hardtail.

I'm interested in your opinions of what I should be looking for in addition to the CS length. I'm focused on frames right now and will focus on the build kit after the frame is decided on. So, if you could focus on frames too that would be very helpful.

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Is the chain stay length a non issue between these frames?
Are there other frames that you would recommend?
Is VPP not that big a deal with the more sophisticated shocks?
Is the VPP linkage fairly maintenance free?
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Anyone? Bueller?
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i just sold my blur recently after 1 1/2 years of hard riding. the blur is a great all around bike climbs well and decends very well. one thing about the blur is the bearing life. i had to change out the lower two bearing twice. i believe the VPP design puts alot of stress on those particular ones. i can't comment on the other 2 bikes but i now have a titus racer x 100 and i love it thus far BUT i only have 80 miles on it
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I'd go for a hardtail.
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ya hardtails are so much better
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ya hardtails are so much better
Before I got the Santa Cruz I had a Fat Chance, Yo Eddy ...loved it. But I have to disagree with you. Have you ever owned a full? Not just ridden your buddy's or test ride from a shop ...have you ever spent many miles on one?

Regardless of your preference, do you have any comments that pertain to this thread?
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I ordered a frame yesterday. After a 'bit of research and test riding I decided on a Titus Racer X 100. I ordered the anodized gray. I prolly won't see the frame for at least a month. Good thing I still have the Santa Cruz.

Rock Star: Thanks for opening up a new option to explore.
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Congrats on the Titus. They make a great bike.

I'm a big fan of Intense bikes, so I would've steered you toward the 5.5, but I think you made a great choice on the Racer X.

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Originally Posted by telenick
I ordered a frame yesterday. After a 'bit of research and test riding I decided on a Titus Racer X 100. I ordered the anodized gray. I prolly won't see the frame for at least a month. Good thing I still have the Santa Cruz.

Rock Star: Thanks for opening up a new option to explore.
no problem, hope you have fun with your new ride. be ready for a long wait though, they (titus) gave me a 4 week estimate which turned out to be closer to 10 weeks
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