5-spot-retro vs VPP
Which would you choose and explain why. My style is very diverse from tons of climbing to having fun going downnnnn. But no big drops or jumps.
Would anyone notice extra .5inches of travel on the Intense. Opinions and blabber welcome!
At the risk of being boring ... as you know the 5-spot is now a 5-spot-retro sporting a single pivot faux bar instead of the Horst.
The debate comparing Horst to VPP raged for months on these pages and you will find a lot of, often contraddictory, info doing some searches.
However, comparing Faux-bar with VPP (or DW) used to be a no-brainer. Both VPP and DW offer distinct advantages in respect to a Faux-bar: better small bump compliance, way better pedaling uphill (thanks good for platform pedals: you don't pedal a 5"+ faux up hill without), and, some claim, better traction.
If I had to buy a bike today I would be hard pressed to choose between Titus motolite, a IBIS MOJO, Blur LT, Intense 5.5 ... and a Ventana El Saltamontes (thank you, but no 5-spot-retro) .. they all target the same "allmountain" trail rider ... if pressed for a choice VPP or DW would come up on top ... oh ... and there is also the new RM Slayer ...