Ventana El Comandante Ultimate 29er Hardtail

5/5 (1 Reviews)


Product Description

El Comandante Ultimate is just that, the ultimate do-everything 29er hardtail featuring our legendary Ventana lateral stiffness, adjustable dropouts with replaceable derailleur hanger, a full compliment of cablestops for gears, and geometry perfected for hammering the single track. And if you want to run it singlespeed only, or singlespeed with Gates Carbon Belt Drive, then so be it. It is the Ultimate and it can handle them all.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bebay a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2013

Strengths:    Ride. Design. Welds. Dropouts. Cost. Schedule. Sherwood. Teresa.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
I hadn't ridden an aluminum hardtail for years, but decided that if anyone could do it right, Sherwood could. He did. The first ride was convincing and I was stunned at the responsiveness of the bottom bracket under power. I haven't had a bike that translates power as efficiently as this one. Generally, I ride titanium frames because they provide more comfort with less weight. The Comandante feels like it's tuned to "sport" mode with a slightly less frame dampening, comparable weight and a lot more "go". Sherwood has done an excellent job optimizing this frame design - regardless of material.

The bike is set up as a SS (dropouts work great), with CK, Hive, Enve, Formula, etc. and Sherwood added a Zeus top tube. It's a 22" (XL?) and weighs just over 22#.

I've had a few frames/bikes built and worked with some great people with a passion for bikes. Sherwood and Teresa are at the top of this list.

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Duration Product Used:   2 months

Bike Setup:   CK/Stans wheels, Enve bars and seatpost, Formula One brakes, Hive XCX cranks, Thomson stem

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My (new to me) El Comandante Ultimate

I bought the frame (used) last winter, and built it up rather slowly (for me). With the exception of the rims (and spokes/nips), all of the parts came from my old bike. This thing rides like a dream! I was worried about it being too harsh (my first aluminum frame), but its not. I love the matte ... Read More »

Looking to pick up a used El Comandante Ultimate

How do they ride? For comparison, I've owned in the past, a 2006 GF Rig, 2008 Vassago Jabberwocky, and now a 2011 Canfield Nimble 9... Wanting to get back to a more "normal" 29r SS... I'm currently at 220 (and falling)... This would be a 2012 frame in flat black... The price is too good to pass ... Read More »

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Custom El Comandante Ultimate

Had posted this over in the 29er forum but realized it really belonged over here: For nearly a decade I have been a dedicated single speeder and have had all types but a lot of Cannondale's and Niners. Last August I decided to a take a little hiatus and ride geared and full suspension for a bit. ... Read More »

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