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    2013 Vassago Optimus Ti - First Ride Impressions

    I got my Optimus earlier in the week and was anxious to get it built up and put some miles on it. My day came today and here is what I thought:

    My first impression: Holy S**t! This thing feels like a carbon frame and very unlike any other Optimus I have ridden. I have owned and ridden the crap out of every iteration of the Optimus since its inception so I feel confident in saying this bike feels better than all the others - PERIOD.

    Handling is solid and stable in tight, twisty, rocky and rooty Eastern singletrack and on fast forest service roads it feels amazing. Not having seen the geometry yet, I cannot say exactly where the difference lies. I do know the tubing is different with a fatter bottom bracket and a 44mm headtube but that's all I can really comment on as far as geo is concerned.

    Having ridden carbon bikes, I found the Optimus felt really similar in cornering, climbing and small bump absorption. Small bumps just aren't there and I never knew how flexy the other genrations of Optimus frames were until riding this one to compare it to.
    I am looking forward to many more miles on this thing in the days and weeks to come. I will post a more detailed review after I get a few more hours on it.

    If you are interested in a new frame, you really should look at these. They are legit.
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    That looks really nice!

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    I would like one of those.
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    I do think it is the nicest, best handling mtb I've owned.

    I forgot to add that the frames are now corrected to use a 100mm fork (older generation Opti's were not) and it makes ALL the difference in the world with regard to handling. That combined with slightly shorter chainstays make this bike turn really well.

    Here is some more pics from the build.

    The brushed finish and the welds are amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ss29er View Post
    That looks really nice!
    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    I would like one of those.
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    Beautiful!
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    I want one too! Any dealers in the UK?

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    Are you sponsored by Vassago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigwheelsRbest View Post
    I want one too! Any dealers in the UK?
    I'm afraid not.
    I'm from Belgium, and I had to order my Vassago frame from the USA because I could'n find a reseller in Europe.

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    It's off my list now cos its not designed for a Niner RDO fork - too short apparently

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    It will work fine with the Niner fork! We just built a Ver Hauen-the Vassago USA steel frame-and both are designed to work well with a 100mm shock-or suspension corrected rigid forks. We use Whiskey Co. here,and even the shorted crown/axle feels really good with a bigger front tire-2.4 say and a 2.2 rear.
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    Looks great, I cannot wait for my VerHauen to show up!

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    Not Optimus - sorry off_topic - but one newborn Verhauen - 2013 Vassago Optimus Ti - First Ride Impressions-img_0257.jpg

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    Now I really cannot wait!

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    My Optimus arrived Wednesday and I was able to ride Thursday and today. Thursday was a mellow test ride to get it dialed in. Right away I knew that I would like this ride. Today I had it out on some technical stuff that I have rode before and I was impressed with how the bike handled. I am playing around with the chainstay length and for now I have it in the middle and was happy on how it handled today. I weighed it in at 23lbs2oz which is about a pound and a half lighter than my Bandersnatch was. The website lists the Optimus large at 4lbs and I must say it is right on. Weighed 64.8 oz with all of the hardware, seatpost clamp and seatpost shim. As usual Tom was very helpful and answered all of my question very quickly via email.
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    I have been on one for a couple months. I was going to post a review, but I have been busy and it looks like Darkwing beat me to it.

    Some stuff I noticed about the ride quality:

    1. Super stiff in the BB. Way stiffer than any steel frame I have owned.

    2. Super comfy in the rough. When landing jumps and plowing through rooty sections the frame just soaks it all up.

    3. No noticeable cornering flex when handling. I ride hard and carve deep into turns. I am very picky about cornering flex. This bike has none.... I am also on carbon wheels with thru axles so that helps tons.

    Also, Singletracks has this review up if yall are interested.
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    Not an Optimus, but my VerHauen. Still need to trip brake lines.
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    Thread revival! I am STILL riding my 2013 Optimus Ti. The great thing about Titanium is you can always buff it out and make it look new again. Still rides as sweet as it did the day I got it. Also, just build up a new 29+ Optimus and look forward to owning it for many years to come as well. Great bikes!

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    Great looking bikes. I haven't gone full 29+ yet but both my SS bikes have wider i29 to i35 rims. Such a major improvement in ride quality.
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    Back from the dead!

    Can you give an update of your 29+ experience with the Optimus ti? Tire clearance? Ever run a suspension fork? What size is pictured?

    Thanks!

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    Thread revival! I am STILL riding my 2013 Optimus Ti. The great thing about Titanium is you can always buff it out and make it look new again. Still rides as sweet as it did the day I got it. Also, just build up a new 29+ Optimus and look forward to owning it for many years to come as well. Great bikes!

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    Looks awesome. I'm on the edge of getting a new frame to build as a 29 semi-plus with i35rims and 2.6-2.8" tires.
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    Anyone able to comment on what the difference is between the Optimus Ti and the Mooseknuckle?

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    If ANYBODY has a small or medium Optimus ti for sale....PM me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cayenne_Pepa View Post
    If ANYBODY has a small or medium Optimus ti for sale....PM me!
    I will be selling a 2013 (Gen 1, non-Boost) medium Op Ti complete bike (SS) in the near future, or do you want a frame only, or Boost?


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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    I will be selling a 2013 (Gen 1, non-Boost) medium Op Ti complete bike (SS) in the near future, or do you want a frame only, or Boost?


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