Ventana El Capitan 29er Full Suspension

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Ventana El Capitan 29er Frame: "The Captain" El Capit?n rounds up the line of powerful leaders in the 29? wheel bike ranks and proves that big wheel traction presides over track and trail.

User Reviews (8)

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POK   Weekend Warrior [Jun 22, 2010]
Strength:

Stiff, low stand over for 9er, craftsmanship, customer service, handling.

Weakness:

None.

Rode an El Rey hard for years. Needed a replacement and Ventana was more than fair.I thought I had the ultimate 9er trail bike with the El Rey. This is the all mountain 9er. You can't imagine the point and shoot lateral stiffness of this bike. Well Done, thank you Sherwood and Teresa.

Similar Products Used: Paragon, El Rey
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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dieseldog   Cross Country Rider [Oct 29, 2009]
Strength:

Premium, made in the USA Craftsmanship. Awesome customer service. Savant-esque attention to detail. Laterally stiff, which offsets the 29er wheel flex nicely. The cross brace front triangle adds to the point and shoot nature of the bike - despite my 230lb clydesdale nature. It's purdy too.

Weakness:

None.

This is the go to bike in my quiver. Will ride anything you put in front of it. I found my forever bike - others will come and go, but I'm not selling this one.

Similar Products Used: Kona Hei Hei, Van Dessel 29er f.s.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Brian   Cross Country Rider [Sep 28, 2009]
Strength:

built like a tank, no flex, plush, excellent quality construction - long travel for 29er, decent standover height

Weakness:

somewhat tall bottom bracket, but that is to be expected w/ 5.5 rear travel; rear suspension not as effeceint as Horst (but then again no flex that come swith Horst) - I still need to dial in the RP23 though; heavier is the tradeoff for the solid, flex fee build

I have a few more rides before I get everything dialed in, but I would highly recommend this frame to anyone who is looking for a solid, laterally stiff frame - particularly anyone over 200 lbs
- also highly recommend Slippery Pig bike shop to anyone in the Phoenix area.

Similar Products Used: demo'd Kona Hei Hei, El Rey, KHS Flagstaff, Stumpy 29er
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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The Whale   Weekend Warrior [Mar 26, 2006]
Strength:

Perfect construction, beautiful detail, bomber ride, rolls over any thing, climbs great once you get some momentum from the wheels going, still getting use to the 70 degree head angle- still feels twitchy but I can now clear some highly technical sections of trail that I've never been able to do on a 26er. Customer service is excellent, they will bend over backwards to help you.

Weakness:

I'm 5ft7in and have a short inseam. I can now see why tall guys like the 29er size. I bought a 17in frame for it's standover and the biggest thing I notice is that I had to ride differently. The bike is taller and I have to do more steering and leaning like a road bike. The line you take is more straight on or deeper turns tossing the bike side to side. The ride hasn't given me the confidence to really push it yet. The inside of my right leg has a bunch of bruises from riding the top tube when having to 'dab' a little. I done several endo's already. It reminds me when I went from a 125cc dirt bike to a 400cc. It just feels bigger. You don't get on, you get into it and like HANG ON!!

Still not sure. This bike is waaay better then the rider so I still gotta work that learning curve and see how it goes. I'll let you know in another 6 months.

Similar Products Used: Tried the Lenzsport Leviatian. Only other 29er. Otherwise Cannondale SuperV, Jeckel, K2 Disco, Yeti 475
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Traves   Cross Country Rider [Jan 31, 2006]
Strength:

-Large frames for taller riders.
-Stiffness, I’m 6’4” 260 pounds and the bike doesn’t flex.
-Incredibly well built, this is the first Ventana bike I’ve purchased and the craftsmanship is unsurpassed.
-Climbs better and more efficiently than any bike I’ve ever ridden. The increased surface area of the bigger tire provides a far more traction and once the big wheels are up to speed momentum keeps them rolling easier.
-Descends fast and the big wheels roll over obstacles better than smaller wheels. The responsiveness on the descent is just as good as a 26” wheel.
-The X bar design gives the bike great stand over clearance.
-Lots of clearance for 2.3” wheels.
-Center of gravity really is lower with bigger wheels, I find it much harder to fly over my handle bars with this bike, however, it is still possible.
-Four inches of travel is plush and Ventana’s suspension system is deluxe.

Weakness:

-The bike is expensive; the frame alone is $2000. With the price comes great craftsmanship, it’s not likely you will be replacing the frame anytime soon.

-A little on the heavy side.

If you are over six feet you need to demo this bike before your next purchase. The rolling attributes of the big wheels are substantial. I don’t notice this bike being any less responsive than a 26er on switchbacks and technical terrain.

I wasn’t able to demo any 29er’s in my area and only did internet research before taking the plunge with this bike. I haven’t regretted it.

Don’t skimp on the wheel set. With my weight and the increased surface area of the 29” tire, I’ve already trashed one rear hub climbing some smooth rock. I’m planning on purchasing some free ride hubs.

Similar Products Used: It’s nearly impossible to find a 29er to demo, especially in Idaho. This is the only 29er I’ve ever ridden. My other bike was a Specialized 26er. Demoed other 26er's.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Joel   Weekend Warrior [Jan 16, 2006]
Strength:

- Rugged
- Right-sized.
- Fast
- Beautiful paint (it's a looker w/o the decals)
- Ventana quality

Weakness:

Just for clarity's sake, there is nothing weak about the materials or fabrication of this frame! That being said:

- My choice of forks (WB 1.0 is extremely disappointing)
- Cheesy decals that look like cheesy decals (but they look good on my tool box and repair stand)
- Pricey

I am 6'8" and finally know what it should feel like with a bike that fits. Nobody makes fun of my clown-on-a-circus-bike act any more. Again, I think my Yeti was every bit as solid as this bike, it just did not fit as well (nor cost as much!) and here I am. I love it so far and Sherman was great to work with. I think I got one of the first 25" frames (26.1 TT is perfectly huge). The frame build is top notch and the paint is beautiful (but what's with those miserable decals???).

One last thing that has absolutely nothing to do with Sherman and crew at Ventana: Me no likey da sticky White Bros fork! It shudders under heavy braking; when the front wheel comes off the ground, there is a 'bang!' as the fork fully extends to the stops, and it 'sticks' for lack of a better term. When is Fox gonna make a 29er fork???

Similar Products Used: '04 Yeti 575, '04 Orbea hardtail, '99 Specialized FSR
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Andy   Cross Country Rider [Jan 12, 2006]
Strength:

Great build quality; nice and stiff, no lateral movement, fit me great(6'4").

Weakness:

Some may say on the expensive side, I feel it's worth it.

I did a week long demo of the El Cap. GREAT ride. Rode it in Park City and Moab. It was my first experience on a 29'er and it fit me better than any other bike I've ridden. Yes, that's 29'er in general for a tall guy, but this frame was still a great fit.

Similar Products Used: Lenz Behemoth
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Enel   Cross Country Rider [Jan 14, 2006]
Strength:

Stiff, well built, stand over. Fit, finish, quality is unsurpassed

Weakness:

Maybe a little heavy

I had the bike for a week. My expectations were surpassed.

It out climbed my similar 26er, and out descended it. The only beef would be the noticable increased weight of the larger wheels.

The x-frame looks strange but gives awesome stand over clearance.

Full review to be found here:

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=139632&highlight=el+capitan

Similar Products Used: Lots of 26er FS including a Ventana
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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