Sette Reken Mountain Bike Review

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April 21, 2011
Pros: Fun geometry, stiff, light, matte black looks good, crazy cheap

Cons: Head angle is so slack if you try to go above 100mm fork travel, it's like riding a chopper. Stick with 80-100mm and it's great.

Recommendation: The Reken has been good to me for 3 years as my main bike. Parted out a cheap Raleigh with a cracked BB - mostly deore components - and have been slowly upgrading every time something fails me. The Reken has stood up to all the abuse I can give it. I recommend it to anyone who wants an aluminum hardtail and cares more about the ride than the name on their bike.

September 23, 2009
Pros: Sette Reken Hardtail 18" frame
RockShox Recon Race 100mm fork
Mavic Crossride Disc Wheels
Race Face Evolve XC crankset w/ RF chain rings
Race Face Evolve XC flat bars 24"
Race Face Deus XC 120mm stem
Race Face Evolve XC seatpost
Shimano LX Disc Brakeset
Shimano Deore shifters
Shimano LX Front Derailleur
Shimano XTR Rear Derailluer
Sram PG-990 cassette
ODI lock-on grips

Cons: None for now.....

Recommendation: Very lightweight & smooth riding.....very happy to have this MTB as a second backup ride.

August 1, 2009
Pros: Cheap. Fun geometry.

Cons: Paint chips. No way to attach the included cable stops to the frame (but they're not necessary).

Recommendation: I finished the build, hopped on the bike for a ride around the neighborhood, and couldn't stop grinning. Slack headtube angle, low-ish bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, feels like riding my old BMX. It's a $90 hardtail frame that's a lot more fun than the FSR I parted out to build it. If you've got some old parts you want to give a second life, the Reken is an excellent option.