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dean ole(6 posts)

dean olenelsbruce
Jan 16, 2003 3:48 PM
anyone riding this bike any impessions
re: dean olesn69
Jan 17, 2003 6:31 AM
I don't ride that model, but I've got a Culebra. If you search the archives for Dean, Culebra and El Diente, you'll find lots of commentaries by Ed, Greg and me. They're a fine company and they make a great bike.

riding a Dean ace 3...does that count?_rt_
Jan 17, 2003 8:32 AM
sorry can't comment on the ole but i'm pleased with my custom ace. i'm still tweeking it and getting the new-ride glitches smoothed out but it's a sweet ride so far.

the biggest problem with Dean overall is the fact that they are really really really slow in getting your bike to you. it took 3+ months from the time i put my order in to when i finally received my bike.

a number of people i know are riding various Dean road bikes and i have heard nothing but good stuff from them (with the exception of the delay between ordering & receiving).

the inaugural ride
riding a Dean ace 3...does that count?sn69
Jan 17, 2003 9:34 AM
It's been my experience that the delay is usually with Spectrum, but that obviously wasn't the case with your bike. Did you build it up yourself or have them do it? If it's the latter, how would you rate their work in that regard? I had an LBS build mine, although I've done some reconfiguration of late.
i built it._rt_
Jan 17, 2003 10:36 AM
we're not real sure exactly what the delay was. they are a sponsor for a collegate team my boyfriend coaches and we put in an order for 8 bikes (6 road/2 mtb). they shipped them randomly and every time i called to check the status of mine, once they figured out (again) who i was, they replied "it will definately go out next week". when it came down to having it definately go out the next day there were delays because "you don't want to rush things with a custom frame" (ok, i can accept that, within reason) and then because they were waiting for the box to ship it out in. uhhhh, have you ever heard of a bike company that doesn't have boxes to ship their bikes in?!

anyway, i was thrilled to get the bike regardless of the wait.

to answer your question more fully, i did the build myself--mostly with new parts though i did canabalize my old hardtail for the fork, stem, saddle, & handle bar. the plan is to rebuild the hardtail in the near future.

pre-build & just out of the box
I've got an El Diente...and was looking at the OleGregory Taylor
Jan 18, 2003 6:16 PM
The Dean guys waved me off the Ole' for a couple of reasons. The main reason was is that I go an honest 190 - 195 lbs. and like to push a big gear, and this critter is a lightly constructed race bike. The guys at Dean candidly admitted that it was designed as a disposable race bike and that I'd use it up in a couple of seasons. That's why the guarantee on the frameset is only a couple of years.

That said, it probably would make a dandy race bike. I've ridden both a steel and a ti Dean, and none of them have been noodles. Well made, snappy handling, and nicely responsive.

There are some issues, however, associated with dealing with a small builder like Dean. Dean makes some swell bikes, but they are a small company and it can take time to get what you want from them. They just don't have the resources to do the amount of customer hand-holding that they probably need to do. I waited a long time to take delivery of my El Diente. Their paint supplier, Spectrum, does good work but they appear to be the cause of a LOT of delays in getting bikes out the door. If this kind of stuff drives you nuts, you are probably better off looking for an aluminum bike from Cannondale or other major manufacturer.