1 February 2007 - 2:01New Stuff
Not only are there lots of new 29er specific products showing up, there are lots of new 29er only companies popping up. It seems that there might be a market for this after all.
While we are still shy a few extra fork choices, we do have some more frame choices.
One of these new companies I’m referring to, is Vassago Cycles. They are a 29er only company, with two frame offerings, a horizontal dropout bike called the Jabberwocky, and a geared only version called the Bandersnatch.
Both frames are made from 4130 CroMo, and are priced to be competitive against the ubiquitous Surly Karate Monkey.
Vassago has a unique take on frame geometry they call “Wet Cat Geometry“. Essentially, they put your weight “in” the bike, vs. being “on top” of it, giving you better handling characteristics on those long uphill grinders.
I was instantly hooked when I first saw the site. My first Bandersnatch arrived today. I’m impressed. The paint is a cool grey color, almost a primer grey, only way better. It is also clearcoated, which was throwing some shine when I was trying to get shots of it. Once I have the camera settings dialed, and all of the lights adjusted, I’ll provide more shots of the details that make this bike stand out above the rest.
Also on deck, is the new Niner M.C.R.9. Standing for Magic Carpet Ride, anyone that has spent time on Niner’s S.I.R.9 knows, that this is the best description of how this Reynolds 853 frame rides.
The looks are familiar, it is the same tubeset as the SIR, only with a conventional bottom bracket. There is also a new cast Breezer style dropout, which helps to reduce unnecessary weight.
And the new color, A & W Root Beer…
Brown is the new black, and this particular shade is one of the nicest around.
Tomorrow, Stash Off pictures!