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    MBR mag. (UK) tests the Moment

    I thought you folks might be interested to hear what MBR said about the Moment. It was tested alongside a Nomad, ML8 and a Sixpack. The overall rating may, or may not be affected by the fact that they had the frame-only price as £1299 when it is about £1799 in reality.


    "There a lot of 6in.-travel bikes on the market but few have generated as much interest as the Ellsworth Moment. A self-proclaimed work of art, the Moment is a true designer ride.

    FRAME
    While other bike builders use hydroforming and monocoque sections, the front triangle on the Ellsworth is made out of regular round tubes. All the work is done in-house and the classic structure is reinforced with gussets at the seat tube/ top tube junction and on the underside of the downtube, directly behind the headtube. Webbed gussets behind the downtube and the seat tube cradle the shock, while a second gusset on the front side of the seat tube houses the rocker arm pivot. The main pivot is situated above the bottom bracket and in-line with the granny ring. On the rear Ellsworth switches to rectangular section tubing for improved tyre clearance, but it's still pretty tight behind the bottom bracket. All pivots have cartridge bearings, and a trick carbon sleeve is sandwiched between the long CNC machined rocker arms to help stiffen things up. Ellsworth recommends fork travel of 125-160mm, but we wouldn't go shorter than 150 otherwise the head angle will get too steep.

    SUSPENSION
    Tony Ellsworth dubs his 4-bar configuration 'ICT Technology' (instant centre tracking), which basically places the instantaneous pivot centre in front of the forks. As the suspension compresses the pivot moves down and back, allegedly tracking the chain torque line, but for which gear combos? Nit-picking aside, it's a very effective suspension set-up, even if overhyped on the Ellsworth web site. Our test rig came with a 500lb spring and, although it was a little firm for our test team, the Moment's suspension felt buttery smooth and kept the back wheel glued to the ground. Twinned with a Fox36RC2 up front the Ellsworth felt extremely well balanced.

    ACCESSORIES
    With-no-holds barred on the spec, Freeborn, the distributor for Ellsworth, went to town. And what 'Gucci' bike would be complete without the Chris King headset. A short Thomson stem and an in-line post keep the lenght of the front end in check, but we were disappointed to find an ungainly and uncomfortable Specialised perch. Sticking with it's in-house products, Freeborn adorned the Moment with the latest Stan's No Tubes rims and tubeless system. The tyres seem to roll around less than when you just fit the rim strips to regular rims, and we had no burping or spraying under hard cornering or while landing sideways of jumps. Having ridden the three other bikes in this test decked out with Sram kit we were amazed by how light the action on the Shimano shifters were- even if the reverse action mech took some getting used to. All-in if you want the same build up, it could be yours for £3,350.

    PERFORMANCE
    Contrary to the hype about ICT technology you can actually notice chain torque stiffening the suspension while climbing in the granny ring. And when you hit a relatively big root in that gear the slightest amount of feedback is detectable- nothing that would interrupt your pedal stroke, but it is noticeable- especially if you're looking for it. Other than in that situation the suspension goes about it's business unnoticed. With the climbing behind us the Ellsworth eats up the singletrack, it's suspension is ultra-sensitive and the tight 16.75in. chainstays make the front end -even with the longest top tube on test- a breeze to manual. Preload the suspension, pop of a lip, and both wheels are in the air: it's that easy on the Moment. But possibly the best trait of this bike is that you can hammer into the roughest section, totally overcooking it, and the suspension will save your ass. This bike is all about having fun.

    VERDICT
    What the Ellswoth Moment lacks in sophisticated manufacturing it makes up for in ride quality.The suspension copes with everything from the smallest ripple to the harshest landing, and in most situations you'll be oblivious to the fact that it is working overtime so that you can get on with enjoying the ride. Just don't go down the 125mm fork route as the head angle will get overly steep. The Ellsworth Moment is one of the best bikes we've ridden- period." 10/10

    The Sixpack had a very heavy build with RF Diabolus etc. and was atleast 5lb's heavier than the other bikes ( 38lb's) and so was not really tested on a level playing field.
    The ML8 and Sixpack rated a 9/10 and the Nomad a 10- with that bike their overall favourite by a whisker i think, saying that the Moment and Nomad where the bikes that everyone wanted to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A MAN CALLED HORSE
    I thought you folks might be interested to hear what MBR said about the Moment. It was tested alongside a Nomad, ML8 and a Sixpack. The overall rating may, or may not be affected by the fact that they had the frame-only price as £1299 when it is about £1799 in reality.
    Seems like there have been big price cuts here in the UK, Moment frames were tagged @ £1300 in the shop yesterday. Bargin if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8-Ball
    Seems like there have been big price cuts here in the UK, Moment frames were tagged @ £1300 in the shop yesterday. Bargin if you ask me.

    When I saw the Moment trade in program, and said on this board no more Moment, no one believed me . Well, no more Moment, at least not the one we all know (and personally like) . I hope the new Moment is as good. I hate these garage sales. They make my frame worth less if I'll want to sell it .

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    What do you mean, "not the one we know"?

    They do seem to be liquidating stock on hand...but it's a great deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad1433
    What do you mean, "not the one we know"?

    They do seem to be liquidating stock on hand...but it's a great deal!

    The 06' bike called the "Moment" , is a differant bike. Differant geometry, differant manufacturing facility. Reminds me of the Joker XC issue. What was that all about ? Imagine a Superlight FR ? or Bullit XC ?

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    You mean the Bullit is not an XC bike? Some people need to reco'nize...

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    This review was posted in the Turner forum last week. It raised holy hell because the Moment was rated higher than the Pack.

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