Ventana El Saltamontes – Fall 2007

2007 Ventana El Saltamontes Replacement build – Fall 2007

Well, the old blue Salty lived a good life. Riding in Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and of course all over California. I can’t even guess how many miles or smiles. I discovered an almost microscopic crack (3/8″) in the seat tube just above the junction with the top tube. I take pretty good care of all of my rides, and “wrench” everything except for wheels myself. While wiping down the frame, the Saturday before an early Sunday morning ride (the CORBA ride in SoCal – Malibu), I spotted the crack. Strangely, I was as excited as I was saddened. I’d have to get a new frame!

I contacted Ventana and spoke with Teresa that Monday. I decided to go with the “custom” color, and to go with the HD rear triangle. They were able to help me out with the “owners appreciation program”. Teresa is the best, and to my surprise said that they should be able to ship by mid week!

Later that day the phone rang, and the caller ID said, “Gibson Design…”. I thought, oh no, what could be wrong… Nothing wrong at all. It was Sherwood himself. He wanted to double check with me the size frame we were going to do. He had me make a few measurements of the old frame, and then he agreed that the 20″ replacement sounded good.

We even chatted for a few minutes about bikes in general, and the purple components of the past!!!

Truly a pleasure to speak with him. Talk about customer service (nothing new here!).

And, sure enough, the frame arrived this past Friday. Built it up on Saturday morning, and had it out on the local trial for a shake down ride that afternoon.

Thanks again to Sherwood, Teresa, and everyone at Ventana. Thanks to Larry at Mountain High Cycles and to Jay for the decals. See ya on the trail!

The build:

Ventana El Salt 20″ – new
HD rear triangle w/ bearing kit – new
FOX TALAS 32 fork, recently rebuilt – existing
FOX Float RC shock (Pushed) – existing
Chris Kings laced to Mavic F219’s – existing
Hope QR’s – new
XTR M 960 crankset – existing
RaceFace BB – new
Dura Ace / XTR chain – new
XTR cassette – existing
XTR front and rear derailleurs – existing
Hope 203mm M4 (front) – existing
Hope 160mm M4 (rear) – new (Thank you Larry and Mtn. High Cycles!)
Goodridge hose kits – new
Chris King headset – existing
Thompson Stem – existing
Easton Carbon EC70 MonkeyLite bar – existing
Thompson seatpost – existing
WTB saddle – new
Custom Ventana decal – new (thank you JNcarpenter –


Recent Updates


Service Fox TALAS fork – clean / drain / replace oil.


Replace shock with new* RP23, service TALAS fork – replace main wipers / seals and oil.  RP23 is from Aaron G., and has very low miles.



Pulled a spoke trough the rim (these are 2000 vintage wheels?).  Chad (Red Barn) built new wheels (DT Swiss EX 500 rims) onto my CK hubs.


For Christmas I replaced the very old FOX TALAS (2001) with a new FOX FIT 120mm (2011).


Pulled the fork, replaced seals with the new low friction ones, replaced oil bath.  Also, pulled RP23 and cleaned / re-lubed.  Pulled all frame bearings, checked for ‘notchy-ness’ (replaced two of four main pivot bearings), flushed and re greased.  Replaced shift cables and housings.


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