We interviewed, Sherwood Gibson, co-founder of Ventana Mountain Bikes USA, last week about their entry into the fat-bike market and el bici gordo, neuevo. I started by complimenting him on the name that they had chosen for their bike. This is not the first Ventana model that carries a latin name, but los bicis gordas esta es una nombre, mui fantastico!. The frame is made from 6061 Aluminum and an 18″ frame weighs in at four and a half pounds, according to Ventana. The frame comes in either a 4″ compatible, 170mm or a 4.8″ compatible, 190mm rear spacing, built around a 483 mm – A/C fork. Sherwood shared with me that “he wanted the Gordo to be a Swiss Army Knife style all-conditions fat-bike”. The Gordo comes in carbon black and mango tango (above) powdercoat or upgrade to matte raw aluminum. The MSRP for the Gordo frame is $1,150.
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Sherwood also shared that Ventana would be looking into bringing their expertise in tandems to the fat-bike and 29+ market very soon! Check out Ventana’s web-site and imagine a pair of fat-bike wheels fitted to one of their El Conquistador tandems! – Go to http://www.ventanausa.com/ for more information about Ventana.