It’s Time for Fisticuffs with Vassago’s New Drop Bar Monster Crosser
No need to let things go to Fisticuffs, unless of course, you’re looking for a tough, versatile, and affordable jack-of-all trades drop bar bike. Previewed back in June, the latest Vassago is ready to rumble on just about any trail or road you see fit. Vassago calls it a cross style bike that handles like mountain bike when the trail gets technical which would make a great gravel bike, drop bar trail bike, monster crosser, etc.
One thing’s for sure, the price certainly won’t hold you back…
Offered as a frame and fork, the frame and straight blade fork use Vassago’s R-Tech size specific steel tubing for a burly and fairly simple design.
No tapered head tubes or press fit bottom brackets – just a 1 1/8″ head tube and 68mm threaded BB shell along with 28.6mm clamp on front derailleur compatibility. Frame and fork clearance will allow most 1.8″ (48mm) 29er tires with the rear dropouts set to middle. Purists, retro-grouches, and the budget conscious will all appreciate the ability to run cantis, linear pull, or discs – take your pick. However, if you want a single speed bike that is still capable of running something like TRP’s Hylex single speed hydraulic disc brakes, you’ll be happy to know that the full length housing guides on the Fisticuff are hydraulic compatible.
Component wise, you can build up the Fisticuff with whatever components you want including standard road cranks thanks to the scalloped chainstay. The frame uses a standard 27.2 seat post and the included fork has a 415mm axle to crown with a 45mm rake.
Single speed, fixed gear, geared, it can all be accomplished with horizontal cast dropouts with built in forward facing chain tensioners. Rear dropout spacing is set at 132.5 meaning you can stretch it for MTB wheels or clamp it for road wheels. The frame also features full rack and fender mounts (front fender but not front rack mounts) and two bottle cage mounts to take it with you.
Framesets are currently available on Vassago’s site for a competitive $589 in graphite or pearl white, which includes the front fork, cable guides, seat post clamp, and canti studs.