Ventana Zeus 27.5 Full Suspension

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

650b wheels are back in a big way at Ventana for 2013 starting with our newest trail god Zeus. With 140/160mm adjustable rear suspension travel, tapered head tube, 30.9 seat post and geometry and suspension optimized to take advantage of the new crop of big travel suspension forks and meaty tire offerings on the expanding 650b horizon Zeus is poised to dominate.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RC

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2013

Strengths:    EVERYTHING

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is my first Ventana. I was previously on a Motolite, which I loved. But, wow, what a difference! I'm going both uphill and downhill much faster and little effort. I can clear routes I could not before. I feel like I'm cheating. There is no significant brake jack. Pedal bob is absent in the climb mode. I know there are many 650B bikes out there now, but I've tried most of them, and this was the best for me. Because of technology, the differences between bikes are small, but for me, this bike is the one!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wipp a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2013

Strengths:    Very "tune-able" and responsive to the CTD Fox shock adjustments. After riding a DW Sultan for three years with 18.2" chain stays this bike feels VERY playful. The Sultan had a fierce straight line mentality with the big hoops and the long chain stays where as the Zeus begs to pop off of root sections, grab air everywhere and steer with the rear wheel through hairpins. Way more woods friendly on the tight trails than my former bike. Great tire clearance, fit and finish is excellent. The 27.45 wheels are bit slower than the 29ers on flat/rolling tech trails but you can also feel the gain on quick punchy climbs. The 27.5's also feel much better in the air than the 29ers that I've been riding for the last 10 years and the smaller wheels easily feel strong enough for 5' drops. I no longer pre-visualize a taco'ed wheel when I have to land a less than perfect jump.

Weaknesses:    Some might think that the single pivot design is a weakness, but after riding a DW for a few years I am happy to have the simplicity, tune-ability and rigidity back in my frame. So far no major weaknesses to comment on, except the loss of some rolling inertia that the 29er wheels had.

Bottom Line:   
This bike has been a welcome change from the 29ers that I've been trying to dress up as all-mountain bikes. I always felt a sense of compromise on 4-5' travel DW 29ers that I don't feel on the Zeus. It weighs less, is more tune-able, stronger and way more fun to goof off on.

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Favorite Trail:   Angry Midget & Crazy Ivan

Duration Product Used:   1 month +

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Direct

Similar Products Used:   Ventana El Rey, Turner Sultan

Bike Setup:   160mm Fox RLC, XO, CC, Stans Flows EX, Schwalbe 2.3 Hans Dampf

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Zeus... the evolution of a year.

Just figured I would post up a couple pics of my Zeus when I built it up new last year compared to my rebuild that I completed today. As you can see pretty much every part has been changed throughout its life and it seems to finally be set up just about right now. Current build is... Frame 16"/1 ... Read More »

Demo'd a Zeus, my review with Pics.

Let me start off, by first getting this out of the way…YES, this is [B][I]THAT[/I][/B] Zeus, the Dirt Rag Review Zeus and….NO there isn’t anything wrong with it. Design or mechanically. As mentioned before it was purely human error. The wrong dropouts were left on after alignment check. See this ... Read More »

My new Zeus!

This is my new weapon of choice - a brand new Zeus with some slight changes... - straight tob tube - Alpino style cable routing - classic gusset - color shark blue front and rear As always Sherwood and Teresa did a very good job and this Zeus rides beyond comparison:-) Components: XT grup ... Read More »

Zeus suspension question

Anybody else notice a tiny amount of vertical play at the shock/linkage bolt after swapping the travel change chip on your Zeus?Read More »

Zeus frame design flaw?

i just read that in a Dirt Rag review of the Zeus that the rear tire at full travel hits the seatube. i'm really bummed & troubled to hear this is still happening w/ Ventanas. i've owned a Terremoto for over 3 years & that is the one problem i have w/ the ride character of the bike. when i first got ... Read More »

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