Good observations, slc. I figured the Tracer would be a solid climber. I take it you did not feel much pedal feedback- one of the worst things about the old VPP designs. That is good to hear. Now it is time for a new 29er from them.
I also noticed this and forgot to mention it in my write up. There is a bit more flex in the rear on the Tracer VP. A friend who owns an Intentse Slope Style mentioned the same thing on his bike. This is the first Intense I've owned, so I don't have a history to compare but seems like a common complaint with the brand.derby said:Testing rear wheel flex of the new Tracer showed more lateral and torsional flex than the Mojo before the Lopes link. Not a deal breaker unless racing duel-slalom.
Heh, that sounds kind of similer to the Tony Ellsworth quote I posted on the suspension board.derby said:and they build the lightest frames in aluminum of anyone..
slcrockymountainrider said:I also noticed this and forgot to mention it in my write up. There is a bit more flex in the rear on the Tracer VP. A friend who owns an Intentse Slope Style mentioned the same thing on his bike. This is the first Intense I've owned, so I don't have a history to compare but seems like a common complaint with the brand.
Well whatever TE and derby claim, the fact remains that the (my) Tracer VP weighs just a hair under a pound heavier than the Mojo-with the same build kit.Jayem said:Heh, that sounds kind of similer to the Tony Ellsworth quote I posted on the suspension board.
Perhaps. But it's not enough to ruin the experience on the bike. It wasn't a complaint so much as it's an observation. Without the Lopes Link, the Mojo feels the same way. I think that the flex issue would have been a problem on both bikes had I not been running the EX1750 wheelset and bigger RWS axle. That hub/axle adds a lot of rigidity to the rear of the bike. Couple that with a LL on the Mojo and you've got a fairly solid rear end.Flyer said:Buzzkill!
Throw the bike into a corner and it will flex. I guarantee it. Same thing with the Mojo even with the Lopes Link and RWS rear. It is much more pronounced on the Tracer.rideronthestorm said:I just got a Mojo SL and have been riding a Tracer VP for a while. I didn't notice any flex in the rear while riding, it's a great bike, descends and climbs well but can blow threw it's travel easily. Hopefully the Mojo will best it when I get out on the trail.
_dw, I'm assuming you're refering to the new DW Link 5 Spot? Unfortunately, I have not owned the newer version of that bike but briefly had an '08 5 Spot early last year through a grassroots sponsorship deal with Turner. I turned around and swapped it out for an '08 RFX within a month and used that bike for Super D and some 'normal' DH races last season. With both bikes, there was little to no flex in the rear. My only real issue with both bikes was the tallish head tube lengths and I would have prefered the BB on the RFX to be a bit lower. Other than that, they were both solid builds._dw said:I'm curious to hear if you have ridden a Pivot Mach 5 or Turner 5 Spot. Have you?
Thanks ddraewwg.ddraewwg said:I like the write up....think you were trying to be as objective as possible, offering praise and criticism for both bikes. I was surprised at some of your opinions (as you yourself were) but that's fair.
Most surprising was the Tracer's tire clearance. I don't think the Mojo has "a lot" of room. It's good enough I gather. But the Tracer is billed as a full 6X6 bike and with that label, you expect the bike to be able to handle a 2.4 tire easily. While the Mojo does not have the greatest clearance, it was designed with a little different intent (albeit you and I both had a 160 fork on it).
Secondly, the flex. I'm not too familiar with the flex issues with Intense's bikes but I have read a few threads regarding it. I figure with a chance to squash those "issues", this would be the bike to address it.
MR,MultiRider said:Mtb Action Mag said something about VPP having "chain feedback" when descending and braking. Did you experience anything you would call "chain feedback"? What is that? Does the VPP design have smooth suspension performance under braking?
That's kinda sad considering the Tracers, mine included, come with the HV RP23 in a low tune. The comparison I made of the two bikes was with the older, medium tune RP23 that used to come on the Mojo's. From what I understand, the Mojo's are now coming with the low tune and it makes a bit of difference.smithrider said:I have a Tracer VP and have to agree that it isn't overly plush with the rp23 on it. I don't think the bike and the shock in stock tune are a great match. This has been beat like a dead horse in the Intense forum. I ended up switching out for a coil shock and the bike has just come alive. The CCDB was the best upgrade I have ever made on any bike. The rear is almost too plush if there is such a thing.
I haven't noticed any jack or squat either when braking. Feels as active when braking as my old horst link bike.
MultiRider said:Mtb Action Mag said something about VPP having "chain feedback" when descending and braking. Did you experience anything you would call "chain feedback"? What is that? Does the VPP design have smooth suspension performance under braking?