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    The oldest Ventana

    Who has it? Or who had it? My experience with Ventanas goes back only to my 2003 Chamuco which I traded in on the Ciclon. But I'm surprised to learn Sherwood's been around a lot longer than that. Anyone got any pictures or past experiences they'd care to share?

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    Was under the impression that Sherwood used to weld for Turner or Ells when it was outsourced. Is that right?
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    I'm under the impression that Sherwood invented the bicycle

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    I'm under the impression of being mocked or of having made a nonsensical comment....

    or both
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    From the Ventana USA website:

    Ventana Mountain Bikes, USA was formed in late 1988 as a joint venture between Gibson and Steve Blalock of Monterey, California. Gibson and Blalock remained partners until 1991 when Gibson became sole owner. The two shared a common interest in mountain bikes and their construction. Ventana is named for the rugged coastal wilderness in Big Sur, near Blalock's home. The company's first challenge was to produce an elevated chainstay mountain frame without the weight penalty most frame builders of the day were experiencing. The Ventana team succeeded, delivering to the marketplace in 1990 the well received Cone Peak.

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    Y'all need to get out from under the impression...

    It kinda look's like Sherwood's replaceable dropouts but it on a painted rear swingarm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingemtbr
    Who has it? Or who had it? My experience with Ventanas goes back only to my 2003 Chamuco which I traded in on the Ciclon. But I'm surprised to learn Sherwood's been around a lot longer than that. Anyone got any pictures or past experiences they'd care to share?

    -B
    speaking of "oldish" Ventanas, here is a psick bike for cheap....I SO wish I rode a 17"

    http://atlanta.craigslist.org/bik/454643756.html

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    But didn't Ventana build frames for other brands or is it a stupid idea that grew in my rotten head (which might indeed be the case)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling
    But didn't Ventana build frames for other brands or is it a stupid idea that grew in my rotten head (which might indeed be the case)?
    Yes. Ventana did the manufacturing for Turner for a time. And there was the doomed-from-the-start venture with Smellsworth.

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    Ya gotta buty it.

    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    speaking of "oldish" Ventanas, here is a psick bike for cheap....I SO wish I rode a 17"

    http://atlanta.craigslist.org/bik/454643756.html
    I mean, buy it just for the Owner Loyalty Trade In program or whatever its called. At $675... shoot, it'd be a no brainer. I woulda got it for the wife 'cept I just built here some Jap Chromo Redline last month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingemtbr
    It kinda look's like Sherwood's replaceable dropouts but it on a painted rear swingarm.
    That's my El Bucanero SS. It was built in 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    speaking of "oldish" Ventanas, here is a psick bike for cheap....I SO wish I rode a 17"

    http://atlanta.craigslist.org/bik/454643756.html
    Riding an undersized bike didn't stop you from buying that GT.

    Slap a 140mm stem & layback post on that badboy & GO FOR IT !

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    New question here. so...

    Quote Originally Posted by D-Rock
    That's my El Bucanero SS. It was built in 2006.

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    What's the deal with the custy der hanger? Did you just take a grinder to the stock hanger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    Riding an undersized bike didn't stop you from buying that GT.

    Slap a 140mm stem & layback post on that badboy & GO FOR IT !
    good point! by the way, my GT is not undersized.....my stem is only 5 or 6" lower than my saddle; its not like its a whole foot lower

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    good point! by the way, my GT is not undersized.....my stem is only 5 or 6" lower than my saddle; its not like its a whole foot lower
    In that case, do what the Homers do: Overfork your bike !

    Put a Marz 66 on there in order to obtain the correct geometry and HAVE FUN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    In that case, do what the Homers do: Overfork your bike !.
    Man I think you coined a phrase right there!

    That neologism might very well stick! So true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bingemtbr
    What's the deal with the custy der hanger? Did you just take a grinder to the stock hanger?

    Not custom. It's a bottle opener. They are stock on all the Ventana SS frames.

    Click here.

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    THAT is aluminum? No, really? Looks like it could be steel. Hmm....bottle openers standard on all SS frames. Only sherwood would think of such a thing...

    {take that Surly!}

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Rock
    Not custom. It's a bottle opener. They are stock on all the Ventana SS frames.

    Click here.

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    i thought i read Rogue on the bottlecap. Indeed i did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwmtb
    i thought i read Rogue on the bottlecap. Indeed i did.
    That was my B-Day and IIRC, either a Brutal Bitter or a St. Rogue's Red. Prolly the latter.

    D.

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    My "new" Ventana is a '99 Salty. Last spring I found a '96 El Habanero frame for cheap on e-bay and built it up with mostly XT parts for my wife. She loves it. Both are still going strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    Yes. Ventana did the manufacturing for Turner for a time. And there was the doomed-from-the-start venture with Smellsworth.
    Then there was the doomed- from- the- start venture with Karpiel and collaboration with Psyclewerks.
    Ripping trails and tipping ales

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingemtbr
    Who has it? Or who had it?

    -B
    Well this will be an easy one.

    Sherwood.

    Duh! But seriously...

    He's got an original STEEL Hardtail in his garage, built up with a Manitou 2 fork and I think Paul Brakes. I think that one is from BEFORE 91. When he was welding out of his garage.

    I believe he's got a Cone Peak frame or two as well. I remember riding a Torquoise Cone Peak back in '92 when I was only 16. That was my dream bike until I rode with Sherwood later that summer and he was riding the freshly designed and made Marbel Peak. With the Metallic Red Paint that just glowed. (The Same bike that was reviewed by MBA that year). I coveted one for years after that. I didn't get my first Ventana until '98 When I got my Marble Peak FS. (Which I still have) Then the '00 Salt, the '01 Bruja.....etc etc...
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    The Coolest Ventana I've seen is...

    . .... the Cone Peak Sherwood has at the factory. Even has a custom carbon Fork and a Ventana stem....I want it...I want it... I want it....
    Ask me about my translucent green clearcoat!

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    I'm still riding around on my '96 Marble Peak. Keep it cleaned and lubed and it rides like it did a week after I took it home (I needed a little time to build the frame set up).

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