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Aloha all,

Long time rider, new to Ventanas. Started on Ti hardtails, moved to an Ibis Szazbo (still riding it), just ordered Ventana X-5. I ordered it with the 6" rocker, Fox DHX, and HD swingarm option, 19" in blue, aparently the last one there?

Planned build:

King headset and 20mm/ISO hubs
Mavic EX729s
Magura Louise FR
Marzocchi forks...initially I thought '05 Z1/ETA (150mm) but now I am considering the 66RCs after trying them out this weekend on a buddy's bike. Not quite as stiff on the climbs but plush on the downhill runs.
Saint cranks
Thompson post
Easton Mg stem
Easton bar
XT/XTR front der.
SRAM X.0 rear der.
SRAM X.9 thumb shifters
WTB Laser V Ti saddle
Hope post clamp
Undecided on tires yet

Actually, the rims, too, are not set. I just switched to UST on my Ibis six months ago and really dig them, so I might consider the EX823s.

As you can see, I'm more concerned with strength than weight; I am 215 lbs and ride fairly hard. No major hucking or anything, just the occasional 3' jump or 5' transitional drop, but we ride the trails at a good pace. My friends all ride burly rigs: Balfa, Diesel, SC VP Free, etc, so keeping up with them on the Ibis has been a challenge. The trails here in Fukuoka are great. Parts are fast and sweeping, others get tight and technical, lots of hiking stairs which can be long and challenging. I moved here from Hawaii and the difference in trails is amazing.

Anyway, just thought I'd drop a line, say hello.
 

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Welcome

You do realize that once you get your hands on a Ventana, you are never the same. I mean it is a recognized sickness, "Ventanaphilia"

Congrats on the purchase and as always, pics are required!!! :p

D.
 

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I know!

Dunno what I'm going to use for an excuse now... :eek:

Depending on how long the Ups-man takes to get it to me I should have a week off (Japanese national holiday) to ride it every day on a good selection of trails.

Patience is not one of my strong suits.

Is it here yet?
 

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It's here!

'05 X-5 with 5-6 rocker, quad bearings, HD swingarm
Fox DHX 5.0
King headset and 20mm/ISO hub, through-bolt
Mavic D321s
Magura Louise FR
Marzocchi '05 Z1/ETA 150mm
Saint cranks
Thompson elite laid-back post
Easton Mg 60 stem
Answer Pro-taper bar
XTR front der.
SRAM X.0 rear der.
SRAM X.9 thumb shifters
WTB Laser V Ti DH saddle
WTB moto-raptor 2.4s
Azonic X-tension DH pedals

35lbs

Just had time to put it together and spin around the block but will hit the trails tomorrow. Pics to follow.
 

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P Fradale said:
'05 X-5 with 5-6 rocker, quad bearings, HD swingarm
Fox DHX 5.0
King headset and 20mm/ISO hub, through-bolt
Mavic D321s
Magura Louise FR
Marzocchi '05 Z1/ETA 150mm
Saint cranks
Thompson elite laid-back post
Easton Mg 60 stem
Answer Pro-taper bar
XTR front der.
SRAM X.0 rear der.
SRAM X.9 thumb shifters
WTB Laser V Ti DH saddle
WTB moto-raptor 2.4s
Azonic X-tension DH pedals

35lbs

Just had time to put it together and spin around the block but will hit the trails tomorrow. Pics to follow.
awesome! you will be banished however if you do not post pictures immediately ;)

that is a sweet build.....burly, yet rideable for sure.

cheers
 

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Good choice on the fork. I think the 66 is just too much fork but it would give the option on much on the fly tuning that the Z1 does not offer. Have patience setting up that Z1 though and it will pay off. Some come out OK from the factory but you may need to dial in the oil height. Mine was too soft and ate up all the travel way too easily until I changed out the oil and got the height right. With the right oil height and 4-5 lbs in the pre-load chamber your fork will be sweet.

I grew up in Japan in the 70's and 80's and I rode my old BMX bike all over the place. I have always wondered what the mountain biking would be like there. No shortage of mountains, thats for sure. Must make it back some day.
 

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P Fradale said:
Aloha all,
As you can see, I'm more concerned with strength than weight; I am 215 lbs and ride fairly hard.
I'm sure you'll love this bike. I've had mine for around 6 months and I'm still amazed at its all-round ability (certainly well ahead of my own!)

Too late now, but I would have tried to talk you out of the X0 rear mech. It's more fragile than the X9. There are plenty of broken ones on the Sram forum to back this up. Anyway, the X0 does look great and I hope you don't break yours!
 

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Sounds Nice!

P Fradale said:
'05 X-5 with 5-6 rocker, quad bearings, HD swingarm
Fox DHX 5.0
King headset and 20mm/ISO hub, through-bolt
Mavic D321s
Magura Louise FR
Marzocchi '05 Z1/ETA 150mm
Saint cranks
Thompson elite laid-back post
Easton Mg 60 stem
Answer Pro-taper bar
XTR front der.
SRAM X.0 rear der.
SRAM X.9 thumb shifters
WTB Laser V Ti DH saddle
WTB moto-raptor 2.4s
Azonic X-tension DH pedals

35lbs

Just had time to put it together and spin around the block but will hit the trails tomorrow. Pics to follow.[/QUOTE

Sounds like a nice build, now for a picture!! Hey UK, its about time you posted in the set up thread! :D Yeah, I am trying to getting away from the weight weenie syndrome myself! I am about the same weight as you and light wimpy bikes just don't feel comfortable for me to ride! I need a "Salt on Steroids" in Metallic Red! TIG.
 

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Great looking ride! Enjoy! Good job wiht the build specs too...sensible for the stuff it sounds like you're going to dish out on it.

What's up with the rear brake mech? Looks like there is an extra mount or something there? Is that to pump it up for an 8" rotor?

You'll be extra stoked to know that I think the Heavy Duty swingarm is a killer idea for big guys who pedal their bikes up hills! (if my opinion matters at all these days)

Beauty of a bike. Now go get to roosten some terra firma!
 

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Thanks!

Yeah, when I rode XC on a Ti hardtail I wanted the lightest ride I could build but now I really appreciate durability over grams. As for the brake mount in the rear there is nothing unusual, just the required mount for a 7" rotor.

When I first looked into building the bike I was told that the HD option on the swingarm wasn't really necessary, but I wanted it anyway as an insurance policy. I'm glad I have it as I plan on riding this bike for a long time. I was lucky as well; when I ordered it a fresh batch of tandem swingarms had come in so there was no wait.
 

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Sweet. Now get it dirty and bashed up.

Might try crossing the rear-d cable over the front-d and setting it free.
 
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