First introduced to the world in 2005, Vassago Cycles has always had a bit of a cult following. Known for their steel 29er frames with quirky names and Wet Cat geometry, single speeders and riders looking for something different that wouldn’t break the bank became quick fans. The brand continued to grow through 2010 with low price points and solid bikes, though leading into 2011 Vassago was shifting to online sales and due to personal issues, Kris Fowler, the original owner closed the doors in 2011.
At that point the future of the brand was in question, if no one had stepped up Vassago was in line to become a major online retailer’s house brand. Fortunately for Vassago, Tom Ament couldn’t let that happen. A brand like Vassago as a house brand? Not on his watch. As a racer for Vassago and their main prototype tester who also possessed a degree in engineering and strong business background, it was an easy choice. In a little less than a year, Vassago was up and running and better than ever.
Rider owned and focused on quality and affordability, we got a chance to chat with Tom about the future of Vassago. More after the break.