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Hi all. Would anyone like to comment on how well the uzzi goes up? especially with a totem fork. I'm not talking about hour long fire road ascents, more like 1 or 2 minute technical uphills. I'm thinking about upgrading from a stumpjumper. I have little doubt the uzzi will help me go down but I'm not sure what 7 inches of travel means when you're trying to get over a ledge or root on a short steep up, or climbing up a really steep granite wall. Thanks for replying.
 

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Ive got the Uzzi set up with a 2010 Totem and all my buddies say it rides like a big travel XC bike. I dont really feel climbs on it, its slower than my 29r race hardtail up hills but compared to other all mountain rigs its right in there. Id say it climbs similar to a 6.6 with a lyrik fork or a ibis mojo with a lyrik. hope that helps
 

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I have a 2010 totem on my medium uzzi built up to around 36.5 lbs and I take it on xc rides. Hour long fire roads shouldn't be much of a problem, especially if you have a granny gear. I run mine single ring 36T and the Uzzi climbs well for a bike like that. As far a technical climbs go, you can adjust the g3 drop out all the way in so that it will make the BB higher and the head angle steeper, this improves climbing. A totem will be harder than a Fox 36 to climb with, but the totem will help with descending. Reason being is that a totem is 1 degree slacker than the 36 on all settings. I climb decently technical single track with my bike in my dh settings, suspension and g3. So I am sure that if you firmed up your suspension, had a granny gear, and was willing to work harder than on an XC bike, climbing the short technical stuff wouldn't be too hard. I ride an Elka shock, so I am able to adjust that really well. Fox DHX shocks aren't very good for anything. CCDB would be good too.
 

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Climbing on an Uzzi VP

is no problem. In fact, I can honestly say from a suspension perspective it climbs better than the 6.6 that it replaced. Pedal feedback was an issue when climbing up and over rocks and steps with the 6.6, but that sensation is gone with the new uzzi's re-worked vpp.

Geo is obviously adjustable and It's not gonna win any races uphill but for what you get going down, it does just fine. Mine's setup with a 66sl which is about the same a/c length as a totem. I keep it in the shorter travel and middle dropout settings most of the time and go longer travel and slacker for resort riding. Awesomely versatile machine.
 

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Is anyone taking their Uzzi's on 20 to 30 mile epics or is that just too much? I would do those on my 6.6 all of the time and would figure it wouldn't be too much difference between the two.
 

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I regularly ride up for 1.5 to 2 hours to get to the trails. Not epic but I've done a couple of 4 hour rides last summer.
What you will notice on the climbs with the totem is the height of the front end. I've got an internal headset that lowers the front a little. The back end will roll over anything and you get great traction as you climb. The front end will wander more than cross country bikes as you climb. You have to really get over the bars.
Having never ridden the 6.6 I would imagine they probably pedal similarly. The difference will be in the descent where this bike feels like a downhill bike. I replaced a SC Heckler with this bike and have been very happy. If you are worried about how it will climb over steeps put the Lyrik U-turn on it, keep it in the short travel and short wheelbase. That's why so many people rave about this bike. It can do a lot of things well depending on the parts you put on it.
 

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The Uzzi climbs great...I run a single 36t ring and can get it too the top fine. Most of my riding is technial roots and rocks....but with all the snow I've not been out on for nothing more than 3 hours....it's obviously not as good as the Tracer but I've been pleasantly suprised by how good it goes up.
 

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I've been wondering this too but my question is more specific: How does the Uzzi VP compare to the Uzzi VPX in the climbing department? I have an '06 VPX with a 180mm 66RC2X and the slacker dropouts that I use for everything. I can muscle it up the climbs ok but I'd like something a little more friendly as I'm doing more and more trail riding these days and somewhat less FR/DH stuff.

I'm trying to decide whether I should sell the VPX and get an Uzzi VP with an air shock, a 170mm Lyrik and two wheelsets or give up on the "one bike for everything" dream, keep the VPX for DH riding and buy a dedicated trail bike.
 

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I'm running a med Uzzi w/ 2010 Totem Solo Air (no travel adjust) and a 50mm stem. 36 lbs. I've taken the bike on all day epics in excess of 35 miles and 7000' climbing. The front stays planted on even the steepest climbs. You will notice that the cockpit is going to feel a lot shorter than a traditional XC or AM bike so that will be an adjustment to get used to. In the middle ring the bike handles techy climbs very well but tends to bounce in the granny ring if you don't have a smooth spin. Keep in mind, we're talking about a 7.5" travel bike here so in that respect it rocks. If you're comparing it to a 5" bike not so much. I've only run the bike in the middle drop out setting so I can't offer any comparisons yet on the different settings.
 

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So, is there anyone out there who came off a VPX onto a VP who could offer an opinion on the differences between the two in terms of uphill/trail performance, or am I going to have to buy one and find out for myself. Don't force me to do that! :D
 

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I had a VPX, and now have a VP. I had a couple bikes in between, so it's a little hard for me to make a direct comparison. I also had my VPX built up for more DH-type duties and it was quite a bit heavier than my current VP. I think both bike climb great, considering they the type of bikes they are. My impression is the VP is slightly better on the climbs, but the fact that it's 5lbs lighter could have a lot to do with that.

L. Ron Hoover said:
So, is there anyone out there who came off a VPX onto a VP who could offer an opinion on the differences between the two in terms of uphill/trail performance, or am I going to have to buy one and find out for myself. Don't force me to do that! :D


 

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Marshall Willanholly said:
I had a VPX, and now have a VP. I had a couple bikes in between, so it's a little hard for me to make a direct comparison. I also had my VPX built up for more DH-type duties and it was quite a bit heavier than my current VP. I think both bike climb great, considering they the type of bikes they are. My impression is the VP is slightly better on the climbs, but the fact that it's 5lbs lighter could have a lot to do with that.

how's that lyrik treating you on the downs? How do you like the Push MX tune on the VP?
 

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Marshall Willanholly said:
I had a VPX, and now have a VP.
Dude, what's your secret for taking pictures? All of them come out looking awesome! Are you a pro or had training? What camera are you using?
 
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