Dean USA Duke XC Full Suspension

  • Designed for the truly discriminating cross-country rider
  • One of the lightest pivotless full suspension frames available at just 4.3 lbs
  • Built with the finest U.S. 3/2.5 Vr seamless radial aerospace titanium - specially cold worked and stress relieved for increased stiffness and durability
  • Features an oversize extra stout tubing throughout
  • S-bend seat and chainstays

User Reviews (2)

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Thomas Peters   Weekend Warrior [Mar 29, 2006]
Strength:

Seemless welds, a strong head minus gussets, the S-bend seat stays, beautiful drop-outs

Weakness:

Unexplained steering wobble only after a long XC haul.

The 22 lb advantage is felt on steep grades and long XC hauls and hiking this light bike is a breeze with the cabling on top of the frame. The Bontragers wheelsets will tolerate a bit of freeriding but not big-hits. This softail is definetly not a full-sus and I've learnt it the hard-way into a hospital early last month. The best place to experience the Duke's prowess is slicing and dicing roots and gravel on singletrack but on rough descents floating your bum rearward is imperative for control, although it does not prevent tail-swapping like a hardtail does. Recomended for anyone who wants to comfortably ride his MTB on asphalt; who wants to keep his bike forever and who wants his bike to look like a bike.

Similar Products Used: Bianci MUTT
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Rick   Racer [Dec 06, 2005]
Strength:

Light, Fast, Well Built

The bottom line is DEAN makes an amazing bike for a very reasonable price. I wanted a 29er soft-tail (they didn't make one) so I called them up and they designed a frame for me. Yes, they can take a while to get your bike to you (I own 3 DEANs), but the end product is very worth the wait. And when was the last time you sat down and talked to the owner of (insert major bike company here) about the design of your frame?

So about the bike- the travel on the Duke is just enough to smooth out the ride, but it still accelerates and handles much like a hardtail. The bike is very responsive, but make no mistakes, this is not a full-boinger, you will feel the trail. The craftmanship is top-notch and the welds are beautiful. This was also my first 29er, so I am having a blast with the bigger wheels too.

I would definitely recommend this bike for someone who wants a soft-tail... it is an awesome machine.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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