a Cross Country Rider
from San Diego, US
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2003
Strengths: You won't see another one like it on the trail. It also makes Litespeeds look common. Best part is getting recognized by people who see your bike. "Hey, the DEAN guy!"
Weaknesses: Sad that there are shop owners out there who have never heard of Dean!
Purchased used, I feel like I hit the lottery! This bike does nothing wrong on the trail! Even in places where I am well over my head, I often do well if I trust this bike. It has better instincts on the trails than I do. I don't envision outgrowing this bikes abilities. It is even comfortable on 8 hour endurance rides at Palm Canyon. On those rides when friends on Giants and Ellsworths are tired, I am still ready to slice and dice. Just the other day, I managed to stay with my friend while he was blasting E-ticket (Mission Trails, San Diego) with his new Santa Cruz Jekyl (5th Element, 5" all around). I didn't keep up with him on the rocky stuff, but I made up time on the flat stuff. Best of all, nothing else climbs better! As long as am riding, there will always be at least one Dean in my garage! This bike is making me into a super clean technical rider and I love it!
Similar Products Used: Jamis steel hardtail, C'dale supervee 700
Bike Setup: full XT, Avid disk brakes, Mavic crossroc UST, Hutchinson tires, MonkeyLite carbonfiber bar, Easton carbonfiber seatpost, Terry Dragonfly saddle, ODI grips, Rockshox Duke XC shock, Time padals (nothing else is worth it!)King headset.
a Cross Country Rider
from Telluride, CO
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2002
Strengths: Climbs by itself, light, strong, quick, SWEEEEEET
Weaknesses: Rock Shox Sid Rear Shock
First, I gotta explain the price - I had the same model frame in steel and broke the BB shell. (Hey, I'm just a girl that doesn't even race....) Did Dean warranty it? You betcha, no questions asked - except for the fact that they don't make that frame outta steel anymore. So I made the jump to Ti - no freakin' regrets.
This bike climbs by itself, descends like a rocket ship and is smooth, smooth, smooth. If you have the means, I highly recommend it. Even if you don't, SAVE to buy this one. Forget those mass produced ANY thing. The customer service rules, and so do their frames.
The only problem I had was that I blew up the rear shock after the first week, but Dean had one in the mail right away. The one we replaced has over 500 miles on it and is still going strong. (Maybe now that Sram bought Rock Shox, this kinda crap won't happen.) It would be nice to offer a different rear shock...
Anyway, run as fast as you can and buy one of these frames. They will change the way you ride!
I'm posting this now because I believe that first impressions really count. Compared to the aluminum hardtail I was using, this is a great improvement. It climbs better, faster and safer. In rocky descents you can feel the difference, takes most of the hits from your behind, without feeling like a cadillac. For the trails and singletracks I do it is perfect, I don't do drops or big air, so the 1" something is enough for me. I just bought the frame on a Dean auction and living in Mexico it was a little extra work to deliver it down here, I had it sent to a friend in Vegas who brought here. Believe me it was worth waiting for it. By the way, impressive customer service by my friend John at Deanbikes. Buy it if you are a cross country rider looking for some rear confort without loosing simplicity or the ability to climb. Don't if you like big drops or big air.
Hi new to this forum, but not new to mountain biking....
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