Ellsworth Enlightenment 29 29er Hardtail

4/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $1995.00


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Product Description

Ellsworth's Rare Earth Carbon Fiber finds its way to the firm tail mountain bike! Prompted by the awesome capability of our new found Sustainable Business Practice Carbon Facility, we continue the carbon fun on the front ends of the Enlightenment 29. The Force directional carbon shapes and lay patterns provide for some amazing ride feel. The DMS (Dual Mono Stay) Firm tails have an element of absorption to them, without mechanical articulation. Interchangeable dropouts let you run these as multigear or ONE gear designs. The Enlightenment 29 features some of the most outstanding stand over height of any 29r, making this beauty a very versatile 29'' firm tail.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Biff242 a Cross Country Rider from Virginia

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2011

Strengths:    Great trail feedback while smoothing it just enough, lightning quick to climb.

Weaknesses:    First frame broke after 6 XC rides, the replacement frame broke after only 60 minutes while climbing.

Bottom bracket is too low for 180mm cranks -- constantly catching pedals on uphill slopes.

Bottom bracket is also too low for any sort of technical terrain -- expect lots of rock strikes and don't even think about rolling over that log.


Bottom Line:   
As designed, the frame does a great job as a pure race bike with great acceleration and just the right amount of dampening.

The first frame they sent me shattered at four points after 6 east coast XC rides. But that's why there are warranties. The second frame sheared at the chainstay after 60 minutes of riding, and while I was doing nothing more than climbing a steep incline.

Unfortunately, Ellsworth has experienced what many small companies do when they move beyond their core competency. In this case, Ellsworth's manufacturing competency is in aluminum frames in their inhouse facility. Outsourcing manufacturing to Taiwan is very different game and they have completely failed at sufficient QA and QC. They told me that they had received a substantial number of broken frames during late 2010, and that they knew that there had been a problem with the lot. Yet they didn't have the quality control to send me a good frame the second time.

The Ellsworth warranty has a key flaw to it -- they will only replace your frame with similar technology. That means that if they discover a frame design has a fatal flaw and redesign it, they don't need to replace your junk with the corrected design. Other manufacturers are more reasonable. Fortunately, this time they just refunded my money and I took a credit with my LBS.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1850.00

Purchased At:   JB Mountainbikes

Similar Products Used:   Niner Air Nine Carbon, Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon 29er, Lynskey Ridgeline, Lynskey Pro29

Bike Setup:   White Industries hubs, Flow rims, White Industries drivetrain, Thomson cockpit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dougkast a Racer from Taos, NM USA

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2011

Strengths:    Geometry wants more, downhill climbing doesn't matter. Absorbs rough down hill better than most hard tails. Can push through corners really well. Handles like a 26 but all the 29er advantages

Weaknesses:    Creaky rear triangle. No matter how much adjustment. Went through three ellsworth drop outs takes them forever to get them in. Trouble with alignment with different componants

Bottom Line:   
I have used a lot of 29er

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Favorite Trail:   Divisidero

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3200.00

Purchased At:   Taos Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Orbea Alma 29er carbon, Super Fly Gary Fisher carbon

Bike Setup:   XX sram, Fox 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by softtail a Cross Country Rider from Tempe, AZ

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2010

Strengths:    Handling, geometry, internal cable routing, belt drive compatible, great climber

Weaknesses:    Low bottom bracket, internal cable rattling

Bottom Line:   
Fast and crispy. Handles better than the Super Fly. Has a lower center of gravity due to a low BB. Put your weight on the outside pedal and it corners very well. Lower BB takes some getting used to. I use 175 cranks and I seem to dab them often on this bike. Internal cable routing is sweet, but it rattles. The rattling gets a little annoying and takes away from the silent running of the belt.

The Gates belt pops loudly when I stand on it but it is not broken in yet.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Slippery Pig

Similar Products Used:   Super Fly SS

Bike Setup:   Rigid SS with gates belt system 32/19, tubles mavic, haven't weighed it but it is scary light

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tomasldo a Racer from Poway, CA USA

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2010

Strengths:    Geometry, bling, light weight, rear triangle, seat, seat post clamp

Weaknesses:    None after an entire week (will update later)

Bottom Line:   
Ellsworth comes out with a winner again. The bike handles better than I had hoped. A climbing dream. The bike weighed in at 24.3#. Several rides and 9000 ft of climbing so far. Took one ride to dial in seat and headset, another to dial in the XTR (it was not incorrect, I just like perfection). The best thing about the bike so far is the geometry, the one thing that cannot be changed once you buy a bike. The bike allows me to stay in the saddle and push through the pedal stroke, without the front wheel popping you get on some bikes. I am quite impressed. Yea, it's only been a week, but hey, someone has to write the first review.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Cal Coast Bikes - Sa

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Superfly

Bike Setup:   Full XTR, Mavic C29ssMax, Chris King headset

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