Ever since 29er's came out I always wanted one because I thought it was a great idea. Since there weren't many tire, wheel and fork choices I waited. Now that there's more to choose from and Ellsworth makes the Evolve I decided to go for it.
I already have an 05 Moment that I've pounded for 3 seasons and an 06 Truth that I've raced for a season and love them both. I only had one service issue and my LBS and Ellsworth dealt with it promptly and courteously. I guess if your request for service is reasonable the responsive will be positive.
I was thinking of the Smoke color that I really like but since my Truth is that color I decided to go for something different. I looked around and JB Mountain Bikes had a Tiger color in stock and once I saw it I wanted it. Justin at JB threw in some goodies with the frame and gave me a good deal on an F29 Fox fork. If you're looking to buy an Ells you should contact them (http://www.jbmountainbikes.com/). Justin was helpful and offered some good advice.
I was a little surprised at the final weight of 28 pounds but with the starting frame weight of 6 lbs 11 oz I guess I should have expected it. I probably could shed a little with the grips and seat and some other little things but for what I get from them it's not worth the weight trade off for me. I've had pretty good luck with the Stans wheels on my other bikes so I went with the ZTR355 front and ZTR Arch on the back with American Classic hubs. Light and durable. I run them tubeless with non UST tires with just yellow rim tape and the Stans goop (another 3 ozs there I guess but worth it).
With the snow on the ground I can't really get a good enough feel for the bike to report on it but that'll come.
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