27 April 2007 - 23:03The Frumious Bandersnatch
It was a project I was putting off for a while, mostly due to the lack of hours in any given day, but it is almost done. I say almost because there will be upgrades along the way. The Bandersnatch will be my new test piggie for all sorts of cool bits and pieces.
I had to decommission the Karate Monkey to build this beast, but I’m sure that the Monkey will rise again (it always does). I had a terrible time getting it together, most of the parts on the KM had been there all it’s life, and did not come quietly. I had to reduce the travel on my Reba from 100mm to 80, and so it was also a good time to give a little love to the fork. It needed it.
The headtube on the Vassago is considerably longer than any of the bikes I’ve had the Reba on before, but fortunately, there was enough room for a Thomson stem, and nothing else. Amazingly, the cockpit proportions are almost identical to my other bikes, so it should be an easy time learning the ins and outs of the new bike. I’m looking forward to experiencing “Wet Cat” geometry first hand. I will be getting the Bandersnatch dirty on the trail this weekend weather permitting.
This weekend is the opening weekend for Catamount, where I delivered the first two of the demo 29ers that will live there this summer. I’ll have some more details on that in a future post. In a nutshell, anyone who wants to try a 29er in the woods, will have access to a full size run of Gary Fisher 29ers.