It's not ignorance but I certainly respect their opinion more. I look at it as a more informed opinion. Thank you very much.
Well, you still didn't answer: what year of high school are you in?
And your statement is based on ignorance, especially since you use it to imply that only racers know something about frame dynamics. Such a statement shows a clear lack of understanding about what it takes to understand the dynamics and properties of a bicycle frame. There are just as many racers who couldn't tell a stiff frame from a hole in the ground as there are non-racers. Moreover, your statement suggesting that perhaps it's the components hanging on your frame that make it seem stiff only suggests that you really don't understand stiffness, frame properties, and/or frame dynamics. In case you were wondering, a stiff BB will not change the torsional stiffness of a frame. In fact, certain test apparatus, used for testing frame stiffness, are mounted at the BB. Hmmmm: you'd think they'd avoid doing that iffin' it was going to change the stiffness of the frame.
That said, I haven't put any miles on a Vortex, BUT I would and will believe the words of people like Juanmoretime, bikemesenger, and others over your yours. They tend to display a more tempered, rational, and well thought out judgement.
Having raced BMX since I was 8 and Road bikes, and Mountain bikes since I was 16 and I am now 34. I think I know what a bike should feel like. I do not need a degrees is a$$holephysics to quantify numbers on a sheet of paper to make a judgement of a bike.
Stop with all the whining and just go ride and enjoy what you have. I really like mine and I am glad I bought it, I am glad I supported a company in America and I am glad that you enjoy what you have. I don't regret it. Opinons are all that are said here.
Not everyone likes the same bike and people will do ANYTHING to justify their purchase of whatever it is.
In GENERAL, a racer DOES no more about how a bike should ride than some average Fred. If they didn't then why in the hell do Bike companies sponsor Pro bike racers to get their feedback on how to make their product much better? Beceuase who else knows more about how a bike should feel than a racer? Maybe I should go ask my neighbor the engineer...