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    Show me your DEAN

    heres mine


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    Sweet bike! Here is my husband's steel Dean.


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    here's mine.....

    .............oh, that's right, I haven't gotten it yet. Ordered in July though

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    I know of someone who ordered beginning of June and got their frame 2 weeks ago.

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    I had an order in for an Ionic but cancelled because I kept getting the run around (one more week...). I've heard their worth the wait though and my husband has nothing but great things to say about his.

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    It wasnt too bad with my frame. I ended up waiting a month more than what they originally quoted me. I dont know why DEAN do this. They should be more upfront and honest with their delivery estimates.

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    next time

    I'll go with Carl Strong.

    Dean won't last long in this competitive market if they don't improve their business side of things; no matter how great their product is.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    I'll go with Carl Strong.

    Dean won't last long in this competitive market if they don't improve their business side of things; no matter how great their product is.......
    DEANS been around this long for a reason.
    I love people who never had first hand experiences with DEAN bashing on the company. Mine has always been positive. STOP READING THE TRASH THREADS. Everybody has some b!tching about some company. With DEAN, you're getting custom from a small in-house builder. Perfection and quality takes time. Even my Santa Cruz took weeks to get in. If you want the mass produced, everyday bike shop, never short stock, dime a dozen/break the bank rdiculously expensive, cookie cutter, everybody has one/nobody wants one kind of bikes, there are plenty of other threads to read. But the ones smart enough to realize the quality and value of a DEAN really like our bikes...and are happy enough with the CS to continue to deal with them.
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    my experience

    Quote Originally Posted by AsianPersuasion
    DEANS been around this long for a reason.
    I love people who never had first hand experiences with DEAN bashing on the company. Mine has always been positive. STOP READING THE TRASH THREADS. Everybody has some b!tching about some company. With DEAN, you're getting custom from a small in-house builder. Perfection and quality takes time. Even my Santa Cruz took weeks to get in. If you want the mass produced, everyday bike shop, never short stock, dime a dozen/break the bank rdiculously expensive, cookie cutter, everybody has one/nobody wants one kind of bikes, there are plenty of other threads to read. But the ones smart enough to realize the quality and value of a DEAN really like our bikes...and are happy enough with the CS to continue to deal with them.
    Looks like I or someone got you fired up.
    1) I don't know if I'd say Dean has been around for a long time, but when Ti Sports was producing all their frames (which wasn't that long ago), they got stuff out on time. Now they do stuff in-house and things have changed.

    2) I have first hand experience with Dean. They told me in July when I ordered that 4-6 weeks was no problem for delivery of my frame because that happened to be their slow time of year. Now, 3 months later I'm still waiting. I'd much rather they'd told me 3 months and I'd have no problem waiting that long if only they'd been upfront and given me a realistic time.

    3) I've worked with a small custom builder before. Carl Strong built me a beautiful road bike a while back. He told me 8 weeks, and I received the frame in slightly less than 8 weeks.

    4) I chose to buy a Dean, even after reading all these threads, solely because I think John is an excellent guy with a good heart, that produces some awesome bicycles. He does however, need to kick up the business side of things a notch, or I truly feel his business will suffer.

    That said, I look forward to getting my bike and if my latest conversations with them hold true, I should be building it up next week. I'll post pics when I do and hope to chat with you all again soon.

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    DEAN bikes....

    Those last few emails basically summed up the pros and cons, so here's a few photos of my ride and those of a few friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    Looks like I or someone got you fired up.
    1) I don't know if I'd say Dean has been around for a long time, but when Ti Sports was producing all their frames (which wasn't that long ago), they got stuff out on time. Now they do stuff in-house and things have changed.

    2) I have first hand experience with Dean. They told me in July when I ordered that 4-6 weeks was no problem for delivery of my frame because that happened to be their slow time of year. Now, 3 months later I'm still waiting. I'd much rather they'd told me 3 months and I'd have no problem waiting that long if only they'd been upfront and given me a realistic time.

    3) I've worked with a small custom builder before. Carl Strong built me a beautiful road bike a while back. He told me 8 weeks, and I received the frame in slightly less than 8 weeks.

    4) I chose to buy a Dean, even after reading all these threads, solely because I think John is an excellent guy with a good heart, that produces some awesome bicycles. He does however, need to kick up the business side of things a notch, or I truly feel his business will suffer.

    That said, I look forward to getting my bike and if my latest conversations with them hold true, I should be building it up next week. I'll post pics when I do and hope to chat with you all again soon.


    I agree, I just wish that DEAN were up front with people. I think they lose alot of orders from disgruntled buyers that get fed up with the lies and cancel. John comes across over the phone as a top guy. Is he the owner or the the sales manager?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    John comes across over the phone as a top guy. Is he the owner or the the sales manager?
    John is the owner. However, I'm not sure if he has any partners, or if the company is set up for the employees to own a little piece of the pie too.

    Sweet pics from AZ Dean rider, BTW.

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    if you enjoyed the AZ pics....

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    John is the owner. However, I'm not sure if he has any partners, or if the company is set up for the employees to own a little piece of the pie too.

    Sweet pics from AZ Dean rider, BTW.

    ...here's a link for more photos from that trip to sedona last weekend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    Looks like I or someone got you fired up.
    1) I don't know if I'd say Dean has been around for a long time, but when Ti Sports was producing all their frames (which wasn't that long ago), they got stuff out on time. Now they do stuff in-house and things have changed.

    2) I have first hand experience with Dean. They told me in July when I ordered that 4-6 weeks was no problem for delivery of my frame because that happened to be their slow time of year. Now, 3 months later I'm still waiting. I'd much rather they'd told me 3 months and I'd have no problem waiting that long if only they'd been upfront and given me a realistic time.

    3) I've worked with a small custom builder before. Carl Strong built me a beautiful road bike a while back. He told me 8 weeks, and I received the frame in slightly less than 8 weeks.

    4) I chose to buy a Dean, even after reading all these threads, solely because I think John is an excellent guy with a good heart, that produces some awesome bicycles. He does however, need to kick up the business side of things a notch, or I truly feel his business will suffer.

    That said, I look forward to getting my bike and if my latest conversations with them hold true, I should be building it up next week. I'll post pics when I do and hope to chat with you all again soon.
    which Dean do you have on order? with the carbon wrapped tubes or without?

    Mine is supposed to build up this week as well, a Colonel XLite 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    I'll go with Carl Strong.

    Dean won't last long in this competitive market if they don't improve their business side of things; no matter how great their product is.......

    it is a small thing but I have seen a Strong Ti cross frame...I was not super impressed with the welds. They weren't bad, but not as good as a I have seen on multiple IF ti frames, Serrotta, and even Dean. they were mostly even but kind of fat and wide, and looked closer to a weld on an aluminum frame though not quite as big. The welds on the above bikes had better flow between the tubes and were more even. The Strong looked great otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrBikbldr
    it is a small thing but I have seen a Strong Ti cross frame...I was not super impressed with the welds. They weren't bad, but not as good as a I have seen on multiple IF ti frames, Serrotta, and even Dean. they were mostly even but kind of fat and wide, and looked closer to a weld on an aluminum frame though not quite as big. The welds on the above bikes had better flow between the tubes and were more even. The Strong looked great otherwise.
    I've got a standard colonel coming and I'll have it set up almost full xtr. My components arrived last week via a buddies pro shop. Your 29er should be sweet, so I hope they get it out to you this week. I believe all their x-lite frames were very limited production this year, so they've probably just finished up a production run.

    Your observations on the Strong welds are interesting, as everything I've seen from Carl is a beautiful narrow bead.....maybe he did that cross frame after a double espresso! I haven't seen the IF frames, but I agree with you that the Dean welds I've seen are comparable to the best.

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    I had to send my Dean Scout in to have a disc tab welded on. They told me 2 weeks and it took 2 weeks. They e-mailed me multiple times to let me know what was up and to ask me questions about what I wanted. I was very happy with the service there. I can't wait to get the bike done.

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    Ordered in the middle of winter. Took 7-1/2 months to arrive. Nothing especially fancy either. Great frame, total BS service.
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    7.5 months is a hell of a long wait. Luckily my wait wan't so extreme! How long a wait were you originally quoted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    How long a wait were you originally quoted?
    My bad, it was 6-3/4 months, original quote was 6-8 weeks. I've still got all the emails/lies.

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    The trick with DEAN is to threaten to cancel your order.

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    Here's my 2003 ACE. Great rig. I too had to wait more than double the lead time I was quoted (promised 6-8weeks took 4.5 months) but this seems pretty common with small builders. It's been back to Dean twice. Once for shot swing arm bushings (they now use cartrage bearings; so it's no longer an issue) and once to fix mis-aligned drop outs.
    I must admit now that it is 100% it rides like a dream. For a X-C FS race rig it's hard to top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    The trick with DEAN is to threaten to cancel your order.

    I know, that's what finally got those lying sacks going on it.

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    [QUOTE= and once to fix mis-aligned drop outs.
    I must admit now that it is 100% it rides like a dream. For a X-C FS race rig it's hard to top.

    Mark[/QUOTE]

    Got my Colonel built up. By the timeframes I'm seeing for others to get their bikes, the 3 months I waited doesn't seem so bad afterall.....

    Mark, what were the symptoms of your mis-alinged dropouts (I assume you have the modular dropouts). I was having quite a time getting my derailer tuned, but it finally seems to be dialed in. Just curious about your ACE
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    Quote Originally Posted by and once to fix mis-aligned drop outs.
    I must admit now that it is 100% it rides like a dream. For a X-C FS race rig it's hard to top.

    Mark[/QUOTE

    Got my Colonel built up. By the timeframes I'm seeing for others to get their bikes, the 3 months I waited doesn't seem so bad afterall.....

    Mark, what were the symptoms of your mis-alinged dropouts (I assume you have the modular dropouts). I was having quite a time getting my derailer tuned, but it finally seems to be dialed in. Just curious about your ACE
    two weeks ago I was told two weeks would be all until it is shipped out. Well I called on Tuesday of this week and mine still hasn't been welded yet. It is on the welder to-do list or something. I guess is supposedly being welded up either today or Monday. They said it would be all finish up the end of next week or the beginning of the next. All I can say is good thing it is cyclocross season or I would be pissed. The promised it would be be here by now. Whatever, I am only a little bitter. I hope riding is good for ya, congrats on finally getting your bike.

    By the way folks, customization with the X-Lite tubes are limited to there precut tubes lengths. I wanted a 24" ETT and they said they needed to shorten it to 23.75 or I would have to wait until the next shipment of the carbon wrapped tubes. Again, I said whatever just get me my frame.

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    Last DEAN I will ever buy

    Here's my Cross bike. I bought it used and for a time, thought about a different size frame with 1 1/8th steer. It's a nice ride, but my experience with DEAN made me want to melt it down and make bullets. The best Part? When I bought it, it had Spinergy Spox wheels on it. WOW. Wonder why the guy sold it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    The trick with DEAN is to threaten to cancel your order.
    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Or just cancel it. I had a frame on order for my wife, called to cancel it, and Jon just said, "Ok." and cancelled it. Seriously, their customer service is aweful. I USED to love Dean, but not anymore. When you deal with a small frame builder, I think you get a lot more service than Dean. Case and point. . .I ended up ordering a Quiring for my wife, and he actually posts pictures on his website for us as he is building it so we can see it born. www.quiringcycles.net . That is customer service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    Got my Colonel built up. By the timeframes I'm seeing for others to get their bikes, the 3 months I waited doesn't seem so bad afterall.....

    Mark, what were the symptoms of your mis-alinged dropouts (I assume you have the modular dropouts). I was having quite a time getting my derailer tuned, but it finally seems to be dialed in. Just curious about your ACE
    Is the finish on your Colonel satin or brushed? I'm thinkting of ordering a X-large Colonel X-lite with a shorter head tube. In general I think most ti hardtail have a head tube that is a bit too long for XC racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anders
    Is the finish on your Colonel satin or brushed? I'm thinkting of ordering a X-large Colonel X-lite with a shorter head tube. In general I think most ti hardtail have a head tube that is a bit too long for XC racing.
    What length headtube do you think will be ideal? My xlite is brushed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anders
    Is the finish on your Colonel satin or brushed? I'm thinkting of ordering a X-large Colonel X-lite with a shorter head tube. In general I think most ti hardtail have a head tube that is a bit too long for XC racing.

    it will be brushed, you can get the dean with a shorter headtube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anders
    Is the finish on your Colonel satin or brushed? I'm thinkting of ordering a X-large Colonel X-lite with a shorter head tube. In general I think most ti hardtail have a head tube that is a bit too long for XC racing.
    and based on my limited rides so far, my set up would be great for xc racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonyisdope
    .I ended up ordering a Quiring for my wife, and he actually posts pictures on his website for us as he is building it so we can see it born. www.quiringcycles.net . That is customer service.

    I looked at the pictures posted on this site, and frankly, the welds are less than impressive. I'm glad they have good customer service though. Too few know the meaning of CS anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    I looked at the pictures posted on this site, and frankly, the welds are less than impressive. I'm glad they have good customer service though. Too few know the meaning of CS anymore.

    Yep I agree with the welds. THe purple fade mountain frame was not the best work I have seen. But maybe my computer screen lies (but I doubt it, the flaws look pretty clear).

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    Had never heard of quiring before.

    I agree that the welds on the Ti don't look very smooth at all.
    Welding Ti is an artform and takes hours of practice to get right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonyisdope
    www.quiringcycles.net . That is customer service.
    Good customer service is nice but they would have to Learn how to weld a lot better to get my money over Dean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    What length headtube do you think will be ideal? My xlite is brushed.
    On my current hardtail with semi-integrated headset, they total build in height is 152mm. The build in height of the Extralite ScalHead headset I use is only 8mm and the headtube 144mm.

    When using a CK headset with a build in height of 31.4mm I would need a head tube of 120,6mm/4.75", which in the standard lenght on their medium size.

    I plan on having them make me a 50cm seat tube, to match my current frame geometry, if I decide on a Dean frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutarious
    It's a nice ride, but my experience with DEAN made me want to melt it down and make bullets. Ever.
    Yeah, I'd be po'd if they sold me a frame made out of lead, too. How much does that sucker weigh? Must be like 30-40 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark M13
    Here's my 2003 ACE. Great rig. I too had to wait more than double the lead time I was quoted (promised 6-8weeks took 4.5 months) but this seems pretty common with small builders. It's been back to Dean twice. Once for shot swing arm bushings (they now use cartrage bearings; so it's no longer an issue) and once to fix mis-aligned drop outs.
    I must admit now that it is 100% it rides like a dream. For a X-C FS race rig it's hard to top.

    Mark

    Gorgeous bike there Mark! I've coveted a Dean for many years now and I think I'll soon be able to order one. All of the bad comments are hard to swallow but I have plenty of other bikes to ride in the meantime.

    One question for ya Mark. I've always dug the Ace but was curious how a Ti FS would ride. Do you find the rear stiff or does it feel like it wants to float all over?
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    I'm of the "cancelled my order with DEAN and bought a great Strong" school of thought:-)

    I seriously wish I woulda kept a log book of all the lies/stories I heard during my 11 week wait. It makes for some good comedy now...it wasn't soo funny at the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark M13
    Here's my 2003 ACE. Great rig. I too had to wait more than double the lead time I was quoted (promised 6-8weeks took 4.5 months) but this seems pretty common with small builders. It's been back to Dean twice. Once for shot swing arm bushings (they now use cartrage bearings; so it's no longer an issue) and once to fix mis-aligned drop outs.
    I must admit now that it is 100% it rides like a dream. For a X-C FS race rig it's hard to top.

    Mark
    Mark or anybody, how did you get a hold of an actual person at Dean for service? My Ionic broke, after 2 weeks trying to get an RMA # I returned the frame, two weeks later I can't get an update, only answering machines and unanswered e-mails.

    What gives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobine
    Mark or anybody, how did you get a hold of an actual person at Dean for service? My Ionic broke, after 2 weeks trying to get an RMA # I returned the frame, two weeks later I can't get an update, only answering machines and unanswered e-mails.

    What gives?
    Well they weren't there much around Thanksgiving. I tlked to John a couple of times last week. the trick is once you get the recording to press the #1 button (for sales) and not the #2 button (check of your order) or anyother option they give you during the recording. Then if Tyler answers the phone ask for John. Tyler is a nice guy, but I think he pulls stuff out of his ass at times if he doesn't know the answer factually.

    I had a period where I could get an answer too, during the middle of october.

    By the way---It is December 2, 2005 and I still don't have my XLite 29er yet. Order around the first or second week of Sept. Promised in 6 weeks....

    I am not pissed, I knew it would probably go like this. I ordered at the end of the season for this reason, Dean can take as long as they want as long as I am ready to go in late Feb/early March.

    Actually, I am a bit bugged that they just are not up front about the weight. I would have ordered anyway...

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    Dean Duke Xlite CTi 2005

    Here is my long distance marathon bike. From my very first Colonel some years ago to the actual Duke - they are all masterpieces of art. And yes, every month worth to wait for.


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    A little over 3.5 months later...



    just came today, I haven't finished the build yet.

    Frame weighed 3.19 with seat collar. Compete bike will be under 24 lbs.

    OH Yeah, it is a 29er, too!

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    Congratulations. Shes a beauty and light too. 3.19lb is awesome for a 29er. mine weighed 2.7lb for a medium 26er.

    Dont forget pics of the finished article !

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrBikbldr


    just came today, I haven't finished the build yet.

    Frame weighed 3.19 with seat collar. Compete bike will be under 24 lbs.

    OH Yeah, it is a 29er, too!
    I definitely want to hear the ride report. What a beauty! My colonel took 3 months and it's a beautiful bike too. I got a chuckle from you picture because someone was just asking me how life had changed for me in the 2 years I've been married, and I told them "No more working on my bikes in the living room was the biggest change!" Congrats on a great bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutarious
    Here's my Cross bike. I bought it used and for a time, thought about a different size frame with 1 1/8th steer. It's a nice ride, but my experience with DEAN made me want to melt it down and make bullets. The best Part? When I bought it, it had Spinergy Spox wheels on it. WOW. Wonder why the guy sold it?


    Never doing business with them again. Ever.
    Daag! What happened Lutarious? Do tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    I definitely want to hear the ride report. What a beauty! My colonel took 3 months and it's a beautiful bike too. I got a chuckle from you picture because someone was just asking me how life had changed for me in the 2 years I've been married, and I told them "No more working on my bikes in the living room was the biggest change!" Congrats on a great bike.

    First of all, believe me the bike was not built in the living room. We have an equipment room where it was built up. It has all sorts of my crap in it.

    It rides great. I had a shop order me a set back seat post, and I am going to a Dean flat ti handlebar to get a bit lower. The handlebars were higher than the seat.

    The ride is incredible. I definitely feels like there is some spring in the rear end. Not all all like the Niner One 9 I had before the Dean. I had a Curtlo 29er before that with the banana stays and it still feels softer than it. It is great. It feels laterally stiff and it goes where I point it. I swapped bikes with my riding buddy during the ride to compare to his Fisher 293. His geometry is more stable for downhill, but the Dean handles quicker through the trees. I was sitting more over the rear wheel on the Fisher. That is one reason why I am getting the set back seatpost.

    I rode it on a very wet and rainy day, and it still climbed well except when it was too slick to hardly even walk up. I was riding with the new Specialized 29er FastTrac tires. I would say the my Kenda Klaw XT 29er tires would hook up better.

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    Good job!

    great to see so many beautiful DEANs! i just received mine days ago. custom colonel x-lite (non-carbon). the carbon looks delicious, but i thought i'll retain the ti-flex in the front. very neat welds!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    great to see so many beautiful DEANs! i just received mine days ago. custom colonel x-lite (non-carbon). the carbon looks delicious, but i thought i'll retain the ti-flex in the front. very neat welds!
    Hi, wow, I love the brushed logo. I wish this option was available when I ordered mine, it really complements the frame !

    Q: What is the headbadge made of ? Why did you not opt for the interchangable dropouts?

    Please post pics of the finished build !

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    Hi, wow, I love the brushed logo. I wish this option was available when I ordered mine, it really complements the frame !

    Q: What is the headbadge made of ? Why did you not opt for the interchangable dropouts?

    Please post pics of the finished build !
    yeah i love it too. when i ordered my frame they didn't have that option either. after many months when i almost forgot i got a frame in waiting, i chanced upon this new logo option at their website and emailed them...guess there's an upside for their long waiting time!! lol! i think you can still do it for your frame too, since it's a form of surface treatment. cuz i believe when i emailed them for the logo, my frame could have already been completed/brush-finished. Do check with them..

    the headbadge feels like something plastic..dun think it's metal. can anyone confirm this?? 04 was a grey color, 05 on it's black.

    well i figured i wont be doing singlespeed.. ever? also thought more screws/bolts/nuts meant more areas for wear n tear, and more weight. i'm happy with just the replaceble der. hanger, in fact i think most of the ti big boys like seven, merlin, IF dun even do that.

    your x-lite at 2.7lb for med is crazy light!!! mine's a small/16" at 3lb... and i thought i could rival a XLM with this new frame..guess not

    i'm still short on dough for my choice parts. so a full bike pic won't be up soon. i'll jus hug the frame to bed for now...lol.. but it'll probably look like my previous colonel if built up, so here's a 'preview'?
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    Hi, apart from the SID I really like your build. Your frame should weigh less than mine. I dont own accurate scales so my LBS weighed the frame for me and it came up at 1298 g which is 2.86lbs. I wish I took a photo, but at the time I didnt have a digicam. Is your frame a full x-lite or did you opt for a mix of butted and normal tubing? The latter would explain the weight difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    Hi, apart from the SID I really like your build. Your frame should weigh less than mine. I dont own accurate scales so my LBS weighed the frame for me and it came up at 1298 g which is 2.86lbs. I wish I took a photo, but at the time I didnt have a digicam. Is your frame a full x-lite or did you opt for a mix of butted and normal tubing? The latter would explain the weight difference.
    Thanks, though i'd say yours definitely looks more attractive. why not a blue king headset instead? will look great!

    to my knowledge, the x-lite only has butted front triangle, so both our frames actually have straight-gauge stays. as for my frame being heavier, i haven't a clue... though lighter than my colonel, but not much

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    Thanks, though i'd say yours definitely looks more attractive. why not a blue king headset instead? will look great!

    to my knowledge, the x-lite only has butted front triangle, so both our frames actually have straight-gauge stays. as for my frame being heavier, i haven't a clue... though lighter than my colonel, but not much
    Gorgeous bikes fellas. I can't wait to get me Ace. I ordered it December 8th and when I spoke to them last week, they said they were trying to have it to me bike Feb 10th. If so, I'll be one happy man. But with all the long wait times, I'm not expecting it until sometime in March. Quicker is always better (well with most things ) but since it's a custom geo frame with the rear triangle being power coated blue, I'm willing to wait to assure it's perfect. Better that than having to send it back to have the geo fixed!
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    Colonel singlespeed in its 21.8 lbs of glory. I love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkwing Duck
    Colonel singlespeed in its 21.8 lbs of glory. I love it.
    Looks vaguely familiar......
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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdicky
    Looks vaguely familiar......
    Well you know what they say about imitation and flattery..

    Actually, seeing your Dean at Pisgah last year sealed the deal for me. I had been riding the fence for awhile.

    It's been the best $$$$$ I have spent in awhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_FLMB
    Gorgeous bikes fellas. I can't wait to get me Ace. I ordered it December 8th and when I spoke to them last week, they said they were trying to have it to me bike Feb 10th. If so, I'll be one happy man. But with all the long wait times, I'm not expecting it until sometime in March. Quicker is always better (well with most things ) but since it's a custom geo frame with the rear triangle being power coated blue, I'm willing to wait to assure it's perfect. Better that than having to send it back to have the geo fixed!
    couldn't agree more...a rushed job may compromise quality. i waited loong but got a top-notch frame. geom, finish, welds were spot on. i can imagine your Ace will be sweet!

    Darkwing, nice light build..thumbs up!

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    Simply beautiful!

    Can you please confirm if this is what Dean calls "Satin Logo on Brushed Finish" per their website?

    Anyway congrats on your bike..... Simplicity at its best. Man what a beauty!

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    Are you talking about Darkwing's bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by jrv
    Can you please confirm if this is what Dean calls "Satin Logo on Brushed Finish" per their website?

    Anyway congrats on your bike..... Simplicity at its best. Man what a beauty!
    If yes, then no. his is satin fininsh with black logo.

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    Doh!

    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    If yes, then no. his is satin fininsh with black logo.
    Sorry - I should have mentioned the bike. I was I was asking about Sparst's bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrv
    Sorry - I should have mentioned the bike. I was I was asking about Sparst's bike.

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    Yup... that's brushed frame, satin logo...

    Nice frame Sparst.

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    OK. My turn. Not the best pics but only ones I got now. Better pics from the trail to follow. Recovering from a badly tweaked neck I got out of a crash in Nov. Good to see the DEAN thread is still alive.
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    Hey AP...Sweet bike! That's what I'm waiting for. How do you like the Ace? Does the Ti seem to feel a little flexy or stiff as nails? Do you have the Ti or Alu rear? What year is yours?

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    OK. My turn. Not the best pics but only ones I got now. Better pics from the trail to follow. Recovering from a badly tweaked neck I got out of a crash in Nov. Good to see the DEAN thread is still alive.
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    It's an 02. With aluminum rear. I don't think they had a Ti rearin a long time. Mine is only a 2.5" travel in the rear which is plenty for XC. For anything heavier, I have a SC Heckler. It really is a great bike. A lot of people say Ti full sussy is a waste of time because you negate the liveliness of the material...whatever. The bike just feels good. I have the thing relatively blinged out and it weighs in at a touch under 26lbs. Not too bad for a large frame. Can't weight-weenie it too much cuz I run close to 200lbs.
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    Nice bike! Do you have use the lockout on the Rock Shox damper?
    How is the pedal bob on fast flats?

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    head badge?

    Sparst did you order the head badge or did your frame just come that way? My frame, which I recieved in Nov. and is the opposite of yours (satin finish, brushed logo), did not come with a head badge. The Dean logo is brushed on the head tube like the rest of the logos. That's a beautiful frame BTW.

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    I can't

    speak for Sparst, but they mailed me a coupld of those "headbadges" and they are just a rubberized sticker with a metallic looking logo encased in the clear rubber. They are hardly a headbadge, but they'd look OK on a car window or something. Wonder if you could just pay some local craftsman to produce a metal headbadge for your rig, though I don't know how you'd properly attach it. Too bad Dean can't make something like that. They've raised all their prices this year, so no reason they can't go that little extra.

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    Sparst did you order the head badge or did your frame just come that way? My frame, which I recieved in Nov. and is the opposite of yours (satin finish, brushed logo), did not come with a head badge. The Dean logo is brushed on the head tube like the rest of the logos. That's a beautiful frame BTW.
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    I have used the lockout and it works great. Wondering why I'm keeping the hardtail. I really never need to use the lockout though since the bike really don't bob much. I run it relatively high pressure. I've read a lot over the years about crapy Rock Shox but my experience with them has always been positive. I rode the smae shock on my old NRS and liked it a lot. I've thought about getting a different rear shock (Fox, Cane Creek) when I upgrade next since the new technology supposed to be impressive. But at the same time, it's only a 2.5" travel rear. How much can it possibly bob really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob
    Sparst did you order the head badge or did your frame just come that way? My frame, which I recieved in Nov. and is the opposite of yours (satin finish, brushed logo), did not come with a head badge. The Dean logo is brushed on the head tube like the rest of the logos. That's a beautiful frame BTW.
    hey bob, my frame just came that way. The Deans at my lbs had headbadge from mid 04 onwards. But IMO, your brushed logo at the headtube is in fact more elaborate and takes more work than a plastic(i think) badge riveted to the tube. badge or not, with satin plus brushed logo, i'm sure your frame is nothing but sweeeet! used to own a satin colonel, satin has some kinda slight rainbow effect under the sun. wonder if you've noticed it? man.. titanium rocks!

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    headbadge update/ wait time

    I friend of mine just ordered a Colonel that has the same finish as sparst's bike. He asked about the headbadge and Tyler said they're no longer using it. FWIW, sparst, he ordered his frame right after I sent him the pictures of yours. I haven't notice the rainbow effect but I love the satin finish. I'll try and get some pictures up this weekend.

    You need to be sitting down before you read any further. Guess what the wait time quoted by Dean is for my friends bike????? Hold on to your hats......three to four months. Could it be Dean has come to terms with how long it could take to get one of their gems?

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    Glad i was sitting. That is pretty accurate, mine took 3 months and a week. Worth every minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob
    I friend of mine just ordered a Colonel that has the same finish as sparst's bike. He asked about the headbadge and Tyler said they're no longer using it. FWIW, sparst, he ordered his frame right after I sent him the pictures of yours. I haven't notice the rainbow effect but I love the satin finish. I'll try and get some pictures up this weekend.

    You need to be sitting down before you read any further. Guess what the wait time quoted by Dean is for my friends bike????? Hold on to your hats......three to four months. Could it be Dean has come to terms with how long it could take to get one of their gems?
    Yes pls, do post some pics! i've yet to see one with such a color scheme. am wondering how the brushed headtube logo will look as well. I was in fact a satin-faithful, waited 6 months to own the only satin colonel in my country(i think), when there were ready brushed colonels at my lbs! but with the new frame i thought i'll give brushed finish a try. Looks great either way!
    Great to know your friend's getting one too! i really think the Dean frames are comparable to those from the ti big boys out there, without the hefty price tag. Gems indeed...

    20 bandh, i've just weighed my frame with a digital scale. should be accurate: 1380g / 3.04 lb. a far cry from wat i've expected, but well... i'm good. still love the frame.

    AP, your Ace looks great and it has very special decals. Are you part of the Dean Team? looks like team logo/decals to me

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    Yep

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    Glad i was sitting. That is pretty accurate, mine took 3 months and a week. Worth every minute.
    Worth every minute indeed! I had warned my buddy when he ordered his frame that he would be told 6-8 weeks, and not to believe it since mince took almost four months. I was floored when he told me the 3-4 month quote. So, is Dean being realistic now? Or, are we still dealing with "Dean time" which would mean that 3-4 months really means 6 to to 8 months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob
    So, is Dean being realistic now? Or, are we still dealing with "Dean time" which would mean that 3-4 months really means 6 to to 8 months?
    "Dean time".. LOL...good one

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob
    Worth every minute indeed! I had warned my buddy when he ordered his frame that he would be told 6-8 weeks, and not to believe it since mince took almost four months. I was floored when he told me the 3-4 month quote. So, is Dean being realistic now? Or, are we still dealing with "Dean time" which would mean that 3-4 months really means 6 to to 8 months?
    This is realistic, I have waited 3 months to have my Duke Xlite Softail here in Switzerland / Europe. But I expected this lead time for such a piece of art.
    It's like ordering a Italian hand made custom sports car in Verona. If someone wants to get a unique, custom made frame he has to wait for. In the meantime go and have a ride on the "Taiwanese made mass produced" frame..

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    Absolutely

    Quote Originally Posted by Napfgeist
    This is realistic, I have waited 3 months to have my Duke Xlite Softail here in Switzerland / Europe. But I expected this lead time for such a piece of art.
    It's like ordering a Italian hand made custom sports car in Verona. If someone wants to get a unique, custom made frame he has to wait for. In the meantime go and have a ride on the "Taiwanese made mass produced" frame..

    Enjoy your Dean,

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    I agree with Pius and don't want anyone to think I'm bashing Dean, only having a little fun at their expense. When I ordered my Dean, I had also been in contact with two other small builders who had a wait time of four months. Yes, I was frustrated and felt like I got the run around from Dean. But, in the end, I waited no longer than I would have for any other custom frame, and couldn't be happier with my Dean. I'm just happy to hear Dean is being realistic now (for their sake).

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    Well I have said it before, but Dean shipped on the exact day promised to me when I first placed my order. I realize some people have not been as fortunate, but I figured posting about a positive experience is only fair.
    I wish the brush/satin logo thing was an option back when I ordered my frame. It is so choice.
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    Coolio. Thanks for the info AP. I got some custom geometry and the new Ace has a bit more travel so I'm stoked. I can't decide if I wanna trick it out with XTR or just go with my XT stuff off my Turner. Probably stick with XT since derailler tend to smakc around on rocks in the AZ desert. I already have a superlight 23lbs. or so Airborne HT for racing so this doesn't need to be superlight but if I could get it around 26, then I can have two bikes to interchange when I start racing 12 and 24 hour solo races next year. I think this will be the perfect bike for it. I rode and raced a Sugar for a long time and loved it. Since this has the same suspension design but also some custom geo, I think my bike search will be ending very soon.

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    heres my duke 29er

    hopefully you guys will give this more love than the 29er forum. just got it last week and it rides sweet.
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    dean colonel singlespeed & dean fork

    4 months of waiting.
    the headtube was not reamed and faced! =(

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    New question here. i don't get it

    Quote Originally Posted by rconceptsinc
    hopefully you guys will give this more love than the 29er forum. just got it last week and it rides sweet.
    Makes no sense from an engineering standpoint. Perhaps you could enlighten us with some explanation.

    Frankly, looks like a disaster waiting to happen...............JMO, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rconceptsinc
    hopefully you guys will give this more love than the 29er forum. just got it last week and it rides sweet.
    I did read some of the replies in the 29er forum and they were harsh! While I do agree it's a funky design and I don't understand it, I would never bag on it. It seems like some flex would be involved but it's Ti so it's gonna be able to stand up to almost anything you can throw at it. Of course, being a ST will help b/c you know it's not for jumping or anything.

    Can someone answer me why they didn't bend the TT like some of the larger manufacturers do on theirs? Can you not 'bend' Ti like you can Alu?
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    Well its different ! Im not the expert but I would have rather had a bent single piece top tube, or a straight toptube with some extra gusseting around the area where it joins the seattube. Tell me, who at DEAN prepared the drawings for your approval, Jesse or John?
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    Yeah i'm curious too.. a few questions:

    1. you had any special requirement when ordering this frame? cuz i've never seen anything quite like this ..even for a 29er softtail.

    2. your own design or DEAN's?

    3. whats the head and seat angles? looks overly steep or jus me?

    as for structural integrity i believe most of us non-engineers aren't in a position to judge. but i believe if this design came from DEAN, their engineers will have a sound explanation for it. any case this bike sure made me sit up

    welcome to the family, rconceptsinc and tenacious m!

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    Here are a couple in my current stable:
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    Photo 2: My most often used Private converted to SS via Wade at Vulture. Apparently I am like the 1x10^34657 owner....but it rocks!
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    Photo 4: After fresh powder coat, check out the cable guides/jewelry!
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    Duke Xlite CTi 2005

    Ok, here again my standard 2005 Duke Xlite CTi with carbon wrapped tubes.
    This time not in race ready setup but with AM Classic wheelset, XPEDO Ti/Ti pedals, Magura Ronin fork.


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    Duke 29er

    That is Dean's design for the 29er version. I'm 5'8" w/ 31" inseam so that is why the top tube is bent as such so that I can have 28" standover. No drawing was ever given to me....so I was shocked when it arrived, but after talking to them, they assured me it will last. So they asked me to atleast ride it for a while. And I've ridden it twice and it is for sure the smoothest ride i've ever been on. So the end result is that I am happy w/ it. I'll test it out over the next few months.

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    I wouldn't worry too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by rconceptsinc
    That is Dean's design for the 29er version. I'm 5'8" w/ 31" inseam so that is why the top tube is bent as such so that I can have 28" standover. No drawing was ever given to me....so I was shocked when it arrived, but after talking to them, they assured me it will last. So they asked me to atleast ride it for a while. And I've ridden it twice and it is for sure the smoothest ride i've ever been on. So the end result is that I am happy w/ it. I'll test it out over the next few months.
    It looks pretty good built up, although it takes a little getting used to. I checked out your post in the 29 forum, and the bare frame was definitely a bit odd-looking. The initial worry I had was about the cable-routing, but really that seems to have worked out fine. They're like a pack of rabid dogs on the other forum, though, aren't they? It's odd that you never saw a CAD drawing, though. You should definitely get one before you order a custom frame. I got one when I had a custom Colonel built; I wouldn't recomend ordering a custom frame without knowing exactly what it looked like. But that's water under the bridge now. Some of the comments over there were pretty useless. I like the one where someone posted a photo of a soft-tail 29-er made by Indy-Fab. Sure, it's beautiful. And I'm sure it cost a grand or more more than your frame, so it's pretty darn irrelevant. And the comments that Dean can't design custom frames were silly, too. I've been extremely happy with mine.

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    Well, here she is. The maiden voyage is tomorrow morning! I'm so stoked I'm not gonna be able to concentrate in class tonight or sleep!

    I went for some custom geometry. It has a 13" BB and a 23.5 TT. The rest of the measurements are equivalent to a large frame. Plans are in the works to upgrade the cranks (not sure which ones yet), an XTR front derailler and some XT or XTR shifters. These SRAM Rockets have got to go! I can't stand them.

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    Wow, that bike looks sweet. I'd keep the cranks, the color matches the rear triangle and headset so well. You really think upgrading cranks is going to make a difference? Personally, I've never been able to tell the difference between different sets of cranks. And I gotta say, I have an XTR front d on my Colonel and a freaking stx-rc on my Tracer, and there ain't no difference as far as I can tell. I got the stx-rc for 5 bucks, fwiw.

    You should put up a photo of the non-drive side so we can see the bb-pivot.

    Have fun with that sucker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Elvis
    Wow, that bike looks sweet. I'd keep the cranks, the color matches the rear triangle and headset so well. You really think upgrading cranks is going to make a difference? Personally, I've never been able to tell the difference between different sets of cranks. And I gotta say, I have an XTR front d on my Colonel and a freaking stx-rc on my Tracer, and there ain't no difference as far as I can tell. I got the stx-rc for 5 bucks, fwiw.

    You should put up a photo of the non-drive side so we can see the bb-pivot.

    Have fun with that sucker!
    Well the cranks are 3 or 4 years old and are pretty worn out. When I upgraded from Bontragers to Race Face years ago on my Sugar, I could tell a huge difference. No flex compared to lots of it. Cranks are usually the first major upgrade I do. Around here with the rocks that come outta nowhere, you don't want bling bling cranks anyway. So Race Face LP's will probably be it.

    As far as the FD goes, I know they are pretty much the same but I've never had XTR stuff so I figure this is the bike to do it on. Eventually, I'd like to totally trick it out with all the bling but gotta wait for the cash.

    I'll try to get the pivot pic up in the next few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_FLMB
    As far as the FD goes, I know they are pretty much the same but I've never had XTR stuff so I figure this is the bike to do it on. Eventually, I'd like to totally trick it out with all the bling but gotta wait for the cash.
    Well, I've got to admit that my FD is the only bit of XTR I've ever owned (I'm an XT kind of guy). It is real good lookin' and only cost around $30. It's one of the older ones with a linkage that moves the inner and outer plates differently. Doesn't make a bit of difference as far as I can tell, but it sure looks cool.

    I've got a set of RF Next cranks on my Dean. They're square-tapered and I got them relatively cheaply after splined BB's became all the rage. Unfortunately, they're green. They go reasonably well with the bike because I've got the rainbow decals like you have, and they match the green. But the blue looks a lot better, so I'm jealous.

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    Not my bike

    But definitely worthy of this forum. Best Geometry ever!
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    Is that it? Are there no more DEANs out there?

    Have noticed that the deanusa.com site doesnt get updated anymore. Probably has something to do with Jessie Swift leaving the firm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    Is that it? Are there no more DEANs out there?

    Have noticed that the deanusa.com site doesnt get updated anymore. Probably has something to do with Jessie Swift leaving the firm.
    I was curious where this thread went. I hope there are more DEAN's being produced. Let's see more fellas! I know I'll be ordering another one in a little over a year which will be a 29er baby!
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    me again.

    some impressions...
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    Very nice. What size tyre is that on the rear? Is it a 29er ? Was wondering if I could put anything bigger that a 2.1 on the back. Cheers, Dave

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    nope.
    itīs an old ritchey megabite 2.35...
    Iīve ordered the frame with more tire clearance in the rear.

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    Ok, that explains that. Dont think ill be able to get anything bigger than a 2.1 to fit mine.

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    Here's a pic of my Dean Colonel:



    Which by the way, is up for sale on ebay:

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    Ordered in the beginning of december, received end of april - a Dean/Ionic Johnny Rotten SS in British racing green:





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    Ionic: Boy, everything is just perfect about that bike... the name, the color, the number of gears. I would probably trade my car for one of those. Where did you get it?

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    I ordered the frame directly from www.ionicbikes.com . Unfortunately, the prices went up a couple of days ago, it seems.

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    Here's the latest from the owner of Dean. A 29er/ travel, cross/ SS... whatever you want it to be bike

    1. Set up as a Mountain Bike
    2. Same bike set up as cross bike.

    That's what i call versatile
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    New Dean!

    just finished it. Took about a year. It was a very fun project deciding what parts to get and looking for them online. Also built my very first wheelset.
    Parts list:
    Sram X9
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    Cane Creek Thudbuster and brake levers
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    Avid BB7 disc brakes
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    Very plush ride. I love it.
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    Very nice. Looks like mine with what with the blue theme !

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    That ride looks freakin' tight as a cross!
    Why would I need more than one gear?
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    is that a dean ti fork?

    Quote Originally Posted by velocipus
    Here's the latest from the owner of Dean. A 29er/ travel, cross/ SS... whatever you want it to be bike

    1. Set up as a Mountain Bike
    2. Same bike set up as cross bike.

    That's what i call versatile
    looks good...
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    Holy Sh&^%(&t

    Did he at least get a new frame for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tootsjofus
    Did he at least get a new frame for that?
    Think first was only "re-weld" and second (pic) they replaced portions of front/back triangle but did not sound like entire new frame.
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    woah that looks bad.... can't imagine titanium failing like that especially at such an odd place. i would expect the joints/welds to go first. is that the the aluminium seatpost insert , which might have something to do with it?

    so wats the story?? and wats DEAN's take on this?

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    DEAN 29er version 2.0

    My last was an XLite, but was pretty flexy. It was all in the front end, the rear was fine. John at Dean offered to build me a replacement and I have received it and sent back the old one. THis baby rides great. Stiff, but not in a bad way. It still has some give when you compare to other hardtails. It is perfect. It has been on a couple of rides and it hasnt disappointed. I hve been able to keep up with friends on their full sussies, despite some rocky and rooty decents. Frame weight was 3.7 lbs. THe XLite was 3.25 or so.

    A Dean Ti rigid fork is coming soon.
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    u mean it's that flexy even with the carbon wraps? wonder if you're the first to notice this problem, cuz i believe quite a number of xlites shd have been sold by now. also i've heard the xlite tubes come pre-made so this might affect their current stock of tubes. though i still find straight-gauge ti a tad too stiff. must be my weight or lack thereof..

    kudos to DEAN for having taken care of you and now u have a spanking new bike. congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    u mean it's that flexy even with the carbon wraps? wonder if you're the first to notice this problem, cuz i believe quite a number of xlites shd have been sold by now. also i've heard the xlite tubes come pre-made so this might affect their current stock of tubes. though i still find straight-gauge ti a tad too stiff. must be my weight or lack thereof..

    kudos to DEAN for having taken care of you and now u have a spanking new bike. congrats!

    It was a super-noodle even with the carbon wrap. I have heard of others that felt the same. Some people just like the noodle feel. I don't. This frame still has plenty of give in it for me. ANd yes the tubes do come premaid, but I don't believe mine were any different than others. I never felt like the frames was going to break or anything. I just wanted to have it be more stable. And now it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    Here are a couple in my current stable:
    Photo 1: My trusty Scout (I know, only a Scout in the land of so many other nice Deans )
    Photo 2: My most often used Private converted to SS via Wade at Vulture. Apparently I am like the 1x10^34657 owner....but it rocks!
    Photo 3: As received from Aosty pimp gold.
    Photo 4: After fresh powder coat, check out the cable guides/jewelry!
    Both are truly exceptional in every way, and I look so forward to Friday, now which to choose
    wow to think i missed this post amidst all the postings, guess the thread grew too long... ....absolutely love the gold! pity it's red now. it's good to be able to choose between 2 Deans, can't go wrong either way

    the private is a steel frame? cuz i only know of the jester

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    My Dean Colonel, slightly custom (cable routing, KGB drop outs, Vbrake only). Built it up to be light enough and reliable for XC racing. Love the ride quality, specially for racing, it's fast and compliant. The RS SID will go for a White Brothers Magic 80 all black any time soon (fork is ordered) SID is too flexy for me.
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    Now with a Dean Ti Fork

    Rides great, The reba is going up for sale very soon. I can't believe how great this fork rides. It is perfect for me. Not to flexy, but still enough to absorb some of the vibration. Fork weighed 630 grams. I have about 150 miles on it now.
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    it's looking good.... now all you need are some ti stem, post, bar for pure ti bliss!

    though i'm thinking: from Reba to rigid?? why the drastic change?

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    wow....from your pics i can see you really love your Dean and are also a devoted weight weenie

    tune parts, v-brakes, SID and the works...i like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    absolutely love the gold! pity it's red now. it's good to be able to choose between 2 Deans, can't go wrong either way

    the private is a steel frame? cuz i only know of the jester
    The gold was a bit scuffed in areas. So I had it done up. I like red, just me. I was going to have it done in Imola red, the red of some BMW M3s. I soooo like that red. In the end I am just happy to have 2 Deans, yet don't condone their business practices. The Private was done up in the late 90s early 2000 or so in Reynolds 853 steel. Lost track of the original purchaser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meat Foot
    The gold was a bit scuffed in areas. So I had it done up. I like red, just me. I was going to have it done in Imola red, the red of some BMW M3s. I soooo like that red. In the end I am just happy to have 2 Deans, yet don't condone their business practices. The Private was done up in the late 90s early 2000 or so in Reynolds 853 steel. Lost track of the original purchaser.
    853 is good shiat.. with no steel frames producing under Dean label anymore, i'd say it's a definite keeper!

    i kinda agree. For me, it's a joy to ride/own a Dean, but the negative vibes regarding the brand does kill a bit of the joy. i guess the happiest ppl around are the homers

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    Full Ti Ace

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    Quote Originally Posted by chruby99
    Ti front and rear triangles.
    Schweeeet! I absolutely love my Ace. It's the best riding bike I've ever had...or ridden. I have the alu rear triangle so you gotta post up how the ti feels.

    The wife said she's ok with me ordering another Dean later this year so I'm stoked!!!!!!
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    a French Dean....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Obelix2
    a French Dean....
    there's no way that beauty is french... with those sexy curves it has to be american

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    Hey Obelix, I recognize that frame....

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    We can be sure it's an international one!....

    anyway it's a fantastic pleasure to ride it.....

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    Fantastic frame with a sexy and classy set up!
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    Is that a 100mm fork that you are running?

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    Here's my pair:

    Dean Colonel 29r EBB - Soon w/ WTB Devo seat, custom or El Mariachi fork, and custom Seven Ti bar.

    Dean El Diente - Mix of Dura-Ace 9 &10spd, Easton EC90SL, Reynolds Alta Race's, etc. Love it.
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    Steel Jester

    This is my Dean. It's a JEster made out of 853 Reynolds Steel. This is my only mountain bike for years. Upgrade parts and go. Only regret not having a disk brake tab.

    Just put these wheels on 819 Vbrake rim and XT disk hubs. Will be trying avid bb7 on the front soon. Tires are converted non ust nevagals with stans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    it's looking good.... now all you need are some ti stem, post, bar for pure ti bliss!

    though i'm thinking: from Reba to rigid?? why the drastic change?

    oh, I guess jsut because I thought it would be interesting. I went from years of riding only full suspension to rear suspension. After a while of riding and feeling that I was riding better than ever and just as fast, at least on my usual assortment of trails, that it would be interesting to go rigid. It has been great. It took a few times out to learn how to ride and to learn to trust the bike, but it has been very rewarding. It is rare that when i compare top speeds with my friends on full suspension bikes that I am more than 1 or 2 mph slower on top speed than they are. Many times i am faster on the downhills. On the climbs it is a dream

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    has anyone noticed that their pricing has increased significantly? for HT it's not that far from Strong, Desalvo, Serrotta and Seven etc.. check out the colonel x-lite pricing....OMG!

    a change in market strategy??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    has anyone noticed that their pricing has increased significantly? for HT it's not that far from Strong, Desalvo, Serrotta and Seven etc.. check out the colonel x-lite pricing....OMG!

    a change in market strategy??
    Pretty much all Ti frame builders have had to increase their prices over the last year or so, because the supply and hence the cost of ti tubing has gone up a lot. I suspect that's why Dean has bumped their prices, although I haven't checked out what they are now. I think that it's been especially tough on the slower builders who take orders on frames that they are going to build a year+ out, because their costs significantly exceeded what they expected when they gave their customers their initial quote. From what I've seen, that had a lot to do with Matt Chester closing up shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    has anyone noticed that their pricing has increased significantly? for HT it's not that far from Strong, Desalvo, Serrotta and Seven etc.. check out the colonel x-lite pricing....OMG!

    a change in market strategy??
    WOW! big increase. If I were to order the same colonel today that I ordered last summer, it would cost $850 bucks more. They're even charging a $200 upgrade fee for the modular dropouts that were standard a year ago.

    I love my colonel, but if I were looking today, there would be a lot of other bikes brought into contention for that kind of cash......
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiRho
    WOW! big increase. If I were to order the same colonel today that I ordered last summer, it would cost $850 bucks more. They're even charging a $200 upgrade fee for the modular dropouts that were standard a year ago.

    I love my colonel, but if I were looking today, there would be a lot of other bikes brought into contention for that kind of cash......
    my thoughts exactly.... to me DEAN's reputation(besides their delivery?!) has always been based on value for money. They make great frames no doubt, but pricing is their main appeal. if they started at upmarket prices all along, it's no issue. but a sudden price hike, a big one at such, may put ppl off.

    perhaps as Fat-elvis said, ti prices have gone up so it's inevitable. but i think a progressive increase will be more suitable. from a customers' view, the brand's position is neither here nor there.. i mean it has snob pricing but has yet to acheive the snob appeal like Seven, Strong, Litespeed etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparst
    my thoughts exactly.... to me DEAN's reputation(besides their delivery?!) has always been based on value for money. They make great frames no doubt, but pricing is their main appeal. if they started at upmarket prices all along, it's no issue. but a sudden price hike, a big one at such, may put ppl off.

    perhaps as Fat-elvis said, ti prices have gone up so it's inevitable. but i think a progressive increase will be more suitable. from a customers' view, the brand's position is neither here nor there.. i mean it has snob pricing but has yet to acheive the snob appeal like Seven, Strong, Litespeed etc

    I couldn't agree more. My Ace is the best riding bike I've ever owned. I'll soon be in the market for a 29er HT and the Colonel was my first choice. For those prices, I might as well go with a Seven or something. I wouldn't mind a slight increase as that's to be expected but almost $900 more just in one year. That's kind of hard to swallow.

    When I'm in the market for my 29er in a few months, I'll definitely consider Dean but they aren't head and shoulders above the rest. That's a shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_FLMB
    I couldn't agree more. My Ace is the best riding bike I've ever owned. I'll soon be in the market for a 29er HT and the Colonel was my first choice. For those prices, I might as well go with a Seven or something. I wouldn't mind a slight increase as that's to be expected but almost $900 more just in one year. That's kind of hard to swallow.

    When I'm in the market for my 29er in a few months, I'll definitely consider Dean but they aren't head and shoulders above the rest. That's a shame.
    Yeah, that's a pretty large price bump. I originally got my colonel because it was a custom ti frame for $1100! That was an outrageous price. It's not much more than similar custom steel frames. I've been very happy with the bike. If I were looking for something similar today, I'd go steel. You can get an awfully nice hardtail frame from places like Curtlo, Vulture (I think they do steel, but maybe only Al) or Waltworks for under 1K. The only thing you miss out on is a bit of weight-savings, and the easy-to-maintain finish. On the other hand, you can get a sweet paintjob. If I were you, Crash, I'd take a long hard look at WaltWorks for a 29'er. I saw a guy riding one the other day, and it was a gorgeous frame. I think that they run under 1K for a custom job.

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    What i just don't get is the extra 200 bucks for the modular dropouts. it was a standard feature for 05-06... and now $200 more?!? I don't know about u guys but those things don't look like rocket science to me. since the frames cost much more now, why not give little perks like the modular dropouts?? from foc to $200... how on earth did they rationalize that?? ok enough biotching......

    and yes, WaltWorks seems like a sweet deal

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    I thought of one good thing about the price increases: the value of used frames were helped out, too. Ti frames last forever (or at least that's the general reputation), and you have to think that the re-sale value of any Dean frames just got a slight boost.

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    Duke 29er

    Here's my new Dean, it's a 29er. I love it. I'm rolling over much more stuff these days. It was a 3 month wait. They just need to be realistic when giving finish dates. And it helps to be patient.

    Build list:
    fork: White Magic 80 29er
    Wheels: DT Swiss Tk 7.1 rim, supercomp spokes, will have 240 hubs
    brakes: Avid Single Digit SL, Speed Dial SL levers
    shifter: SRAM X.0
    rear derailleur: SRAM X.0
    front derailleur: XTR
    crankset - XTR
    casette: SRAM
    headset: Chris King
    seatpost, stem: Thompson
    bar: Dean Ti
    saddle: Fizik Gobi
    pedals: Crank Bro's Eggbeater 4 Ti
    bottle cages: King Ti
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    Dean Scout

    Here's mine:

    Dean Scout 17,5"

    RS SID Team '06
    CK headset
    Thomson post/stem
    Moots TiBar
    Crankbrothers Eggbeater SL '05
    Selle Italia SLR
    Salsa LipLock
    King Cage Ti
    Paul/DA Thumbies
    Yeti SpeedGrips
    XTR 950 brakelevers
    XTR 960 crank/BB/brakes/FD/RD
    DA chain
    XTR wire/tubing

    XT 760/DT Revolution/Mavic XC717 rear wheel
    XTR 960/DT Revolution/Mavic XC717 front wheel
    Hutchinson Python 2.3"
    Maxxis DH tubes
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    Nice...that sucker's gotta weigh next to nuttin'.
    Why would I need more than one gear?
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    Worth every $

    Due to the recent buildup, I haven't gotten the opportunity to weigh it yet.
    It's not crazy light, but it's not bad at all.
    It rides like a dream and it feels nukeproof.
    I'm satisfied with the fact that I haven't used any carbon parts but still achieved a decent weight.

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    colonel singlespeed update

    thomson elite, syntace vector, moots spacer, schwalbe smart sam alpencross...
    itīs a joy to ride.












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    Quote Originally Posted by tenacious m
    thomson elite, syntace vector, moots spacer, schwalbe smart sam alpencross...
    itīs a joy to ride.
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    wow, i'm amazed how your pump fits perfectly under the top tube! though why not get smaller ones? or you just love that beef?

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    Update

    Some updated pictures of the Scout.

    This is the setup I've been running since winter:



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    Update2

    Here in it's current state:











    Dean Scout 17,5"

    Rock Shox SID Team '06/Pace RC31 C-Type 440mm
    CK headset
    Moots Laidback Ti post
    Thomson stem
    Moots Ti bar
    Crankbrothers Eggbeater SL '05
    Selle Italia SLR
    Salsa LipLock
    King Cage Ti
    Tune barends
    Yeti SpeedGrips
    XTR970 shifters
    XTR950 brakelevers
    XTR960 BB/Crank/Middleburn rings
    XTR960 brakes/FD/RD
    XT760 cassette
    DA chain
    XTR wire
    misc. ti bolts

    XT760/DT Revolution/Mavic XC717 rear wheel
    XTR950 QR
    XTR960/DT Revolution/Mavic XC717 front wheel
    XTR960 QR
    Hutchinson Python 2,3" tires
    Maxxis tubes.
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    Bump for the Dean thread, here's mine (I waited a bit longer than quoted, but am very happy with the bike);
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    2007 Dean Colonel

    Here's my Dean Single Speed. I ordered it through Dean direct. I received it in 8 weeks
    as quoted by John. Excellent customer service and follow up.


    Frame: Dean Colonel w/ Slider Dropouts
    Handle Bars: Dean
    Seat Post: Dean
    Fork: Pace RC31 C-Type
    Crankset: XTR M970
    Brakes: Avid Juicy Carbon
    Lines: Goodridge steel braided hoses
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Eggbeater Twin Ti
    Headset: Chris King
    Hubs: Chris King ISO Disc
    Rims: Mavic 819
    Tires: Hutchinson Python Light UST
    Saddle: Sella Italia SLR XP
    Stem: Thomson Elite 110mm 15 degree rise
    Chain: Sram PC-1 Nickel
    Cog: Chris King (Boone on order)
    Cog Spacers: Boone
    Grips: ODI Rogue Lockons
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    sexy!

    what about the weight?
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    I am not certain about the weight because I don't have a scale handy. However, I was hoping to have it weigh between 18 and 19 lbs. The frame is a medium so I am pretty sure I am in that zone.

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    dude, it looks killer, BUT honestly... what's with those pigs???

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    The pigs are there to remind me of what I will turn into if I stop riding. Trying to maintain the weight of my high school days have become more challenging at age 31.

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    Who fix your bike when it broke?

    My friend has broken brake and i fix it for him because his break broken and it no work it leaking stuff and i fix it for him, it tooks me 3 hour! Do you know him?

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    a new set of stickers...


    Shot with DSC-T100 at 2007-08-02



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    OK people... realistic expectations for your actions. have some. Anything hand made takes time and set backs occur. I believe I was told Deans has been around sine the 70s so that sums that up. They have other bike building duties large shipments here and there including overseas, not just your precious little bike, in fact im suprised they still offer anything custom. I spoke with the owner today for some time, I even mentioned these threads, Bottom line is you get it when you do from a smaller bike builder in racing and some big distribution orders, and all the people like us who have ordered a special bike just for us because the sdtock one wasnt quite exactly what we wanted hahaha so I just had to say it. Do you complain when your dinner comes later than expected at the best restaurant in town on a friday night? How about a late birthday gift. these bikes arent mcdonalds they are the prime rib with a big ol tater baby. I am ordering mine soon as I get some geometry numbers around. I know a fair bit and john impressed me with his attitude, knowledge, and the time he took to understand what I wanted being the owner and the price? Find a better frame cheaper and ill take 2.

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    My dean

    Well well, I wish I had an actual colonel. A lot of your bikes are beautiful.
    Anyway this is mine. It is a steel Dean, from 99 or 00 I believe. Got the frame used and built it with around $1400 total (fork was also used). My only real regrets: I wish I used xm819's instead of xc717's, in that they would be tubeless and more durable (although no problems so far, never even had to touch-up true--great rims). Paint is also a little chipped, might get a nice white or red powdercoat sometime

    Sure it is not amazingly light--but I am on a college budget, and is my car is worth less. The rear tire is actually a smoke with a wire bead!
    26-27 lbs on bathroom scale test. Thats with the pump on there, and lots of stans in the tubes to help with thorns. It does ride great however, love how it "flings" around corners.

    Oh and yes, I do prefer the rim brakes!


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    Striper ex-girlfriend..

    Here is my stripper ex. You know the ones that are no good for you but you can't stay away from. We have been together since xmas of 96, so going on 11 years this week. Three forks, 4 drive trains, two decal sets and more breakups than I can remember. Came close to selling several times but could never follow through. Loaned her to a friend for amost a year and a half, got her back and slapped the Manitou Black on there and almost love her again. I never could quite measure up to her quick steering. To me she always felt vague on loose speedy descents. Love her on singletrack and climbs etc. Who knows, she may find another sugar daddy some day but for now she is available to me for booty calls and other examples of disfunctional love on a love and leave basis.
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    bump for Dean!

    Behold. The Colonel serves up singletrack like nobody's business. Really enjoying the bike... quite stiff but just enough compliance when and where I want it. I had the stays blown out to take a 2.5 tire. Hats off to John and the Dean crew, beautiful craftsmanship.
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    My two Dean's

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    I've had both these bikes since the late 90's and still love them. Felt like for all the great rides these should be in this thread. Long live Dean.

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    Buyer beware!

    Quote Originally Posted by sonyisdope
    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Or just cancel it. I had a frame on order for my wife, called to cancel it, and Jon just said, "Ok." and cancelled it. Seriously, their customer service is aweful. I USED to love Dean, but not anymore. When you deal with a small frame builder, I think you get a lot more service than Dean. Case and point. . .I ended up ordering a Quiring for my wife, and he actually posts pictures on his website for us as he is building it so we can see it born. www.quiringcycles.net . That is customer service.
    Same problem:

    Ordered a custom Ionic Johnny Rotten and was told 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. 6 months later and lots of phone calls and emails not returned, I cancelled my order. Dean / Ionic = Poor communication and customer service.

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    Does the new dean colonel still use the alu shim in the seat tube?
    Any creaking issue?

    anyone use a fox 100RLC with a medium?
    does the downtube clear the control of the fox fork?

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    Here is mine. I have had this bike forever but just got done building it. i stripped the frame and re painted it proffesionally and put the newer style decals on it. Not to many of the carbon deans around anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickys
    Does the new dean colonel still use the alu shim in the seat tube?
    Any creaking issue?

    anyone use a fox 100RLC with a medium?
    does the downtube clear the control of the fox fork?
    Not sure what you mean by "control" of the fox fork. But, I ran a few years old 100RLC on my size M Colonel single for several months while I had a Reba repaired. Zero issues.

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    Just wanna know if the knob on the fork ( 100RLC) hit the downtube with steerer all the way back..
    in case of crashes..


    Quote Originally Posted by chairthruster
    Not sure what you mean by "control" of the fox fork. But, I ran a few years old 100RLC on my size M Colonel single for several months while I had a Reba repaired. Zero issues.

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    Dean Colonel 29er

    Just turned from s.s to geared. Love it.
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    Hi, just got a dean from eBay and want ot make sure that it's not stolen but can't find a serial number on the frame. Do they even have serial numbers? If so, where do they put them?

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    ^^^ Yes, my frame has a serial #, and I'm nearly certain it is on the bottom side of the bottom bracket shell.

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    none on mine

    I don't see a serial number on mine. The only way there could be one is if it was finely engraved and got covered by the powdercoat. My frame is a late 90's steel frame.


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    Sub 23lb single speed, 29er front wheel 26 rear, 34x17 magic gear no tensioner required

    DEAN ACE X-lite 3.0.
    22.25Lbs as is with H20 cage

    3" travel titanium/aluminum frame
    Planet-X rigid 26" wheel fork
    King/Salsa Del Gado 29er front wheel
    Spinergy Spox with Surly hub fixer and White freewheel
    rear wheel
    Sweetwings cranks
    GRC chainring
    Tripple ti eggs
    king headset
    thomson stem
    Easton Monkey Lite bars
    Kooka levers
    Specialized Pave carbon post
    Sella San Marco Era carbon saddle
    Nokon housing
    Avid BB7 frt disc, Avid mag V-brake rear
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    Cool bike, like the sweetwings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter916
    Sub 23lb single speed, 29er front wheel 26 rear, 34x17 magic gear no tensioner required

    DEAN ACE X-lite 3.0.
    22.25Lbs as is with H20 cage

    3" travel titanium/aluminum frame
    Planet-X rigid 26" wheel fork
    King/Salsa Del Gado 29er front wheel
    Spinergy Spox with Surly hub fixer and White freewheel
    rear wheel
    Sweetwings cranks
    GRC chainring
    Tripple ti eggs
    king headset
    thomson stem
    Easton Monkey Lite bars
    Kooka levers
    Specialized Pave carbon post
    Sella San Marco Era carbon saddle
    Nokon housing
    Avid BB7 frt disc, Avid mag V-brake rear




    Here it is when I first built it as a geared race bike, 23.5lbs

    Its a shame I outgrew the frame and am back on my old DEAN Oscar Alu. HT

    but if anyone wants a Lrg Ace X-lite, just PM me
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    Quote Originally Posted by chairthruster
    Behold. The Colonel serves up singletrack like nobody's business. Really enjoying the bike... quite stiff but just enough compliance when and where I want it. I had the stays blown out to take a 2.5 tire. Hats off to John and the Dean crew, beautiful craftsmanship.

    Do you always run your water bottle cages upside down?

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    06 Colonel

    My winter project. Sub 24 lbs. Rides like a wet dream. Bought frame used, and consulted with John at Dean for serial# validation, build specs, etc. No complaints about customer service. Small shop, great welds, made in CO!!

    With regard to an earlier post as to fork\downtube clearance, it is a common issue. Seek out a 10mm spacer/race from your favorite headset manufacturor, and your good to go.

    Still working on swapping out a few parts...Will update with latest changes and more pics soon...

    Dean Colonel 29er Xlg
    Fox F29 fork
    Thompson stem
    AC MTB 350 Alpha wheels
    TruVativ Stylo Carbon
    Formula Oro K24 brakes
    Dean Ti post
    Ergon GX1 grips
    Time ATAC Alium pedals

    Not shown:
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    F'iz'ik Gobi XM saddle (white)
    CK Patriot headset
    Salsa Ti skewers (red)
    Schwalbe Racing Ralph front and Kenda SB8 rear tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter916
    Do you always run your water bottle cages upside down?

    That is friggin' hilarious!

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    Nice bike Councilman. It seems you were pretty busy. Your white wheelset with the forks look great!
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    My Dean Scout :






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    wow. that looks like a weapon!

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    singlespeed Duke

    picked up this frame on CL...

    chain may be a bit too blue and have a little tweaking to the brake lines to do, but just had a great first rideShow me your DEAN-2010-09-01_16-59-27_937.jpg

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    Vertical dropout single speed with no tensioner? No to mention looks like chain length will vary over bumps. That bike needs some help, and not just a new color chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mount Dora Cycles
    Vertical dropout single speed with no tensioner? No to mention looks like chain length will vary over bumps. That bike needs some help, and not just a new color chain.
    Actually....soft-tails make great singlespeeds. Check out the Moots YBB Slider or the Siren Song for good examples. Also, it appears the owner of the above bike is running it with an ENO hub...which would explain the vertical dropouts with proper chain tension conundrum.

    Overall....that's an awesome bike. If it had 29" wheels and no blue accents I'd like it even more:-)
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    my next bike is a 29er for sure... if this one hadn't been such a good deal...


    ENO works great

    Thanks for the response, donkey.. and the blue accents... turned out a bit blue for me, might have some work to do there...

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    Dean Colonel 29er updates

    More Dean pics to follow
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    Dean Colonel 29er

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    My dean with a new Use S.U.B :




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    Good job! Edit

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    1999 Dean Duke

    My 1999 Dean Duke. It os on its second complete drive train, third set of wheels. It gets thoroughly thrashed up here in Flagstaff. Its just keeps plugging away. Great geometry and one tough frame. Only weakness is the rear shock, which is out of production, but Risse Racing makes a replacement or can rebuild it. Got mine back a few weeks ago from rebuild, good as new.

    I've got a new 26'r Duke on order for January delivery, it is the new curved tube design, I'm stoked. Taking both down for some serious tryouts in Tucson to do the Catalinas trails.


    This is what I have on order, sans the Rohloff hub (kind of heavy):

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter916 View Post
    Sub 23lb single speed, 29er front wheel 26 rear, 34x17 magic gear no tensioner required

    DEAN ACE X-lite 3.0.
    22.25Lbs as is with H20 cage

    3" travel titanium/aluminum frame
    Planet-X rigid 26" wheel fork
    King/Salsa Del Gado 29er front wheel
    Spinergy Spox with Surly hub fixer and White freewheel
    rear wheel
    Sweetwings cranks
    GRC chainring
    Tripple ti eggs
    king headset
    thomson stem
    Easton Monkey Lite bars
    Kooka levers
    Specialized Pave carbon post
    Sella San Marco Era carbon saddle
    Nokon housing
    Avid BB7 frt disc, Avid mag V-brake rear
    Hey scotter916,
    I have a Dean ACE 3.5 26er. I has thinking about converting to 29er. Did you have any issues with the geometry, especially the front wheel? Did you feet hit wheels pedaling?

    thanks.

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    Dean's offerings at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

    [2013 NAHBS] Dean Titanium Bicycles - Duke, Di2 Hardtail, and Exogrid Rigid

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    Here's mine

    Not sure what year this frame is. Size medium, XT components and Reba work.
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    Here is mine, sold to me many years ago as a 1995 Duke (but perhaps 1997 )




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    Re: Show me your DEAN

    Funny this thread resurfaced. Just rebuilt mine last week.


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    Looking for Dean Ace frame

    i'm actually looking for an Ace framset if anyone has one for sale, preferably w/canti bosses (stubborn - haven't upgraded to disc yet). if you have something, please PM me here so we can talk price/delivery. my size preference is M, if possible.

    thx

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    Aluminum DEAN cross frame. Wish I knew more about it, bought it used, built it up and been racing it. Super stiff and excellent geometry makes me happy!

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