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Stepping up the 29er hardtail game, Vassago levels rowdy trails with their new ultra-responsive, super-versatile, and long-legged ChupaCabra aluminum hardtail Frame. Thanks to its confidence-inspiring 100-120mm fork-compatible geometry, trail-dominating rider position, and plentiful stand-over clearance, the ChupaCabra looks to eliminate lame XC tippy-toe riding from your trail portfolio.

  • SwitchPlate dropout system features two(included) options: vertical standard geared plates and horizontal single-speed. A third set, which adjust the geometry for longer travel, are available from Vassago
  • Singlespeed SwtchPlate uses internal, forward facing axle tensioners for consistent chain tension
  • SwitchPlate system uses no moving parts for a secure, maintenance-free, and versatile frame design
  • Frame has clearance for a fat, trail-smoothing 2.55-inch rear tire
  • Vassago plants a tree for every frame sold
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Christmas 2012 Build

Truvativ 1.1 Guard Stylo SS Crankset 180mm
Easton EA90 Stem
WTB Speed V Comp Saddle
Easton EA70 Offset Seatpost
Sram PC-1 Single Speed Chain
Crank Brothers Iodine C Steel Headset
Syncros carbon rigid 29er fork
WTB WeirWolf LT TCS 29er Tire - 29 x 2.5
Crank Brothers Cobalt Wheel set XC/Race 29"

Christmas 2012 Build


    Just recently finished building my Vassago ChupaCabra and absolutely love it. I'm new to riding and started off with a Bianchi Sok 29er and have been wanting a Vassago frame after hearing about them from friends and reading reviews. Everyone that I have met that owns a Vassago swears by them.

    So far after hitting the trails in Warda, TX the ChupaCabra responds very well and fits me perfectly.

    ChupaCabra frame

    Chris King Head set

    Thompson seat post

    Mavic Crossmax 29er Wheelset

    Geax AKA 29 tires

    Truvativ Stylo 1.1 GXP Crankset

    Sram PG 990 9 Speed Cassette

    KMC X9 SL chain

    Avid G3 Clean Sweep Rotor - 160mm

    Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brake - BRM486

    Shimano SLX RD-M662 Rear Derailleur

    Shimano DEORE shifters

    WTB Silverado Comp saddle

    RockShox Tora Race Solo AIR 29" - 100mm


    On my Chupa the rear skewer nuts hit the frame before axle seats at the top of the dropout - have tried several brands of skewer with no solution. Do the newer Mavic skewers allow the rear axle to seat? Getting crickets trying to get help from Vassago.

    Vassago ChupaCabra

    XL ChupaCabra frame
    Answer pro taper bars and stem
    Chris King Head set
    Race Face seat post
    Magura MT6 Brakes 160mm rear & 180 mm front
    Velocity Blunt SL Tubeless wheels
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron
    Truvative Stylo 180mm Crank
    White Industries 18t trials rear cog
    32t front cog
    WTB VIGO saddle
    FOX 120 Talas Fork
    and I think that covers the beast.

    Vassago ChupaCabra
    Unanswered Question

    I picked up a Chup from you guys a few...

    I picked up a Chup from you guys a few months ago and since have been searching for the long travel switch plates. Are you guys in possession of any of these or know where I'd be able to get some?



    Sizing question. I'm 5'11, so the chart...

    Sizing question. I'm 5'11, so the chart suggest the 18 incher but most frames I have ridden lately have been 19 or so and felt right. Anybody else about my height feel like helping out?

    Unanswered Question

    Hey there! What's the factory frame warranty...

    Hey there! What's the factory frame warranty period on the Vassago Chupacabra frame? The other Vassago frames have it listed as 2 years but I cannot find the warranty period for the Aluminum Chupacabra anywhere. Thanks!

    Unanswered Question

    You send to Brazil? It's what I'm looking...

    You send to Brazil?
    It's what I'm looking for a bike 29" to participate in Brazil Ride 2012 (, in which I am already registered..
    Here in Brazil, because of high taxes, we pay dearly for a bike competition!
    My partner has already acquired 29 "of it, a Stumpjumper, but purchased in the U.S..
    This bike looks like a good choice...

    Vassago's website shows some pics with...

    Vassago's website shows some pics with ISCG tabs on the bottom bracket of the ChupaCabra and some without. Your pics are all clearly without tabs. Can you confirm that there are no tabs? (I would really LIKE tabs for Hammerschmidt compatibility.)

    2 questions: Does the frame come with a...

    2 questions: Does the frame come with a seat clamp? The Vassago site says the Chupa comes with standard geared and SS switchplates. Your site kinda says that all switchplates are sold separately. Does the frame come with any switchplates?