I'm running an Enduro Guardian skid plate on my Vee and it's the only way to go. Here's an example of the skid plate taking a good whack... no damage whatsoever. You can hear it smack, and year my riding buddies' reaction. <IFRAME height=315 src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4u7xmcf3t2M" frameBorder=0 width=560 allowfullscreen></IFRAME> I bounce it off rocks all the time... a few scrapes on the bottom that I hit with a little rustoleum black at each oil change as a preventative measure to keep rust at bay (shoulda sprung for the stainless version!) but other than that, A-okay. The Vee's a pretty capable adveture bike once you add Yann's skidplate and get used to the sound of things bouncing off of it! EDIT: Also, I should add that customer service is insanely good. I ran into what I thought was a slight problem with the install and ended up with me just being a bafoon. I called the phone number listed on the instructions at around 9 o'clock at night. It was Yann's personal cell phone, and 5 minutes later he had me straightened out. Can't beat that!