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Old 04-23-2017, 07:11 AM
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joining the Ti bandwagon: Dean El Diente

so the last couple of month's i've been up-to-my-eyes with a massive residence situation change-up: purchased a money-pit (ironically we're downsizing) and doing a total gut/remod. at the same time doing numerous fixes to current house so it can sell for max $$$. and we're packing up 17 years of accumulated stuff for the move. and keeping current house tidy enough for showings. oh, and our day jobs.

in the middle of all this chaos i needed a little happy and pulled the trigger on this Dean i'd been tracking for months. looks like an early/mid '00s model, as it has the hooded breezer dropouts and retains the DT shifter bosses. i like the reasonably oversized chainstays and surprisingly beefy DT -- i have yet to see one with a similarly sized DT. finish is a utilitarian matte bead-blasted treatment and it looks like the stickers were upgraded to the later monochrome replacing the rainbow theme from that time.

we're closing on our house sale in a few weeks and doing the move at the same time and the new crib remod is also continuing -- with any luck we'll have a place to move!

dean isnt big on keeping production records -- well, not at all! so i have only my measuring tape to work with. measures out as a 61x58 (CT) which is bang on for me. 41cm stays are perfect for my taste. 17cm HT gets me long and low how i like. no idea on angles. when i have a few spare brain cycles, i'm noodling on my fork options. with all this life stuff going on suffice it to say it will be months before i build this up, but i figured i should start my reportage now.



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Old 04-23-2017, 07:17 AM
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That will be a nice bike.
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:37 AM
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Me too

I have 2 El Diente's, 1 is built up and the other is a frame hanging in the garage. I bought my first one after meeting the guys from Dean at Richmond in 2010. Love the bike, has excellent looking welds and is extremely straight on the alignment table where I work and check all my bikes. I believe you will be well pleased.[IMG]http://forums.thepaceline.net/attachment.php?
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Old 04-24-2017, 01:28 PM
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NICE!!!!

funny...i just remembered i had a titanium Colnago Oval-Master, so i'm technically "re-joining" the Ti ranks!

the o-master was painted and not particularly light. of course i knew it was Ti but it never felt spiritually any different than a stout yet not-portly steel bike.

maybe i'll get the dean painted a-la rabobank, too!

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Old 04-24-2017, 02:27 PM
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Did you pre-negotiate with the buyer of your house to reserve the right to come back any time you like to use that wall for bike picture taking?

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Old 04-27-2017, 12:13 AM
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joining the Ti bandwagon: Dean El Diente

I was watching that one keep getting lowered on TPC - glad it found a good home - I was really close to pulling the trigger a few times..

Looking forward to seeing how you build it up!
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Old 04-27-2017, 04:45 AM
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great machine.

they look super slick once built up. low key slick :P
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:36 AM
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slick indeed! i'm debating my build...possibly a retro conglomeration of 80s/90s kit from my parts-bin.

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great machine.

they look super slick once built up. low key slick :P

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Old 09-08-2017, 06:19 PM
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Good looking bikes.

Pretty sure I snagged one of these recently, but just tore it apart today. No markings of any kind that I can find other than "T5000" etched into the top of the seat tube.

The dropouts look identical, the rear brake mount is the same, and it has the same front cable mounts. I have a new 6800 groupset coming to build this up and ride. Will be my first ti bike (other than riding it with the flat bars the previous owner had it set up with) and so far I'm amazed at how light it is. Feels just like my carbon bikes.

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Old 09-08-2017, 07:03 PM
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Wasn't T5000 the Terminator?
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:32 PM
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T800 = arnie.
T1000 = silver dude.

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Wasn't T5000 the Terminator?
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Old 09-09-2017, 04:19 PM
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Dean gets a bad reputation becuse the customer service during the build was questionable at best, but the frames are first class.
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:07 PM
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Wasn't the guy from Mosaic the welder for Dean before his current gig?
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:58 AM
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Yes he was.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:41 AM
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No markings of any kind that I can find other than "T5000" etched into the top of the seat tube.
interesting find. now i need to eyeball my frame real close!
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