The concept behind our black label series frames is to offer an undeniably perfect, no compromise 29er hard tail for those of us that know the difference. Vassago's top shelf "private reserve" if you will.
Literally pulled from our race team's "dream frame" concept, the VerHauen blends vassago's proven frame design with the best materials and the cleanest, tightest welds. The result, an elite level race 29er, hand made in the USA by a bunch of guys who only know how to make 29ers. We don't do suspension, we don't do 26" frames. In our little, naive world, there is only 29ers. This frame is the result of that obsessive disorder. Bon appetit.
Strengths: Near perfect geometry for technical XC riding.
Ride quality, not too stiff, not too compliant.
Good weight for steel.
MADE IN USA!!!
From the strengths and weaknesses I listed it's pretty obvious I like this bike. A lot. I bought a Whisky No.9 carbon fork from Vassago to go with the frame and run it single speed. I've had the bike about a month and put about 250 miles on it. I live on the rocky part of the east coast, so my rides consist of short-medium climbs and descents on washed out loose-rock infested trails, twisty tight undulating trails, flowy non-technical trails and rock gardens everywhere. The VerHauen handles all of these very well. It doesn't seem to favor any one aspect at the expense of others, it strikes an excellent balance staying stable up and down, fast and slow, bumpy and flat.
The steering is as close to perfect as I've ever ridden. For all-around XC riding, I've been a skeptic on the "slack HTA short chainstays" mantra you hear so much lately, and after a month on the VerHauen I'm convinced that's not the secret. My last bike had a slightly slacker HT and shorter stays, at least compared to where I have them right now with the single speed and the VerHauen handles every situation better. Not too fast or slow, turning is very natural, especially at slow speeds when other bikes require a lot of leaning or might wheel flop, the VerHauen just does what you ask.
I like this frame so much I ordered an Optimus Ti that uses the same geometry for my geared hardtail. Tom at Vassago is also great to deal with. Every time I've called or emailed I've received a quick response.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2013
Strengths: Hand built in the US, TT OX Platinum tubes...trick paintjob(IPA copper). Stiff yet compliant when it needs to be. The geo is perfect for my style of riding and eats up singletrack. Tom is a great guy to deal with, bike shipped to South Africa within a week, no issues in payment or goods and everything arrived in perfect condition and as promised. The frame itself is very high quality, welds are neat and plenty strong.
Weaknesses: None, there is just nothing I can find...and I like to nitpick.
Wish I had money to buy another one....it is that good
Strengths: Handling, ride, climbs fast and descends under control.
MADE IN THE USA-this means a lot to me.
Finish-I have the bloody nose red-translucent finish allowing you to see welds under the color and is AWESOME. Ride quality is second to none.
Didn't come with free beer.
I rode this frame at a bike demo in Brighton, MI. It was spec'd with slx, stans, and fusion fork. the ride was great. It is for sure designed to support a rider for all day cross country. The steel frame did not keep me away-it seems it rides the bumps a bit better than the carbon fiber frames that I rode. I guess if I were to give it a 1 word description....It is a relaxed ride. I felt so much control while on this 29er I didn't want to give it back. So for the last few months I have been in contact with Tom from Vassago as well as the gang over at Trails Edge Cycles in Plymouth/Milford MI. They were trying to put a parts package together to go along with this frame that would get me riding but everything was a bit too much. Finally, they put one together that was high quality and fit my budget at the same time. I really like the fact that I can pretty much run any wheel configuration I want with 9mm QR to 15mm thru axle, SS etc. The drop outs are designed to run everything. I wanted a SS Set up as well. I will be able to upgrade the parts, wheels will be first but the alex wheels feel strong and stable, but I am very satisfied with what I have. Do not hesitate you will not be disappointed.
I love that it is made in the USA. I love my made in America stuff. Nothing against the overseas manufacturers as I have owned bikes made by Giant, Trek and Haro.
Favorite Trail: Lakeshore Park, Island Lake, Pontiac Lake
Duration Product Used: Just got it
Purchased At: Trails Edge Cycles i
Similar Products Used: None, this is my first 29er
Bike Setup: Shimano slx/deore rock shox recon, alex wheels
a Cross Country Rider
from Newark, DE USA
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2011
Strengths: The ride quality is excellent, This is a point and shoot frame,it is stiff when you want it to be and compliant when my old guy back needs it to be. I have ridden this frame for about 3 months and my first ride felt like I had been riding all my life. It climbs like a goat and desends just as fast. It is quick handleing without being twichy.
The welds and paint job are second to none. I took it down to the rocks of WV, not one paint ding or even a scratch. This is a super frame and I am glad I was one of the lucky ones to get mine in the first batch.
Weaknesses: None so far. I would have liked a Black Label decal, but I guess the black paint job gives that away
I love this bike, it feels so natural,like I just floating above the trail. It is fast, fairly lite for a big steel 29er. Paint and welds are super. I bought this frame sight unseen, just from the 50+ reviews from the guys on MTBR. They did not steer me wrong. Would buy the same frame agian "YOU BETCHA". Would tell a good friend to buy this frame "YOU BETCHA". The guys at Trails-Edge were great and very helpful.
Spend the money, stand in line, get this frame.
Favorite Trail: All the local stuff and Huckleberry off Spruce Knob WV
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: Trails-Edge
Similar Products Used: Many steel 26" SS frames, A Jamis Dragon 29er
Bike Setup: Hope hubs with Stan's Arch rims, Easton carbon wide flat bar, Avid BB7 Thompsom Elite stem and post, XT short cage with JagWire cables all the way around, RocShox Reba.All black and polished
I just got my Vassago Verhauen built and out on the trails over the weekend and here is what I thought.
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