wow... almost no one got any more technical than creaky bearings?
I have a few complaints:
1. Rides really high. It wouldn't be such a big deal if my BB was around what the vp-free's are listed on the site (14.8"). I measured mine at about 15.5", and paired with shock that's in the middle of the frame for a higher center of gravity... it's not good. Hard to whip through corners, or really lean it over.
2. Suspension progression? I've seen some progression charts of the vp-free travel. And since this bike is designed around a pedaling platform, yes, it was stiff at the top. Middle was very plush, and there was a small, short ramp up at the end. The bike is not real sensitive to small bumps unless you dial in more sag than it's designed to run (then it pedals more like a true DH bike..... not very well). And, it really blows through the travel on hard hits and is pretty harsh.
3. Sure, this bike pedals great, but if no matter how good it pedals, you're still pedaling a heavy bike with DH geometry up the mountain. Now, it can be set up to pedal well, but with a shorter fork (6" or so) and a light build. If you're going to set it up like that, then why would you need 8.5" in the rear? It'd be much more practical to get something like a nomad.
That said, i like the bike. I'd like something more pure DH because of how high the vp-free rides (i ride with two people on Sundays all the time... and the sunday corners like mad), and the fact that i don't do too much climbing. But i really think that SC needs to re-design the vp-free with a lower BB. There is a new movement of shorter travel DH race bikes (like commencial) that are light and pedal well. Not everyone wants a v10 because it's one heck of a bike (price wise too). I'd actually be very happy with this bike if the BB was 1"+ lower. A 15.5" BB is just pointlessly high.