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New Comandante arrived today - UPS surprised me and got it here a day early. Like konacoffee I took Sherwood's advice and added a head tube gussett and El Salt top tube to accomodate a 100mm fork. Also had Sherwood use the same cable stop arrangement as the Padrino in the event I want to run with gears sometime.

I have to say that I am VERY happy with the Grinch Green. As with all Ventana colors, pictures just don't do it justice. Very cool!
 

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rigid!!

You gotta try a rigid ventana fork on that baby!! one bike with gears and squish, and one rigid and fasssst!! you would be suprised on how nice the bike rides rigid, i have an el commandante and el padrino, both rigid!! tried a reba, maverick sc, even a lefty!! always came back to the rigid.

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AOK said:
The captain and the commander....
That is the best 1,2 punch in all of bikedom...what more could you need? Including the color combo.

I love my El Comandante. The thing is beyond belief.

Have there been breakages with a 100mm fork, in bikes without the unreinforced TT and gusset?

My bike was purchased used, and lacks the above, and I am running it at 100mm. Once sagged, the difference in fork length is only 10-15mm. Just wondering if I am taking some major risk here or something?
 

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Sweet!! Can't believe it arrived that quickly. Especially cool since it was with a weekend coming up so Friday delivery instead of Monday. Very rare that I see that happen with UPS. Enjoy the new rig!

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I'd really like to know the exact reasons behind the customizations as well! Why is this necessary? I'm looking into an El Comandante myself, first planning to run it rigid I guess, but maybe with suspension fork later on. Thanks!
 

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Enel said:
Have there been breakages with a 100mm fork, in bikes without the unreinforced TT and gusset?
I would ask Sherwood about this. When I started asking Sherwood about running with 100mm, he recommended that I get the wraparound head tube gusset. Then at the last minute, he called Larry and also recommended the El Salt top tube. I couldn't tell you all the reasons for this, I just know to trust Sherwood. ;)
 

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Great looking bike! Of course you will have to provide a full first impressions ride report soon.
I had a short, very muddy ride yesterday. The Comandante was a blast! :thumbsup:

Handling was fantastic (even with the 100mm fork), acceleration was otherworldly, and I agree with Enel and others who have mentioned how well this bike descents. I was also impressed with the frame's compliance. The ride wasn't any more harsh than the steel hard tails I have owned.

My sore legs spent the morning reminding me that it has been over a year since I rode a SSer. I guess the Capitan has been making me soft. :D

I thought I heard some frame rub on the rear tire... has anyone else had this problem running Rampages? Rear clearance is a little bit tighter than I expected. I need to do a closer check today to confirm that this is what I was hearing.
 

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I had a short, very muddy ride yesterday. The Comandante was a blast! :thumbsup:

Handling was fantastic (even with the 100mm fork), acceleration was otherworldly, and I agree with Enel and others who have mentioned how well this bike descents. I was also impressed with the frame's compliance. The ride wasn't any more harsh than the steel hard tails I have owned.
I'm glad you like it. I'm also glad my reviews were accurate.

I always hate giving advice on such a pricey purchase as sometimes they don't live up to the hype. In this case, El Comandante does. (As do all Ventanas)
 

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More photos, different angles please.

It looks vaguely like the machined chainstay yolk.

I wish Sherwood would post here a little more often (too busy building bikes (Brujas) and stuff is suppose) to clear up these mysteries.
 

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Yeah, Duh!

...You'd think I coulda put a little more thought into this query before posting.:rolleyes:

You mean you can actually see the colour in this photo, tig?

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I think it depends on what frame size you get ( if I remember right) ! Sweet color by the way ! :thumbsup: TIG.
 

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Who needs Sherwood, when you've got me?! :devil:

AOK /Tiggy got it right, Frame size, as the frames get smaller there's no need for the boom tube.
 

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el Turtlehead said:
...You'd think I coulda put a little more thought into this query before posting.:rolleyes:

You mean you can actually see the colour in this photo, tig?
Hmmm looks like white with lime green dust clearcoat to me :D

Hey, AOK that Grinch Green looks mighty cool too ! Never seen a close up of it like you posted ! TIG.
 
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