Vassago Bicycle Company ODIS 29er 29er Forks

4.88/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $129.00


Product Description

  • Double Butted chromoly straight blades
  • Ovalized crown for reduced flex
  • Fat-n-dirty crown design
  • ISO standard disc brake mounts
  • 467mm Axle-to-crown


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Julius a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2013

Strengths:    Balance is good, steering is very crisp and weight isn't so bad for a steel fork. My fork cut weighs in just over 2 pounds. It's an awesome 29er fork to beat around with. I've taken this fork on 12 hr endurances, multi-hr epics and anything else I can throw at it. It does not shudder under heavy braking which most steel forks will do. Vassago has a great sleeper product here.

Weaknesses:    Only two colors available: Black and Taupe with no cable guides.

Bottom Line:   
This is my second review on this fork and am now near 5 years of heavy use (XC and AM). It is an amazing fork for the money. I have thought about suspension for upgrade and I'm having a hard time making that decision because of this fork. Buy it and you won't regret it.

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Favorite Trail:   Noble Canyon, Pine Valley, CA

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Surly Karate Monkey

Bike Setup:   Canfield Nimble 9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luvanicejump a Cross Country Rider from Keene, NH, Cheshire county

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2010

Strengths:    No frills, no flex.

Weaknesses:    No cable stays, but a minor inconvenience.

Bottom Line:   
I ride 95% street, 5% hardpack trails.
After destroying 3 different tire and wheel combinations urban curb hopping, I found the set up I've been looking for.
Plenty wide enough to accommodate the fat apples and totally solid. 120.763% better than the Reba SL 29er shock on the better-o-meter. The whole bike felt like a wet noodle with the shock, but now it's precise, stable and lighter. Just like riding a huge BMX bike.
Also, being in the northeast, the cold weather would deflate the Reba shock. I couldn't stand it anymore. Having grown up riding rigid bikes, having a shock was no normal. This rigid Vassago was just the answer I was looking for and dirt cheap to boot.

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Favorite Trail:   The Ashuelot trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist, Las Vega

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   GF Rig, Schwalbe big apples on Velocity Blunt.White Industry wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by corb a Weekend Warrior from Hoover, AL

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2009

Strengths:    As others have stated, it's a solid, no frills fork that is easy on the wallet. Lightweight.

Weaknesses:    No lawyer lips. No cable guides.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this as a backup to my Reba when it blew a seal and I wasn't sure if I would have it fixed in time for an upcoming race. The part didn't come in time so I rode the ODIS fully expecting to hate every minute of the ride. Happy to say I was completely wrong. The race ended up being a mudfest from hell, but having the rigid fork actually helped. On rough and fast downhills you will be slowing down unless you have exceptionally strong arms and can hang on. That being said, once you get used to it, you don't even think about it and the ride is fantastic. With no moving parts, it's easy to take care of (obviously) and it looks good. With the right tire setup, you get just enough give on the bumps but no pedal-bob on the climbs. As far as my SS goes, I don't think I'll ever go back to a suspension setup. The lack of cable guides is bummer but get some Alligator Gripper guides and it's a non-issue.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Vassago Website

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Jabberwocky 32x19, Panaracer Rampage 2.3 up front @ 29PSI, carbon bars, Ergon grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PAmtbiker a Racer

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2009

Strengths:    stiff, relatively light weight (I guess), SMOOOOOOOTH. Definately flexes under heavy hits but that's exactly what I want for riding in the east coast gnar. I haven't ridden may rigid forks but a friend said that it felt smoother than his WB carbon fork.

Weaknesses:    ummmm... makes me want to ride rigid SS's all the time? Is that really a weakness

Bottom Line:   
This is a solid, no-frills fork. It would be a good upgrade to any SS. Combined with carbon bars and Ergon grips, I have no problem riding all day with this fork. And that's on the east coast... Not expensive so 5 chilli's around...

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Favorite Trail:   Vista

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Gettysburg Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Surly rigid fork...

Bike Setup:   Jabberworky, cheap build, 32x20

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dashSC a Cross Country Rider from Midwest, US

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2009

Strengths:    Nice and cheap, compared to most 29er forks. Very reliable, never had any failure. Lightweight: 2.3 lbs.

Weaknesses:    No lawyer lips. This isn't a big deal unless you have weak skewers, like the Redlines I had initially. Once I acquired some decent ones [in this case, Salsa Flip-Offs], it mattered not at all. Does seem a bit flexy at times, but this may be partially caused by a lower-grade headset as well.

Bottom Line:   
Very good rigid fork, especially for the price. Biggest problem I had was lacking the physical strength to manage some rougher portions. I literally hit myself in the face with my own arms on multiple occasions. :|

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Vassago

Similar Products Used:   A wide variance of 26er forks, both suspension and rigid [and some that were suspension forks and acted like rigids].

Bike Setup:   2008 Vassago Jabberwocky, 32x20.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BOAB a Weekend Warrior from MS

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2008

Strengths:    Light weight, stiff, offset, lots of tire clearance.

Weaknesses:    no cable guides, but got DirtDog Skull guides

Bottom Line:   
This is a great upgrade for the MC29er, better handling, lighter and stiffer. I used the Dirty Dog Skull cable guides to solve the cable issue. I also like that part of the purchase goes to IMBA.

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Favorite Trail:   EP

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   trails-edge.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Redline MC29er, disc brakes, 180mm stylo, CrankBro Acids, ergon grips. Stock wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by racerdave a Cross Country Rider from WI

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2008

Strengths:    Light weight, strong, corners great, good offset

Weaknesses:    no housing guides

Bottom Line:   
Great fork, and a great upgrade from stock. It's lighter plus has more offset for quicker steering and handling. I like it and recommend it to any Monocog 29er owner.

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Favorite Trail:   You name it

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   mtbr forum

Similar Products Used:   Stock MC29er fork

Bike Setup:   Redline MC29er

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtbnachos a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2008

Strengths:    Flex/stiff compliant, light, pretty

Weaknesses:    No cable guides

Bottom Line:   
This is a great rigid fork. I got it at the low 2 pound range and the ride is just a blast! The fork doesnt shudder when I brake hard and steering is very crisp. I just wish this fork had cable guides for a more clean look so I settled for a ziptie. I got the black and it looks very nice, no frills look.

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Favorite Trail:   Noble Canyon, CA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ProBuilt Wheels

Similar Products Used:   Surly KM

Bike Setup:   Vassago Jabber

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ODIS or Salsa for monocog 29er

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