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i am making the switch to fs. i want a 5 inch trail bike that climbs like a goat and has no peddle bob. that being said, a friend is pushing a turner 5 spot, but im leaning to the blt2 (because of the hype) what am i going to get with the blt2 that i wont get with the turner. is vpp really that much better. has anyone ridden both or similar bikes. care to comment. thanx in advance. -ryan
 

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All I can say is that vpp works so well that I take my 8 inch vp-free out on cross county rides. Going up hill is still fun. The blt2 must climb like a raped ape.
 

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ak greeff said:
i am making the switch to fs. i want a 5 inch trail bike that climbs like a goat and has no peddle bob. that being said, a friend is pushing a turner 5 spot, but im leaning to the blt2 (because of the hype) what am i going to get with the blt2 that i wont get with the turner. is vpp really that much better. has anyone ridden both or similar bikes. care to comment. thanx in advance. -ryan
I own a 5 Spot and have been very interested in the the new blt2. I have never ridden a VPP so I am not qualified to comment on the ride aspect. My Spot seems to climb just fine. I have the TNT rear and had the Horst link on a early model.(I can tell no difference) I have had a couple of Intense frames Uzzi SL/Tracer. Horst Link. All climbed just fine. My problem with the SC BLT2 is the fact that you will be paying top dollar for a frame that is made in Taiwan. I know this subject has been beaten to death but...I don't see SC passing the savings of over sea's labor in the price of the frame. That being said I think the Quality of the frame is fine.I also love the fact my Spot uses bushings rather than bearings. I have had zero issues with them and the frame runs so quiet.(no creeeeks!)
 

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Hey,
Just as a side note, I see you live in Alaska. I think the bushing thing is a real plus for your neck of the woods. You should run over to the Turner board and throw this question out to Tscheezy,He is also a resident of AK.And is very knowledgeable on these two frames.
 

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There is a great thread in the Yeti forum comparing the Turner 5 spot, with the Yeti 575 and the Intense 5.5 (VPP bike), so although the comparison does not include the BLT it includes the closest thing in the Intense 5.5. It is a very unbiased review from a rider that has owned all three bikes recently.

That being said, I own a BLT1 and absolutely love the bike, the only thing that will make me change bikes is the fact that in a couple years I will want to try something new :)

The BLT1 climbs like a dream with no pedal bob, it is great for the tight and twisty sections and descends like a champ. I have mine built really light (as I use it for XC and single track with a lot of climbing - the Blur XC does not come in an XL size) but it can be beefed up to handle some much more aggresive terrain.

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I just switched from a 5 Pack(rfx front, spot rear) to a BLT2. I rode the Pack w/ a 140 mm fork so it made the BB a tad tall for my liking. Blt2 is lower. I like that better. They both climbed nice. I had a Pushed Rp3 on it so the suspenion performance was good. The Blt2 is my first VVP bike and they do ride nice. The biggest thing I noticed right away was how much stiffer the BLT2 is. I didn't think the Turner was flexy until I rode this.
 

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or maybe ibis mojo

thanx for all the responses, i will be looking into this more. as if the decision wasnt hard enough, the turner dealer here also sells the ibis mojo -dw link.
 

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To add more confusion you might want to throw in the Yeti 575. The 3 bikes I am looking into, BLT2, Spot, and 575. Decisions, decisions:confused: I say ride em if at all possible.
 

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Now why buy a bike that you have to have PUSHed, when you can just buy a bike and let it rip from the get go? Think about it for a minute.
 

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XC23 said:
There is a great thread in the Yeti forum comparing the Turner 5 spot, with the Yeti 575 and the Intense 5.5 (VPP bike), so although the comparison does not include the BLT it includes the closest thing in the Intense 5.5. It is a very unbiased review from a rider that has owned all three bikes recently.

That being said, I own a BLT1 and absolutely love the bike, the only thing that will make me change bikes is the fact that in a couple years I will want to try something new :)

The BLT1 climbs like a dream with no pedal bob, it is great for the tight and twisty sections and descends like a champ. I have mine built really light (as I use it for XC and single track with a lot of climbing - the Blur XC does not come in an XL size) but it can be beefed up to handle some much more aggresive terrain.

Cheers
do you have a link to the comparison, just looked through the fist 5 pages and didnt see it. thanx
 

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vpp by far superior...go with tha blt2..worth every penny...
That's a big bold statement. Especially from a frame made in Taiwan...Might look at the 5.5 Intence or the new 5.5/6.0 frame they have. VPP+USA!!!. And yes, I do drive a Toyota made in Kentukey.
 

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To add more confusion you might want to throw in the Yeti 575. The 3 bikes I am looking into, BLT2, Spot, and 575. Decisions, decisions:confused: I say ride em if at all possible.
I have a few friends that are on the new 575. This is one bike that give me a very bad case of UGI. Very sick ride.
 

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Not to sound stupid but what does it mean when people say "pushed" on their shock?
 

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Not to sound stupid but what does it mean when people say "pushed" on their shock?
It means the shock was sent to PUSH industries for tuning.

Yes it does make a difference.
 

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happyriding said:
A seemingly knowledgeable Moab guides says the biggest weakness of VPP bikes is their climbing. Read here:

http://www.dreambike.com/suspension.htm
No offense, but that reads like an advertisement for Ventanna. The comments on the Horst-Link type bikes are just silly.
 
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