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    Evolve Carbon purchase

    A few Evolve carbon questions:

    Was there really a $500.00 price increase over last year? Why?

    Any current owner incentives?

    Is there a clean way to run the cables outside the frame?

    Thanks. There seem to be no knowledgeable dealers in Atlanta, and I can't reach anyone at Ellsworth (several emails and phone messages have gone unanswered).

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    The Ellsworth forum needs to be accompanied with the sound of crickets. Where is everybody?

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    Yeah - this forum has kind of dried up. Ellsworth did raise their prices this year - not sure why. Speaking as a long time Ellsworth rider, I feel they're at risk of pricing themselves out of the market. Their alloy frames are priced at a similar level to competitor's carbon offers, and their carbon stuff carries a significant premium. Great riding bikes, but hard to understand the business model right now.

    On the carbon evolve, contact Wes at Pinkgorilla ( |) - he's sold a few through the shop, and can provide details you're looking for. He can probably help claw back some of that price increase, too.

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    There is really no clean way to run the cables on the outside of the frame but I can see no reason you would want to. The internal cable routing is really easy to do and keeps your cables cleaner. I ran one set of cables all last season and Nov of the previous one. Ellsworth did increase their price alot this, year I don't understand why. As for the performance of the bike its near perfect I just wish they would have put water bottle mounts inside the front triangle like the absolute truth.

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    So the Evolve Carbon is over $3500. 00 Frame and shock
    The Absolute truth (Carbon) is over $3,600.00 Frame and Shock
    and The Epiphany Carbon is over $3500.00 frame and shock.
    These prices are a great deal more than similar carbon offerings by Turner, Santa Cruz, Ibis, and the like. Is it worth it? I really enjoyed my 2011 Aluminum Evolve, and I'm a fan of ICT, but I don't get why the prices have shot up so much in just a year. Last year the Evolve C was under 3k. If someone from Ellsworth or with knowledge of their products could explain the 20% price increase that would help. Are the bikes 20% better? Is it nicer material? No one I've contacted at Ellsworth can give me an answer.

    Also, I'm hearing a lot of chatter concerning Ellsworth as a company that has lost their way, gives poor customer service, and is experiencing more than their fair share of frame failures. I'm not trying to spread unfounded rumors. As I said I love my Evolve, but I'm in the market for a new ride and I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on a new Evolve, or Epiphany based upon what I'm hearing. Anyone have any input?

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