Optimus Ti - Vassago

bloaker

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#1
Quick Backstory -
I bought a hand-built bike from Vassago that had an issue... A couple resolutions did not work out and the end result - they decided to just send me a Ti replacement frame and I ship the steel one back. A headache - however in the end, I am taken care of and they did not lose a customer.



I don't have a scale so we will ignore weight and just accept it is light.



The frame uses Parogon sliders, so I have the option of a traditional 135 spacing or 142x12. Also - there are different setups to accommodate DT Swiss Maxle or the Shimano Maxle. You can get it SS specific, direct mount or traditional hangers. The nice thing if you chose to go single speed is that the sliders allow you to adjust tension without the use of an eccentric bottom bracket or a chain tensioner.



When complete - the build will be as follows...
Hope Headset & Hubs.
Stans Flow EX rims (32H)
Shimano M8000 1x11 drive train
Shimano M8000 Brakes & Pedals
RockShox Pike 120mm fork
Maxxis Ardent 2.4s
Paragon Direct Drive Slider with Shimano Maxle.
Diety T-Mo Carbon Bar & Grips
Thomson 50mm stem
Thomson Elite Dropper Seatpost.

This should be a great bike... and potentially a quiver shrinker... As in it may take over my SS (I have parts to convert it) and Fargo for general use around town.

I am just waiting on a couple pieces before the bike is complete...
 
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xDOMx

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Not sure why no one's commented on this but, looks like a bloody wicked fun machine!

My Aussie mate in England rides a lot of MTB and is jealous of the trails and stuff out here.
 

bloaker

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It is still being used to terrorize the neighborhood.

So far, it climbs well up and descends well down stairs. :)
The neighbors are impressed - as they stand there watching me not slow down as I approach steps they are sure I am going to walk.
 

wexford

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That looks like a nice daddy's bike... Have you figured out where the child seat would go for me yet? Nice ride man.
 

bloaker

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There is a way!
Yepp Maxi Seatpost


No excuse to not get one now! And with your child's safety in mind, a titanium frame is strong and supple to ensure both comfort and reliability.
YOU NEED ONE! - you know.... for the baby

That looks like a nice daddy's bike... Have you figured out where the child seat would go for me yet? Nice ride man.
 
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wexford

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Nice!!! Don't suppose you want to sell me that bike and build another one? Maybe not considering how long you waited :)
 

bloaker

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So a small update on the build...
The Stan Flow/Hope Hub wheels combos I own are staying on my SS and Full suspension bikes.
The Vassago was treated to a set of I9 hubs and Easton Arc30 rims.
 

bloaker

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#13
I snuck out to test the bike.
Sadly the conditions were worse than I expected... but I was on the bike, so I continued anyway.


The new version of this frame supports tires up to 2.8" width... Normally I wouldn't want that, but on this ride, I can see how it would have helped.
My tires wandered left to right easily ten cm for no reason other than they wanted to.