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    Extreme NOOB....First bike a Ventana???????

    HI to all!

    Obviously I'm new here and to the MTB world. B/f I start, please pardon the lack of knowledge I have while asking these questions.

    Looking to purchase my first bike from a friend of mine. He received the bike in a trade over 2 years ago and he's never ridden it. It's previous owner bought the frame brand new in 2000; built the bike and rode it very little.

    I've seen the bike once b/f but really didn't know what I was looking @. I just remember everything looking brand new...........

    Slimer green Ventana El Terremoto 1999 frame ("Y" style frame that dorn'd the cover of mountain bike magazine years ago)
    Marzoochi Bomber front end. (DH style forks.........fork tubes go all the way up to the handlebars. Dont know what this style is called?)
    Brand new Kenda tires.....dont know which ones?

    This is all the info I have on the bike until I can see her again this weekend.

    Looking for some good opinions on this bike as a first?

    What would be a good price range to expect to pay?

    Will this make me a good freeride/all-round bike?

    Thanks for your time!!!!

    Be Good,

    EC

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    The Terremotto wasn't released until last year. Can you please send us a picture of it?

    It sounds like a DH bike (dual crown fork, the type that goes to the handlebars). Go look at the Set up thread stickied in this forum and let us know what exactly it looks like.
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    A few things to think about:
    What type of riding will you be doing?
    Does the bike fit you correctly?
    We need a pic.

    It sounds like the forks are DH forks known as "Double Crown" or "Triple Clamp" forks. Theses days most riders are running single crown forks for everything but DH. They could be great forks but it is impossible to know without a pic. Are they Marzocchi Super Ts, or Jr. Ts, or Monsters???? Most double clamps are overkill for most riding situations.

    The El Terremoto has only been around for a year or so i am not sure what bike it is?? It sounds like an El Chamuco?????

    Price Range? Hard to tell without seeing a pic and a list of components.

    Tell us about your riding style. Where are you riding? How much climbing do you plan on doing? How hard are you on equipment? It could be a great bike for you, but we can't tell without more info.

    With out knowing much about you, I will give you some very loose advice. You will probably be happy with a 5"-6" travel all mountain bike, with a single crown fork, in the 30-34lb range. Look at the El Ciclon or El Terromoto for reference. There are so many capable bikes, with great component packages these days. I wouldn't recommend dropping big money on your first bike. Once you start riding a bit you will be able to see exactly what you need and then put money into exactly what you want. If you can, try a few different bikes on the trails you will be riding, and see what you really need. This bike probably isn't the best idea for you. The components are probably getting old and outdated.


    In short, tell us what kind of riding you will be doing, and try find out more info about the bike.....fork, wheels, components, frame, size????

    Ventanans are some of the nicest bikes made, and you will get some great advice here so keep us posted.

    TG

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    The terremoto 6.0 is a "remake"

    there was an older terremoto.... looked kind of like El Chamuco IIRC...

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    This is the bike............

    http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/olderful...ct_19246.shtml

    bikeography?

    Just like the magazine cover........

    I'm thinking I found a post somewhere that sherwood stated there were only 51 of these???? Maybe wrong?

    I sat on it. I'm 6'-1" 190# and its a LG frame.........I'll check it out again this weekend and possibly bring her home.

    I rode a lot of BMX in my teens.......26 yrs old now. No stranger, just not up to date on the advances the market has made over the last 8-10 years. Can probably get the bike for 700-800 respectively. Just trying to figure out if I'm getting a whole lot of bike for the money; middle of the road, or getting raped (I doubt it!)

    All opinions welcome............here to learn and start riding!!!!!!

    Be good,

    EC

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    well..the frame is worth a good chuck off a new bike for the "ventana customer appreciation program" if you want to buy a new one in the future...


    so even just for that it is a good deal... if it is in good condition...give it a try and ride for some time..and maybe you can trade it in in the future if you really get into MTBing

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    Well done Crisillo & you are correct.

    2007 Terremoto is really version 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    Well done Crisillo & you are correct.

    2007 Terremoto is really version 2.
    thanx

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    Pretty cool bike. Back in 99 it was the shizzle. Yes not very many made. Very labor intense. That’s about 9' of welding rod on those beautiful welds. I have a couple of buddies that own older TMs. They both have progressed on to newer Ventanas. Every once in a while they break out the old TMs for a ride. Just for the grin factor they produce. I think it would be a great first bike. Solid handler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    Well done Crisillo & you are correct.

    2007 Terremoto is really version 2.
    I stand corrected. I'm no longer confused.
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    Man, I soooo wanted one of those. It was about '89 I think when I first saw one. St. Henri (bike shop) in Malibu, Ca. That is a sweet find. Sort of a collector item. You'd be the bees knees showing up to a ride on that!

    Keep us posted (and pix)!.
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    That is a classic frame. I would jump on it. Drop on it. Pedal hard and let us know what you think.

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    I'd jump on it. I mean, just everybody has a guitar made from a Trek/Fisher Y-bike, but have you ever seen a Ventana flying-Y guitar? I thought not.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Oh heck yeah I'd pick up that bike. Sell off whatever Double Clamp fork is on there now and pick up a Pike or Fox 140 for it and let her rip. If the Bruja was before it's time, then the original Terremoto was WAY before it's time. Disc Compatable and with a 69 Head angle WAY before anybody thought of going that "slack"

    Loved riding it.
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    nice handlebars. Those 23' wide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    nice handlebars. Those 23' wide?
    and a 4" DC fork!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    and a 4" DC fork!
    I remember when the Judy DH fork was 80mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Rock
    I remember when the Judy DH fork was 80mm.

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    The red one! And that 80mm was a BIG deal.

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    Anyone have a close up picture of a "high-voltage" powdercoat job on an old Ventana? I used to think those were the coolest when I first saw one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    nice handlebars. Those 23' wide?
    Nope, I just make 'em look that small!

    Honestly I have no idea, it's a circa 1998 bike so probably, not too many options back then.

    And yup that's a Full coil 100mm Dual Crown Judy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauliemon
    Thatís about 9' of welding rod on those beautiful welds.
    I stand corrected. That's 27' of rod producing 12' of welds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo
    Oh heck yeah I'd pick up that bike. Sell off whatever Double Clamp fork is on there now and pick up a Pike or Fox 140 for it and let her rip. If the Bruja was before it's time, then the original Terremoto was WAY before it's time. Disc Compatable and with a 69 Head angle WAY before anybody thought of going that "slack"

    Loved riding it.
    But do you know what bike replaced the Terremoto I? I'm sure Aaron knows. It wasn't the Terremoto II. Here's a hint, it's the only Ventana without a spanish name.
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    X-5 for a thousand Paulimon.

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