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  1. #1
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    Ellsworth Evolve Porn

    Got an incredible opportunity to attend the Norcal 29er Demo Day. Tons of 29ers: Niners RIP, SIR, Intense, Ventana, Soulcraft, Lenz, Titus etc. Had an Ellsworth ID, got stolen been missing it ever since. And think I found a contender for a replacement!

    Got a chance to ride the Ells Evolve, Niner RIP for a good hour each, Intense Spyder, Ventana El Rey and a HT Soulcraft. It was rough

    Woke up early so I could get the chance to take the Ellsworth Evolve out on a great 5 mile singletrack spin at Waterdog Park in Belmont, CA (30 mins. south of San Francisco). Been fiending to ride this bike, and it did not fail to impress.

    Trails are fast, pretty well buffed hardpack, with some good rocks on some of the trails. Climbed and descended switchbacks, and threw in some little technical pieces like wooden bridge crossings and little step-ups.

    Write a review later,
    but things that come to mind: killer ano paint job with flames (like a hot rod!), very responsive rear, active on the descents and great climber. Have to say the best part was just ripping down the singletrack and just flowing. 29er Ellsworth is quite a treat!































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    That is a sick looking bike, looks real good. Be keen to hear some more ride reports on this puppy.............. For when that craving to go to the 29 inch presides within.....
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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    Dirt Rag's Interbike coverage stated reports of the Reba crown "smacking full-on" into the down-tube...did you see any evidence of this? This bike may be in my DISTANT future (like,a year or more down the road if still an available model) and I am monitoring all reports...
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    Nice bike..

    But with a name like "Evolve", isn't that an insult to all other bikes in the Ellsworth line?

    Makes me feel like an chimp with my mere 26" wheels.


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    Great Climber or Pedal Bob (or both???)

    I've been reading the reviews of the Evolve at http://www.mtbr.com/spotlight/29er/2...bike_ellsworth and am a bit confused.

    Tony Ellsworth says they tuned the ICT for the 29 (paraphrasing), so I would expect it to have very little pedal bob. I own a Moment for 2 seasons and do a lot of climbing, both in and out of the saddle, and have NEVER noticed any bobbing while the front is locked out. My very high satisfaction with the Moment is a huge influence towards me getting the Evolve for my next bike.

    Basically, I want a bike like the Moment, but for endurance racing and less technical terrain. My Moment is built up at 33.5 pounds, so wanting to build up the Evolve a lot lighter.

    My confusion, the reviewers say it climbs great, but out of the saddle climbing has pedal induced bobbing. Kind of a huge contradiction. This tells me there is absolutely no benefit from the ICT if it is bobbing. Another concern is one reviewer who weighs a mere 137 pounds claimed to be able to bottom out the rear easily.

    So, what is it - did Ellsworth goof by designing a ICT bike that bobs? Did the reviewers fail to lock out the front suspension while climbing and thus experience bobbing?

    I am starting to wonder if ICT lives up to its hype, and perhaps my great experience with the Moment is due to the rear shock. I doubt it, but the reviews make me wonder whether the bobbing is an indication that the ICT did not solve everything, and perhaps the reviewers issues were brought on by a generically tuned shock. Or worse conjecture, I wonder if the ICT is not perfected for 29 inch wheels.

    Also wanting to hear the answer to the question posted earlier about whether they fixed the issue with the Reba hitting the crown. This is another huge concern of mine as both issues make me wonder if the Evolve is ready for market this year.

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    Mike,

    No did not experience the Reba making contact with the down tube, and there was some very tight switchbacks. But it could happen, I was never aware of that problem.

    One issue I learned about was when you have a foot foward when turning into a downhill switchback is the big 29er wheel can make contact with your shoe, probably easily fixed.

    kenobonn,

    Evolve felt like one of the heaviest of the 29ers tested, and a good majority of the market was represented. The bike was built up with killer components, Sram X.0, I9 Wheels, etc. Get it easily under 30 lbs, maybe 28?

    Bike climbs very well, I usually tend to sit and spin, even up really steep grades. But a few times I did climb out of the seat or stand up and hammer to pick up speed down the hill and I experienced no pronounced bob. Have a Dw-Link bike that does exceptionally well in the no pedal bob department, and it felt similar.

    No goof. ICT feels great, not good at breaking down suspension dynamics. All I know it was great on the trails!

    Bike felt better on the descents, very plush and active in the rear soaking up everything. The only other bikes that felt as good were the Ventana El Rey and the Niner RIP.
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    Awesome pics, thanks for posting. I've been checking for Evolve info online nearly every day for two months and this thread is the first new bit of info in weeks. You know it's bad when one of the top links on Google is to an article on my blog about ordering the damn thing.

    I had preordered this bike in December then upon recently hearing about an expected delivery of "April to May.... March at the outside earliest" I began having second thoughts both about the bike and also about what I wanted out of it. Decided to go for a lightweigh softail instead and build up a "dream bike" sort of speak and continue beating on my Giant NRS until it dies then go for the Epiphany or if, I'm totally converted to the 29er craze by then, go for the Evolve in the future.

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    We have Evolves coming in today...


    -Mondo
    Sold the Id; riding the Rogue, saving for an Evolve...I ride, I know.

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