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It's Here! - Ventana El Rey 5" FS Build

Discussion in 'Cross Country, All Mountain & Trail Riding' started by aktallguy, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. aktallguy

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    Frame came in today! Here are the pics! (Yes it's on the mantle in the living room. :clapping:) I'll post pics following in the build. Parts list below.

    Frame:
    Ventana El Rey 25” with 5” Rocker
    Shock: Fox DHX 5.0 Air
    Fork: White Brothers Fluid 135mm
    Head Set: Chris King
    Wheels:
    Rims: Salsa Delgado Disc
    Hubs: Chris King HD
    Spokes & Nipples: 14ga SS, Black Brass
    Tires: Nevegal 2.2
    Stem: Thomson Elite
    Handle Bars: Easton MonkeyLite Carbon
    Grips: Yeti Lock-Ons
    Shifters: SRAM X-9 Trigger
    Brakes: ’08 Shimano XT
    Rotors: Magura Venti 180mm F&R
    Front Derailleur: SRAM X-9
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-9 Long Cage
    Bottom Bracket: Race Face X-Type
    Cranks: Race Face Atlas 180mm
    Pedals: Kona Wah Wah
    Chain: SRAM PC-971
    Cassette: SRAM PG-990
    Seat Post: Thomson Elite
    Seat Post Clamp: Salsa Rasta
    Saddle: WTB Pure Race
     

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  2. Lumberjack

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    Cool color. Dude that is a big frame. What size did you go with?
     
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  3. aktallguy

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    25" Biggest one they make. :^) The color turned out very nice. I'll bring the frame with me when I come out there on Sat.
     
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  4. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Congratulations. Is that the Ventana Metallic orange paint?
     
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    See if you can tempt Paul in to trying it out. He has yet to be tempted in to trying a 29'r. BikerBrit also and he is a Ventana nut any way.
     
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    Very nice! Looks like a bigger version of my X-5 (albeit a different color). And you've got a good parts spec going there. Very little I'd change, and it should be a solid but not-too-heavy build. Enjoy!
    - Joe
     
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  7. Lumberjack

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    You've got to have that together by next weekend. When you mount the fork and wheels can you measure the distance axle to axle for me?
     
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  8. aktallguy

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    I now lust after no other man's bike! It's HUGE. But since I'm 6'7" with a 6'10" wingspan it fits perfectly. For reference I threw in a pic of my Jumbo sized Cannondale next to it.

    I threw a few psi in the fork and was rolling it up and down the parking lot by my apartment. A BIG thanks to Lumberjack at Bike Works! He built the sexy wheels pictured below. (FYI BB Height is approx 13.5 & the axle to axle was around 46 1/2 in.)

    Pictures of the build progress below (I really need to figure out how to embed pictures.) I put on the fork to measure for a cut and found that with another 5mm spacer I didn't even need to cut it. Haha, I'll get my setup dialed in and may take 1 cm off the top, but I might just leave it where it is (I've got 35mm of spacers in there now). I'm a big fan of the RF Atlas crank setup. The protective frame tape was frustrating, but aside from two bubbles on the down tube it went on well. The X9 front derailleur could prove to be interesting to setup. The flak-jacket cable housing was unique, we'll see how it works in the long run.

    The chain, shifters, and brakes are getting put on tomorrow. Maiden trail ride will be next Sun, but I'm going to try to get the fork & shock dialed in a bit before then. Unfortunately I must now continue working on my mid-term and get some stuff prepared for work this week.
     

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    doooode.. i know its blatantly obvious, but man you are one tall monkey!

    that bike is huge.. i don't even think i could straddle that baby. i am stoked companies like ventana are there to provide the needs out taller riders who just want a dope bike. nice rig man!
     
  10. Lumberjack

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    46 1/2" is shorter than I thought it would be. Looks to be coming together nicely. No one is going to worry about the frame tape they are going to be in awe of the size of that bike. Take your time finishing it,
     
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    Slight snafu, the Magura Venti rotors hit the fork. Darn, they look so kool. So back they go and I'm off to find some XT rotors. But nicely enough my brakes came pre-bled when I didn't think they would. :^)
     
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    Turns out I have 2 180 mm Magura Louise Rotors in the garage so I'll try those out. Another 15 hour day at work and several more hours to go on my Engr. Analysis Midterm will kept me from working on it today. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have an hour to mount the brakes.
     
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    An absolutely FANTASTIC maiden ride today. A big thanks to those who were along for the ride today as well. Your tips & help are much appreciated. Pics to follow when I get them downloaded off my camera.
     
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    I don't think you ever quit grinning the whole ride.:monkeydance:

    We'll see if evilbob is the same next weekend after he gets his new 29'r.
     
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    Here are a few pics.
     

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    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Glad to hear you are so stoked on the new ride! She sure is purdy.