Having owned both suspension types I agree, specifically if you're into rooty/rocky climbs (and descents). Each has a slight advantage and disadvantage. But my VPP was an old 5.5...so I've been out of touch with VPP for a long time. The other thing to consider is frame sizing, I've no idea how the two compare.Of course, but that will stress my budget quite a bit, and not enable me to build the bike soon. So I am having a hard time deciding between whether or not to go for the Burner with DW-link which I feel might be a better solution for climbing and allround, or the Intense which looks more promising for descending, has a better build kit and offers stuff like routing for stealth dropper post, but I suspect is a little less efficient in the climbs.
I think the Pike costs a lot more, which might limits its availability. The Pike seems like the first Mag 21, Manitou 4, the bomber Z-1, and the first 36 Fox - a game changer type fork.Given the reviews it's getting it seems surprising, and unfortunate, that the pike isn't a more common OEM item, just about every bike I see for sale has Fox 34's as standard.