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    tres ventanas - show me yours!

    Before I went back in time into singlespeeds, I lived and breathed Ventanas. The transparent paint is what initially attracted me. And I always loved they welds and the pivot points.

    Marble Peak was my weapon of choice. A color for every occasion:

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    booty! So how do the two bikes compare? The old Marble Peak was awesome but did ride a tad high because of a high bottom bracket. Bearing pivots I'm sure are good too.

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    Ok.
    My old Ventana, and first attempts at FS:


    Talked to Sherwood about the trade in program...this came in 2 days, sent back the old beat up MP:


    No dynamic 'built up' picture, but I was excited about my replica 1st gen Rock Shox decals...
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    Well...part of the reason for the upgrade was was that the MP main bushing went bad. Creaky, creaky.
    It was the perfect time to upgrade.
    The 3-4-5 quad bearing option is the best! I set it for 3" on most rides, 4" or 5" for Demo. I'll even set it at 3", climb Kennedy and then make the change to 5" for the trip down Dog Meat. I'm at 49mph going back down and trying to break into the 50's.
    I've got a Psylo that'll go on it soon to help even things out.

    Pedal bob is less, frame is beefer/stiffer, but a bit heavier.
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    here's mine

    my first ventana, the elsaltamontes:
    <img src="https://www.galang.com/ventana/ventana_elsalt_side.jpg">

    my second ventana/sycip, a frankenstein of 2 bay area builders, the double dribble.
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    my third ventana... x5 coming soon! man, i need help.
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    My X-5

    Here she is. Still needs a name and perhaps I should get rid of some of the zip ties and stuff... we'll see
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    Long live flats and bar ends!
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    Hubba hubba.
    Congrats! What's the weight on the frame alone?
    - elsalty

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    I think the frame weighs 5.9 with a fox float r, about a pound heavier with the romic. And yes, flat bars and bar ends rule. Risers are nice but I like to be able to move my hands around more on longer rides.

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    Looks better dirty

    Best present I ever gave myself!
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    Is that a Pantera and are you standing in a river?

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    X5 weight.

    My 17 inch X5 weighed 6lb, 12oz. That was with the seat clamp, r.der hanger, pro-pedal float R, and with double bearings.

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    ... and if we just ...

    My latest new bike, X-Large X-5 in Cosmic Orange.
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    x5 picture

    Here is my X5... was/is for sale, might be able to keep now.
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    Man that City Lights is one awesome color. GG, I know I would find some way to keep this beauty, no matter if it meant eating oatmeal and drinking H2O for a month. Just think of the weight you'll be losing.

    Goodluck my friend.

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    You saying I need to loose weight?

    Not sure what you mean.
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    dam, that X5 must be one strong frame.

    I think you know I've never meant to say anything about your weight, specially since I've never met or seen a photo of you

    Good holiday cheers to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Giant
    Here is my X5... was/is for sale, might be able to keep now.
    Hey Green Giant,

    Any news on whether or not you get to keep the bike? I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

    Cheers,
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    My wife and me in Canada (July 2003) with our El Saltamontes. Now if I can just save up the money for a Ventana tandem.


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    ok. . .

    what's all this about giving up on ventana because you went back in time to SS?

    i wouldn't trade my 'bull' for anything!!

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    Updated picture...I actually took the time to clean it.
    Tires courtesy of Mr. Gregg Kato. Is my seatpost too tall?
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    ... and if we just ... Tres? How about Cuatro!!!

    Ok, Ok, So I'm a Ventanaphile, I can't help it.

    In order of appearance....

    99 Marble Peak FS - 18"
    01 La Bruja - 17"
    02 Saltamontes 17"
    0? - Custom Mini-Chiquillo.
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    Mini Ventana

    Hey Aaron,
    The mini Ventana is actually called EL Nino (sorry the n is not correct but I can't find the spanish font) but since there has only been one ever made there is no model decal. As you may remember, that bike was originally bare brushed aluminum and we showed it at the Interbike show in 1995. We did fabricate an El Nino decal for the show, but when I repainted it in '99 for my youngest I never made the Nino sticker. I can give you the correct starter decals and a pair of scissors if you feel inclined to finish up where I left off though.

    I hope yours enjoys it as much as mine have over the years.

    Sherwood

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    ... and if we just ... Hey Sherwood!

    Quote Originally Posted by sherwood
    Hey Aaron,
    The mini Ventana is actually called EL Nino (sorry the n is not correct but I can't find the spanish font) but since there has only been one ever made there is no model decal. As you may remember, that bike was originally bare brushed aluminum and we showed it at the Interbike show in 1995. We did fabricate an El Nino decal for the show, but when I repainted it in '99 for my youngest I never made the Nino sticker. I can give you the correct starter decals and a pair of scissors if you feel inclined to finish up where I left off though.

    I hope yours enjoys it as much as mine have over the years.

    Sherwood
    Saw your post and had to drop you a "hello." Hope things are going well with you and the family. Amanda had the baby on Dec. 31st. A lil boy named Rylan James, both are doing great. I'm sure you'll get to meet him in the spring.

    Ole!

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    I hope to join the Ventana club not too far in the future, with a El Chamuco.

    Lets wait and hope

    Fine things they are. Art.

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    My new X-5

    I finished building my x-5 a couple weeks ago. I am amazed at this bike. I wanted to build up a tough trail riding bike that can handle the warp speed descents here in the mountains of central New Mexico. Although the mountains are under snow, this bike has so far exceeded any expectations I had, and for the price, I had alot! The romic shock is perfect, not too "stable platform", ya know, were it feels like yer riding a hardtail. But it removes most of the pedal input. I will post more of a review in the recent review thread. -t
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    just touched up the photo of your fine bike. hey, i made the rocks look better!

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    Oh! Oh! Oh! I wanna play!

    Here's my El Salty in various forms....

    Hangin' with the birds. M-U-M has a thing for Flamingos and thinks everyone should have a few... I agree.
    <img src="E:\Data\My Pictures\Bikes\Picture018(1).jpg">

    Enjoying the snow in GA. A rare occasion.
    <img src="E:\Data\My Pictures\Bull Mtn 11.24.02\1-19-03\Bike Shuttle.jpg">

    Rippin it up on the Santa Anna River Trail, SoCal
    <img src="E:\Data\My Pictures\Cali\Scott_SART.jpg">

    The Salty tryin' to make me look cool at DuPont Forest, NC
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    Gaining altitude and attitude in Chilhowie, TN
    <img src="E:\Data\My Pictures\Chilhowie 11-17-02\In the clouds.jpg">

    So, yes, I love my Ventana!!

    Although, UPS dented the downtube on the trip back from California. I made a claim and they are going to pay to replace it however; I lost my reciept and the place I bought it is out of business... I guess I'll have to call it a character mark now since they won't do squat with out a receipt
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    Here goes first attempt to reply or attach photos.

    I think this is a 97 model, has served me very well for a number of years although does not get as much use as I would like.

    Still hard to beat for an all round trail bike IMO, think I will keep till it dies - note the repair job on the swing arm by the BB.

    This would have to be a rare sight on the trails around here in WA (Perth)

    Cheers
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    Here's my Chamuco when I had just built it up. It's my second Ventana, though admittedly the El Salt hasn't seen much use since the Chamuco has been around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by albeant
    Here's my Chamuco when I had just built it up. It's my second Ventana, though admittedly the El Salt hasn't seen much use since the Chamuco has been around.
    Hello, nice bike, funny all Chamuco's kinda look the same, (incert happy face here) anyway, just wondering why you perfer the freerider over the El Salty? Why you ask? No reason, I have a Chamie as well, so Im just asking dumb questions.

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    My new Pantera
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    I prefer the Chamuco because the geometry is more laid back, the frame is stiffer, and the bb is lower with a long fork. Also, the Chamuco's rear end soaks up big hits better, even with the same shock, and actually seems to bob less that the El Salt with the long-travel linkage. All in all, a better frame for very rough terrain and drops. The El Sal is lighter and more "upright," and it pedals better in the small and middle rings, so it's more biased toward fast climbing.

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    How do you like the manitou forks?

    I have my eye on them and just looking for feed back. Can you compare it to other forks you have ridden?

    nice bike!

    -Sp

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    My new Pantera

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinglePivot
    I have my eye on them and just looking for feed back. Can you compare it to other forks you have ridden?

    nice bike!

    -Sp
    Sorry I don't have much info on the fork. Installed it last weekend and did not get a chance to ride it yet (been raining). Just tried different air pressure. I just got rid of my 2003 Firefly that I really liked. I would have kept it but I came across a good deal on this fork.
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    03 firefly review is actually preferred.

    I'd take a review of the 03 firefly also :-)

    -Sp

    Quote Originally Posted by TYM
    Sorry I don't have much info on the fork. Installed it last weekend and did not get a chance to ride it yet (been raining). Just tried different air pressure. I just got rid of my 2003 Firefly that I really liked. I would have kept it but I came across a good deal on this fork.
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    Those are some good looking Ventanas (all of them).

    Pretty new to Ventana but here is mine and I am definitely sold on their quality.

    This picture was taken a couple weeks ago, I have since added a chain guide and thouroghly covered her in mud.
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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Do partial builds count?

    Still waiting for wheels, brakes and some other bits. Probably going to go to a strait thomson seatpost as well but it's not here yet. Hopefully it will be ready for moab in 2 weeks but it's not looking too good. Haven't decided on a strait or riser bar yet, wanna see it with the wheels/tires on first before I decide, probably a flat bar.



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    Here is....

    This is my Ventana El Salty....
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    Mas vale ser punky que maricon de playa

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    Here's my new bushing Salty pic taken by Larry at his shop. Hope to have it this week.
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    Here's to the BULL!

    For all the single gearheads!
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    Here's my ride

    My first double squishy! I since changed out the shock to a Cloud Nine. Rides sweet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TYM
    My new Pantera

    It looks like you're Pantera is set up for free-ride action. I've got a Pantera and plan on visting Whistler this summer to ride downhill course. I was currious to know if the Pantera could handle Whistler with the right set up? I'll be there for 7 days and with the money I save on rental ($100 per day) I could purchase most everything I need. What kind of front shock is that?

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    Newly built Saltamontes

    With the help my freinds at Adventure Bikes and Boards in Hamilton, NY, my dream bike was born. Looking for rear shock suggestions.
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