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Hello,

I'm wondering if anyone has tried using a shorter length/stroke shock (than stock) on their VP Free frame? How would this perform/compare to the stock set-up?

I'm considering getting a VP Free as my trail bike, and was hoping mount a shorter shock to drop the BB a bit and bring the travel down a bit (certainly with the option of mounting the stock shock for a full 215mm of travel)?

Lastly, how does the VP Free perform with a 6" fork?

Thanks a lot for the info.
 

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deadpossum said:
Hello,

I'm wondering if anyone has tried using a shorter length/stroke shock (than stock) on their VP Free frame? How would this perform/compare to the stock set-up?

I'm considering getting a VP Free as my trail bike, and was hoping mount a shorter shock to drop the BB a bit and bring the travel down a bit (certainly with the option of mounting the stock shock for a full 215mm of travel)?

Lastly, how does the VP Free perform with a 6" fork?

Thanks a lot for the info.
This has been discussed a few times and has been done, apparently quite successfully. Before the Nomad came out, I believe this was Mark Weir's main ride. If you do a search of posts by Photo John on this forum and the DH/FR forum, I think you'll find some numbers on the shock size and other data that you're looking for. I don't remember the details, but it's do-able and it works. Both of those modified Frees used 6" Fox forks if I recall correctly...a Talas 36. I'd be tempted to use the Van 36, however. I'm curious as to why you wouldn't go with a Nomad for this application.
 
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