Ventana El Padrino 29er Hardtail

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

Ventana El Padrino 29er Frame: "The Godfather " With its quick and reactive handling and stable platform, El Padrino, the godfather of 29? hardtails, carries out its business on the trail as a professional.


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Prmjr a Weekend Warrior from Princeton, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2012

Strengths:    Very sturdy, rigid frame, excellent climbing, the bike is a tractor. Nice welds & powder coating. Ventana has excellent customer service.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike - This is my first 29er the geometry, handling, climbing, and ride of this bike is great. A great value for a USA made frame from a company with great customer service.

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Favorite Trail:   The 1 I am riding

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   RBikes.com

Bike Setup:   White Brothers Rock Solid Carbon Fiber Forks 29er
SunRingle Black Flag Pro 29" Disc Wheelset with Maxxis IKON 29x2.2
TruVativ Noir Carbon riser with Oury Mountain Bike Grips
Thomson X4 Stem
Chris King NoThreadSet
Shimano XT SL-M770 Shifters
Shimano Deore XT Front Derailleur
Shimano Deore XT Rear Derailleur
Shimano XT Cassette CS-M770 – 11-34
TruVativ AKA w/ GXP Bottom Bracket
SRAM PC971 9spd Chain
Avid BB-7 G2 160mm Mechanical Disc Brake
Avid Speed Dial SL Brake Levers   
Thomson Elite Seatpost
Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow Saddle
Time Atac Pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 575Santiago a Cross Country Rider from Mohnton, PA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2010

Strengths:    Great geometry, fit and finish, rear brake attaches on the inside of chainstay.

Weaknesses:    None so far, I am concerned with the decals, wish they would have clear coated them like Yeti does on their bikes

Bottom Line:   
I thought the ride would be rougher because the frame is aluminum, but those 29" wheels roll over the bumps quite smoothly. The frame is made in the USA and the welds are a thing of beauty. I went in wanting a Niner frame but fell in love with the Ventana. Never rode a Ventana before, but from the look and feel of this frame I sure it will last. Climbs great and very comfortable, very easy to maneuver twisty trails. For being a made in the USA frame, very reasonably priced, considering other frames makers who are in the USA don't make their frames here but still charge a lot for them.

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Favorite Trail:   French Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Shirk's

Similar Products Used:   Niner, Gary Fisher, Jamis Carbon 29er

Bike Setup:   Full XT, Avid Elixer CR brakes, Fox Fit 29er fork, Custom Stans Crest with Velocity hubs, King headset, Thompson seatpost and stem, Kenda small block 8's, crankbrothers pedals, the bike only weighs 24lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam Wilson a Racer from Charlotte

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2007

Strengths:    Solid frame!
Holds it's lines, very responsive, very stiff, nimble, high bottom bracket, perfect geo for me, beautiful welds and paint job! Ventana customer support is nothing less than outstanding!


Weaknesses:    Absolutely none!

Bottom Line:   
I've owned a lot of bikes over the years and this one is by far my favorite! I take this one out on every single ride.

I would highly recommend this frame!

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Favorite Trail:   Dark Mnt.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   iRide

Similar Products Used:   I haven't owned a hard tail in over 8 years... so I can't comment on this. But out of all the hardtails I have owned... this one is the best!

Bike Setup:   Ventana
Complete SRAM drive train
SRAM X9 Rear Derailleur
SRAM X9 Shifters
XTR front Derailleur
Hope, DT Swiss comp 2.0/1.8 spokes and Mavic 719 29er rims
Bontragar Jones tires
Race Face Turbine cranks and chain rings
Easton Carbon 70 seatpost
Salsa Carbon 11 degree flat bar
King headset
WTB Laser V saddle
Time ATAC old school peddles
AVID BB7 disc brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe Riesberg a Racer from West Bend, WI

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2007

Strengths:    Beautiful frame and paint job. Very sturdy, rigid frame with very predicatable ride handling characteristics. Excellent climbing machine

Weaknesses:    Decals come off easily and had to send back manufacturer for frame adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike - the geometry and setup of the bike is perfect. I have had some chain suck issues in the middle ring, may be as much due to rider as bike frame, although the bike has come out fine. Make sure to spec out carefully if you plan to use as XC racing rig as it can get beyond 26lbs in total bike weight.

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Favorite Trail:   Glacial Blue Hills/Ice Age Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Outfitters, West Bend

Bike Setup:   XT crank, XT shifters, XT front, XTR rear, Reba SL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marcum a Racer from Kewaskum, WI

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff frame, excellent handling in single track, geometry superb. Get the frame size recommendation, then go down one size.

Weaknesses:    Keep an eye on the wheel alignment on the rear, some have come through heat treating off-center.

Bottom Line:   
As a lower end Expert rider, I rode this bike hard in 14 races this season. It's a great ride for any advanced cross-country rider. This is my first 29 and I'll never ride 26 again. The best thing about the bike is it's predictable handling at or beyond the limits of traction; just the right amount of oversteer. You can put the front within 1 cm of your line and feel like you're on rails in the single track.

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Favorite Trail:   Iola WORS course

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Outfitters, West Bend

Similar Products Used:   Ventana Marble Peak Hardtail

Bike Setup:   X.0/XT, Salsa Delgado rims, REBA SL, Hayes El Camino, Cane Creek HS & BB.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from New Milford

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2006

Strengths:    Very Stiff frame built up with XT, CK etc and it really rides nice. The bike will hook up on anything, legs give out before the bike does. Nice electric sex welds.

Weaknesses:    Wide chain stays, hope ya don't get chain suck.

Bottom Line:   
Very Solid frame. Plan on keeping it and trying out a Fisher Super Caliber 29er.

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Favorite Trail:   Da Valley

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $595.00

Purchased At:   The Shop I work at

Similar Products Used:   Surly Monkey

Bike Setup:   XT/XTR, Chris King, Maverick fork.

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