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.
After years of seeing me struggle to wrench on my bike with a pathetic bike stand that simply lifts the rear of the bike a few inches off the ground, my better half surprised me with a new Workstand for our anniversary. With advise from our family friend and rider extraordinaire Jer, she bought me the Sette ST-7 Foldable Workstand. Man did I ever need this thing!
The stand came well packaged and without a blemish. It unfolded perfectly without a hitch and set up quickly. The first thing that stood out was its robust look and understated scheme. The locking jaw has a big rubber clamp so it will not scratch the frame and it rotates 360 degrees. The height is adjustable from 38-59 inches as mountain bikers come in all shapes and sizes. It is made of steel tubing for longevity and can hold your bike either by the seat post or the top tube. When it folds up it is very compact for sliding under your bed like the AB machine info-mercials.
I actually enjoy wrenching on my bike and this stand has really helped me. I feel like a “real” bike mechanic while in the garage wrenching on the bike. The price is right at $100 and is certainly a great value. I would recommend this stand to anyone looking for a very functional stand at a good price point. For $15 more you can get the same stand with a tool tray and tote bag, this is the deal I would do right now if I were in the market for a workstand. The tool tray can be bought separately (which I plan on doing) and is definitely a must. I am tired of setting my tools on the ground or trying to balance them on the bike while mounted in the stand. In the end, if your an Mtb’r and you enjoy wrenching on your bike, you gotta “take a stand”.
Last time you may have heard me mention, the Sette Reken was a 1×3 then most recently a 1×8. That was cool and all, but II kept dropping my chain when it was set up as 1×8.
So last night, I wanted to do something with the Sette Reken…again. I figured I’d try and convert it to become my Xtracycle. Below was my original set up with my Ibex/Xtracycle.
The Ibex frame was cool and all, but that top tube would get in the way when dismounting the bike. I tried to install the sub-frame of the Xtra on to the Reken, but the reken doesn’t have a small bar that most bikes would have where a kick stand would be installed onto the stays. The Xtracycle idea for the Reken was scrapped.
I then turned my attention to my 1X crank set. I got tired of the chain drop and went ahead and installed the granny gear, big ring, front (XTR) derailleur and front shifter. The XTR was a bit over kill since my shifters was an Alivio and my rear derailleur was a Mega9 Deore…but its what I had.
Anyhow, I took the Reken out for a quick jaunt in the neighborhood, making sure I was jumping off the curb to see if my chain would drop, all good.
I weighed the thing and it came in shy of 25lbs. Not exactly anemic, but the parts I have on it aren’t on a diet. I have some WTB ALL Mountain wheels, a Spinner Reason fork, TruVativ 31.8 stem, Hayes MX3 Mech brakes and TruVativ cranks. One lite weight thing I have would be my seat post…a Ritchey Comp…oh an my rear Kenda Small Block 8!
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.
Our good friends from PricePoint.com let us take some pictures of a pre-production Downhill bicycle.
As you can see, this bike was raced last weekend at Fontana, its talented rider took 2nd place on his first ever downhill race. Now, that’s pretty impressive!
We will be posting final specs and pricing soon, but let’s just say that this bike will be very affordable and will have decent parts like the RockShox Boxxer Race fork , e-thirteen chainguide, Hussefelt Cranks, and a RockShox Vivid rear shock.
Last month we featured the Sette Impact Protective Suit. Along with the suit, we received the Sette Impact Padded Under Shorts. “Under shorts” meaning you would wear these under your moto style, baggy cycling or just plain shorts. These are specific for downhill with pad placement or areas such as your tailbone, hips and thighs. It does not come with a chamois.
Sette Impact Padded Under Shorts feature strategically-placed molded polyester foam padding attached to Lycra mesh for the ultimate in protection and comfort. Padded tailbone protector. Drawstring waist. Wear underneath pants or riding shorts. For the ultimate protection wear Sette Impact Padded Under Shorts.
Sette Impact Under Shorts worn under regular shorts. Front and rear view; as you can see, it doesn’t appear bulky.
The Sette Protective Gear line is quite impressive. They have protective gear for all the areas where a full-body pressure suit would cover. The quality of their products is up to par with similar items found in the market. You certainly will get the bang for you buck! These are available at PricePoint.com from $29.98 – $34.98 (depending on size). You can also save by buying two for $59.98.
For the rest of the 2008 season, I’ll be putting this pair to the test. Hopefully I will not I will not have to find out how good they work or how much impact it can absorb.