Been there done that.
Back to three bikes again
Hardtail, trail bike, big bike..........
I am in the same boat, went down to just a VPfree with a couple of wheelset and shock options 32lb to 38lb. Raced on it etc. also.
I did ok racing on it, and it was excellent for very technical climbing etc. but it is just not a trail bike, not an XC bike, not an all day bike, not jump bike.
On the short sharp climbs it was always found wanting.
For Dh it is a very capable bike.
I am currently out at 6 bikes though... oops
DH (V10), AM( Nomad), XC (Azure), HT (Dialled PA), Jump (Jawbone), BMX (Dialled).