Indeed. The VP Free climbs great, and descends even better, but the maintenance aspect on the pivots will drive you crazy. If you are deaf, you might be able to stand the creaking. Other than that, the bike is great! I sold mine after 12 months of use.red5 said:Only complaints I've heard are to do with the bearings, they tend to wear fast and squeek alot. At least that's what I believe El Chingon said, maybe he will confirm this for me, but I'm pretty sure.
I agree! If you overtighten the bolts, you get the creeking.Kootenay rider said:The VP-Free does not have 'bad bearings' or bearing issues as some say.
However, like the RM-7 of old, the VP-Free requires that you regularly check the pivot bolts to make sure they are tight. I've had the pivots a little loose after a day of riding. If this is left unchecked, the excessive movement WILL destroy bearings in a hurry. If you do get the VP-Free (which is a great bike) keep in mind you will have to keep an eye on the pivots bolts to insure a smooth ride.
People might complain of 'maintenance' but 5min with an allen is nothing.
I rode a Bullit for years and the feedback was pretty insane. The massive derailleur slap from chain growth when landing drops was pretty harsh too. It was still a fun bike though.Mudd said:I have on the Bullit, but not on either the VP-Free or Nomad...
That's exactly what I was thinking when I first got my Free!brulew said:My only complaint about this bike is the linkage behind the BB. It's a huge crud collector in anything but dessert conditions.The rear tire just drops stuff in there. I wish there was some type of fender thingy that could be attached back there.
If you come up with something let us know. I think I remember the older V-10's having a small fender for the rear wheel. Not too sure though. I'd bet it would increase the life of the 4 bearings in that area.Mudd said:That's exactly what I was thinking when I first got my Free!
Was thinking about fabricating a fender for it.