2011 Ellsworth proto slopestyle
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2011 Ellsworth proto slopestyle

16 Comments

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 The suspension always stays active and the bike pedals really. Its super fun and lively to ride where as a VPP bike feels dead to me.
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 Well you're the minority with that claim. Most people seem to love the VPP. I myself have owned two Blur 4Xs, a regular Nomad 2, and I now have a Nomad C, and I find the suspension to be nigh perfect for all applications.

I'm not saying ICT *cough* fsr *cough* isn't a nice suspension design, but I think that VPP is head and shoulders better for all types of riding.
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 Thats fine that you think VPP is better but you offer no reason as to why. You only made really broad generalizations and used phrases like "most people" If you are going to make that claim please back it up with fact. I have a ton of time on a VPP bike and speak from my experiences. Also if you want to look @ power transfer no suspension design is more efficient thats why Ellsworth has the ICT patent
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 "I myself have owned two Blur 4Xs, a regular Nomad 2, and I now have a Nomad C, and I find the suspension to be nigh perfect for all applications."

Remember that part?

I've owned 46 bikes in the past 12 years, and the VPP bikes have been by far the most efficient for pedaling up, riding down, and cruising on flowing single track. This is my personal experience.
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 How is it "head and shoulders better" than anything else? What makes VPP so much better than ICT or FSR? Do you think more pivots, more bolts and more places for flex to occur make it better?
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 Are you implying that the rear end of a VPP flexes more than an FSR? Because you'd be incorrect. The fact that all of the pivots on the VPP are close together makes it so the rear end is far stiffer than any system that has a pivot near the rear axle. That's the main reason why Santa Cruz says you don't need a through axle or bolt-on rear wheel with their new Nomad C.
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 You are right the nomad doesnt need a bolt on rear wheel because the wheel sits in a fixed rear triangle. The flex will occur within the links between the front triangle and the rear triangle as the bearings wear. The bike will also become quite loud. VPP bikes do eat bumps like crazy and if you swear by it, cool. Im just not into it at all
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 As the bearings wear, you replace them. It's pretty simple. My VPP bikes never experienced any flex in the rear ends because I always stayed on top of the service, being a mechanic and all.
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 There is a reason they dont change their design. It works well!
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 Interesting read. You must work for Tony...
  • + 1
 not at all actually
  • + 0
 I still have a hard time getting over the rear box triangle. I'm sure it'll be a sick ride.
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 Is that going into production? Because its Yummy!
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 top secret info, sorry
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 Nice rig!
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 thanks, this is number 1 of 1 haha

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