As a satisfied owner of an '04 VT2, I thought I would check out the Maestro suspension... figured if I liked the frame, I could pick up one fairly inexpensively off of somebody wanting the new '06's... so I rode the trance, rode the reign (both "2" models)... went back and rode the trance again, and played around with the suspension settings quite a bit. Convinced me to get a Reba for my singlespeed, but honestly I can not say either is better than my VT. With the mods I have made to my VT, it is lighter than both (especially the reign), and the ride is right in between both of them. Better downhill than a trance, better uphill than a reign (in my opinion because of weight - the reign hides it well, but it is a heavy bike). Surprisingly, it convinced me to wait on another bike or frame purchase. Maybe the new reign will be lighter?... I will admit to being a novice at full suspension bikes, but thought this would be an interesting topic...especially with all the cheap deals on VT frames out there. Am looking forward to everyone's opinions.