Van Dessel Sports Jersey Devil 29er Full Suspension

Frame: Reinforced Competition 7005 triple butted FS
Fork: Marzocchi MX Comp 29" or White Brothers Magic 29"
Shock: Fox Float R or RP23
Head Set: Cane Creek ZS2

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Generalcuz   Racer [May 08, 2010]

Comfortable race bike. Do those go together?
The rear geometry keeps your tire planted to climb great.
It screams "exotic/"


Building up a frame is expensive
The green paint is so sexy that I don't want to scratch it
The cables are routed on top of the tube. Takes some work to get used to.

Ever have that dream bike that you have lusted for? The Jersey Devil FS is my dream bike and it has proved itself time and again. I took a gamble buying this bike because I didn't have much to go off of in terms of ride quality or feedback. In fact, there is only one review on MTBR that briefly talks about the bike. For me, it was sort of like a mysterious unicorn that few people talked or even knew about. (For shame) Initially, I did call Van Dessel and spoke with Edwin, who assured me that it was a great ride. I know that statement didn't mean much coming from the guy who sold the bike. I took a gamble and got a frame, then spec'd it with full XO, all carbon components, and a 2x10 crankset. Low and behold it was the nicest and fastest bike I have ever ridden. I work in the bike industry and can attest this from a lengthy background with a lot of different companies and brands. I have raced this bike, ridden aggressive terrain, and hung with Cat 2 racers just fine on it. Now some critics say that the bike is heavy. I disagree. I built it to 27lbs and could have gotten it to 26.5 if I went with XX. That's only a pound and a half away from the Gary Fischer Super Fly Carbon! Simply amazing for an alloy FS 29er frame. The Intense and Fischer 29er FS alloy frames can't touch that weight as easy. This bike is everything I have wanted and I hope to keep it for a long time. I also bought the HT version recently and like the quality of the bike. Both are quick to accelerate and snappy to handle. Overall, it is really nice to have something special. Van Dessel delivered for me in terms of my priorities. I wanted a race rocket for events like Leadville and the Xterra World Championship yet I also wanted a bike that could hang on the rocky singletrack of Colorado. It does all things that I need and then some. Sadly at the time of writing this, Van Dessel doesn't make this model anymore, however if you can find one that's in good condition, pick it up. Edwin told me that the only reason he discontinued it was because he sold the HT version 10 to 1 and it was expensive to keep the tooling up to make both. No other reason. If you buy this bike or any other one from Van Dessel, you won't regret it. They make great stuff and have a personal touch that is so nice in this big corporate world of Treks and Specialized. Rated it overall as a 5. I gave it a 3 for value because it was expensive to build. There are cheaper FS 29ers out there but with Van Dessel, you get something special not many people have. It's worth the time to build it up, although your bank account may hurt afterwards.

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Intense 29er
Cannnondale carbon 29er Flash and 1st gen HT.
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