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    New Ventana El Comandante

    New to the family..had to show off a bit. I don't know if there's an official color title for this yet but I believe it's basically matte electric superdust...as far as I'm aware this is the first bike in this color (visited the shop and Sherwood had a test sample he had just done). Looks wicked in real life because you still get some of the sparkle in the powder albeit with a matte finish. Also had cable runs added and of course went with the new dropouts so I can run belt.










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    arrrgggghhhhh....just can't get over the frame being clamped by the poor seat tube. I'm sure it's not clamped too tight...but still, I cringe!


    Cool color though, enjoy.
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    very nice!

    Do you know if the dropouts save any weight over the EBB option? I'm currently the owner of Commandante as well (had it for year..EBB), and the new dropouts have me curious. I'm not sure if I'd ever run belt, but I have some ideas for a semi-custom Commandante, and am curious if the new dropouts have any weight savings over the EBB and if they're worth to get if I don't plan on belt drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14
    arrrgggghhhhh....just can't get over the frame being clamped by the poor seat tube. I'm sure it's not clamped too tight...but still, I cringe!


    Cool color though, enjoy.
    lol it was barely clamped you'll be fine!! :P

    as for weight i'm not sure if it saves weight over the EBB....good question though.

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    Super sweet frame! Best of all worlds: SS, belt and or geared. Tyrone, no weight savings...you can assume there are some ounces add compared to the EBB. I'm not a huge fan of the EBB system so the sliding dropouts is an awesome upgrade. I'm getting one of these bad boys soon too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel66
    Super sweet frame! Best of all worlds: SS, belt and or geared. Tyrone, no weight savings...you can assume there are some ounces add compared to the EBB. I'm not a huge fan of the EBB system so the sliding dropouts is an awesome upgrade. I'm getting one of these bad boys soon too.
    Yeah that's one of my positives of working with a manufacturer like Ventana. You can really get a versatile setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypokondriak
    Yeah that's one of my positives of working with a manufacturer like Ventana. You can really get a versatile setup.
    This.

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of the build.

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    f@k the bike the garge/shop roks!
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    This is really nice looking... Make sure you put up more pics and let us know how the belt drive works out.

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    Looks good

    Keen to see how this build comes out as I'm doing exactly the same - mine arrives first week of January

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    Bike looks great! Would love to see how the build goes.

    I wish I had gotten the dropouts when i placed my order a few week ago. Oh well can't wait to finally get back to mine and put her together.

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    Hey Hypokondriak, are you close to having the El Comandante built up? Post some pictures when you do. I bet it's awesome.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel66
    Hey Hypokondriak, are you close to having the El Comandante built up? Post some pictures when you do. I bet it's awesome.

    Cheers
    While we're waiting, I'll take the opportunity to throw my mine up. Then we can have a 'Comandante Off'

    Waiting for BB toll to re-install my Middleburn cranks plus some white Ergon GA1 grips. Other than that good to go.

    Frame: El Comandante custom sliders & gear stops
    Fork: Fox F 29 2010 QR15
    Wheelset: Hope Pro 2 / Stans Arches
    Drivetrain: Middleburn Cranks / SKF BB / Gates Carbon Belt Drive
    Pedals: Shimano M424
    Derailleurs: None
    Shifters: None
    Brakes: Formula R1
    Saddle: Selle Italia Gel
    Seatpost:Gravity Dropper
    Stem: Thomson X4
    Headset: Chris King
    Bars: Niner
    Grips: Ergon GA1
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    Freakin' AWESOME bike! I'll post a few pictures once we have our two builds complete...my wife has decided to race an El Comandante 29er this year instead of her Toro.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel66
    Hey Hypokondriak, are you close to having the El Comandante built up? Post some pictures when you do. I bet it's awesome.

    Cheers
    Actually it's still hanging out on the floor in my living room as parts have been back ordered due to holidays. Gonna do the Gates belt drive, king hubs/bb, etc. I'll post up when it's a bit further along.

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    Really nice!! Awesome job on the Grinch Green Machine!!!
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    Wow! A bike to dream. I discover SS on a 94 Explosif, and I'm sure my next hardtail must be a Ventana El Comandante. I could ride with Bob from Ventana Bikes at the Ventana Gathering and it was really nice! No gears, no shock, no fork, being one with the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeezaGeeza
    While we're waiting, I'll take the opportunity to throw my mine up. Then we can have a 'Comandante Off'

    Waiting for BB toll to re-install my Middleburn cranks plus some white Ergon GA1 grips. Other than that good to go.

    Frame: El Comandante custom sliders & gear stops
    Fork: Fox F 29 2010 QR15
    Wheelset: Hope Pro 2 / Stans Arches
    Drivetrain: Middleburn Cranks / SKF BB / Gates Carbon Belt Drive
    Pedals: Shimano M424
    Derailleurs: None
    Shifters: None
    Brakes: Formula R1
    Saddle: Selle Italia Gel
    Seatpost:Gravity Dropper
    Stem: Thomson X4
    Headset: Chris King
    Bars: Niner
    Grips: Ergon GA1
    That's an amazing ride you have there.

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    Finally got some of my parts in and stuff built up. Hopefully knock the rest of this build out soon in time for the summer sun. Went with CK hubs/bb/headset, some de-badged ztr arch rims, dt spokes... Up next is belt drive and hopefully the middleburn cranks soon.


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    Beautiful frame! What size is that, a 22"? Thanks!

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    Yup it is a 22 - love the bike but I'm thinking of gearing it up now as I moved out to CO and there are trails I'd like to ride where it's not a great match as SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan B
    Wow! A bike to dream. I discover SS on a 94 Explosif, and I'm sure my next hardtail must be a Ventana El Comandante. I could ride with Bob from Ventana Bikes at the Ventana Gathering and it was really nice! No gears, no shock, no fork, being one with the trail.
    Plus, you can work on your wheelie skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juan_speeder
    Plus, you can work on your wheelie skills.
    No handed wheelie skills.
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