My (new to me) El Comandante Ultimate
I bought the frame (used) last winter, and built it up rather slowly (for me). With the exception of the rims (and spokes/nips), all of the parts came from my old bike. This thing rides like a dream! I was worried about it being too harsh (my first aluminum frame), but its not. I love the matte black (ceramic?) finish. It seems very durable and almost looks like its anodized, not powdercoat.
Niner carbon fork
Hope Pro 2 hubs (SS rear)
Dually front rim
Blunt 35 rear rim
BB7 brakes w/HS1 rotors
Thomson Stem and Post
Old Jones/Titec H-Bar (I love'm)
Paul's love levers (not digg'n these)
XTR cranks w/ thick On-One Stainless ring (33t)
Surly cog (19t)
Maxxis Ikon 2.2 rear tire (tubeless)
Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4 front tire (tubeless)
I can post more pics if you folks want...
Team Hardcore Cornbread
Looks nice. I run the Titec H bar on my SS as well. Love em. That build is solid and will keep you going for years. Nice and burly.
"Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul".
Welcome to the family! Nice ride!
"Before D.W., "anti-squat" was referred to as pedal feedback."
"...when your ride is nearly over, it seems to have lasted but an instant..."
Thanks! I plan to ride out this chain/ring/cog and switch to belt drive...
Oh, and I'll be racing this at SSUSA this August.
How does it ride? Considering same bike, but having trouble deciding between the el comandante vs some of the all mountain rigs offered by Canfield, banshee, reeb, etc.
Re: My (new to me) El Comandante Ultimate
I like it better than my 1st gen Nimble 9... But, I never rode that with a longer travel fork, only rigid... For my area (SE Michigan) the El Com is better suited... If we had more techy stuff here, the Nimble 9 might have made a better choice...
Originally Posted by enap73
I spoke with Theresa from ventana. She said the el com could handle a 120 mm fork in stock form....I'm looking for something light, flickable and all mountainish...I am coming off a 96 fat chance yo eddy and new to the world of 29ers. Ventana seems like a great company to deal with. I plan on stRting off rigid and singlespeed. Gears and suspension later on.
Last edited by enap73; 08-20-2014 at 07:57 AM.
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