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    Vassago VerHauen

    Has anyone had an opportunity to ride the new Vassago VerHauen? I am really interested in any thoughts a test rider may have.

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    Yes, fantastic bike...IPA copper, medium and paired it with a whisky rigid fork. Just finished a three day stage race in South Africa on it, the bike absolutely loves singletrack and handles incredibly well with the new "fast cat" geo. Got lots of comments on the paintjob, its pretty sick.

    You cannot go wrong...there is just something about steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rouxtjie View Post
    Yes, fantastic bike...IPA copper, medium and paired it with a whisky rigid fork. Just finished a three day stage race in South Africa on it, the bike absolutely loves singletrack and handles incredibly well with the new "fast cat" geo. Got lots of comments on the paintjob, its pretty sick.

    You cannot go wrong...there is just something about steel.
    Thanks for the feedback. Just what I wanted to hear. I agree, there is just "something" about the way a good Steel bike rides.

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    Lovin' It!

    Such a sweet ride - quality, geometry all spot on!
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    That could be mine...just on another continent.

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    In the process of building one rigid SS, really excited! None more black, Whisky No. 7; it's gonna be stealthy. Pictures to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shankes3 View Post
    In the process of building one rigid SS, really excited! None more black, Whisky No. 7; it's gonna be stealthy. Pictures to come.
    Congrats on a fantastic bike!!
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    I recently built up a SS Verhauen in the ectoplasm green with a set of Arch/King wheels and a Reba. I love the way this bike handles - way better than the Bandersnatch I had a couple of years ago. The short chainstays are the real deal.

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    None more black!

    Yes!



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    Waiting for the singletrack to dry out before i put on my new set of rubber.

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    Here's my VerHauen. SS set up for now, but considering going to 1x10. Great bike. Vassago VerHauen-verhauen.jpg

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    New build pics can be found here for my Curly's Gold VerHauen!

    http://forums.mtbr.com/29er-bikes/ve...l#post11253070

    I've actually gotten 50 miles put on it since Sunday, and all I can say is WOW.

    The feel of a steel frame is like no other material that I've ridden.

    The geometry is spot on, but took some getting used to over the first two rides.

    I rode a very familiar trail on it last night (the second time that I'd ridden it on the VerHauen), and I'm slowly finding my groove.

    In learning the handling of this bike as opposed to my 100mm travel Specialized Carve, it seems to want to break loose in the turns. My VerHauen has 120mm travel, and it is awesome on the downhill!

    Sad to say, I may not be riding my Carve for very much longer as I just like the feel of the VerHauen better when it comes to ride quality.
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    My most updated (and rare clean) pic of my VerHauen. Hands down the most fun and comfortable HT 29"er I have ever ridden/owned/fondled, and I have had plenty. Love this bike more every ride. Next and probably final upgrade is a Selle Anatomica saddle, I demo'd one over the weekend on my bike and loved it.

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    so its been just under a year ito verhauen ownership and like a good red wine it just gets better with time...Not a single issue from mine...she just keeps going well.

    Some scratches here and there but hey its mtb'ing afterall. Still my go-to bike on the weekends.

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    Made some strategic changes to the VerHauen. Carver XC-480 rigid fork, Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires front and back (2.4 and 2.35), FSA SL-K 740mm bar, and a 90mm stem. The result, both visually and on the trail, was awesome. Snappy handling, more comfy position. Shattered my PR on a local 13.5 mile/2000 ft climb. Went from liking this frame to LOVING this frame.

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    Now on iteration #3 on my VerHauen - 1x10 with a Reba up front. Kept the FSA bar, went back to the 80mm stem, removed the Carver fork and put the Reba 100mm back on, replaced the rear 2.35 Racing Ralph with a 2.25 RR, which I promptly sliced on a rock, and thus replaced it with a 2.1 Ground Control. Added a 30t Race Face narrow/wide front ring, an 11-36 XT cassette, and an SLX shadow plus medium cage rear derailleur and SLX shifter. With the derailleur and smaller rear tire, I was able to slide the rear wheel almost all the way forward in the dropouts. The shorter chainstay length canceled out the slower handling with the longer fork and kept that nice, whippy feeling. I really love this frame - I'm riding it more than my Jet 9 RDO or my Covert 29. So versatile, fast and fun!!

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    Build #4

    I just love this bike. Back to the rigid fork and added a 760mm flat bar, Silverado saddle, singlespeed setup, Sun Ringle Black Flag Pro wheelset and XT brakes. Haven't ridden it yet like this, but will soon.
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    Hey all - got the new graphics package for my Verhauen, IMO looks awesome. Not that the old was bad by any stretch, I just love "panels" as a logo (like Soulcraft does) and matte stealth black. Removing the old was easy, the new went on without a hitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaklabl View Post
    Hey all - got the new graphics package for my Verhauen, IMO looks awesome. Not that the old was bad by any stretch, I just love "panels" as a logo (like Soulcraft does) and matte stealth black. Removing the old was easy, the new went on without a hitch.
    Nice work! Looks great.

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    Verhauen

    Built it up and rode 13 miles of single track. Very fun bike soaks up the trail and is very compliant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFWY View Post
    Built it up and rode 13 miles of single track. Very fun bike soaks up the trail and is very compliant.
    Curious about your RIM and TIRE selection there...

    And bike looks awesome!!
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    Nox Skyline rim DT swiss 240 hubs Maxxis ikon 2.2 set up tubeless with stans.
    The wheels came in at 1435 grams. Fast and stiff!

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    Quicker and livelier than my Jabber... and made in the USA. Doesn't get much better!
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    Looks like the new Verhauen is around the corner! Bumping this in hopes anyone finds out details!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSsteel4life View Post
    Looks like the new Verhauen is around the corner! Bumping this in hopes anyone finds out details!
    Just ordered one - the site says "late August" for the availability of size L. And it's late August!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig View Post
    Just ordered one - the site says "late August" for the availability of size L. And it's late August!
    Receive yours yet? Waiting for the ride report!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSsteel4life View Post
    Receive yours yet? Waiting for the ride report!
    Nope. Still waiting. I'm now about 7 weeks post-order. Was checking here to see if anybody else has ordered a VerHauen and is also still waiting.

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    FYI...

    I thought their latest offering of this frame looked great. Had a few questions and shot them an email. The promptness and thoroughness of their replies were just so damn impressive I just had to to post here. Still not sure if the frame would meet my needs but based on there level of communication I'm incredibly impressed.

    First thing I do when considering a new brand is I shoot them an email with some reasonable tech questions. Through the years responses have ranged from none to five star. These guys get the 5 star. I've found this to be a great acid test as to whether the company and their product is worth dealing with.

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    I've owned a VerHauen frame for over 5 years and have been impressed with Tom's responsiveness since I first corresponded with him in early 2014. When I've emailed over the last few weeks, he has promptly responded with a status update.

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    The sheer number of people who know the owner of Vassago as Tom and have had direct contact with him says a ton about the company. They do it right.

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    Yup! Tom is good to go!!!

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    Per Tom, the latest batch of VerHauen frames arrived and should be shipped this week! Can't wait to see mine - patina finish with the clear frost decal and orange King headset. Sick.

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    And, it's here! Love the patina finish and the "clear frost" stickers. Can't wait to build it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig View Post
    And, it's here! Love the patina finish and the "clear frost" stickers. Can't wait to build it.

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    What happened to the orange headset?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nels View Post
    What happened to the orange headset?
    Hey Nels, long time no see (sort of - I passed you driving the other day. I'd say we should ride, but that's another f-ed up old guy health problem story you can read about in the 50+ forum.)

    Tom forgot the orange headset. Sent the black instead.

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    Done, first ride complete. Reminds me of the Transition Trans AM 29 but not as heavy and a little more lively.

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    Iíve had 3 different versions of the verhaunen and love them all. The newest is awesome and by far the best geo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig View Post
    Done, first ride complete. Reminds me of the Transition Trans AM 29 but not as heavy and a little more lively.

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    How are you liking the ride of the newest geometry VerHauen? I just got a new 2020 Optimus Ti with the same geometry and am building it up. I wanted trail bike/cross country so hoping this is the ticket. Longest top tube I have ever bought in a size large for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruckus99ss View Post
    Iíve had 3 different versions of the verhaunen and love them all. The newest is awesome and by far the best geo
    What are your impressions on the new geometry? Just picked up the new 2020 Optimus Ti and am building it up now. Size large and I usually run a 90mm stem but everything I look at geometry wise would say 50-60mm stem on this. Should be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Pride View Post
    What are your impressions on the new geometry? Just picked up the new 2020 Optimus Ti and am building it up now. Size large and I usually run a 90mm stem but everything I look at geometry wise would say 50-60mm stem on this. Should be interesting.
    I love it and it flies downhill . The new verhaunen is had to scale it back to a 60mm stem to bring the reach in. I am not sure if optimus has the new geo yet or if itís still running the old geo like moose and old Verhaunen. Is yours a 30.9 seatpost still?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruckus99ss View Post
    I love it and it flies downhill . The new verhaunen is had to scale it back to a 60mm stem to bring the reach in. I am not sure if optimus has the new geo yet or if itís still running the old geo like moose and old Verhaunen. Is yours a 30.9 seatpost still?
    Mine does have a 30.9 seatpost but it is the new 2020 Geometry confirmed by Tom at Vassago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Pride View Post
    Mine does have a 30.9 seatpost but it is the new 2020 Geometry confirmed by Tom at Vassago.
    Gotcha that was for me to know ordering one also. I am not sure of the geo changes , if itís same as new verhaunen it will be a little bit longer. If itís not and what geo chart online shows then your good with current
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruckus99ss View Post
    Gotcha that was for me to know ordering one also. I am not sure of the geo changes , if itís same as new verhaunen it will be a little bit longer. If itís not and what geo chart online shows then your good with current
    Iíve got one coming also (an OpTi)! Back to Ti for the SS!


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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    Iíve got one coming also (an OpTi)! Back to Ti for the SS!


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    So glad I have one back in my fleet and looking forward to finishing the build. I went with a size large again. Did you stick with the same size Walt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Pride View Post
    So glad I have one back in my fleet and looking forward to finishing the build. I went with a size large again. Did you stick with the same size Walt?
    I was on a Medium OpTi before, and am going with another Medium, even though all my other bikes (Pivot LES, Yeti SB100 and Intense Primer) are/were all Larges. The Vassagoís have a long reach and ETT, and the Medium is what fits me (at 5í10Ē).


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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    I was on a Medium OpTi before, and am going with another Medium, even though all my other bikes (Pivot LES, Yeti SB100 and Intense Primer) are/were all Larges. The Vassagoís have a long reach and ETT, and the Medium is what fits me (at 5í10Ē).


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    I am 6' and almost went with the Medium but decided to stick with the large. Hoping I wont regret that given the new longer top tube. Tom at Vassago told me they made it based on someone like me now running a 50-60mm stem vs the old standard of 90-100mm.

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