• Riders Rides: HOT. HOT. HOT. Vendetta X2 Best of Breeds.

December 30, 2017

The second in our Vendetta Owners' riders rides, where we take a nerdy look at the build specs and rider feedback.
We take a look at Dave Shaw's sublime Vendetta X2 in Medium, a stunning build if ever there was a bike to be in riders rides its Dave's whip.
If you own a Vendetta and want your bike featured send us an email with pictures and your build spec, like this and we'll publish your build.

Dave's build spec:

Kingdom Vendetta X2 Medium
Fox 34 Factory Fork, 150mm
Chris King Inset 7 Headset
Raceface Turbine R 35, 32mm Stem
Raceface Next 35 Carbon Bar, 760mm x 10mm Rise
Raceface Half Nelson lock on grips
Rockshox Reverb Stealth 125mm dropper post
SDG Circuit MTN Ti Alloy saddle
Hope 30mm BB
Hope Stealth Race E4 Evo front and rear
Hope floating rotors, 180mm front, 160mm rear
Raceface Turbine Cinch Crankset 32T chainring
Sram XX1 mech
Sram XX1 cassette
Sram XX1 chain
Sixth Element 34mm Race wheelset built on Hope Pro4 boost hubs
Nukeproof Horizon Comp flat pedals
Maxxis High Roller 2 front tyre.
Maxxis Ardent rear tyre

First ride

Having not ridden a hardtail in over 6 years, i was taking a big gamble with my dream build as I wasn't 100% sure I would be able to make the switch to a rigid frame. But within minutes I was instantly transported back to my younger days having fun riding BMX as the bike feels so playful!

I live local to some DH tracks that local volunteers help fund/build, so naturally riding a hardcore hardtail, I thought I would put the Venetta X2 through it's paces. OMG It rides like a dream and combined with carbon wheels the handling is so precise. With the long and slack geometry of the Vendetta X2, I opted for a short 32mm stem which amplifies the precision steering. Riding a medium (16.7") frame at 5' 8" this feels spot on sizing for me.

The ride back home was flatish/uphill xc trails and it was a joy to ride even for long distances. The titanium frame saps the trail buzz I would normally get riding aluminium hardtails, and the ride quality is awesome without the weight penalty of a full sus.

My childhood dream of owning a titanium mountain bike is now realised without disappointment! This bike quite simply puts a great big smile on my face! I'm counting down the hours to the next ride. 😀"

If you own a Vendetta and want to be featured send us an email with pictures and a spec like below and we'll publish your build.