Build weight is 24lbs. Not bad for a 20 inch frame! I didn't build it to be a light weight. Double butted spokes, brass nipples, Hope hubs, 20mm Maxle. Not the lightest way to build up, but a good compromise between weight and strength.
The El Padrino is a nice ride. The only problem is the Mrs. won't let it in the bedroom...Last night I slept in the spare room!
The only 'issues' are getting the cockpit right. My last 3 bikes were/are Fishers with the Genesis Geometry. They tend to have very long top tubes. So, I may go to a longer stem, or a set back seat post. But, I'll probably leave it as is.
I'm already looking for a dual squishy 29er frame. Anyone know about the El Rey? I'm a bit confused about Ventana's sizing. The El Padrino is 20 inch, with 23.8 top tube length. The El Rey comes in a 19 inch, with a 24.0 inch top tube; and a 21 inch with a 24.8 inch top tube. Standover height on the 21 inch is... ouch. Not sure about the fit.
I'm used to a Fisher with like 24.5 to 24.75 top tube length.
The El Padrino is a nice bike. I have an epic weekend planned...Shingle Tree and Spruce Knob. I'll review further then.
Edited by Johnnys Zoo - 5/14/2009 at 03:21 pm GMT