Crafted from an international blend of efficient resources, the 140mm travel Glimpse offers affordability without compromise. Presented as a complete bike out of the box, the Glimpse comes fully loaded with the legendary Instant Center Tracking (ICT),delivering the performance and feel you expect from an Ellsworth. The geometry and function is modeled after the versatile Epiphany, combining the plush feel of ICT, critical hard points machined in the U.S., Shimano SLX components, Easton Cockpit, Fox factory tuned U.S. made suspension and more. The Glimpse-uncompromised performance on a budget.
The Ellsworth Glimpse spec sheet reads pretty well with Fox suspension providing the terrain-leveling task (32 Float R fork & Float R shock). Aside from an Easton Monkey Lite XC bar and WTB saddle, the entire drivetrain/ cockpit controls (including brakes and levers) goes the way of the Shimano SLX group. Lastly Kenda Nevegals are the chosen tire wrapped on Ellsworth’s proprietary All Mountain hoops. Continue reading →
a Weekend Warrior
from Richmond, Va
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2011
Strengths: Strong and stiff frame, excellant wheels and the best full suspension design I have ever riden.
Weaknesses: Wide handlebars (easyly fixed, but a bit of a hassles for tight singletrack), a slightly longer top tube than necsessary (the front end has a tendency to lift/drift when climbing up switchbacks).
Overall this is probably the best designed 5-inch full suspension bike I have ridden (there may be better, I just have not found it yet).
The rear suspension works well enough that there really is no need for any platform damping. You can spend the extra money to have the RP23 shock, but it will not make the ride much better than what it is with the open platform shock.
This bike climbs over obstacles that would always cause me to stall out on other bikes.
The only two negatives (if they can be defined as such) is (1) the front end has a tendency to lift/drift when climbing up switchbacks .
(2) the front fox fork has a tendency to bob when when climbing up switchbacks (I think a teralogic fork would help in this regard).
From my perspective, this bike is a better alternative to any other full suspension mountain bike currently in the market and fills my need for a great do-it-all mountain bike. Not everyone may agree with this but I am very happy with this bike