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    ... and if we just ... Just got word

    got an email from Vassago this morning... My bandersnatch is on the way, complete with tracking #

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    Lucky.

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    That sucks! I was hoping mine was on it's way here sans tracking info. Oh well, guess I'll just look forward to that email..

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    It looks like you are going to be one of the first to get your frame...I haven't heard anything about my frame yet (all the parts are patiently waiting to be put on). I ordered mine through bike29 so I might have to wait for Vassago to ship it to them first and then have it shipped to me. Oh well...in any case it will be here soon....

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    I have been looking forward to getting this frame for months, all the build parts are ready to go. We all will have our frames soon, looking forward to all the different build ideas !!

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    <----- Jealous.

    I'm hoping to order myself a Metal Brimstone Flake Bander to compliment my Jabberwocky, sometime in January.
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    Tracking info has it arriving on Sat. the 12th.
    mine is black to offset my white jabber.

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    Out of curiosity, when did you place your order? Trying to guess when I might be able to expect mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikeking
    Tracking info has it arriving on Sat. the 12th.
    mine is black to offset my white jabber.
    So did your frame arrive on Saturday? I thought mine was supposed to ship over a week ago, but I still haven't heard anything. At this point I hope they shipped and just forgot to tell me, that way I can be surprised!

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    I just got the tracking info on mine yesterday, and it shipped last Wednesday. Seems like they might be behind on the emails..Thats ok, just keep shipping frames! Anyone got one built yet? I 'll have a build and ride report Wednesday or so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukem
    So did your frame arrive on Saturday? I thought mine was supposed to ship over a week ago, but I still haven't heard anything. At this point I hope they shipped and just forgot to tell me, that way I can be surprised!

    Nope. I guess the tracking info is a guesstimate. It shows now as being delivered tomorrow. we will see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikeking
    Nope. I guess the tracking info is a guesstimate. It shows now as being delivered tomorrow. we will see.
    There must have been a shipping mix up. Your frame arrived at my house today. I will be building it up and posting pics tomorrow.











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    GOT IT !!
    pics as soon as it is built

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    Woot!, no pics yet, but my Metalflake Brimstone Snatch is built! quick spin around town felt good, I'll get it in the dirt and take some pics tomorrow.

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    Come on guys...enough with the "Tease". Post the porn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyosam

    Great looking bike! Maybe its a difference in lighting, but your bike looks a bit more copper-colored than the pics on the Vassago website. On the website it looks more orange-ish. I hope your pics are doing the color justice, because I really like the copper/burnt orange look. I can't wait for my frame!! Ride report?

    Edit: What size bike is that, and how long is your seatpost?

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    That color looks closer than what is on the website- It is beautiful. Frame is an 18- I'm 5'11, so well within their guidelines, but I'm pretty leggy- seatpost is a 350, but It's at min insertion, and I need a touch more, so I'll get a 400 for it. I might have been better off with a 20, but the cockpit is just right (actually a little long with that stem, need to swap that). I dont mind lots of seatpost- more room for large seatbag+inflater etc..Ride report later today!

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    that looks like more than 80mm of travel, how does the frame handle with a longer travel fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by troublemaker
    that looks like more than 80mm of travel, how does the frame handle with a longer travel fork?
    It is a little twitcy. That is the G2 fork off my 08 hifi- its a temp. This bike is built out of the parts off that bike, since I keep breaking it. The snatch will get its own build over the winter, then I'll put the Hifi back together long enough to break it again next spring, when hopefully it will get replaced with a 2010 frame, which I can then sell.

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    ah thought so, im still deciding which vassago to build up this winter

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    Yea I'm hoping its just the custom offset of that fork that is causing the steering to tweak out a bit on your bike. I am putting a reba on mine; while I am going to start off at 80 I was thinking about running it at 100 for a while...I would like the extra bit of travel, but don't want to be penalized too much for it.

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    It will handle just right with the Reba, I suspect that it would even be fine at 100. It is really not bad with the G2 Fox, another ride or two, and I wont even notice. I don't think I'm a big noticer of strange geometry- I rode that fork on my Monocog (regular, not the flight) much of the summer, and thought it rode great. I think all popular conception of bike geometry would say it should have ridden like ****, or broke in half or something.

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    I ordered a Bandersnatch way back in Nov. 2008. Got tired of waiting in April, and ordered a Niner MCR...got tired of waiting in July, and ordered a Ventana El Padrino. I'm glad they had the delays, I got my first American made bike that rides better than any of the six bikes that I've previously owned. I'm not dissing Vassago or Niner, they both make excellent bikes. I especially love the new Brimstone color, great looking ride!

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    I have ordered through bikebling, so sign of my bandersnatch yet though, was going to be first week of September ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikeking
    GOT IT !!
    pics as soon as it is built
    any other pics of from your new builds guys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoen81
    any other pics of from your new builds guys?
    My frame is in the mail right now. I should have it built and have pics up by mid-next week, and if the weather holds, have a ride report as well. The typical late fall rains/snowfall in my area tend to cut the riding season short, but I have my fingers crossed.

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    got it!!! Finally! I will be out of town this weekend, but looking to get the bike built up mon/tues...get some riding in and hopefully have a ride report wednesday or thursday. Man this frame was worth the wait, the brimstone looks fantastic...deep copper color, not too orangy-looking at all. All the parts are ready (reba, X-9, Juicy 7's, Laserdisc trail w/ mountain kings) I'll post pics when I get it built. Anyone have a detailed ride report yet?

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    I'm still riding mine with the G2 fox, which is ok, but it will ride better with the Reba, I'm just waiting for the right deal. The bike rides great- amazing how much the frame will soak up. I keep getting to rough spots, and expecting it to beat on me, but it really takes the edge off. As much as I'm looking forward to ski season, I'd like some more nice weather to get some miles on this thing

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    Sorry these pics turned out blurry, I'm no pro photographer...but the bike rides great. The reba is set at 100mm, and the bike handles very intuitively. Set up right now with The reba at 100mm, juicy 7's, X-9 shifters and RD, XT FD, WTB Laserdisc Trail rims. I'm really happy with the way this bike rides.
    A couple problems I encountered on my first ride:
    1. I suck with clipless...today was my first day, it is definitely going to take some getting used to. I can detach easily enough, but struggled occasionally(often would be more accurate) to get locked in.

    2. I had issues with my seatpost sliding down. It is a sette ATX seatpost with a Salsa QR clamp. The clamp is on there tight.... but the post still slid down on me....not sure what to do about that one. Any suggestions?
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    Nice build. I just ordered a black one myself. Now just debating what wheels to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukem
    2. I had issues with my seatpost sliding down. It is a sette ATX seatpost with a Salsa QR clamp. The clamp is on there tight.... but the post still slid down on me....not sure what to do about that one. Any suggestions?
    Get rid of the QR...get a conventional type. I like Salsa lip lock clamps...use em' on all my bikes without any slippage problems...

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    I think I'm going to try closing the QR, then using a hex key to tighten the bolt. So basically I would be turning the QR into a traditional clamp by simply not relying on the QR lever. I don't know...hopefully it works. Do I need to worry about damaging my frame if I tighten the bolt too much?

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    #2

    try roughing up the surface of the post thats inserted using sandpaper. You could also replace the post.

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    Good looking bike, love that color! I originally purchased my Bandersnatch with the ODIS fork, and loved the handling of the bike. It was a little unwieldly on tight single track at times, but overall pretty precise. Recently I changed-out the ODIS for an 80mm 2009 Manitou Minute and expected to lose some precision in steering and handling. Instead I was astonished at how much better the bike carves the tight wooded singletrack with the Manitou. No more having to lean my way through tight turns, the bike actually handles the way I imagined it should have originally when I purchased it. So far no perceived downside in stability either, although I am not in an area with any huge downhill sections. I would highly recommend the Manitou Minute for the Vassago, especially now that they have released the latest Absolute Plus Damping cartridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    try roughing up the surface of the post thats inserted using sandpaper. You could also replace the post.
    Yea, eventually I will probably end up getting a Thomson. I closed the QR lever and then tightened the bolt up with a hex wrench...no slippage today, but I only rode an hour and the singletrack was pretty smooth. I'm thinking it is probably the post because the guys at the shop said salsa clamps are really strong. The sette post had fantastic reviews online, so we'll just see how that goes I guess. I hope the weather holds out here so I can get some more riding in before the end of the season, its supposed to rain for the next week or so. I am really enjoying this bike; if anyone is on the fence I would encourage them to go for it.

    And today was a vast improvement with the clipless pedals...I think 2-3 more rides and I will be completely comfortable with my pedal/shoe setup. Then I will start finetuning some other things on the bike, like stem length, saddle position, 80/100 mm travel, etc.

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