I know the new frames and models are all the rage, but I just wanted to post that I thoroughly have been enjoying my 2010, non-curved top tube Path edition El Ciclon which I've dubbed El Ciclo-Path.
I've been riding it for almost an entire season now and for an oldie like me who harkins back to the mid 90's "DAWN of the GOLDEN AGE" of MTB, all the new bikes, designs, engineering, components, forks, brakes, I mean just stems and seat posts for example. Back in the the day, we had Control Tech! If you had a little more money, then you bought a Kore. If you did downhilling, you bought an Answer! If you were from Beverly Hills, you got a Titec. For forks, you had the Judy.....Manitou........Marzocchi was around, but nobody really knew anything about them......you were the envy of all if you had a Judy SL.....the Judy DH had what......3" of travel? Elastomers!!!
But Ventana was there!
Back in the mid-90's I started on a Price Club bought GT Pantera with hanger center pull brakes and a rigid fork............then came the most futuristic funky framed Cannondale Super V........Once I graduated from Chiropractic college, I set up my clinic near Pasadena and one day, thru the referral by a friend, Brent Foes shows up. After that, I rode his frames...the LTS....later the Slammer...............
But I always admired the Ventanas. The Ventana logo...everytime I saw one, whether on the trail, in a magazine...I always admored the craftsmanship and build and the company.
So marriage comes along...kids, the pressure of the work.....mountain biking and pretty much all other hobbies took a back seat......for 15 plus years!
But early last year, I was visiting a friend and saw that she had a Citizen folding bike stowed away in her closet. Pulled it out, admired it....and a flood of memories came back. Memories of Chantry Flat, Mount Wilson, Mt. Pinos, Brown Mountain, Glendora Mountain Road, White Saddle, Red Box Rincon, Santiago Canyon, Blackstar Canyon, Aliso wood, the Fullerton Loop, Shabarum Park, 7th avenue, Moab, Mammoth, Deer Valley, Big Bear every Summer.........
The other big thing that happened in the last 20 years was............the internet....!!!!
Research this......research that....pictures......hey!!!!! MTBR is still here and better than ever!!!!!
I ended up buying a Turner Flux. But it was too small. I thought I rode a medium, but that was just not the case and it was an expensive mistake. But then oneday, visiting the Path to look at some Santa Cruz bikes, I spy that Ventana logo on a frame hanging in the rafters. I think I went back 4 or 5 times before deciding to ditch the Turner, the SC.....I bought that frame, turns out to have "Path Geometry" which I had no idea what that meant at the time......didnt really know anything about the "current" geometry....I mean I used to ride a 6" travel bike with a 3" travel fork with the BB that was 10 stories tall!!!
I am a Clyde...so it took some times getting the Ciclo-Path dialed in. I'm still on a 150 RS Sektor with QR drop outs. But I'm using a 9mm RWS and although I never really had issue even with the standard QR, the RWS has been rock solid. I went from some really skinny XT wheels to 28mm Mavic 521's and I'm loving it. Also went with a Zee rear hub with a 10mm RWS thru, which has stiffened things up.
Brakes...............XT's.............no really issues once dialed in. Work great.
I went from a 110 stem.to a 100...and have settled with the Thomson 50mm.................and a Havoc 750 low riser which I LOVE!!!!
XT cranks......I think 170mm is a better fit for my short legs, but I've been getting by on 175s.
Went from a WTB seat what literally fell apart under my substantial weight after a few months to an SDG. Glad SDG is still around, but I don't think the new ones are made in the USA. But the quality is there.
I don't like the rear shock. It's a Van R............I don't think this is the original spec'd shock, but it is the one that came with the frame.
The bike is SOLID. I like that it's not curvy. I looks traditionally functional and it works that way too.
The geometry. Yes, the DH's are fun and the bike feels confident. The 74 degree STA...........the bike has a great climbing position.
I do very very much like this bike, and Sherwood and Teresa......oustanding people.
Some pics taken today.
And yes, I do regularly wear a helmet and a right hand glove!
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