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Dean El Dente riders? Thoughts?(6 posts)

Dean El Dente riders? Thoughts?Juanmoretime
Jul 3, 2002 12:06 PM
I just picked up a great deal on a El Dente on Ebay. I'm adding this as another bike to the stable. I've had three Dean Mountain Bikes and loved them. Although no experience with their road bikes.Great price including the fork, Reynolds Ouza Pro, King threadless headset and an OK stem, Profile H20. This frame has very low miles, it is one of the older one's with the wishbone rear stays. Anybody have any experience with this frame that you could share? I have read all 2 of the reviews, not a lot to go on.
TST made?Nessism
Jul 3, 2002 12:22 PM
TST used to make the Ti frames for Dean a few years ago. I've got an old magazine that showed a wishbone rear stay frame and they even mentioned the connection. Very nice frames regardless of who made it. Good luck.

Not any more...loop
Jul 3, 2002 4:34 PM
They've been building in house for at least the past two years. John will give you the details via phone. Basically, about the time that Mongoose started touting their ti road frames--citing their precise allignment--Dean was producing their own using Sandvik tubes provided by TST.

Their welds--the eternal ballyhoo of the boutique ti-o-philes--are really nice too.
Two that I know ofPsychler
Jul 4, 2002 5:56 AM
Yes, call John at Dean and ask away...very informative. My friend and I both have this frame...He is a top notch rider here on Long Island, doesn't care about weight...he's so damn powerful, myself.......I only wish it was lighter....built with Ultegra,Carbon Ouzo fork, carbon seatpost, flight saddle and light bar and stem ...19.50 lbs. Stiff, responsive, and very comfortable. Have fun...
Two that I know ofloop
Jul 4, 2002 6:09 AM
I went with a Culebra. It runs about 19.sumthin' with mostly Ult., a wee bit of DA, Ouzo fork, WCS/Chris King cockpit and OP wheels.

Great bike...comfy, balanced and fun to ride.

I suppose the ED XLT would shave some weight off the standard ED. Also, John can accomodate just about any request, even for things not listed on the site, like a Muscle vice Carve rear end.
El Diente270bullet
Jul 4, 2002 7:24 PM
That's my bike as well. It has the wishbone stays which seems to make it a bit stiffer. This is good, because I'm a big guy. Even with the stiffer rear triangle, it's a comfortable bike for long rides.

Personally, I love it. It's just unique enough to be make it feel custom in the group rides, comfortable on long rides, tracks well when climbing and descending - had it up to 63mph today on a particularly steep section of road.

I went with the Dean straight blade Carbon fork (whichever they private label), Dura Ace, King Threadless headset, 3T Forgie Stem and bar. Tried Mavic Open Pro Classics but get a lot of wheel flex - so I'm going back to the 32 spoke Open Pro rim with Dura Ace hubs. Much stiffer and needed when I stand up and start mashing gears.

I don't have a lot to compare it to - this is only my 4th road frame I've owned since I was 17. But the quality of build, titanium, and Dean backing it up, I get the feeling this frame will last forever. Even if Dean goes away, I think the frame will live forever.

I guess your looking for validation on your purchase. Not sure what else to tell you. I like mine.