Sometimes we here at MTNBikeRiders receive letters from Santa about this time of year. Usually it’s kids writing to Santa wanting to get a new bike for Christmas but let’s face it, Santa ain’t got a clue when it comes to bikes. Santa will usually forward the letters to us to read and make a suggestion for a new bike. Below is a perfect example of just such a letter. Billy, from the USA, wrote Santa asking for a new bike that he could race! Well we just happen to get in a new Sette Serum Pro for a long term test.
Billy, here is a video I shot just for you. If your a good kid, maybe, just maybe you’ll get a new Sette Serum for Christmas.
Quality is priority #1. The tubes fade in several places from a visible carbon weave to a flat black which is completely different their older frame the Phantom. The carbon is 3k High Modulus which means high quality. There are only a few carbon bike manufacturers in the world and you can be sure that this frame was produced in one of them. With a 5 year warranty, you can’t wrong.
Full spec kit is priority #2. The bike has Shimano XT everything except for the brakes which are Avid Exlir CR. Tires are Kenda Small Block 8, a great all around choice. Front suspension is provided by a Fox 32 F RL which is indubitably one of the best.
Stiff. Lightweight. Fast. I will be testing this bike on real trails but during the neighborhood test, all the kids got smoked. I have seen others weigh the frame by itself at 2.7 lbs and this bike weighs 22.5lbs, really light!
The bike is available for purchase now at a retail price of $2250 and the forums are already abuzz about the new frames. If your a good kid like Billy, maybe Santa will bring you one too.
I’ll be testing this bike for a while and my first order is to fine tune the cockpit. Once that is completed and this heat wave we are experiencing fades, I’m gett’n on this thing for sure.
Met up with Brian and Mylo of Sette at Sea Otter. They were displaying their two new 26″ carbon frames, the more XC oriented Impulse and the very racy Phantom. The Phantom comes as either frame only or fully built up. The fully built Phantom has an amazing spec sheet for the money, $2,699, a real value for an under 20lb rig.
“Phantom” written in on the top tube. Very subtle against the carbon
I’m a big fan of carbon weave, so I thought I’d throw this picture in
An interesting touch on the seat stays. Excuse the dust/sand.
Another low-key Sette graphic on the Phantom. Attention whore RL getting in on the photo shoot.
The Sette Phantom, fully built. An absolutely sick bike at under 20 lbs
The Sette Impulse was not built up, but the frame was on display:
Sette on the downtube in white against the carbon fiber weave
Sette Impulse, a more XC oriented bike with a frame weight of 2.9lbs
I got an email from Tim Scissors bringing to my attention pricepoint.com’s two brand new carbon 26″ frames. I wanted to share them with you:
The Sette Impulse: a 26″ carbon mountain bike frame for $499.98 From pricepoint.com:
Impulse? Impulsive! Whip-crack fast, turn on a dime… and sprint? Sprint ALL the time!
Featuring a beautiful 1310g/2.9lbs 12K monocoque carbon frame with rear derailleur hanger and seat clamp, the Impulse is your entry into the hyper-driven world of XC racing. The choice of a 71 degree head tube angle keeps the Impulse super aggressive. Disk brake ready. V-brake ready (brake mounts included). Race ready.
The Sette Phantom carbon mountain bike 26″ frame for $599.98 From pricepoint.com:
Race the field. Race the clock. Race your personal best. So light weight, so fast, it will leave the competition chasing phantoms.
Featuring a state of the art 1100g/2.4 lbs 12K monocoque carbon frame, the Phantom captures that elusive sweet spot of pliant enough for epic racing comfort and yet incredibly strong and responsive. Guaranteed to rocket you down the trail with every pedal stroke, the frame features a replaceable rear derailleur dropout and the mounts for either IS disc brakes or v-brakes (mounting posts included).
Sette chose a 70.8 degree head tube angle so that the steering would be incredibly nimble without sacrificing stability and comfort when the trail starts to get challenging
Dominate the perfect line with the Sette Phantom Full Carbon Mountain Bike Frame.
For more info, check out the Sette Impulse here and the Sette Phantom here.