Sette Ace Review

Sette Ace Review

The Sette Ace was sent to us by the kind folks of Sette USA as a demo bike. Here’s a bit of info before we start with the review.

Price: $999 from Pricepoint.com
sette ace
Specs:

Frame Aluminum 7005
Size(s) Small (16.5″/42cm)/Medium (18.5″/47cm)/Large (20.5″/52cm)
Fork Rock Shox Tora 302 Air (4.72″/120mm) w/PopLoc
Rear Shock Rock Shox Monarch 2.1 (4″/101mm)
Shifters SRAM X7, 9-Speed Trigger
Front Derailleur SRAM X7, Low Clamp, Blk, 34.9 Top Pull
Rear Derailleur SRAM X7 Black Long Cage
Shifter Cable/Housing Jagwire Slick
Brake Levers Avid Juicy 3
Front Brake Avid 160mm Rotor
Rear Brake Avid 160mm Rotor
Hoses Avid Hydraulic Hose
Crankset Truvativ Firex 3.3, 175mm, Black, 44/32/22T
Bottom Bracket Truvativ Giga Pipe XR, 73mm English
Cassette SRAM PG-970, 11-34
Chain SRAM PC-971
Headset FSA 1-1/8″ Standard – Black
Handlebar Lightweight Alloy Riser Bar- Black
Grips Durable Ergo Grips – Black
Stem Lightweight Alloy – Black
Saddle High Performance Saddle – Black
Seatpost Lightweight 6061 Alloy – Black, 31.6 x 350mm
Rims Mavic XM719 32H Black, Presta Valve
Front Hub Shimano XT M756, 6-bolt Disc Brake, 32H black, QR
Rear Hub Shimano XT M756, 6-bolt Disc Brake, 32H black, QR
Spokes 14/15 Gauge Double-Butted, Stainless Steel, Black
Pedals Shimano PD-505, Silver
Front Tire Kenda Krusher 26″ x 2.1, 60 TPI
Rear Tire Kenda Krusher 26″ x 2.1, 60 TPI
Color(s) White
Warranty 5 Years
Weight 29.8lbs/13.5kg (w/Pedals, Medium Size Avg.)

The bike was shipped to the MtnBikeRiders.com HQ in the same way it would be if you purchased it from Pricepoint.com. After assembly, I made sure everything was tight, aired up, and lubed. I set my air shocks to have at least 25% sag. I took a quick spin around the block and right away the bike felt very nimble and agile.

One the first day out on the trail, I chose to test it on the Fullerton Loop. This is a simple trail that combines some climbs, descents on all sorts of terrain that ranged from single track to pavement.

One thing I need to note, the Sette Ace weighs in at 29lbs (used my scale in the garage). Though its not a super light weight XC bike to some people’s standards, the bike felt light and quick. During a nice pace on the single track, I was able to get it on the big ring and mash on the pedals to see how fast I could get this bike to roll. I’m not your typical XC rider that weighs in at 130lbs. No sir, I’m a big boy, I’m weighing in around 206lbs right now. So that meant there’s more effort on my part to get me rolling fast on the trail. With that in mind, the Sette Ace is easy to get up to speed and maintain the pace. Quick turns and switch backs are not a problem because the bike responds like a small sports car.

Let’s talk about aesthetics for bit. We all know that when you’re looking for anything, a major factor on your decision relies on how the product looks, right? Sette Ace goes with a classic white look with a few gray and black accents on the frame. Most of the folks that I showed the bike to, all liked the all white scheme. In fact one of our friends even mentioned that the Ace reminded him of his old Santa Cruz.

On the Sette Ace, there was one feature that was new to me since other bikes that I’ve tested didn’t come with it. It’s the POPLOC System on the Rockshox Tora. Other forks do come with a lock out, but having the remote ready to when ever you need it means you’re saving time and you’re keeping both hands on the bars, which translate to safety. When I first got the bike, the fork felt like a pogo stick, but that was quickly remedied by making a few quick adjustments on the rebound and after that, it was like butter. The RockShox Tora never flexed during my testing nor did it give me any problems. Air pressure stayed the same throughout the time I rode the bike, about a good month and a half.

Strengths:
Climbs REALLY well. As long as you have your air pressure correct in the rear shock, you’ll have a very efficient ride going up and down the hill.
Very nimble and responsive.
It has a potential to be a good 4x rig…its a vision I have for this bike…
Never bottomed out (yes it can handle jumps)
Great mix of good parts. Rockshox, SRAM X7, Avid and Truvativ
Shifts like butter, thanks to the Jagwire cables and housing.
sette ace

Weakness:

Wouldn’t be so bad if it was at least 26-27lbs. But then again, the rider could simply lose the weight difference through a simple diet plan.
Brake rotors warped. I noticed that there was a slight warp to the rotors when I first got it. The demo bike I rode was previously tested by another organization. So its possible they had something to do with it. Other than that, the bike stopped on a dime.

Summary:

The Sette Ace is a pretty decent contender amongst other XC race bikes in the market. It has good parts, an awesome price point and it looks good. I also have to mention how this bike rides overall. Though its not as plush and squishy as my ALL Mountain Bike, it certainly is quick and very responsive. I certainly liked the Sette Ace and Priscilla did as well. The Sette Ace is the perfect bike for guys or gals who have been riding a hard tail and want to step into the Full Suspension XC bike without breaking the bank. You really can’t go wrong with the Sette Ace, low price ($999), great parts, light enough to race with and the white frame is simply HOT!

Review Disclaimer.

KHS XC Team Frame Update: Race Proven, Rider Approved

Priscilla has been riding the KHS XC Team Frame for about 6 months and its about time for an update. We’ve equipped the bike with some of the better parts we could afford/find. I couldn’t tell you how many miles the bike actually has, but lets just say its been all over Southern California in various trails and through the Triple Crown XC Series.

Here’s the frame in its humble beginnings. Just click on the link to read all the specs of the frame.

One of the things Priscilla loves about her KHS XC Team is that the bike is virtually bullet proof. She’s never had issues with anything on it. Being her personal mechanic, I know what type of rider Priscilla is (aggressive XC) and with all the abuse she dishes out on this bike, it somehow manages to still be loyal and function as it should.

The XC Team has increased her riding ability. She used to have a harder time with technical rock gardens and bombing down the hills. But because of how nimble this bike is, she’s able to tackle some of the trails that used to be a thorn on her side.

Priscilla also used this bike during the SC Velo Triple Crown Series. If you didn’t know, Priscilla won the Triple Crown for Beginner Women’s Under 34. In one of the races, she actually experienced 2 bad crashes in which one of them she hit her rear wheel against a boulder that caused her to fly over the bars and painfully landing on her wrist. But like the trooper that she is, she kept going. Since she had full confidence her bike was fine, she didn’t even bother checking it, instead, she got back on and finished the race. After she rolled through the finish line, we made sure she was fine since she showed up with a swollen wrist, and blood on her knees and elbows. Later on that day, I inspected her bike and was surprised to find it unscathed.

Priscilla said the following about the KHS XC Team…

I love love love my bike! The KHS XC Team not only helped me become a better rider, but it also was instrumental in winning the Triple Crown Series. The XC Team bike gave me more confidence on some of those more technical downhill trails. That bike just rolls right through just about anything and it absorbs any nasty the trails dish out! This bike has exceeded my expectations as far as performance goes. 😀

For more information about the KHS XC TEAM, click HERE.

We’d like to thank KHS Bicycles (especially Wayne D. Gray) for providing us the frame to build up an awesome race machine for Priscilla.