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Well since I am stuck with mine for a while, I thought I would start a VT thread.

For starters here is a link to a frame, shock and headset 04 model in all the sizes and 2 colors for only $299. I have not been to the shop. They say walk ins only so you have to live in Southern CA or at least visit here. And I thought Igot a deal at $399.
http://wheelworld.com/site/itemdetails.cfm?ID=3424&Catalog=39&sort=Price
 

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Hey, be happy! This bike is supposedly fantastic (I'll be able to confirm soon, I'm building mine over the next couple months). I got mine for the same price - have you had any troubles building it up? This thread might be useful as a guide to those building theirs from a frame.
For example, a lot of people ask about the seatpost size:
I know the seatpost is 30.9 mm (some say 30.8 works too).

The trouble I'm having is figuring out what kind of front derailleur I need.
So far I have a Minute 1, Crossride wheelset, Avid mechanical brakes and that's it.
Anyone willing to give advice on building a complete bike from the frame?
 

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...too bad you cant order online! I would have bought one (or two). There are a lot of good VT deals out there, ive seen the frame with rear shock for 200$.

Im highly considering getting a VT. I would probably get a fork and most componets off ebay, and she would be sitting pretty next to my NRS!
 

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I dont think I would ever go SS. Moreover, never on my NRS. Shes too great geared, every terrain, hill, descent... its all perfect. Im probably going to have to wait until after my birthday (jan.17) to buy a vee tee. Im getting the frame possibly for christmas, fork for my birthday, everything else out of pocket. I might now though... 600$ is pricey and thats assuming I get the frame at 250$ and fork at 150$ and everything else at 200$...
 

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richwolf said:
Well since I am stuck with mine for a while, I thought I would start a VT thread.

For starters here is a link to a frame, shock and headset 04 model in all the sizes and 2 colors for only $299. I have not been to the shop. They say walk ins only so you have to live in Southern CA or at least visit here. And I thought Igot a deal at $399.
http://wheelworld.com/site/itemdetails.cfm?ID=3424&Catalog=39&sort=Price
you were so stoked on the bike not long ago and now you're "stuck" with it?
 

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Im sure what he meant to say is that "I appreaciate this bike very much and am glad I have it."
 

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I just took a 2004 VT3 out for a demo ride last week. I Had a 2003 Stumpjumper FSR and found that while i am not an overly aggressive rider, my considerable weight was slowly wearing out my bike. In particular the rear triangle. I really liked the way the VT felt and in particular the fact that i had no bobbing at the rear yet a super plush ride. The weight difference between the two bikes is minimal, with the lighter bike being the VT! The weak link on the VT3 is the uber soft Black fork, i just purchased a REBA TEAM a month ago so no problem there. I decided to buy it and swap the fork over. I can't wait to try it out! Unfortunately we just got 4 inches of snow last night.
I think overall the VT is a decent bike for bigger XC type riders as it seems to pedal better than my Stumpy and the frame seems very strong.
I was originally looking at the frame deal at wheelworld but was then looking at the whole bike deal there for 999 as well. I am in Canada and that is a far better price than the LBS, but after the demo, i got the price worked down enough to make it worth buying local (gotta support the LBS!). The owner is a great guy and he let me have the bike for cost, he even swapped the parts around for me for only a few bucks.
Any suggestions on good rubber for this beast? I hear the stock scorpions are a bit questionable.
 

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Just cause I am stuck with it doesn't mean I don't like it. :)

I just can't afford to be a member of the bike of the month club!

I really enjoy the bike and like the way I have it set up.

Fork: Zokes XC run in 120mm mode.

Brakes: Avid Mechanicals. Like them

30.8 post since that was stamped on the shim that came out of it.

I use high rise bars and bar ends.
 

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richwolf said:
Just cause I am stuck with it doesn't mean I don't like it. :)

I just can't afford to be a member of the bike of the month club!
Know how that feels. Although if I had the choice of my NRS or any other Giant bike, I would take the NRS any day of the week.

I might start taking to my LBS about getting a VT1 or Reign 3.
 

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If i can get out on the VT anytime soon i will report back how it compares. After the demo i was impressed enough to buy it. I can only afford one bike so it has to be able to do it all. I think the VT fits into that better than the Stumpy does. As i said i think i am just too heavy for the Stumpjumper (about 230lbs.). It was dificult to try and tune the rear shock as i needed to run about 250psi. It didnt have any pro pedal and the bob was noticeable. I think i was actually flexing the rear triangle under heavy chain loads as it always felt like it was binding up.
 

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I was running around 205 in the main and 120 in the SPV chamber. It felt pretty good but it was really muddy and slick the day i tested it so it was hard to benchmark it against the Stumpy.
But as i said before i found it pedalled very well and was very plush feeling. It had the Black comp (no adjustments other than travel and i left that at 120mm). The black felt pretty good except when i was hard on teh brakes, she would dive rather badly.
I wanna give her a good and proper ride now that my reba is on there set at 115mm. I am keeping the rubber from my stumpy as an extra set (RollX front Fast track pro rear) for drier conditions.
Justy hope we get some dry cool weather soon!
 

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488mm at 115mm so it is very close.
It should feel better than teh Black because i will be riding higher in the travel. I sagged the black way too much.
Lots of tuning ahead!
 

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granny.gear said:
Heh, anybody got VT pic's... action shots, build shots???
Not recent but you get the picture.





The XMax and Black fork were replaced by a Minute 3 and X3.1/JuJu wheelset. The XMax and Black are on my singlespeed.

Not me but is my VT. Since singlespeeding full time the VT is a loaner bike/dust collector.

 

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granny.gear said:
Nice pics Dirt Devil.

She's a bit meaner looking with the Minute... longer legged.

Out of curiousity, is the VT night riding with no lights :confused: ? Or extremely dense tropical vegetation!
Dense vegetation late in the afternoon, the bottle holder is there to hold the battery for night riding.
 

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Picked up one of those $299 VT frames from Wheel World recently. I've have out ridden my XC bike and wanted to build up a 5" travel trail bike.

Below are some build pics of it just before I finished running all the cables.

In the past I have ridden: Specialized FSRxc, Santa Cruz Superlight, Jamis Dakar, Giant AC and my recently retired KHS 304.

By far, this VT is the best riding bike of all the bikes I have ridden. I am fan of the SPV technology. I don't mind the fancy single pivot rear design of the VT. Having coming from an Horst bike before, I don't really notice any negative characteristics of the rear suspension. The benefits of the SPV rear shock more than makes up riding a Horst bike with just a regular Fox Float rear shock IMO, but that's just my take on it.

I set up my SPV pressure pretty high because I like a firm ride, like a nice old BMW ;)

I find that the Minute up front and VT's Swinger in the rear make this bike a snappier handling bike. I launch off of logs and 2 footers with alot less effort than the other bikes that I used to ride.

Nothing special with my build, just basic stuff that I have found to work out well for my style and weight. Only things noteworthy are:
- Minute 1 fork
- Raceface Evolve XC (x-type BB)
- Sunrace thumbie friction shifters

Have not done the bathroom scale weighing in yet. But my guess is it's around 32-34 pounds.

I do plan on replacing the Deore/RhynoLite wheels with XT/717 wheels, which should shed about 400 grams and replace the DH tires with some Mutanoraptors, which should shed another 400 grams. So there's about 2 pounds to lose here.
 

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richwolf said:
Well since I am stuck with mine for a while...
I would hardly refer to riding a VT as being stuck ;)

It's a nice ride. True it's not a Trance, Blur or an Iron Horse DW link bike, but it's still a worthy ride.
 

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488 will be nimble handling. I seem to run much more sag in the back than the front. I keep the SPV air pressure up high in my fork.... keep the front solid and no dive, but very little sag :eek: . I seem to do one setting in leave it for ages.... think I should be a bit more adventurous with my settings.
I also run pressure high in my SPV chambers. I like the firmer ride and reduced fork dive.
 

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I would hardly refer to riding a VT as being stuck ;)

It's a nice ride. True it's not a Trance, Blur or an Iron Horse DW link bike, but it's still a worthy ride.
Out doing a Thankgiving weekend ride with the daughter and nephews. One way mostly downhill ride of about 12 miles. My 14 year old nephew was on my old KHS and I on the VT. Well at least he was impressed with my ability to corner faster but by the end of the ride he got the hang of it and it got too scaring staying with him. Dang kids. We took care of him on the short uphills though!

I wanted a long travel (for me) single pivot bike and the VT delivers. I like it better than my friend's jeckle and prophet. AT 5.75 inches of travel it takes so much more than a 4 inch travel bike. Very happy with it. It would be fun to buy another cheap VT frame and make it as light as possible with a rear lockout along with front lock out. But too much money for my blood and by the time you make it rideable you add 2 to 6 pounds anyways.

My next project is a light weight 29er softride with a decent fork on it.
 

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Ugghh! VT's weren't meant to see the rear end of a KHS downhill!!!! Glad you like your VT... you just can't go wrong with one, heh.

Why a 29er?
Well I am faster on my VT and the control and comfort factor is much greater too than my KHS BUT when you are riding against a "better" rider, you better not let all that suspension lead to a high speed crash! The nephew is on a bike all the time doing jumps and skids and what not. Wheelies, nose wheelies, you get the picture.

The grin on his face when he was on a better bike than at home and on a real mountain bike ride instead of urban riding was worth getting beat!

Another reason for my going with more suspension travel as I get older, is it gives me more margin for error, is more comfortable and it makes night riding easier.

29?? Well, been reading that forum and it sounds interesting. It won't happen any time soon. Probably would have to get Otis Guy to do a custom one. My old softride doesn't have suspension ready geometry, and I would like to run at least a 100mm fork. I would go with disc brake mounts too.

So Granny where do you live in Australia??
 

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LX or XT

I'd go with an XT front derailleur.

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Hey, be happy! This bike is supposedly fantastic (I'll be able to confirm soon, I'm building mine over the next couple months). I got mine for the same price - have you had any troubles building it up? This thread might be useful as a guide to those building theirs from a frame.
For example, a lot of people ask about the seatpost size:
I know the seatpost is 30.9 mm (some say 30.8 works too).

The trouble I'm having is figuring out what kind of front derailleur I need.
So far I have a Minute 1, Crossride wheelset, Avid mechanical brakes and that's it.
Anyone willing to give advice on building a complete bike from the frame?
 
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