Santa Cruz VP-Free Freeride Full Suspension

  • 215mm of rear wheel travel
  • Annodized or powdercoat
  • 150mm thru axle
  • Overbuilt chassis
  • Replaceable dropout
  • VPP suspension

  • User Reviews (97)

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    Steven Cornforth   Weekend Warrior [Feb 26, 2014]
    Strength:

    Do it all frame

    Weakness:

    Cable guides, lack of chain guide tabs

    Just really happy with this frame, I moved from my (well respected) Specialised Pitch with Fox forks which I owned for three years, to buying a 2nd hand 2006 large VP free frame and 2nd hand 2011 Rock Shox Boxxer RC forks, I knew this bike would be a big improvemnt on the down hills, but I could not believe that it climbed just as well on the uphills (I was just as fast with the lads I ride with) just dont expect it to climb while standing on the pedals. My hardtail is faster at XC (obviously) but this is my first choice ride for most days in the saddle,

    Makes jumping safer but I can still crash if I want to :o) I am happy doing down hill days and tail rides, handling and comfort is just lovely, and the 2nd hand value is so low it makes a great buy.

    Managed to fit a reverb stealth seatpost by drilling a hole near the head tube, really happy with this mod.

    Strip and rebuild the DHX5 shock takes less than an hour and is easy to do. Old oil hurts the perfromnace of this shock

    Bottom bracket is a little high, bearings do wear, it is heavy, no ISCG tabs, head angle is a little steep, but the ride is incredible, still an awesome bike for the money, reccomended



    Similar Products Used: Cannondale Jeckle, Specialised Pitch, Giant ReignX
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    DHGallot   Downhiller [Jun 03, 2013]
    Strength:

    +Able to take a beating
    +Can handle huge drops and jumps
    +Vpp linkage nearly eliminates all pedal bob
    +Vpp linkage and 8.5" rear suspension creates endless travel feel
    +Durable/lasts a lifetime
    +Can shred going UP
    +Riding style can go from AM to DH depending on components and setup
    +Raceable

    Weakness:

    -No ISCG mount (can be solved with a ISCG-BB adapter)
    -High BB makes DH a smidgen harder for some
    -Advanced VPP makes having the perfect drivetrain setup a little harder to achieve

    I have owned my VP Free for 1 year now and its by far the best bike i have ever rode. I have ridden GT Fury's, Specialized Status's, Kona's, Trek Sessions and none of them have come close to the feel of the VP Free. With the BB 319 millimeters of the ground you can easily roll over anything without worrying about scratching the frame or damaging your gears. With the right shock setup in the rear you can have the feeling of Endless suspension and even bottoming out is not that noticeable. The cool thing about the VP-Free is that it operates like a AM bike if you put low-suspension travel on it but then if you max out the 8.5 in the rear and put a 203mm fork on it operates just like a DH rig. No matter what setup you have on the VP Free, they can seriously climb and you will be coming down the mountain before your friends are halfway up. These frames are also bombproof (don't blow one up) Ive never seen a picture of a broken VP Free frame and they WILL NOT break unless it's horribly horribly misused. Bottom line, if you can get your hands on a VP-Frame buy it, people do not realize the potential in them, the one i bought was on the market for months. This of course means resale is difficult but if you can get somebody to test-ride it that can afford your price and is looking for a bike you will have no problem selling it, which you should never have to unless you want to upgrade and have some $$$ for your new bike because you could ride this bike to the end of time as long as you keep the parts on it in good shape and don't do 50FT drops none of your other "smart" friends do, every other weekend. Just remember, this is a BIG bike made for BIG hits, if your only going to do 8ft drops, go with something with less travel such as the Santacruz Nomad it will be better suited for your type of riding.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Downhill1231   Downhiller [Feb 23, 2011]
    Strength:

    Stong, versatile and just a great frame.

    Weakness:

    Weight, does weigh quite abit.

    nothing can fault this frame apart from the weight and looks.

    Similar Products Used: None
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
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    4
    Jim Zimmerman   Racer [Sep 16, 2010]
    Strength:

    unbreakabe frame, dependable, just as good on the ups as it is on the downs. Great all around bike.

    Weakness:

    bearings. Bridge behind the bottom bracket collects dirt and rocks.

    You can't go wrong with this bike. So far it has been the best bike I have ever owned. I've been riding it for 5 years now and it is the best all around bike. Sometimes a little over kill on the XC trails but why not ride in comfort it climbs just as well as my hardtail just a little slower.

    Similar Products Used: GT Zaskar, Schwinn straight 6
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Cheytac   Weekend Warrior [Aug 12, 2010]
    Strength:


    I think the best thing of this frame is the geometry, and specially the angle of the seat tube, that allows you to use it as a freeride-downhill bike, and at the same time you can ride as if it was (almost) an enduro bike, by simply extending the seatpost.

    Construction is very very robust. As I see it, must be difficult breaking it.

    On the other hand you can get this SC frame at a very "low" price as the model is discontinued since two years ago, but then again, an incredible frame, it is very polyvalent.

    And 215 rear travel that can use 2 chainrings... can you ask for more ?

    Weakness:


    Perhaps a bit older look if you compare the style with more modern frames.

    The cable guide on the sides of the top tube are very simple, extremly simple, and you will have to use some kind of gadget or plastic bridle to keep them in place.

    Some part of the tubes are factory "crushed" in the rear triangle so that the tires have enough space, this is just a look issue than other thing, but at first sight you could think the frame is broken or similar.

    The rear hub works well, but be carefull with your 12 mm axle, if you loose it or if it was broken, the replacements are really expensive

    A great frame, I consider it can be used as a frame for everything, enduro, trail, downhill and of course freeride, even we could say Xc with limitations, as uphilling could be difficult depending on the suspension settings.

    The frame provides a virtual point pivot system, this is really important, since if you combine it with some kind of stable platform like SPV or Propedal, you can pedal really comfortably.

    Regarding the replacemnets, my local dealer told me that Santa Cruz has in stock all the replacements, bearings and rear mech hangers.

    If you are looking for a "all use" frame, reliable, with long, long, front and rear travel, and do not mind the weight excessively, this is your (and mine) frame.

    See you on the trail !

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Pete   Weekend Warrior [Jul 16, 2010]
    Strength:

    Nice Balance in Air, Takes as many rocks, roots, ans whoops you can throw at it...........

    Weakness:

    It is a Big Bike and Stunts now a days are so smooth you can rock them on a hard tail........ It is only Pulled out when I go to Highland

    Great Bike Resort Machine........ Great Bike to learn how to go big on!!!

    Similar Products Used: Intense Uzzi VPX
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    dh12345   Downhiller [Mar 03, 2010]
    Strength:

    every thing the bike is so great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Weakness:

    none at all!

    this bike is by far the best bike ive ever had after coming off a kona stinky i was amazed! everything is such a big step up awsome bike!!!!!!

    Similar Products Used: kona stinky but no where near as good
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Kiwi in UK   Weekend Warrior [Jun 13, 2009]
    Strength:

    Swallows the terrain with amazing ease

    Weakness:

    Nothing so far....

    With the above 36 pound build this 8.5inch travel frame hoovers up the terrain whether you are going down or up. Okay it isn't as quick as my Nomad uphill but downhill it is more stable and takes the bigger hits much better.

    Bottom line - Yes, I know this isn't 'The latest and greatest' frame and I know the bearing life is limited (although I haven't had any problems yet) this is the best Freeride frame I have had ridden so far. If the Driver 8 is better than this then it will be the next frame on my shopping list for sure!

    Similar Products Used: Intense Socom, Trek session 88, 2008 Bullit, 2007 Nomad
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Kenny Gavin   Downhiller [Feb 07, 2009]
    Strength:

    Bike is AWESOME... Great feel in corners.. for being 42pds it pedals uphill pretty good...fox 40 forks are great.. Santa Cruz quality is TOP SHELF

    Weakness:

    Have not been shown one

    Best Bike I have ever ridden .. I cant wait to try out 2009 Santa Cruz BULLIT

    Similar Products Used: GT i-drive, Kona Stinky Dee-Lux, Kona Stinky Nine, Santa cruz Heckler, Santa Cruz VP FREE>>>>>>>>
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    jayjay05385   Racer [Feb 06, 2009]
    Strength:

    plush, very strong and stable. also light weight!
    really worth to buy if ya a freeride or downhiller~

    Weakness:

    head angle is too steep. if that has a tunable position, just like orange 224 will be perfect.

    before i changed the 8.5" rear shock. this bike was both good at up and downhill. but the cornering sucks. but now, i put a 8.5" shock on~ the whole world had been changed. more stable, perfect in cornering, and also lighter! a lot! now my bike's still using inner tube tires and steel spring. the weight is 36lb. it's not a really light weight frame. but this can reduce the frame weight from 9.3lb to 8.7lb. and my expected final weight is 33.5-34.5lb.

    Similar Products Used: Gemini, GT DHi.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
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