My new Zeus!

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  • 12-10-2013
    stealthcorp
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    My new Zeus!
    This is my new weapon of choice - a brand new Zeus with some slight changes...
    - straight tob tube
    - Alpino style cable routing
    - classic gusset
    - color shark blue front and rear

    As always Sherwood and Teresa did a very good job and this Zeus rides beyond comparison:-)

    Components:
    XT gruppo with e13 TRS crankset and BB
    Rock Shox Pike
    Hope headset
    White Industry hubs laced to e13 TRS rims
    Hope Tech E4 Brakes
    Hope pedals
    Easton Havoc carbon riser bar
    Schwalbe Hans Dampf tires
    Thomson stem
    Attachment 853725
  • 12-10-2013
    Internal14
    Nice new whip! I love the color too.

    Now....ride report?
  • 12-10-2013
    Ciclistagonzo
    Interesting mix of old school/new school. Awesome color!
  • 12-10-2013
    mtnbkr4eva
    Nice. Didnt know he would do a straight top tube....
  • 12-10-2013
    albeant
    Brilliant custom options and color! Looks like you're going to have fun putting the beat-down on it!
  • 12-11-2013
    slowrider
    Classic, what size is that frame and what did the stand over measurement end up being?
  • 12-13-2013
    stealthcorp
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    Classic, what size is that frame and what did the stand over measurement end up being?

    It's a 17" frame - regarding the stand over height: i will have to measure and let you know!
  • 12-14-2013
    golden boy
    Congrats on the new build, stealthcorp. Looks nice! I would love to see more close-up photos.
  • 12-14-2013
    stealthcorp
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    Some more pics...
    those are poor quality - i will add some in better quality soon.
    About the ride: I feel a big difference compared to my old Ventana, which meens that this the perfect bike to switch to 27,5"
    I had the Terremoto before and it was nice, stable and well bulit, but the Zeus is the epitome of a balanced ride: Cornering, air time, pedaling out of the saddle - the Zeus does it with ease.
    I also have Intense Tracer 275 and it feels old school in direct comparison.
    Sherwood perfected his suspension design - it simply works, even with the Fox shock(not a big fan of Fox, though).
    I f you are looking for a great performer in the 160mm/27,5" range - the ZEUS is right there loving the job.
    Just a hint: I tried to reduce weight on the rims and it pays well with the e13 TRS wheels.Attachment 854786Attachment 854787
  • 12-16-2013
    slowrider
    Thanks, I'm interested in the bike but the dog dumping top tube dosn't work well with short legs and the lower but still curvy top tube dosn't do much for my eyes>
  • 12-17-2013
    Ciclistagonzo
    Contact Ventana, they have them.
  • 12-26-2013
    sirsam84
    Beautiful bike! Love the old school look with the straight tubes...your analysis of this bike is spot on with what I'm getting from my Zeus/el cap hybrid frame...feels light but stable and very fun in the air! Congrats!

    I wish more people knew about how phenomenal Ventana bikes are...an extremely good value as well!
  • 12-27-2013
    Internal14
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    Thanks, I'm interested in the bike but the dog dumping top tube dosn't work well with short legs and the lower but still curvy top tube dosn't do much for my eyes>

    Then spend a few more bucks and get a straight top tube in it instead.

    Call Santa Cruz and see if they'll do that for you....not!
  • 12-27-2013
    mtnbiker4life
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Internal14 View Post
    Then spend a few more bucks and get a straight top tube in it instead.

    Call Santa Cruz and see if they'll do that for you....not!

    Shouldn't it be a few bucks less since the costly formed top tube is not used? :) :)

    I agree Ventana is one of a handful of frame builders that will do customs.......
  • 12-28-2013
    Green Giant
    Wish that straight top tubes and full external cable routing were stock. I have a ton of respect for Ventana and Sherwood. I just wish it wouldn't cost extra to go "backwards" from a technology perspective.

    I'm not a big fan of internal cable routing, especially for rear disc brakes. I liked the old top tube much better.

    I could fairly easily be talked back into a El Rey...

    But, my issue is I want full external cable routing, a threaded BB, and a straight top tube with the old gusset.

    If I could get that front end (maybe in a double butted tube set)... with the new rear end a 142 x 12 rear and a tapered head tube.. that would be pretty fun.

    An old/new mix if you will.
  • 12-28-2013
    OldHouseMan
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Green Giant View Post
    Wish that straight top tubes and full external cable routing were stock. I have a ton of respect for Ventana and Sherwood. I just wish it wouldn't cost extra to go "backwards" from a technology perspective.

    I'm not a big fan of internal cable routing, especially for rear disc brakes. I liked the old top tube much better.

    I could fairly easily be talked back into a El Rey...

    But, my issue is I want full external cable routing, a threaded BB, and a straight top tube with the old gusset.

    If I could get that front end (maybe in a double butted tube set)... with the new rear end a 142 x 12 rear and a tapered head tube.. that would be pretty fun.

    An old/new mix if you will.

    I bet you could get everything you're asking for in a level 2 custom frame. When I've bugged Ventana in the past about custom frames the additional cost wasn't to bad considering the investment of the stock frame. I believe they categorize various custom options in levels, so they don't nickel and dime you for every change.

    Oh, and the Zeus looks good.
  • 12-29-2013
    Ciclistagonzo
    My new Zeus!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    Shouldn't it be a few bucks less since the costly formed top tube is not used? :) :)

    I agree Ventana is one of a handful of frame builders that will do customs.......

    Just for the boards FYI - No, because the production mitering, and then production jig can't be used. The frame essentially becomes a custom. With a lot of hands on man hours required to produce.




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