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    preston fr vs ellsworth id

    I am looking for some opinions, I do realize that the Id is more of an xc trail bike and the preston is more free ride. I currently ride a bullit with a marzocchi 66, its becoming way overkill for the trail rides. I am thinking of picking up a used ellsworth id and keeping my bullit or do I sell my bullit and make the preston fr my do it all bike. I do mostly agressive technical trail riding but occasional dh ing at ski areas. Thanks

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    I think the Preston can easily be built up as a trail bike, just depends on what components you use. I just built one up last week and it does not seem to have any of the negative freeride traits (soggy, inefficient ect).

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    a dude at my local shop owned an Id a while ago and hated it. His major complaints were the bottom bracket were too low for the eastcoast gnarr here, and the bead blasting from the finish left tuns of beads inside of the frame, he ruined a seatpost and a bb. Then he wised up and hooked up a garden hose to the frame to wash all of them out. He ended up tuns of them. Then he reassembeld the frame thinking he got all of them out then a while liater discovered a couple were left and ruined the new bb, he then proceded to get rid of the frame and stuck with his bullit. Elsworth might have rememided the problems but sinse were are on the topic I felt it important to share this experance with you.

    Transition is a great company from what I've heard and read. I've had zero time on either bike but if it were me looking to throw down the coinage then I'd go with the preston.

    Hope any of this helps in some way. good luck

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    I have been riding an ID for aggressive trail riding and couldn't be more satisfied with its performance. IMO the high BB is one of the ID's best assets for the rocky trails in the east, I can clear pretty much anything. I cannot speak of its capabilities with DH, but I am assuming that it would not be a good choice for that type of riding as it was not built for that purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XC-SOB
    I have been riding an ID for aggressive trail riding and couldn't be more satisfied with its performance. IMO the high BB is one of the ID's best assets for the rocky trails in the east, I can clear pretty much anything. I cannot speak of its capabilities with DH, but I am assuming that it would not be a good choice for that type of riding as it was not built for that purpose.
    Ya i don't know what Jekyll is talking about but the Id has the highest BB out there for the amount of travel you get. I think its about 1" too high and it kills the standover of the bike. For XC trail riding its the perfect bike because it pedals great and is plush. If you do techy rock steps i'd check and see if you have enough standover. If you are going to do constant small drops on it i'd get something a bit tougher

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    Quote Originally Posted by kotajack
    I am looking for some opinions, I do realize that the Id is more of an xc trail bike and the preston is more free ride. I currently ride a bullit with a marzocchi 66, its becoming way overkill for the trail rides. I am thinking of picking up a used ellsworth id and keeping my bullit or do I sell my bullit and make the preston fr my do it all bike. I do mostly agressive technical trail riding but occasional dh ing at ski areas. Thanks
    I think an ID would be a great light bike combined with your Bullit for bigger stuff. I have an ID and a Bighit and will eventually have something in between, like a Bullit, too. Like people said, the ID has a very high BB with the shock to make it ~5.9" of travel, but you can run a slightly shorter shock and lower the BB ~1". It then has ~5.2" of travel. Ellsworth spec'ed some of them that way in 2005 and called it the Cali Ed. IMHO, that setup works better with 125-140mm Fox forks and the longer shock works better with 130-150 Marz forks. The shorter setup has very similar geo to the Epiphany, but with a higher standover. I haven't felt it was a problem though in the several years of riding it. The bike can be built 25-26 lbs for endurance racing or 29-31 lbs for technical trail riding.

    My ID has been great and every question I've had was answered with one phone call to Ellsworth. With the high BB nothing climbs rock ledges as well, nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratt
    Ya i don't know what Jekyll is talking about but the Id has the highest BB out there for the amount of travel you get. I think its about 1" too high and it kills the standover of the bike. For XC trail riding its the perfect bike because it pedals great and is plush. If you do techy rock steps i'd check and see if you have enough standover. If you are going to do constant small drops on it i'd get something a bit tougher

    Hey man I just passing along the info Joe at my LBS complained about to be when I asked about the ID. He also had it the first year it came out, I have not done the research specifically for the ID, but companies have been know to tweek geometries throught the life of a frame, for example the kona stinky. But if the ID is kicking a$$ then sweet rock it out.

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    Thanks for the replys,
    I think I will go for the ellsworth id

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    Quote Originally Posted by kotajack
    Thanks for the replys,
    I think I will go for the ellsworth id
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