Almost forgot: it's worth mentioning that the lower linkage ran on bushings that rotated around around 4" wide steel pins held in place by tiny little c-clips. imagine a miniature thru-axel without pinch bolts, just flimsy little, outboard mounted c-clips.
there was an outland dh frame (the vp-9, i think) that was shown at interbike that was pretty cool at the time. i don't know if any made it into production (anybody have pix?). The owner of the shop I used to work at knew the designer @ outland (james klassen), and had a chance to check out their shop in bellingham back in the day. some pretty cool stuff going on in there (no idea what he's doing now. i saw he had some patents on a rotary engine design). interesting tidbit: prior to the sc/intense deal, apparently he was in discussion with rocky mountain re: the sale of the vpp design. alas the $$ offered wasn't adequate, and the rest is history.