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    Eskar Elkat

    As a sucker for DW-link, this looks pretty interesting. Now...just wait for a 29er!

    https://bikerumor.com/2018/08/17/esk...mountain-bike/

    https://bikerumor.com/2018/08/17/fir...w-esker-elkat/

    https://www.bikemag.com/gear/introdu...-cycles-elkat/

    https://eskercycles.com/pages/elkat

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    Anyone at Outerbike can ride this thing and report back???

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartyiak View Post
    As a sucker for DW-link, this looks pretty interesting. Now...just wait for a 29er!

    https://bikerumor.com/2018/08/17/esk...mountain-bike/

    https://bikerumor.com/2018/08/17/fir...w-esker-elkat/

    https://www.bikemag.com/gear/introdu...-cycles-elkat/

    https://eskercycles.com/pages/elkat

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    Anyone at Outerbike can ride this thing and report back???
    I just saw the ride report on this. Sounds very promising, like the REACT suspension of Darrell voss but with less complexity. I like that it was designed around motorcycles but has instead been designed for bikes. Should be solid riding and hopefully lasting. Wish a larger company bought it and could bring it to market at a lower price point but if it is successful perhaps Esker will put out an aluminum version for us poor folks.
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    No one at Outerbike try the Elkat?

    Can't believe there's so little interest in a brand new DW suspension!!!

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    Bike looks awesome, I also will wait (impatiently) on the 29er version...

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    Looks really nice, looks like my Switchblade actually and I'm looking forward to a 29er version too...

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    This is certainly a sharp looking bike! I hope to be able to demo it.

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    Rode one at Sedona MTB festival. I loved it. It was the best ride of the festival for me. I also rode a Devinci, Specalized, and Evil. I rode it on Sunday when I thought I would be pretty tired from 2 days of riding, but I just wanted to keep going on this bike, climbing and then bombing downhill.
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    I'm going to demo the Elkat next week! Mostly for trail riding in Minnesota. Curious how people would compare this to the Yeti SB130, YT Jeffsy, Ibis Ripley v4, and Salsa Horsethief?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahkim View Post
    I'm going to demo the Elkat next week! Mostly for trail riding in Minnesota. Curious how people would compare this to the Yeti SB130, YT Jeffsy, Ibis Ripley v4, and Salsa Horsethief?
    Eager to hear how the demo goes. I'm also from Minny and interested in the Elkat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mallet21 View Post
    Eager to hear how the demo goes. I'm also from Minny and interested in the Elkat.
    I reached out to Esker via Facebook and they have demo bikes available this week. I just bought the Ibis Ripley so I'm going to cancel my appointment. Angry Catfish also has them in stock. I rode it around the street and it felt fine. It's 4 lbs heavier (32 lbs) than the Ibis but it has 20 mm more travel. I decided to go with the Ibis since I wanted something lighter weight and 140mm for twin cities riding is a bit much.

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    Just returned from DirtRagFest in W.V. The terrain is ROCKY!!!! BIG giant rocks...small tiny rocks...sneaky rocks hiding in the ferns waiting to grab your pedals.

    The Elkat was one highlight of the demos for me. First it's really nice looking...the bike seems stout and well built. Also, in XL, it doesn't look bizarre. I was surprised how heavy it felt when I picked it up b/c it gets up to speed easily, was pretty easy to get into the air, and didn't "ride heavy" at all (whatever that means).

    I am firmly in the 29" camp, but I wanted to try the Orion design for when they come out with one. I think it hits a sweet spot with the DW design. It climbs like a Pivot , but descends really plush.

    The Elkat was agile and super fun to rail in tight corners. Down: it just bombs through everything. Did I mention rocks? I hate them and W.V. will judge a bike's rock garden abilities. I will say this: 29"! The rear of the Elkat was fantastic on the successive hits...just soaked them right up. BUT: the front end did get hung up on occasion when there was successive rocks or roots with a deep rut between; I'm blaming the 27.5's. I asked the Elkat guys if anyone tried a reverse mullet, but they said no. Also, regarding the rocks, I had a few pedal strikes, but nothing unexpected or surprising. I didn't experience any more pedal strikes than with other demos...and less than a few other bikes.

    The Esker guys were super cool to talk to and really knowledgeable about the bike and the Orion suspension (it's history, how it worked, and proper setup).

    All-in-all, I could definitely see myself on an Esker...but not until there's a 29". The Esker guys said that a 29" was in the works (probably 150F/140R) and would prolly be out around the end of the year.

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    Anybody buy an Esker and get any customer service whatsoever after the purchase? Setup, warranty, anything? My experience has not been good at all. No manuals, no info online, just basically an e-mail address that rarely produces a response and never produces a solution.

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    Mine arrives tomorrow. Ill see what my experience is like and will share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammersorethumb View Post
    Mine arrives tomorrow. Ill see what my experience is like and will share.
    Thanks. Please let me know also what you think of the compression damping custom tune if you got the DPX2. Mine seems way too slow and it's wide open. Bigger hits are harsh and I don't get full use of the travel, I've tried sag between 20-30% and different rebound settings.

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    that's not good to hear.....I also think it's hard to stray from the big brands like Yeti, Ibis, Santa Cruz when the price is really not that much less even though I will admit the build kits are pretty sweet!
    I'm still going to try to demo one to see how it rides compared to the new Yeti fleet that is more stretched out

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    I rode an Eskat on MBar trails at Outerbike, very supple, great traction, rode like a DW but less mushy, more active, felt like it never really ran out of suspension. Trails are kinda mellow, but I'd get one.

    I also tried a Trust fork and I'd love to try the two in tandem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    I rode an Eskat on MBar trails at Outerbike, very supple, great traction, rode like a DW but less mushy, more active, felt like it never really ran out of suspension. Trails are kinda mellow, but I'd get one.

    I also tried a Trust fork and I'd love to try the two in tandem.
    Glad you got a ride on it. I mentioned it on a different thread at beginning of the year and as i mentioned then it was high on my list after outerbike bentonville last year. I ended picking up a 140/130mm 29er at a great deal from local seller earlier this year but still eyeing a longer travel 27.5 so this bike is still in contention for me. Did you get any time on hd5 or sb140? Curious to hear your thoughts if u did...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsklrdr View Post
    Glad you got a ride on it. I mentioned it on a different thread at beginning of the year and as i mentioned then it was high on my list after outerbike bentonville last year. I ended picking up a 140/130mm 29er at a great deal from local seller earlier this year but still eyeing a longer travel 27.5 so this bike is still in contention for me. Did you get any time on hd5 or sb140? Curious to hear your thoughts if u did...
    I'm not a Yeti fan, too much dollars, ride feel does nothing for me, and then they have issues. The HD ride fine, I like Ibis, but still just a DW bike that rides kinda chunky.

    I just re-read the Bike Mag Bible review on the Elkat and it mirrors my impression: Rides like it has more suspension than it does, takes square hits better than any bike I've ridden, maybe a tad mushy for out of the seat cranking but to be honest, who the hell does out of the seat cranking on anything but an XC bike?

    I didn't get chance to ride it on a serious downhill, but I don't think my impression would change, it takes square hits amazingly well, would love to see it paired with a Trust fork. The company owner said the Trust Shout was too tall for the Elkat, but then Bike Mag set theirs up with a Fox 36 160mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgs4410 View Post
    Anybody buy an Esker and get any customer service whatsoever after the purchase? Setup, warranty, anything? My experience has not been good at all. No manuals, no info online, just basically an e-mail address that rarely produces a response and never produces a solution.
    Update on this, Esker had an email problem that lasted a couple of months. But they sprang back to life and got in touch, replaced a shock under warranty, sent a pivot maintenance tool, some torque values, and published an online tech manual. Lesson learned hopefully, give your direct-buy customers a phone number in addition to an email address. Bike rides very nicely now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esker View Post
    We are around, and want to help out with any questions that you have. Recently, some responses have taken longer than we would like, and we have put in place solutions to handle these requests much more quickly.

    If we have missed any messages, we apologize, and want to make sure that we get back to each question as soon as possible. If you have been waiting on a response, you should have been contacted by now. If this is not the case, please reach out to [email protected].

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    And lastly, if you have not yet, find us at an upcoming demo event (https://eskercycles.com/pages/demo) to get on an Esker, take a ride with us, or just drop by and chat. We hope to see you out there.
    Is end of 2019 still a go for a 29er?

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    Esker Elkat Large in Purple!

    New Eskar Elkat owner here and I am excited that there is some discussion about this great bike. I just finished building my bike up 2 weeks ago, and it is quickly changing to winter here in Colorado, so I have only put in 3 rides on my new rig: 1 full day at the Navajo Rocks area in Moab, and then 2 rides locally on my local favorite trail area here in Western Colorado.

    Just a quick backstory. I finally broke my 2012 Turner Burner 27.5 this summer. I have been riding my steel hardtail with 27.5x2.8 tires since, and have really enjoyed the old school aspects of the HT. But, for some reason the fire was lit this fall to find my 27.5 full suspension replacement. After about a week of online research and some conversations with the bike shop guys, I decided to stick with the 27.5" platform, because of the nature of the trails that I ride around here in Western Colorado and SE Utah. The trails that I ride in these areas are basically slower-riding tight twisty technical chess matches, with lots of steep technical climbing. To me, despite the major resurgence of 29ers on the scene, 27.5 bikes still have their place in this type of mtb environment.

    I chose the Esker for a few main reasons. I loved my Turner burner - it was definitely ahead of its time when it came out in 2012. With my new bike I wanted a bike that seems like a modern take on the Turner Burner - a 27.5 that has a little more travel and the slacker/steeper geometry. Also, I was very interested in another Dave Weagle designed rear suspension, since my experience with DW Link on my Burner has been so great. Climbing efficiency is very important to me. I was also compelled by the great reviews on this bike and for some reason I'm always drawn to the underdog brand. It can be beer, trucks, bikes or bike components; I'm always going to be interested in the company that has a different view and spin on things.

    So as a new Esker Elkat owner I would like to be part of any effort to create an information resource for owners of this bike and prospective owners who want to learn more about this bike.

    It's getting late and I'm fading big time. For now I will post a picture of my bike as it is built now. I have a few changes to make still. When I get a chance to post again in the next couple of days, I will post my experience riding this bike.

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    There are two never built Elkats with headset and Fox forks on eBay. Screaming deals. One medium. One small.
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    New Owner of Brick Red Elkat

    i'm surprised this bike isn't more popular. I never heard of Esker until I rode one at Outerbike in Bentonville. It was easily my favorite bike. I like how active the suspension is and how easily it rolls over rough stuff. The owners gave me a killer deal and included a Rockshox Pike ultimat free with frame purchase. I was a little worried about going from 29 to 27.5 wheels but found I didnt miss the 29 wheels at all. The frame is burly and not light weight but doesnt ride that way. I only notice the weight when I pick the bike up. So far the reviews I've read have been spot on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by churchij View Post
    i'm surprised this bike isn't more popular. I never heard of Esker until I rode one at Outerbike in Bentonville. It was easily my favorite bike. I like how active the suspension is and how easily it rolls over rough stuff. The owners gave me a killer deal and included a Rockshox Pike ultimat free with frame purchase. I was a little worried about going from 29 to 27.5 wheels but found I didnt miss the 29 wheels at all. The frame is burly and not light weight but doesnt ride that way. I only notice the weight when I pick the bike up. So far the reviews I've read have been spot on.
    If I was to guess, it's probably a case of marketing budget, crowded trail bike field, Dave Weagle's newest and least known suspension design, 29ers more popular (arguable) and minimal forum presence.

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    Heard 29er is on the way!! The Elkat has been an awesome bike so far!!! Damn.. I think it's Dave Wagle best suspension design so far...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relayden View Post
    Heard 29er is on the way!! The Elkat has been an awesome bike so far!!! Damn.. I think it's Dave Wagle best suspension design so far...
    Mind me asking who you heard that from? Direct from Esker?

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    Yep! Before summer I heard...

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    Really interested to see what Esker comes up with in 29'r. If it's a 150/160 with geo inline with others in category it will be the bike imo. Fingers crossed, I want one.

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    Emailed Esker last week. No reply as of this post regarding any April-ish 29er release.

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    Don't hold your breath. Reply from Esker: We will release some information through our email list and out on social media when any new bikes are released. April may be a bit soon but stay tuned. At this point, we have not seen any significant delays due to the Coronavirus situation.

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    Well, not sure if this is the best time to be buying a bike, but after riding the Elkat down at the Sedona Bike Festival, I went ahead and picked up an Elkat yesterday. Of course, it may be awhile before it shows up, but it is something to look forward to. Ordered the E3 build in Rust with XT group.

    I was wondering what some of you have thought after spending some time on your bikes? Wazzou, your story seems to just about mirror mine. I am currently riding a 2014 Turner Burner. I still love this bike. Last year I found a crack on the rear triangle at one of the welds. Luckily, a friend of a friend had the exact bike break in a different spot and gave me his old bike. It was a different color, but switched out the rear and it is riding just as well as ever. I wish Turner was still going. I also kind of like supporting the smaller guys. I know the big brands are where they are at, because they make great bikes, but there are a lot of smaller companies making some good stuff.

    The Elkat was the bike I really wanted to demo at the festival, and it did not disappoint. As I say, I have loved my Turner, and was looking forward to riding the new Weagle suspension. It turned out to be quite amazing. I'm not a huge numbers person, but I have been riding a long time and know what I like, and this bike just seemed to fit me. I have tried a few 29's over the last year, to see if it was something I might be interested in, but I think the 27.5 just fits my type of riding and the trails that I enjoy.

    Anyway, I hope that some of you that have bought one have continued to enjoy them and they are making you smile whenever you get on them. In these times, that is something we all need. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

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    Tara, congrats on your purchase of the Elkat! I think the Orion suspension design is very good. The bike climbs like a goat and is perfectly plush on the downs. I rode mine on the "Hog" trails in Sedona in early February and I swear I was smiling from ear to ear the whole time! For anyone that hasn't ridden Sedona or the Hogs, the trails are tight technical short loops that require some real concentration and finesse to choose the right line on so many sections throughout the trail system. I felt so confident on the Elkat, maybe sometimes too much so! I felt kinda unstoppable!

    That said...I drank the 29er Koolaid...and bought a Forbidden Druid, and so now I'm riding that. I've put my Esker up for sale on PB and eBay, which I'm a little torn about selling. The 29 platform is great overall, especially when the trails get less technical, but I can't quite throw this bike around to pull of every technical move like I could the Elkat. It will probably get better as I get more miles in. So each platform has its pros and cons of course. If I can't get a reasonable offer on the Elkat, I'm going to build it back up and keep it has my ride for the super tech trails.

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    Anyone had luck fitting a bash guard to the Elkat?

    Due to the suspension design, the lower link replaced the frame section that typically houses the bottom rear ICG mount, so there’s only the upper and front lower mounts.

    I saw a review where they mentioned a modified e13 badhguard, but no model or pictures available.
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