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    Chupacabra

    There's not a lot of info here on this frame. I'm hoping some of you all who have ridden one can chime in as to how it rides. I know vassago went out of business so I'd be taking a chance, but I expect these to show up on chainlove for pretty cheap. It's sitting in my cart at the departmentofgood.com for 330 right now.

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    I haven't ridden mine yet (or even finished building it) but I finally bought one from Huck n Roll for $370. I could never find a lot of info either. I plan on building mine up SS and I'm excited. I'd like to hear feedback too, if anyone is riding one.
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    Sometimes dept of goods is cheaper. Report back if you build; it looks a cool frame and the price is right.

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    I'm vacillating between an inbred for 260 w/shipping from uk, a karate monkey about 300 with the bro hook-up and the chupacabra. I have a marzochi that goes 120 or 100mm. decisions decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwoodturner View Post
    There's not a lot of info here on this frame. I'm hoping some of you all who have ridden one can chime in as to how it rides. I know vassago went out of business so I'd be taking a chance, but I expect these to show up on chainlove for pretty cheap. It's sitting in my cart at the departmentofgood.com for 330 right now.
    I don't see it being cheaper than $299 on Chainlove, + $24.xx for shipping.

    That was the price for the Bandersnatch frame a couple days ago.

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    ^^I agree. But it puts it price wise close to the other two frames I like. It was the bandersnatch that made me think they'd put it up eventually. I've been watching their inventory and it hasn't changed for awhile now. They only have red bandersnatch in my size which I can't quite swallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwoodturner View Post
    I'm vacillating between an inbred for 260 w/shipping from uk, a karate monkey about 300 with the bro hook-up and the chupacabra. I have a marzochi that goes 120 or 100mm. decisions decisions.
    I have a friend riding an inbred and two riding karate monkeys. I was looking hard at those two, but I just wanted to introduce something different to my riding group. Good luck. Hard choice.
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    I just passed this info along to a friend in the market for an aluminum frame. If I was in the market I would be buying asap. Love my fisty.

    For the swap plate is that something you could get almost anywhere type piece or is a new one going to have to be machines if it busts (sounds unlikely to happen).
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    Quote Originally Posted by have2ride2day View Post
    I haven't ridden mine yet (or even finished building it) but I finally bought one from for $370. I could never find a lot of info either. I plan on building mine up SS and I'm excited. I'd like to hear feedback too, if anyone is riding one.
    Which swapouts did yours come with?

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    I bought one of their last 16" frames. I transferred all of the parts that were on my Dawes deadeye over. I am running it singlespeed. I can say that the switchplates look beefy so I wouldn't worry about them breaking anytime soon. By the time they break you will probably want a new bike anyway right?

    So I went for a shakedown ride on it this weekend about 6 miles of singletrack basically behind my house 5-600 feet of climbing. Not super technical but enough to keep you interested with rocks and roots. I have it set up with a rigid fork. Which Vassago says is lame but hey that's all I got right now and I don't have another 500 to drop on a fork right now. I would like to get a little bit longer fork. I was looking at the Voodoo 500 but they are all out of stock right now. The A-C on my current fork is 470mm. Nevertheless it was a fun bike. It took a little bit of time to get used to the geometry. The BB is lower and I experienced more pedal strikes than normal. It definitely felt lower than the Dawes. I thought even with the shorter fork that it handled the downhills with confidence and cornering felt good.

    The major plus was that my bike went from being about 29lbs to about 26lbs by just swapping out the frame. That Dawes steel frame weighs about 7 lbs.

    My only beef so far which is not really a big deal is that the seat tube water bottle bolts could be a little lower allowing you to fit a full size bottle. As of now it is so close to the top tube all I can fit are the short water bottles. Also the down tube water bottle fits very tightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
    For the swap plate is that something you could get almost anywhere type piece or is a new one going to have to be machines if it busts (sounds unlikely to happen).
    I'm worried about the hanger on the geared dropout. I've broken a lot of derailleur hangers. I thought about taking it to a machine shop and having them copy it before I ever use it. I don't know what something like that will cost.

    Quote Originally Posted by elwoodturner View Post
    Which swapouts did yours come with?
    Mine came with the SS and 100mm geared. No Jabbernutz, so I'll make my own. I called Huck n Roll about being able to get small parts from Vassago (dropouts, tensioners, etc...). The guy I talked to says he thinks it isn't going to happen.

    I bought this to run SS anyway, so I'm not too worried.
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    On Chainlove now for $329.99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmancrx View Post
    I would like to get a little bit longer fork. I was looking at the Voodoo 500 but they are all out of stock right now. The A-C on my current fork is 470mm.
    What would the ideal A-C be on a rigid fork for this bike? I'm considering rigid.
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    Just ended on chainlove.com now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by have2ride2day View Post
    What would the ideal A-C be on a rigid fork for this bike? I'm considering rigid.
    Voodoo 500 is as you guessed 500 mm A-C. There is someone on MTBR with one floating around. Mine is a 470. Somewhere in the 490mm would probably be good I imagine. That would probably replicate a 100mm travel fork with correction for sag. Just my unprofessional opinion though. As I get more rides on it I will have a better feel for it. I saw on crosslakesales.com they have a full crabon fibre fork for $150 with 483 mm A-C. I like the Voodoo because if I want to get crazy and put a 26" fattie up front it has 100mm of clearance. It is a pig of fork though at 3.7 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elwoodturner View Post
    ^^I agree. But it puts it price wise close to the other two frames I like. It was the bandersnatch that made me think they'd put it up eventually. I've been watching their inventory and it hasn't changed for awhile now. They only have red bandersnatch in my size which I can't quite swallow.

    16"? If so, I picked up the last black one a couple days ago. It was a really tough choice between the colors.

    Quote Originally Posted by kmancrx View Post
    Voodoo 500 is as you guessed 500 mm A-C. There is someone on MTBR with one floating around. Mine is a 470. Somewhere in the 490mm would probably be good I imagine. That would probably replicate a 100mm travel fork with correction for sag. Just my unprofessional opinion though. As I get more rides on it I will have a better feel for it. I saw on crosslakesales.com they have a full crabon fibre fork for $150 with 483 mm A-C. I like the Voodoo because if I want to get crazy and put a 26" fattie up front it has 100mm of clearance. It is a pig of fork though at 3.7 lbs.
    Vassago's site says 80mm is ideal, 100mm is doable.

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    ^^that info is for the bandersnatch the chupacabra goes 100 or 120mm.

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    Check out Milksteak's Chupa down the page. Looks nice. It has the Voodoo fork on it

    Chupacabra..... Finally!

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    Put another ride in on the rigid Chupa yesterday. Same sort of impression. Quick handling with the 470mm A-C fork. Made small inputs easy on the bike and very responsive. Flickable almost, it felt like a big wheeled BMX bike. Definitely had the "in the bike" feeling. The bottom bracket is low and doesn't clear the rocks all of the time, and I had a few pedal strikes, which will be something that I will have to be mindful of. I think I may need to invest in a bash guard because I like to plow over stuff. All in all a fun ride.

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    Sweet. I was close to buying but got scared off when I didn't think I could get the dropout to run 120mm. I got a 2011 kona unit off of craigslist for 390. Very happy so far. The bike looks like its never seen dirt. Will be trasfering my fork in the next week or so (I have to add the spacer to make it 100mm).

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    Finally finished mine after 6 months. It turned out a lot different than I thought. I still haven't ridden it, I had shoulder surgery 6 weeks ago and haven't gotten the green light. It looks fun though.



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    Nice looking goat sucker you got there have2ride^^

    I put an X fusion fork on the bike about a month ago. I really like the way it handles now.

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    chupacabra finally done

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    just finished my build. full xt, easton haven, wtb bronson2.2, rock shox reba rl ti 120, cane creek headset, easton ea50 seat post, bars, and stem
    first ride was last night feels great super responsive.

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