a Cross Country Rider
from Folsom, CA
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2010
Strengths: Stiff where it needs to be but still has some amazing compliance for aluminum, climbs extremely well, very stable, light, fast, beautiful paint, geometry, easy to adjust EBB; builder is in my city so I got to meet with him personally to dial in frame size; got it on sale so that was a plus, too.
Weaknesses: It's making my other bikes whimper to be ridden; wish the stickers had a clear coat over them, but it's not that big of a deal.
I'm riding the stock geometry 17" frame. At 5'9" with a 32" inseam, the bike fits me like a glove. The bike tracks very well through the rough stuff and doesn't get knocked off line. I have never ridden an aluminum singlespeed with this much compliance in the frame. It's stiff like aluminum should be, but still has a bit of compliance like steel. Amazing and in my opinion, a great blend of stiffness and compliance.
The geo makes it very responsive in the corners, but not to the point of nervous handling. I am also really impressed at how well this bike climbs. The electric superdust paint looks so cool in the sunlight!
Hands down it's the best singlespeed frame I have ever ridden.
Weaknesses: Demands too much of my time. My full suspension is wasting away in my garage because of this bike.
Wow. Seriously, I love this bike. It's fast. It's stable. It's fun. My prior bike, a converted single speed, converted me to single speed. Getting this single speed specific bike has been the best decision I've made since I decided to start biking in the first place. Only thing is that these bikes are not cheap. Considering the quality of Ventana bikes, I wouldn't hesistate to buy this used although nothing beats a new Ventana. Oh yeah, choose a custom paint job and stand out and look good while you're passing all the other riders on the trails.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2007
Strengths: This is a stiff yet flexible hardtail that has great headtube angle. It rides beautifully and cuts like a scalpel, and climbing? Man this baby climbs alright! Did I mention the bottle opener? Reminds me of my Heckler.
Weaknesses: 80mm fork capable design, I called Ventana and they were somewhat worried about running a longer travel fork. I run a 120mm anyhow.
Great SS specific hardtail, I love this bike. This is my first SS but I have ridden a few. This frame is plain sweet. Ventana may think about a better reinforced headtube gusset because here in Nevada 80mm just wont cut it. Their customer service has always been great. Abração Now go ride!
Bike Setup: El Toro frame, mavic x3.1 rear with King SS hub, 819 front rim with Hadley bolt hub, Thomson stem 31.8, Carbon bars, Avid juicy carbons, White ind One crankset with Phil BB, Fox (pushed) forx, Answer oversized carbon bars, Cane creek Thudbuster and a whole bunch of Titanium bolts and fasterners, 23lbs of Desert fun!
Bike Setup: "Blinglespeed" King SS wheeelset..AVID ultimates.. no corners cut
a Weekend Warrior
from Orangevale, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 6, 2004
Strengths: This frame is very stable and very, very fast. It is really, really fast. You just don't notice the frame at all until you realize how fast you are going. My riding partner thinks that I descend faster on this bike than my Blur.
Weaknesses: Nothing important. My bike came with a fairly large paint blemish on the seat tube and the cable mounts for the rear brakes suck. The cable kept coming off, so I just zip tied it on. Who cares.
Similar Products Used: Bianchi S.I.S.S, Surly 1x1.
Bike Setup: 80mm Fox RL, Chris King, Mavic, Hollowtech II cranks, Thomson, MonkeyLite bars.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2004
Strengths: These frames are sooooooo sweet.
Ventana bikes show their quality in design, build and finish. The paint is deep, the welds are sexy, and the EBB is a smart setup since there are no external bolts to strip. The ride is accurate, straight forward and fast!
Similar Products Used: This is my second SS. My first was a mutt.
Bike Setup: 2003 Ventana ‘El Toro’ 17” (4.2 lbs), Race Face Turbine LP 180mm Cranks, Race Face Ti Square Taper BB, Vuelta 34t Chainring, SRAM PC99 Chain, WTB Pedals, 2004 Fox Float 80 RLT Forx, Chris King Headset, Kore Stem, Easton Monkeylite XC Handlebars, Avid Ti Levers, WTB Grips, Surly SS Disk Rear Hub & White Industries Disk Front Hub, Sun DS-XC-1 Rims, WTB Nanoraptor Tires, Avid BB Mechanical Disk Brakes w/Hayes 165mm Rotors, Thompson 330mm Layback Seatpost, WTB Lazer V Ti Saddle.