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    Roll Call - show us your Ellsworth

    Come out of the woodwork and show us the goods. Tell us how you like it as well.

    Here's our very own Photo-John in the delivery room!
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    Here's the Truth.





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    The Joker

    Sorry, could not find a couch in the woods!
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    same problem

    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    Sorry, could not find a couch in the woods!
    Same problem, no sofa or wall available...

    What is the big beef with walls, sofas & trees anyway? Are kickstands the "in thing" right now?
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    I couldn't find any nice action shots like Pete's...

    So you'll just have to stare at these two pics instead

    My 1998 Truth (traded the frame in for my 2001):


    My 2001 Truth. Since this pic was taken last year, I've upgraded from the Shimano XT disc brakes to Magura Martas, and changed the rear shock from a Cane Creek AD-10 to a Manitou Swinger 3-Way:
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    2004 Ellsworth

    This bike has been nothing but fun.....


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    Here is my Id Convertible

    I can built up my Id as a 25lb xc racer or for a day on the chair lifts. In full XC mode I see it as a long travel Truth. The Id is not a true huckster/freeride bike, but I like it that way. For shuttle/chairlift days, I can make these changes (some different from the picture):

    DT Swiss Rear Shock -> Romic
    Frog Ti Pedals -> Platform spds (shoe change, too)
    6" front rotor -> 8" front rotor + caliper adapter
    WTB Mutanoraptor 2.4 race front tire -> 2.5 WTB Weirwolf Race or Schwalbe King Jim
    Kenda Karma DTC 2.0 Rear tire -> IRC Kujo 2.35 or Schwalbe Big Jim
    Mavic X317/American Classic (WTB Laser Lite)/revo front champion rear -> Mavic F519/Hayes Superlite/Champion F&R

    Lower the saddle and go!

    I love the Id. It has real XC geometry, descends like a couch and climbs better than most XC duallies. With an adjustable fork, the front can be steepened to handle tight stuff. The bike gives great confidence to ride near its limits - when you break loose it is easily reeled back in.

    I also like the high bottom bracket feel - it makes you feel like you are riding the equivalent of a monster truck like you are a long way from technical obstacles.
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well my old bike

    I really enjoyed riding my truth but it was a piece. I rode it all over germany, scottland, england, france, switzerland when I lived @ Ramstein AFB Germany. The bushings were nothing but trouble in the wet rainy German weather. The chain stay cracked all the way through the yoke and the head tube cracked two weeks after I got a used chain stay from Ellsworth. It was the best pedaling suspension bike I had ever ridden and it was really stable in the front end. Durability is another issue that is supposed to be resolved in the new design. I didn't realize but I had been riding it for months with a hairline crack at the headtube. It had this creak for ever that I couldn't find until I used a magnifying glass to find it. The LBS confirmed my fear.



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    I dont own an ellsworth, but if anyone wants to buy me an id or a joker, I'd be happy to ride it.

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    ... and if we just ... Ok

    Standard shot-sorry no action shots

    Best riding FS rig I've thrown a leg over and climbs technical terrain better than a hardtail.

    Things I would change:
    1. Put a real headtube badge on all frames, not a sticker and then charge $10 for one on your website.
    2. Brake line guides-a must!
    3. Get rid of the internal cable routing on the rear-end, its a hassle getting the cable thru the hole and you can't remove the housing from the stops to clean the cable.

    I love riding this bike, so much so that I had a hard time riding my road bike last summer because the rigid rear end felt primitive compared to the high tech suspension on the Truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    Standard shot-sorry no action shots

    Best riding FS rig I've thrown a leg over and climbs technical terrain better than a hardtail.

    Things I would change:
    1. Put a real headtube badge on all frames, not a sticker and then charge $10 for one on your website.
    2. Brake line guides-a must!
    3. Get rid of the internal cable routing on the rear-end, its a hassle getting the cable thru the hole and you can't remove the housing from the stops to clean the cable.

    I love riding this bike, so much so that I had a hard time riding my road bike last summer because the rigid rear end felt primitive compared to the high tech suspension on the Truth.
    Hey, you have a great looking bike there.
    I totally agree, Its the sweetest FS frame I have ever ridden - So smooth and plush and totally stable feeling.

    I agree with the brake line guides, it just seems lazy that Ellsworth haven't added a really simple feature. I do however feel very happy about the head-tube badge being just an easy item to replace as just the other day I scratched mine

    Trevor!

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    ... and if we just ... cable guides

    You know they don't add a real head badge and cable guides because it adds like 7 grams of weight or something. It might keep them from the lightest full suspension production frame. Kidding aside they should add these things. My new Blur which weighs .3's of a pound more than my truth has a disc hose guide on the tope tube and one the seat stay all for $600 less. You know that's where all the extra weight is coming from those heavy cable guides.

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    ... and if we just ...

    No I don't think its got anything to do with weight savings LOL! I actually really like the headbadge though - It looks totally cool and if you scratch it like I already have then you can replace it! Not that aesthetics are that important........

    The blur is a sweet bike for sure, but the finish of the Ellsworth is probably what adds to the price, that is, the Shot peened finish and the annondizing and the laser etched graphics - no paint or decals or anything.
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    Wink Ells not the only one

    If I'm not mistaken my Blur also has and anodized shot peened finish and SC was using Laser etching while Ells was still using those lousy decals on the 94-00 models. It's like any thing else in the world it's expensive to engineer a frame that will last that cuts .3-.5 of pound off of it's competitors. The truth is a great bike. I loved mine before it broke. The Blur is is also great but is very different in terms of ride. What really made the difference for me was the customer service at SC and sizing. I had an offer of a $1400 crash replacement from Ells for a 2004 or I could buy a 2004 Blur for the same price. The truth tt was about 22.5 and the blur 21.6. I tried shorter stems and moving my seat all the way forward but the small truth was just too big. After getting used to the Blur's set up and having a bike that fits I don't miss back and wrist pain. So far I am not regretting changing manufacturers. The only bummer is there are so many people riding blur's, the truth was a bit more distinctive. Enjoy yours!

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    Why is E. forcing people to upgrade to a complete 04' frame?, my 01' front section broke last summer and they replaced it (03' front section) w/o cost and they offered to upgrade my rear section to the new 04' rocker and shock at an add. $400, which I declined, but if the new rear end will work with previous years front sections, then shouldn't the 04' front section work with previous years rear sections? Maybe they do but E. is choosing not to handle it that way, I mean replacing the broken front section w/ an 04' front section at no cost. My experience w/ them has been fine, but I know they are p...ing people off with this 04' upgrade stuff. Anyway, I think my frame will hold up fine and if it doesn't, then I will probably ask them to build me a Truth w/heavier tubing and if they won't then I will go w/something else.

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    Thanks Trevor, yours is looking sweet also! BTW, I was able to drill out the cable stops and run the brake line thru them. It works well and looks clean.

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    04 Joker

    This is the seventh mountain bike that I have own and by far is the best hardcore trail bike that I've ridden. It weights from 32 to 36 pounds depending on the wheel and tire selection. The onepointfive is great but not enough manufacturers make 1.5 stems and limiting options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rroeder
    Thanks Trevor, yours is looking sweet also! BTW, I was able to drill out the cable stops and run the brake line thru them. It works well and looks clean.
    Thats very clean looking. I remember you posting that a while ago and was impressed but couldn't bring myself to drilling out the stops for fear of buggering it up - which there is probably a 99.9% chance of me doing

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    Smile Older Isis SL

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    well, its not mine- this is my dad's Id. he absolutely loves it. Im afraid to ride it for fear of wanting something other than all of my hardtails.
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    IMO...the Red Ano is one of the best colors!

    You're right, don't get on it.

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    Stay away from Dad's bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    IMO...the Red Ano is one of the best colors!

    You're right, don't get on it.
    the red is definitely one of the best choices. I'd have to get out of my grey stage- 3 of the 4 bikes are ti grey. oh well.

    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL
    Stay away from Dad's bike.
    its a good thing that I dont live there- or else I'd see it every day and be rather tempted.

    here's the cool part- that whole bike is a hair under 29 lbs. it weighs less than my sofa king hardtail gearie. ouch.

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    Here's my 03 Isis
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    Rode hard and put away wet

    Love it!

    I did have a cracked seatstay at the disc brake mount. Ellsworth turned around the replacement part within a couple of days.
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    errrright, here's my bike...

    My girlfriend is jealous of my bike. I spend more time with it than her, sorry honey.
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    Cool-blue Rhythm Sweet Looking bike indeed.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtblife
    My girlfriend is jealous of my bike. I spend more time with it than her, sorry honey.
    I really like the look of your build and I like the frame colour.

    Two question - On your chainstay is that a road tube or something raped around it, or something else. It looks very neat and tidy, wouldn't mind adding that to my Truth. Second question - Is your seatpost a 350mm or longer EC70. I have the 350mm and it continually slips and I have done some damage to the post so was thinking of getting the longer one... Curious to know if you know the weight of the post?

    Sweet bike - Your girlfriend would probably spend more time on a Truth if she new how it rode!!!

    Ciao
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    Yo, Trevor...

    On my chainstay, I have a regular 26X1.95-2.1 MTB inner tube. Just simply cut the desired length and you've got the cheapest yet functional chainstay guard. To put it on, just simply unscrew the chainstay bolt, slip on the tube and voila, you've done it!
    As for my seatpost length, it's a 350mm EC70. The weight is about 200g, according to Easton. Many people have the similar complaint you have about the seatpost slipping down. I fortunately have not. In fact, when I ride XC, I have the seatpost set to #3 and never experience slippage. Hopefully you didn't lube your seatpost, because it is entriely NOT needed. If your looking for this same seatpost but in a longer length, that is 400mm, I spoke to a rep from Easton and they said they're working on it. It should be available some time in July this year. Hey by the way thanks for your feedback on the "Why bike to buy forum," regarding "What size truth do you ride." Remember? It was posted by the name "Saddle Sore." Keep on ridin!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor!
    I really like the look of your build and I like the frame colour.

    Two question - On your chainstay is that a road tube or something raped around it, or something else. It looks very neat and tidy, wouldn't mind adding that to my Truth. Second question - Is your seatpost a 350mm or longer EC70. I have the 350mm and it continually slips and I have done some damage to the post so was thinking of getting the longer one... Curious to know if you know the weight of the post?

    Sweet bike - Your girlfriend would probably spend more time on a Truth if she new how it rode!!!

    Ciao
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    ... and if we just ... Happy to see you made the right choice, mtblife

    Quote Originally Posted by mtblife
    On my chainstay, I have a regular 26X1.95-2.1 MTB inner tube. Just simply cut the desired length and you've got the cheapest yet functional chainstay guard. To put it on, just simply unscrew the chainstay bolt, slip on the tube and voila, you've done it!
    As for my seatpost length, it's a 350mm EC70. The weight is about 200g, according to Easton. Many people have the similar complaint you have about the seatpost slipping down. I fortunately have not. In fact, when I ride XC, I have the seatpost set to #3 and never experience slippage. Hopefully you didn't lube your seatpost, because it is entriely NOT needed. If your looking for this same seatpost but in a longer length, that is 400mm, I spoke to a rep from Easton and they said they're working on it. It should be available some time in July this year. Hey by the way thanks for your feedback on the "Why bike to buy forum," regarding "What size truth do you ride." Remember? It was posted by the name "Saddle Sore." Keep on ridin!!!!
    I am happy to see you picked up the Ellsworth and no doubt you are loving the bike.I cant seem to ride mine enough and I am getting on the trails 7 days a week! I have my seatpost set on 6 so would like a slightly longer seatpost for when I grow and also to provide me some assurance from my current deeply scratch EC70 ....

    I'll have to use an old tube on the chainstay as it looks much nicer then my current Lizard Skin..

    Great to see you picked up Truth.
    Trevor!

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    This was my first Ellsworth Joker

    I bought this 03 Ellsworth Joker here on MTBReview back in July. It came with the following parts: fork: 2002 Fox Vanilla R
    headset: Chris King
    hubs: Chris King ISO
    rims: Mavic D321 laced with DT DB spokes
    brakes: 2002 Avid disk with Avid levers
    cranks: 2003 XT with '03 XT BB
    tires: Nokian Gazza Jr., Nokian Gazza Dual
    stem/bars: Easton EA50
    shifters: 2002 XT

    This was my first mountainbike, I call it phase one
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    still an 03, but a lot has changed

    This was the same 03 frame, but as you can see, i upgraded to a romic shock in the rear, hope m4's 185mm, thompson seatpost, raceface stem, truvative crankset, new seat, and that's about it. This was like phase 4.5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Q
    This was the same 03 frame, but as you can see, i upgraded to a romic shock in the rear, hope m4's 185mm, thompson seatpost, raceface stem, truvative crankset, new seat, and that's about it. This was like phase 4.5

    Nice looking bike Super Q!! Is that a 7" rear travel frame. I noticed in the 1st pic it had a shock mount adaptor bracket for the Fox. Those are some BLUE tires!!!!!
    Nothing to see here.

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    2004 1.5 headtube Joker

    This is my latest Ellsworth Joker. I wanted the 04 joker with a 1.5 headtube, but since I already had an 03, I wasn't about to buy a new 04. Then one day I was in my LBS, and the owner told me he could make me a great deal on an 04 1.5 with a build kit. I had been planning on upgrading my old 03 joker front fork to a sherman breakout ($500.00), and he said that he would make me a deal on the build kit. So I put my old frame, fork, stem, and bars up for sale, and I ended up getting the new 04 joker and only had to pay about $250.00 difference. I loved the 03, but I love my 04 more. It's a little heavy at 39lbs, but i think alot of that is in the heavy downhill tubes I am running. I have only ridden the bike once since I got it, so it's still nice and shiny clean
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    yup that's right, at first the 03 had a shock mount adaptor bracket for the fox rear shock. It was the 7" travel version, but with the adaptor, it was only getting 5.5 in the rear, so I upgraded to a romic, and you know it climbed better and bobed less with the 7" romic than with the 5.5 fox!

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    mine

    This is my 02, before the accident I have since upgraded to a black 03
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    I like to ride

    Truth (RIP) P=pieces

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    (Thanks Kristian for the pic)

    and it's replacement,

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    An observation

    I've been bored at work browsing the pictures of everyones bikes and have noticed a common trend in the ellsworth section that surprised me. ALOT of people mention cracking this, replacing that, breaking this...what's up with ellsworth? they cost a fortune yet still break?? i've wanted to get an ID or truth for awhile now but may be looking elsewhere!

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    All bikes break...

    Quote Originally Posted by Spookykinkajou
    I've been bored at work browsing the pictures of everyones bikes and have noticed a common trend in the ellsworth section that surprised me. ALOT of people mention cracking this, replacing that, breaking this...what's up with ellsworth? they cost a fortune yet still break?? i've wanted to get an ID or truth for awhile now but may be looking elsewhere!
    Any frame can and will break especially it it is used outside it's "intended purpose". I've been present when or personally broken many different brands. Personally, I've broken an Ellsworth, Azonic and a few Giants. I've seen Yeti, Specialized, Fisher, Trek, Turner and Santa Cruz frames break. Some were true JRA's and others were asking for the break. It is true though that alot of the early Ellsworths had some design flaws and were prone to break. I was treated very well when I called to warranty the part and had a completely redesigned swingarm in 4 days, no questions asked. I wouldn't be worried about if you are purchasing it new and as a matter of fact my next bike will be an Ellsworth.
    Nothing to see here.

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    Smile Here's an Id

    Here's my Id. Unusual stuff are the saddle (Brooks), normal stuff are XT, Crossmax XLs, Shimano 646 pedals, Thompson stem and seat post. Dirt is Sierra moon dust that should get through the Fox Vanilla seals sometime - that's what quite a few folks have found anyway.
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    Blue Truth

    Note the down-tube guard. A little extra insurance against flying rocks. They're available at Go-Ride.com.

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    I can't resist, don't usually show off...

    Here's my O3' ID, Romic in back, Sherman SPV in front. I may have posted the pictures wrong. Here goes...
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    Sweet Bikes

    i wish i had the cash to buy one

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    Seeing the TRUTH

    My TRUTH no longer has the fender or the cheezy XTR sticker on the wheels and the tires are now WTB Weirwolfs. -Bill
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    Idea! How, pray tell me

    Quote Originally Posted by wjc1
    My TRUTH no longer has the fender or the cheezy XTR sticker on the wheels and the tires are now WTB Weirwolfs. -Bill
    How did you go about getting the stickers off the wheel set ? I wouldn't mind 'upgrading' my wheels to something less garish (Mavic CrossMax XLs). That and it'll save 100 grams or something silly. Once that's done how about tackling the "Ellsworth" graphic ?

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    UR Truth size?

    Hey Bill, nice Truth. Yeah, I switched my tires also, and to Weirwolf. There the best tires I've tried, and I've tried many. I just got these Pythons only for hard packed terrain, and only for this kind of terrain. Using them on any other is futile. By the way, what size Truth are you ridin?

    ~Mike

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    This is my ID



    Happy in general but I would like to have a lower b/bracket and slacker head angle. Im running the bike with a Romic on it.
    I had to use the warranty due to a cracked weld on the front triangle, the customer service was VERY GOOD, I had a new frame back in ten days.

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    Sittin home bored outta my mind cuz of the lousy winter weather in DC...so I snapped some pics...my Truth and my wife's Sub-22.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Free-Nando

    Happy in general but I would like to have a lower b/bracket and slacker head angle. Im running the bike with a Romic on it.
    I had to use the warranty due to a cracked weld on the front triangle, the customer service was VERY GOOD, I had a new frame back in ten days.
    Solution: Run more sag in the rear and crank up the compression damping a couple clicks--> lower bottom bracket, slacker head angle (sorry a little less travel in the rear however)

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    Here you go... Joker, Dare, Specialist. Should have my 04' Dare in about a week. Super excited to build it up...
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    Ok Here's Mine.

    This baby was built for racing:
    FSA Carbon Cranks
    FSA TI BB
    Sram shifters and rear derailer
    Avid Single Digit TI & V Brakes
    Fox Float 100
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