Vassago Debuts TKO Gravel Road Bike, VerHauen Fat Bike, Optimus Ti 29+ & More!

first_imgThe Verhauen fat bike is brand spankin’ new, this first one having just arrived a couple days before the event. It’s based on the steel Verhauen 29er we reviewed. It’s a U.S.-made True Temper OX Platinum steel frame with 170mm rear spacing and 100mm BB. That adds up to clearance for 4″ tires.Tom says the geometry is a bit more aggressive than a standard “snow” fat bike, making it more ready for trail shredding. Stock frames come as shown. In addition to the drivetrain options, they can add rack mounts and other small changes if requested.Frame retail starts at $1,999. They’re able to do all the customization because their titanium frames are made to order in house in Pheonix, AZ. Shipping time is about 4-5 weeks from order date. Vassago was set up at the Whiskey Offroad with a few new models, covering most of the current trends – gravel, fat and 29+.The titanium TKO is a new gravel road bike with clearance for 40c tires. This one’s Vassago owner Tom Ament’s personal bike. It’s built with a 44mm headtube to allow tapered forks, and uses a 27.2 seatpost to make it a bit more comfy. They can make it with sliding dropouts for single speed, or with thru axles with 12×142 spacing. The extra width is all in the dropout, so chain line and heel clearance is exactly the same as with 135mm QR.Grind past the break for more…center_img Retail’s $1,049 for the frame, no completes available yet but are coming. They just haven’t figured out the spec yet. It’s being made in Portland by Zen Fabrications.The titanium Optimus Ti 29er mountain bike has been available for a bit, but the new 29+ option adds an 83mm BB shell and stays that are bent out wider to clear a 3″ tire.This one is 20lb 10oz without pedals and 18″ frame.A steel version that’ll be available as a regular 29er or 29+ is coming, but no timeframe is set yet.As accidents sometimes go, this fortunate mistake in coloring ended up looking so good they’re adding it (and a couple others) as an option. The painter used the wrong hue in their translucent powder coat, giving this steel VerHauen a gold tint while still showing the welds.VassagoCycles.comlast_img read more

Jason Gotay to Play Che in Evita at New York City Center

first_imgJason Gotay (Photo: Emilio Madrid for Strong-voiced star Jason Gotay has been cast as Che in New York City Center’s upcoming special gala staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-winning musical Evita. The previously announced production, directed by Sammi Cannold, music-directed by Kristen Blodgette and co-choreographed by Valeria Solomonoff and Emily Maltby, will run for two weeks from November 13-24.Gotay is a City Center alum who appeared earlier this year in the Encores! production of Call Me Madam. He has been seen on Broadway in Bring It On The Musical and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and off-Broadway in The Anthem and F#%king Up Everything.Gotay joins a previously announced cast that includes Solea Pfeiffer as Eva and Maia Reficco as Young Eva, along with Philip Hernandez as Magaldi and Enrique Acevedo as Perón, with an ensemble comprising Sergio Martín Almirón, Fabio Angelo, Isa Antonetti, Leah Barsky, Kristina Bermudez, Edgar Cavazos, Alexander Gil Cruz, Rebecca Eichenberger, Jennifer Florentino, David Michael Garry, Mariano Loguidice, Robin Masella, Phoebe Garcia Pearl, Patricia Phillips, Guillermina Quiroga, Maria Cristina Slye, Lucas Thompson, Daniel Torres and Ricardo A. Zayas.Cannold’s vision for Evita uses dynamic visual storytelling and an original approach to excavate new depths within Webber and Rice’s text, with Reficco playing Perón from ages 15-20 and Pfeiffer portraying her from ages 20-33. View Commentslast_img read more