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Avanti Vapour 29 test bike arrives

Posted by Caleb Smith on Monday October 10 2011

First we teased you with a spy pic, then we gave you the full rundown on what the production model would look like and now (well, when we build it up) we’ll have one to ride. The production models don’t arrive till the end of December so what Avanti have sent us is a large frame with the correct Fox 34s (set to 120 mm), the correct Fox rear shock and the same wheels that are spec’d on the final bike. We’ll be filling in the remainder of the build with parts we have lying around (see, we’ve already started) and a few more from Avanti. The whole thing should be up and running by the end of the week. It’s gonna give us a pretty spot on idea of what the final version will ride like. Saying we’re excited about riding this thing is an understatement…

We saw preproduction unridable samples at Avanti's product launch a while back but it looks like the Zero Force double lock-on grip is finally here. No word yet on what they're like out on the trail but they're the perfect size for my huge hands. Kinda like original ODIs (which I love) so I might be pinching these off the test rig...

I did start to photograph some details on the bike then I realised that we kind of did that at the product launch, so if you want the lowdown on the Vapour 29er you should check out the post we did on the Avanti 2012 product launch (just click the image).

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  1. I did start to photogrpah some details on the bike then i realised that we kind of did that at the product launch, so if you want the lowdown on the Vapour 29er you check out the post we did on the Avanti 2012 product launch.
  2. We saw preproducting unridable samples at Avantis product launch a while back but it lloks like the Force double lock on grip is finally here. No word yet on what they are like out on the trail but they are the perfect size for my huge hands... kinda like origianl ODI's so they may be a little large for some...
  • Paul

    That chains a bit loose mate

    • http://www.spokemagazine.com Caleb Smith

      oh, i wondered why it wasn’t shifting…

      • Mark

        Caleb, I think I want to ‘flag’ your image as inappropriate.

        • Kiwihoz

          That depends on where he happens to find himself at any given time….In some places that would be very appropriate (though I’m not sure if Caleb would visit those. Or in fact what the hell I’m talking about….sleep deprivation due to a new baby in the house does strange things to a mans grey matter)

      • Homes

        Off the chain!

  • 26or29wizzorsnow

    please tell me that this puppy is heading my way. i may change rigs from the torrent.im all confused right now.

  • Chris Burr

    So ugly it hurts my eyes, and that’s even before i saw the wheels.

    • http://www.spokemagazine.com Caleb Smith

      this from a guy who wears baggy shorts, doesnt ride the Wakamarina as a round trip and has been known to take the odd shuttle

      • Chris Burr

        All good points. Doesn’t however change the fact that this is the mountainbiking equivalent of the Toyota Prius . And every time I see a Prius I think what a ….…… well the word starts with w and rhymes with tanker.