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    2015 Picture Thread

    What? No 2015 Picture Thread? OK, then. I'll start. Just a post ride pic, but still...

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    Nice! What size frame is that?

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    It's a 17"/medium Ciclón. Thanks.

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    I've always liked that blue.

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    is that the candy blue ?

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    Yup. It looks a little darker/deeper IRL, I think.

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    El Gran Jefe

    Introducing El Gran Jefe.

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    Quick Video Edit from an SS ride on my old School Ventana El Toro... Hopefully the link works...

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    I love this video. Great music. I love that trail. I can see that you changed directions a few times. I can't wait for your northshore natoma video ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack7782 View Post
    I love this video. Great music. I love that trail. I can see that you changed directions a few times. I can't wait for your northshore natoma video ha ha
    First, thanks!
    Second - Northshore Lake N..if only we could!
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    Folsom Lake and the Lupines. North Fork Ditch Trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    First, thanks!
    Second - Northshore Lake N..if only we could!
    Great video. I totally do not recognize that trail. I've only been gone for a year and my memory of sac town is fadding

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    Nice, color is cool.
    -Aaron G.

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    It took me nearly 20 months from my test ride, but I was finally able to buy my Zeus.
    2015 Zeus 19" Frame. Folsom Prison Blue. Alpino Cable routing.
    2015 Zeus by Aaron Gonzalez, on Flickr

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    Internal 14 laced up the Stan's Flows to Hope Pro II Evo's
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    I've got three rides in so far and other than a few drivetrain kinks that I finally have worked out, I'm really happy with the results. Eventually want to get a 1X drivetrain or more modern 2x. (Running 2x9 right now).
    Last edited by Ciclistagonzo; 09-22-2015 at 09:10 AM.
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    so, will the La Bruja ever be ridden again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    so, will the La Bruja ever be ridden again?
    Sadly, I must announce the retirement of Said La Bruja, after a 14 (!) year run. The frame is structurally fine, but I robbed it of it's brakes, and drivetrain (for now). My son is now 13 and nearly 5'8" so i might rebuild it later for him to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Sadly, I must announce the retirement of Said La Bruja, after a 14 (!) year run. The frame is structurally fine, but I robbed it of it's brakes, and drivetrain (for now). My son is now 13 and nearly 5'8" so i might rebuild it later for him to use.
    sounds like it could very well live to see many more days, and if not, 14 yrs. of ride time is nothing to sneeze at. maybe it would qualify for the Ventana museum.

    some Zeus/ Bruja comparisons would be interesting for sure.
    ride/write on...please
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    It took me nearly 20 months from my test ride, but I was finally able to buy my Zeus.
    2015 Zeus 19" Frame. Folsom Prison Blue. Alpino Cable routing.
    2015 Zeus by Aaron Gonzalez, on Flickr

    Cane Creek DB Inline
    2015 Zeus Shock by Aaron Gonzalez, on Flickr

    Internal 14 laced up the Stan's Flows to Hope Pro II Evo's
    2015 Zeus Rear Hub by Aaron Gonzalez, on Flickr

    I've got three rides in so far and other than a few drivetrain kinks that I finally have worked out, I'm really happy with the results. Eventually want to get a 1X drivetrain or more modern 2x. (Running 2x9 right now).
    Very nice, but no dropper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Very nice, but no dropper!
    I don't need a crutch! (old MTBR joke about droppers)... budget issue. IE Lack of funds. It's a future "like to have". Drivetrain upgrade comes first though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post

    some Zeus/ Bruja comparisons would be interesting for sure.
    ride/write on...please
    I had your post in mind while on my last ride, got out to some more rocky fun stuff this weekend. Nothing epic but more technical than the singletracks that I had been playing on.

    The quickest comparo I can think of is, Bruja felt like a Monster truck, big, tall, and fun to play with. Zeus would then be like a Stadium truck. Big, but not as big feeling, SMOOTH and controlled.
    Both trucks have 20+ inches of travel but the monster truck tends to use the travel and kinda bounce around, while the stadium sucks up the hits and stays really settled and controlled. That was Bruja, fun, playful bike, shorter cockpit kinda tall BB. Zeus feels longer/lower and controlled. Despite having nearly identical WB. There is over an 1" BB height difference and the bigger wheels on the Zeus make it more stable. I'm having a lot of fun on Zeus and but I'm still tweaking suspension settings too. (WAY more adjustments on the Inline than I have ever had) so there's room to tweak there for sure.
    -Aaron G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    I had your post in mind while on my last ride, got out to some more rocky fun stuff this weekend. Nothing epic but more technical than the singletracks that I had been playing on.

    The quickest comparo I can think of is, Bruja felt like a Monster truck, big, tall, and fun to play with. Zeus would then be like a Stadium truck. Big, but not as big feeling, SMOOTH and controlled.
    Both trucks have 20+ inches of travel but the monster truck tends to use the travel and kinda bounce around, while the stadium sucks up the hits and stays really settled and controlled. That was Bruja, fun, playful bike, shorter cockpit kinda tall BB. Zeus feels longer/lower and controlled. Despite having nearly identical WB. There is over an 1" BB height difference and the bigger wheels on the Zeus make it more stable. I'm having a lot of fun on Zeus and but I'm still tweaking suspension settings too. (WAY more adjustments on the Inline than I have ever had) so there's room to tweak there for sure.

    hey, i talked w/ your sister yesterday. surprised to find out you don't work @ Ventana. i've always thought you did.

    your description of the La Bruja is pretty much exactly how i feel about it. been awhile since it's been setup to ride, but i'm thinking of getting it back on the trail just to see how it feels again. just riding w/ a dropper post would add a big difference in all day fun i believe. the high BB always had me riding it too low to offset that "on top" feeling, which was shortening the lifespan of my knees.

    i've been riding a 2010 Terremoto for the last 5&1/2 years & am still plenty pleased w/ it. when/if it fatigues out, the Zeus is the replacement bike in mind. but, who knows what Sherwood will have by then. do you?

    looking forward to future posts on your Zeus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    hey, i talked w/ your sister yesterday. surprised to find out you don't work @ Ventana. i've always thought you did.

    your description of the La Bruja is pretty much exactly how i feel about it. been awhile since it's been setup to ride, but i'm thinking of getting it back on the trail just to see how it feels again. just riding w/ a dropper post would add a big difference in all day fun i believe. the high BB always had me riding it too low to offset that "on top" feeling, which was shortening the lifespan of my knees.

    i've been riding a 2010 Terremoto for the last 5&1/2 years & am still plenty pleased w/ it. when/if it fatigues out, the Zeus is the replacement bike in mind. but, who knows what Sherwood will have by then. do you?

    looking forward to future posts on your Zeus.
    LOL! I get that a lot, no don't work there, hence why I pay full-tilt for my frames, which should add credibility, I hope, to my reviews and observations.

    I did run a dropper on my Bruja, Gravity Dropper two position. 1" and 4" drop. The 1" drop was very useful to lower your CG on flatter rolling stuff and then pop it back up for climbing etc.
    Full drop for the bigger stuff. I also switched out to the "NEW" Bruja rockers, which lowered the BB about 5mm uncompressed but about 20mm when at 30% sag. It also netted 10mm more travel for a full 160mm on a 2.25 stroke shock.

    I think the next revisions you'll see out Ventana will be + and Boost compatible frames, although as Myke's (Interna14) post show, the El Rey/El Cap are 27.5 Plus compatible already.

    I'm looking forward to riding my Zeus more!
    -Aaron G.

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    Bringing a little bit of life to this board before the end of the year...

    Last month local loop, playing on the Rocks, Me and my Zeus with Kev and his Ciclon following. Photo cred to Steve...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Bringing a little bit of life to this board before the end of the year...

    Last month local loop, playing on the Rocks, Me and my Zeus with Kev and his Ciclon following. Photo cred to Steve...
    Ah, I miss that rock I'm hoping to hit that rock in a few weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    Ah, I miss that rock I'm hoping to hit that rock in a few weeks
    Christmas visit eh? No white Christmas in Wash?
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    Good stuff Aaron. I've got recent ride pix, but they're all of one of my two "old" Ventana's. I figure no one wants to see that!?!!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Salt View Post
    Good stuff Aaron. I've got recent ride pix, but they're all on one of my two "old" Ventana's. I figure no one wants to see that!?!!?
    If you took 'em, post 'em!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    If you took 'em, post 'em!!
    Local ride - Santa Monica Mtns - December 12, 2015.

    We're heading out today, December 30th for the last ride of 2015. I wish every Ventana rider, and every cyclist the best for 2016.

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    Photos taken in 2015. Does that count?

    Took these pics 2 days ago on a very sloppy ride. My 2011 El Ciclón
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
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    Last month local loop, playing on the Rocks, Me and my Zeus with Kev and his Ciclon following. Photo cred to Steve...


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    Where was that photo taken? Looks like Sacto terrain, but I dont recall riding that when I was living there. Very nice Zeus by the way. Happy new year to all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol' Bromy View Post
    Where was that photo taken? Looks like Sacto terrain, but I dont recall riding that when I was living there. Very nice Zeus by the way. Happy new year to all!
    Downieville? Looks like where 2nd divide and 3rd divide intersect is my guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol' Bromy View Post
    Where was that photo taken? Looks like Sacto terrain, but I dont recall riding that when I was living there. Very nice Zeus by the way. Happy new year to all!
    Happy new year to you as well. Good guess on Local, Granite Bay Recreation Area, Granite Bay Trail headed toward Doton's Point, most people turn right and down the shallower dirt/rock slab just behind where the rider on the green bike is. This trail is super melow, but has some fun spots to play on.
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