One Of A Kind VP-Free! 7

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Vital MTB member Spicy.Mike
29110 Spicy.Mike http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/29110/avatar/c50_550835_566109270071692_1649433464_n_1389069402.jpg?1389068809 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Spicy-Mike,29110/all 01/06/14 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Spicy-Mike,29110/setup 3
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Parts Brand Model Additional info
Frame Santa Cruz VP Free Ano BLK. Large, '06. Low Miles :D
Rear Shock Rock Shox Vivid Air R2C 8.5x2.5, Short Shocked to 195mm Travel.
Fork RockShox Totem RC2 DH Solo Air Fork (180mm) Hand-Painted.
Headset Chris King NoThreadset
Handlebar Race Face Atlas FR 785mm
Stem Thomson Elite X4
Grips ODI Troy Lee w/ red Clamps.
Brakes Shimano Saint M810 w/ 2x203mm Ashima rotors.
Brake Levers Shimano XTR Trail M988
Shifters SRAM X9 Trigger (9SPD)
Rear Derailleur Shimano Saint M820 Mech. Mod:: Mated with Sram X9, 9SPD Trigger. Works Perfect. Still on 9SPD.
Chainguide MRP G2 SL
Cranks Shimano Saint Crankset M815-I
Chainrings / Sprocket Race Face 36t
Bottom Bracket Race Face Team DH X-Type Bottom Bracket
Chain KMC X9 SL
Cassette / Rear Cog SRAM PG 11-34t
Pedals Other Pedals 320g / Pair.
Front Rim WTB Dual Duty Fr
Rear Rim WTB Dual Duty Fr
Hubs WTB LaserDisc Super Duty Set.
Spokes DT Swiss
Front Tire Maxxis Minion 2.5
Rear Tire Kenda Nevegal Waiting to Wear Out...
Saddle Selle Italia SLR Carbonio w/ Ti rails.
Seatpost Thomson Elite
Seatpost Clamp Other
General Info
Model Year 2006
Riding Type Downhill
Weight 35 lb 9 oz (16131 g)
Additional Info HA: 64.5~ Deg (remeasured with better angle'r) BB: 14.5" (error, remeasured)* rear Travel: 195mm Fork: 180mm I took a chance with this frame and bought it in immaculate condition about 2 years ago. She hadn't been ridden much at the time of purchase. Spent tons of hours building it myself and figuring out/testing what maximized the frame's potential and the geo. VP-Free's are seriously amazing bikes, and they last forever. But, the Geo had to be 'updated' in that sense. After countless mods and hours spent figuring out the small but annoying details, it's all been absolutely worth it and happy to report the bike is fairly nimble, does great in the rough, balanced all-around performance, but all the while being tanky/solid as hell. It's a bike I would catergorize as a Mini-DH/Park bike. Does suffer from some small geo things (sorting it out). But otherwise a great bike. Update: Been really dialing in the bike/suspension. Love the bike. 14.5" BB could be lower, but still, not a huge problem. Going to get a slightly longer stem (more foward weight bias) + 1-1/8" Angleset to slacken the bike to 64. I think this will really help the bike overcome it's slightly older geo and more into a speed-orientated snappy Mini-DH bike.
7 comments
  • Dirty-Birdy

    1/9/2014 10:22 PM

    Had to lean it on the porsche..

  • bicycle.addict

    1/9/2014 4:29 PM

    Very nice! With that car in the garage though, I'm surprised you didn't go with a tricked out V10c!

  • Spicy.Mike

    1/9/2014 4:47 PM

    Im at my parents house for the time being, so the car is not mine (I do get to drive it though heh). The bike was built with my own money, mostly used/like-new components, polished up, and then put on :D saved 1,000's of $$.

    Maybe few years down the road I'm gonna be looking at v10c for sure hah.

  • DursRemote

    1/9/2014 7:32 AM

    Badass bike dude! I'm building an older VP free too. Glad to hear you got the geo tweaked to where you like it, any changes other than the short shock?

  • Spicy.Mike

    1/9/2014 1:38 PM

    Nice, that's good to hear. I love seeing them around still. At my local ridge, I've seen a few people still ride them which is pretty amazing tbh lol.

    And I had offset bushings/reducers at one point, but with a VPP design it's far from optimal. So took them out. I know people who have had made custom longer lower-links, use 1-1/8" Anglesets, etc. But for me, no. Short shock is the only thing I really have done to the bike in terms of suspension changes, but by far it has made the biggest improvement in terms of lowering and slacking things out, even a bit more than I had thought. Imo, it's enough. Getting the suspension right after short shocking is really where it took me the most time to get it right.

    After some more time riding the bike, getting an Angleset (1deg) is worth it + shortshock. Just be prepared to get a longer reach stem (60-65mm) to compensate of the rake/due to shortshock. With those 2, should end up at 64~ HA and 14.4" BB.

  • iceman2058

    1/9/2014 12:16 AM

    Bike of the Day January 9, 2014!

  • Spicy.Mike

    1/9/2014 1:26 PM

    Thanks dude, appreciate the shout out! Wasnt expected to say the least :D