Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    151

    Ventana "El Habanero"...XC bike used like DH bike!!

    Let me give a little background.

    I used to ride a hardtail a long time ago. Well back in 97'. I like going fast and shuttling was my favorite thing to do. I also liked dirt jumping.

    I always wanted a FS bike to accomodate my desire to go fast down single tracks but never had the money. I sold my bike back in 1999 and didn't ride until yesterday.

    I scored a Ventana El habanero from a buddy who was no longer using it. Full set up for 800.00. It is an XC FS bike. I had no idea what was Freeride, All mountain, and Downhill was. Right when I bought it I went and put some downhill bars on it. I took it out to some popular downhill spot yesterday and had a blast bombing a single track for the first time on a FS bike. Mind you, I am following my buddy who is on his Versus Trigger who is handling the trail like nothing. I have to admit that I was not scared to try to keep up with him on my XC bike. It was sketchy because I am using this XC bike like a all mountain or freeride bike. I am not a big guy so breaking sh*t will probably not be a problem.

    I paid him 500 for everything except the forks and the headset, but he is letting me use those until I find something else or decide to keep them. The forks are Rock Shox SID's and the headset is a Chris King headset. He wants 300 more for those parts.

    I need some advice.

    ~use what i got for now a keep those parts and give him the 300?
    ~Get some new parts? if I get some new parts, I want some good shocks for the style of riding that I like, going fast downhill. What should I look for, maybe I can use what I buy for another all mountain bike late down the road.
    ~Save my money and buy a new All Mountain Bike that is bad ass? Which ones?
    ~Save my money and buy a Santa Cruz bullit for 950?

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    36
    Save up for the bullit.

  3. #3
    Nightriding rules SuperModerator
    Reputation: crisillo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    20,761
    another alternative, if you keep the Bucanero, could be to talk to Ventana about a trade in to build a burlier bike (will be more expensive than the Bullit though)

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: kameraguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    389
    Mario...I say keep the Ventana a light XC bike. That is what it is meant for. Then save up for a AM bike. No problem having two bike sin your quiver

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    151
    SUP duder!!

    I'll be mashing this thing till I come up on some money. At least I got a DJ bike to cover that aspect of getting loose.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: kameraguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    389
    Sick!! Right on. I just might build up my DJ frame for this use too. I should have enough parts to create a frankenstein mash-up of a beater bike

    And remember that Ventana has a sweet trade-in as mentioned. So you are good to go if you stay with Ventana....they still make some of the best bikes in the industry.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •