El Fuego, our no-nonsense, super light, modest travel, cross country racing frameset has been made even better. Due to our customer feedback, we have redesigned El Fuego to incorporate sealed bearings at all pivots, vertically slotted dropouts with replaceable derailleur hanger, and an increase in travel to 3.0 inches. Of course, El Fuego still retains our legendary championship construction, "Electric Sex" welds, and luscious powder coat finish.
a Cross Country Rider
from Midwest, USA
Date Reviewed: March 4, 2011
Strengths: I have never doubted the frame. Rider yes, frame no.
Company stands behind the product
Weaknesses: Doesn't give me more time to ride.
Not the lightest out there
First I can't believe I have not reviewed this earlier!
The frame has disappeared from the Ventana website, but can still be purchased by special order OR go with the Salty. Same basic idea with an inch more travel.
I was cycling through frames about every 18 months because I'd find something I didn't like about them. The Diamondback didn't fit quite right, the Specialized was flexy, etc.
Then noticed the Ventana was on sale. Asked LOTS of questions in the forums, and of the retailer. I ended up purchasing blind, because I (still) have not seen many Ventana frames in the midwest.
First ride after having the frame built? This is the way the bike should feel. The frame and parts ended inspiring enough confidence that I've started to exceed some of the parts. (I really shouldn't try to keep up with a 38 pound freeride bike on a 24 pound XC bike! That was a front rim. Thank goodness for disc brakes).
The bike wants to slice and carve singletrack, and has a margin of error so I'm not worried if the frame will hold me back.
The finish is still flawless after several years, the suspension pivots are tight, the frame is straight, and I still have not felt the frame flex. (Single row bearings and I'm not a lightweight either).
It is an expensive frame, no doubt to that. But it stopped me from going from buying a new $500-$800 frame every 18 months to keeping the same frame for several years. That alone speaks for itself.
I built the frame up with XC in mind. Lightweight, short travel, but not to the point of sacrificing durability. And since I'm at 200 pounds that meant I still could shave at least another pound from the bike's 24 pound weight if I really desired to.