Dean USA Colonel Single Speed Singlespeed

5/5 (9 Reviews)
Weight : 3.4 lbs


Product Description

  • The Colonel SS is super fast, extra tough and just 3.4 lbs
  • The SS is built with only the finest U.S. 3/2.5 Vr seamless radial aerospace grade titanium - cold worked and stress relieved for increased rigidity and durability
  • The SS features an oversized Bi-Axially crimped down tube - you get max stiffness and durability
  • An oversized 1.25" directional crimped and ovalized top tube


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Auburn, CA

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2008

Strengths:    nice and stiff, yet compliant when and where it needs to be. very nice weld quality, frame has a very finished/polished appearance. Upon request, beautiful satin finish, with brushed logos. I like the cable seats, nice and clean. Aaron at Dean blew out the chainstays a bit for me to accomodate larger tires. I went with the paragon slider option rather than EBB, and have had no problems with the sliders.

Weaknesses:    none to speak of! I really enjoy the bike.

Bottom Line:   
I now have some miles on this bad boy so feel I can write an educated review. They aren't the lightest Ti frames out there, but I was not willing to sacrifice stiffness and ride feel for at most a third or half pound weight savings on the frame. It rides beautifully, very happy with it. My only critisim of dealing with Dean is they tended to overcommit on delivery schedules... extremely helpful, very willing to talk through the purchase, but had a bad habit of promising delivery dates that kept getting delayed. Honestly, if you know this upfront, and aren't in any hurry, do NOT let this steer you away, the product is execellent, and they stand by it. And, hard to beat the price for a pseudo-custom Ti frame. Go Dean!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Dean

Similar Products Used:   no real comparison, but my other experience on singlespeed is with my venerable steel SASS. This is my first Ti frame.

Bike Setup:   Easton carbon bar, thompson stem/seatpost, chris king/Mavic 317 rear ss wheel, crank bros candy Ti, stylo 1.1 cranks, Reba team fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Don a Cross Country Rider from Albuquerque, NM

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2006

Strengths:    Titanium, Price for a made in the USA frame, convertable to geared, EBB, great standover, super tire clearance (2.5" easy)

Weaknesses:    Longer headtube than most bikes this class, slightly shorter top tube than advertised. Not a deal killer, especially since they can do custom geometry if you need them to.

Bottom Line:   
My version of this bike is a little different than the standard Colonel Single Speed. Mine is a full Ti 96er made by Dean for Carver bikes - You know the ones with the 29" wheel in the front and the 26" wheel in the back.

This bike doesn't creak at the EBB like the aluminum and steel ones that I have had. It has the same quality EBB shell that Ventana uses - and those have been the only ones that don't come loose or creak (for me)

If you love to stand and crank uphills for power, this is the frame for you. I have tried 8 single speeds over the past year and a half, and I finally found one that can take what I can dish out. Titanium is definately a metal you should consider if you like the natural look, and hate paint chips. The welds on this bike are fantastic: simple, elegant, and super strong. I had mine created with cable stops and swapable dropout for a hanger so I can run gears if I need to wimp out. It's like having two bikes for the price of one. I only had to wait 3 weeks - so I can't complain about the wait time.

If you want a quality frame that should last as long as you want it to, get a Titanium frame in 26", 29" (from Dean) or half and half (from Carver via Dean)...you won't regret it!

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Favorite Trail:   Cedro

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1495.00

Purchased At:   Carver Bikes - Bikeman

Similar Products Used:   Carver 96er Aluminum, Airborne Al and Ti converted to SS Surly 1 X 1, Karate Monkey, Niner Sir 9 and one 9, Ventana El Toro and El Commondante

Bike Setup:   Reba29er, XT crank 32 x 18 CK hubs, cogs, and HS, Thompson and Avid Juicy 5's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich Dillen from Charlotte, NC

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2006

Strengths:    The ti ride, baby

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden the hell outta this bike for two years. I realized I have never bothered to post a review so I thought I would contribute. I absolutely love this bike. It is set up with a 29'er (474mm a-c length) fork for slightly relaxed geometry and a short Thomson stem. I have ridden it in the La Ruta de los Conquistadores, the Trans Rockies, several 12 & 24 hour races, at the Snowshoe freeride park, at Ray's indoor MTB park, and multiple other endurance events. The ride is soooooo smooth and I feel like I am riding a softail when I am seated. It maybe the last frame I ever buy. I am not sure why anybody would spend more on a ti frame except so they could say they spent more on a ti frame. I hope that my opinion is clear.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Titus ti HCR

Bike Setup:   Hadley/819's, Race Face headset, IF 29'er fork, Monkey Lite bars, FSA carbon Pro cranks, 959 pedals, Dean ti post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Roskin a Cross Country Rider from Claverack NY

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2006

Strengths:    I just got it off ebay, stripped my bianchi diss and quickly built her up and hit the trails WOW. The differance is unbelievable. An hour into the ride- really intense single track, she was soooo comfortable- it just got better and better the longer I road. I am sooo soar today, but want to hit the trail asap. I also ride a ellsworth truth, and she might be collecting dust for awhile- I might even take the f100x off the truth and put it on the Dean. This is the switchable drop-outs, so you can run single or geared, Moots and Seven don't even have that.

Weaknesses:    hahaha, no time now to work, must ride

Bottom Line:   
I have owned and RIDDEN/raced on fat chance, Litespeed (junk), merlin, Moots (cracked from poor welds and was welded twice by moots, they admitted it was there first experments into full suspension and there ti prep was poor) serotta (2) steel and a ti softtail, ellsworth truth, ( a ton of different road bikes-derosa,serotta, merlin,seven, argon-18....) I really like nice bikes (who dosn't) I have only ridden this bike once- the first pedal stroke is all I needed to know it is a super comfy, NOT flexy (my merlin hardtail was) The welds are unbelievable (I am a welder also) just as nice as Seven's and merlin's. They are sick how tight and clean the craftsmanship is. I would compair the quaitly and ride to Seven, with 1000 off the price tag
the real bottom line- the guy who sold this on ebay was an idiot (so where all those I out bid)!

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Favorite Trail:   909

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   bianchi diss

Bike Setup:   king hubs and hs, easton carbon, oury, thomson stem, xt cranks with bash, irc's with stan's, bell

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob a Weekend Warrior from Port St. Lucie, FL

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2006

Strengths:    The ride! Beautiful finish and welds. The welds are a work of art. I doubt Moots, I.F., or anyone else can beat the workmanship.

Weaknesses:    The frame it self? None.

Bottom Line:   
I opted for the satin finish with brushed logos. The frame is absolutley gorgeous and the ride is amazing. I waited almost four months to recieve my frame after ordeing it. There are complaints about the wait times and Dean not being up front about that. The wait is worth it! Just don't expect to get the frame in 6-8 weeks. I almost ordered a frame from another builder before ordering my Dean. Guess what the wait time was w/the other builder? Four months. This frame will hold it's own compared to any other high end frame buidler and costs less. What are you waiting for?

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1550.00

Purchased At:   Dean direct

Similar Products Used:   This is my first Dean.

Bike Setup:   EBB w/breezer drop outs. King SS hubs, Thomson X4 stem, Dean Ti seatpost, Avid mech. brakes, Boone Ti cog and chainring

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shwinboy a Cross Country Rider from australia

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2006

Strengths:    Beautiful constructuion and finish. comfortable yet not flexy ride. Bushnel EBB. Customizable build.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Solid beautifully built excelent value for money custom built ti frame. The best bike I've ever owned hands down. It flexes less than my old steel imbred but is just as comfortable. Bare ti is just so sexy. I love riding this bike. If you are after a custom built ti frame at a decent price look no further. Be prepared to wait up to 12 weeks tho. Mine took 16 weeks to get to my door but it was stuck in customs for 2 weeks and lost by the courier for another week. The end product is worth the wait.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Dean Australia

Similar Products Used:   On-One imbred

Bike Setup:   Deamonchau Ti rigid fork. Jones H bars. Thompson post and stem. Lock on grips. xt 4pot disc brakes. DMR and hugi onyx hubs laced to ritchy rims. Raceface turbine lp 180mm cranks. Spot chain ring and Sram chain. King ti bottle cage. Sdg ti saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Blackett a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2005

Strengths:    Fit, ride quality, attention to detail, weld quality. I'm very anal and these all stood out to me.

Weaknesses:    took awhile to get it but that's to be expected

Bottom Line:   
I had a singlespeed back in the mid nineties, it was an old Univega. Since then I have not owned another singlespeed but have ridden or owned just about everthing else. I've worked in a shop for over 10 years and my current shop carries Litespeed, Dean, Moots, Ellsworth, Intense, Santa Cruz, etc. The boss rides a Moots and swears by it. I wanted to by something from my home state so I gave Dean a try. Maybe it's just the simplicity of singlespeed talking but I have never had more fun. The bike climbs incredibly. The descents are smooth and predictable. It really comes into it's own after a couple of hours. My first ride on the bike was the 2005 24hrs in the Old Pueblo, worst conditions I've ever ridden in. The bike was so comfortable and predictable I ended up with the onset of hypothermia b/c I wanted to do more laps than my body would allow. I was hesitant to go back to another hardtail but now my Blur just sits. If you haven't seen a Dean lately take a look. Their weld quality and attention to detail is leaps above Litespeed and even the boss said they are getting into Moots territory. I had S&S couplers installed so I can just pop it in a suitcase. I have had custom titanium hardtails before but this one has truly been special and I wasn't expecting it.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Arizona Bicycle Experts

Similar Products Used:   Name it, I have worked at a shop for over ten years and have ridden and owned a great many bikes.

Bike Setup:   Custom Colonel SS,S&S couplers, set screw eccentric bb, disc only, XTR discs, DT/Swiss single speed centerlock disc wheelset, Fox RLT100 Forx, Easton stem/bar/seatpost, King headset,big ole' GEAX tires. Race Face cranks, King Cog, Frogs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Slingerland a Cross Country Rider from Forest of Dean, England

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2004

Strengths:    Beautiful construction. Responsive feel, quick accelerating. I went for the EBB and a Spectrum paint job and the quality is first class ~ DEAN service across the ocean was good.

Weaknesses:    None! (delivery was longer than quoted but not unacceptable ~ DEAN should be upfront about delivery rather than offer what they can't achieve!)

Bottom Line:   
I ride this bike more than any of my other 4 bikes and get more enjoyment from it than any bike I've owned. Can't really say much more than that ~ it has a huge 'smiles per miles' quota!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   DEAN Ti Bicycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed (ti), On-One (steel)

Bike Setup:   Pace RC38R forks. Thomson stem. DEAN bar. Thomson seatpost. Flite saddle. CK hubs / mavic rims. Wood BB / Middleburn cranks. Avid mag levers / Avid mech discs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason a Cross Country Rider from augusta,ga,usa

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2004

Strengths:    Price, Great price for a custom Ti single speed frame. Bike rides very well, good geometry and nice welds

Weaknesses:    delivery time. If they tell you a time for delivery, get it in writing.

Bottom Line:   
Love the bike, Can't seem to ride it enough, Just wish they were a little more orgainized with building and delivery. Super nice on the phone though.

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Favorite Trail:   Tanasi Trails at Ocoee WW Center

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Deanusa.com

Similar Products Used:   converted deraileured frame

Bike Setup:   Easton Monkey Lite xc, thompson stem, lockon grips, Avid sd7 levers, and mech disk brakes, King headset, Fox Float
100 RLC, Dean ti seatpost, Flite saddle (don't spend much
time sittin on it), Raceface Turbine DH cranks, King Disc
SS wheels with Sun 0 degree xc rims.

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