Dean USA Ace X-Lite 3.0 FS XC Full Suspension

3/5 (4 Reviews)
Weight : 4.50 MSRP : $2500.00

Product Description

  • The Ace X-Lite is the lightest full suspension frame on the market at just 4.50 lbs (size small) - Full bike, race ready at just - 22.50 lbs
  • Proven modified "swing link" design delivers a full 3.00" of active travel
  • Hand crafted to perfection right here at DEAN - Boulder Colorado
  • 6/4 Titanium bolts throughout
  • Cartridge bearings placed throughout provide for smooth suspension travel

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by THE MAN a Racer from COLORADO

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2005

Strengths:    Very light, really nice suspension design, no bob, 80mm of travel feels more like 100. TOUGH AS HELL!!! i took it to tahoe on beat the $*&^ out of it, and after a near-fatal crash, not even a dent on the frame!
i also have a custom paint job, midnight blue fading into black. Very nice, indeed!

Weaknesses:    loooooong waiting time. IT TOOK 3 MONTHS JUST TO GET THE STUPID FRAME, even though i ordered it as a complete bike form wrenchscience (whats with that???)

Bottom Line:   
this bike cannot be matched. the 80mm of travel on the rear is just the perfect amount, and the frame is very light (5.2 pounds for a size large). this bike is better than my epic, in terms of both climbing and descending. GET THIS BIKE NOW!!!

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Favorite Trail:   TELLERUIDE

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   wrenchscience

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Epic, M5 HT Disc, Cannondale Scalpel Team Replica, etc.

Bike Setup:   2006 Sram esp x.0 trigger shifters with sram x.0 rear der. and shimano xt front der., race face deus x-type cranks, ritchey wcs logic stem + headset, custom built stans no tubes wheelset on dt swiss hugi 240 hubs, frox float 80 rlt fork, wtb racing tires, moots titanium seatpost, answer hyperlite carbon handle bar
Total weight: 22.79 pounds wsith pedals !!!

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by hey dude a Cross Country Rider from bajing

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2005

Strengths:    1000 lbs.

Weaknesses:    frame

Bottom Line:   
its a very good bike!

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Favorite Trail:   hardy road

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000000.00

Purchased At:   cyclepath brantford

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   kiw

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tim a Racer from South Orange, NJ

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2005

Strengths:    light, quick steering, easy handling

Weaknesses:    bottom bracket awfully low, expensive, long wait for delivery

Bottom Line:   
Yes, it took forever for Dean to deliver the frame -- six months of lame excuses. So don't order if you are in a hurry. But, after finally getting the bike and using it for half a season, I can say the wait may have been worth it. The bike is very light and stiff, which makes for quick handling on the trail -- very easy to pop up over or around obstacles, climbing is much easier, too. The one problem I have found is that the bottom bracket seems lower than other bikes I've ridden, which makes for less pedal clearance on the trail. It's also pretty darned expensive, but again, it may be worth it see as it handles better than any other bike I've ridden. I bought this bike for x-c racing and it's perfect for that -- not the kind of bike you want for weekend hacking around (too expensive) or hucking off big drops (not enough travel), though.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Diamond Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Superlight, Trek Fuel

Bike Setup:   Fox 80mm fork, tubeless tires, Fox rear shock, disc brakes

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dan a Racer from Seattle

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2004

Strengths:    Light and agile. It both climbs and descends well. Beautiful welds. True FS race bike.

Weaknesses:    $$$$, extremely poor customer service for a bike that costs almost 5k.

Bottom Line:   
Dean USA was very unresponsive. Shipment was delayed over a month and when it was shipped they had left out a few parts, swapped parts unbeknown to me, and shipped no documentation or bill of sale. I love the ride but can't recommend buying from Dean because they don't seem to have the time for their customers.

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Favorite Trail:   Angel's Staircase

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4800.00

Purchased At:   Dean USA

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Epic Pro, Klein Mantra Carbon Race, Klein Adept Race, Klein Attitude, Trek Fuel 100, Rocky Mountain Instinct

Bike Setup:   XTR Group, SID World Cup, XTR Disc, Mavic 317

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