Ventana El Ray

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Price: $2075
Frame Weight: 6.35 lbs
Bike weight (as tested): 28.19 lbs
BB height (measured): 13.56 inches
Wheelbase (measured): 43.19
Rear shock: Fox Float RP23
Rear travel: 4″

Size
Seat Tube
Effective Top Tube
Stand Over BB Height
Head Tube Angle Seat Tube Angle Head Tube Chainstay
15 16.3 22.3 29.9 13.4 71.3 74.0 3.8 18.3
17 17.4 23.0 30.2 13.4 71.3 74.0 3.8 18.3
19 19.4 23.9 31.4 13.4 71.3 74.0 4.0 18.3
21 21.4 24.7 32.8 13.4 71.3 74.0 4.5 18.3

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Reviews of the Ventana El Ray:

Reviews of the Van Dessel Jersey Devil FS:

Rider/Reviewer: Francis Cebedo

Strengths:

  • Build and craftsmanship is impeccable. Emerald Forest paint is a showstopper.
  • The bike is solid. Lateral stability is first-rate and is confidence inspiring
  • The bike is very well balanced and seemed to do everything well
  • Good top tube clearance and low center of gravity
  • Head angle seems just right

Weaknesses:

  • a bit of pedal bob under hard efforts

Overall Impressions:

I’ve owned a few Ventanas many years ago. But I’ve gotten away from them as I’ve played with singlespeeds and other toys. After the Ventana arrived, it was great to be reminded of the bike’s craftsmanship and build quality. This is one of the few bikes where even the best cameras have a hard time capturing the frame quality.

So we ride the El Rey around for days and it just feels right. It’s not the plushest, the quickest or the mountain goat. It is however one of the most balanced bikes. The El Rey does everything well and looks good doing it.

One of Ventana’s endearing qualities is that the rear suspension seems to move freely through its travel, yet it does not exhibit any lateral movement. Thus, you have a comfortable, active frame that is tight and secure when you load it up with smile-inducing lateral forces.

The El Rey climbs pretty well, but there is a bit of power loss when you put the hammer down without a smooth pedal stroke. Presto! Flick of the RP23 platform lever and power is transmitted to the ground with great efficiency.

Basically the Ventana El Rey is a well thought-out, well executed bike that looks good. Cheers across the board.

Rider/Reviewer: Karl Etzel

Overall Impressions:

This one has a comparatively small frame, I felt pretty cramped up on it so the seated climbing performance felt poor but the stem was short enough that this could be fixed.

Noticeably more actuation than Evolve in suspension with out of saddle pedaling but not a big issue for me – I was pushing it and normally I sit to climb anyways. Did not spend time dialing in the Pro Pedal so might have been able to mitigate some of this. Front end was very responsive but not overly so.

Handling – Felt quicker than the Titus which was my top choice for handling. Not quicker in a bad (or good) way, but for an endurance racer it might be a little more lively than you want once the fatigue sets in. Very comparable to the Ellsworth in this category.

Insanely sexy paint in the bright sun. And I don’t even like green bikes. If you want to lean this on the wall at the coffee shop and be left alone, forget it. It will start many conversations. Did I mention this bike is gorgeous? The pictures do not do it justice. Better stop before I drool all over the keyboard…

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