Knolly Endorphin All Mountain Full Suspension

4.83/5 (29 Reviews)
MSRP : $2750.00

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Product Description

The Endorphin is Knolly's lightweight Swiss Army knife of a bike that can do everything and do it well. Geared towards the aggressive rider, the Endorphin climbs efficiently and descends the roughest terrain with ease. Looking for an exceptionally well-rounded bike that can do it all? The Endorphin is your answer. Brand new design for 2013, the Endorphin can accept a plethora of fork options from 140-160mm of travel and at just 6.5 lbs. can easily be built up to the mid twenties while handeling the title "sturdy all-mountain ripper". Don't let the lightweight fool you, this frame can take a thrashing! Meticulously designed to be the 'one bike' for talented riders who happen to huck, jump and drop on their way around the mountain. A 1.5? head tube allows any fork / headset combo you want including Cane Creek's Angeleset. Additional features include cable routing for dropper seat posts, ISCG-05 tabs for chain guides, and Knolly total performance in every aspect of riding. Features: -Sizes: S, M, L, XL -Available Colors: Anodized Black, Day Glo Yellow, Raw and Britania Blue -Head Tube: Tapered 1.5", 44mm top and bottom headset cups -Suspension Linkage: Patented and proprietary Four by 4 Linkage -Tire Clearance: 26 x 2.5" -Front Travel: 140-160mm (5.5-6.3") -Rear Travel: 140mm (5.5") with Fox Float CTD shock -Rear Hub Spacing: 142mm x 12mm thru axle (included) -Dropouts: Replaceable derailleur hanger

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kane a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2017

Strengths:    Climbing and decending are perfect

Weaknesses:    Had a pivot screw break, but it was the wrong screw so..

Bottom Line:   
Climbs and decends like a beast and is very good on technical decents. Have ridden for a year and has been my most reliable bike. Its also very nimble so you can throw it around

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Purchased At:   United States

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JLastavec a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2017

Strengths:    Amazing traction, efficient climber, stiff light frame, confident descender, high quality hardware/linkages, reliable

Weaknesses:    Fox ctd shock, peddle bob without climb switch

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike, frame only, summer of 2015 after cracking the frame of a banshee spitfire V1. It was the last model run of the 26" endo (2014 frame) for $1300usd. It's been two full seasons of awesome. The build was super easy, the quality of the frame is tops. The bike really can do everything, 40km trail rides to light park duty. The fox ctd shock was the weakest point, it failed half way through the first season, I replaced it with a rockshox monarch deluxe which offered a firmer climb mode and better descending characteristics. I did replace the lower main bearings after season two due to some lateral movement, it cost a whopping $24 cdn and took all of 30mins to replace. I know 26" bikes are out dated and this review is a little late to the party, but if your looking for something that will still rip with 650b's and you don't want to junk your 26" wheel set and parts, pick an endo up.

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Favorite Trail:   36DD

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Similar Products Used:   Banshee spitfire v1

Bike Setup:   Rockshox pike 160mm dual position, Easton haven carbon wheels, XT brakes, XT 11 speed, rockshox monarch deluxe, race face next 175mm cranks, specialized command post 125mm. 28.5lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jimmymats a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2015

Strengths:    Traction climbing and descending, solid and stiff, low and slack geometry. Confident and fun descender in all types of terrain.

Weaknesses:    Somewhat sluggish on straightforward climbs.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is super fun, especially after getting the Pike and DB Inline. The traction is incredible, especially with the DB Inline. Feels stable and solid, but plush and nimble on the descents. As mentioned, it's a bit sluggish generally when climbing, though it does well up short techy climbs where traction is paramount. The low BB is part of what makes this bike a great descender, but you do have to adjust to avoid pedal strikes. This bike is discontinued as a 26" wheeled model, but I'm sure the 27.5 Endo or the Warden ride similarly.

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Favorite Trail:   Sam Merrill, Sunset, El Prieto

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Price Paid:    $1750.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Ibis Mojo SL, SC Blur LTC, SC Bronson (demo), Kona Process 134 (demo), RS Reverb

Bike Setup:   CC DB Inline, RS Pike 150, XT drivetrain and brakes, Easton Haven carbon wheels

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dave Davo a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2015

Strengths:    geometry and handling

Weaknesses:    frame material and construction, weight.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this bike looking for something a bit more stable and burly than my xc bike to hack around the local trails on. It descended and cornered at speed very nicely, climbing was a bit more hard work but if you had the power and form it would dig in nicely and find traction.
My gripe is with the strength of the frame. Whilst it's descent prowess is impressive the strength to weight ratio is way off the mark. I cracked the down tube just below the head set riding tracks I have been hitting on my xc bike for years without issue. I'm 85kg fully kitted and a fairly agressive rider but I expected a LOT more from this bike.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by rybrentd

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2014

Strengths:    Awesome looking bike
Geometry is amazing
Suspension set up possibilities

Weaknesses:    Fatal flaws - weak grade of aluminum that galls.

Bottom Line:   
I'll start with the positives:

Frame geometry is amazing (I came from a transition double) and comfy for the longer rides, and the suspension can be set up for whatever you want. I ran 25% front/30% rear sag for longer rides, but for steeper trails I ran 20% front/25% rear which helps with bottom out and so it doesn't stay into its travel so much. Cornering is quick and precise, even for the longer wheelbase than I was used to. Climbing is probably the best aspect of this bike because it does it so well on technical stuff. I ran a completely worn out spec the captain tire on the rear on dry dusty trails and it still had amazing traction uphill. Jumps great, but that depends on your sag/rebound for the most part. Overall I would say its an amalgamation (ride quality wise) of a slope/light freeride/cross country bike.

Now the negatives:

I guess I'll be the guy who ruins the five star rating this bike gets (which was one of the reasons I bought it). I tried to be patient with it but I have to say what needs said. The bottom shock slots on the frame are a poor grade of aluminum and gall, rendering the frame unrideable. I Can't believe that in this day and age of manufacturing you would design the frame slots as the wearable part versus the shock hardware. One could argue about tightening bolts to spec, etc. but when you are on the trail and the shock bolt loosens, are you going to carry a torque wrench around everywhere? After ~5 months of riding it the bike is now sitting unrideable, and knolly's customer service response.... silence, which speaks louder than words.

After getting a job as an aluminum manufacturing engineer I can say I'm thoroughly upset with the cost of mountain bikes in general (not specific to knolly, which ironically I think they have one of the best values on their frames), but even more upset that you would design a frame to wear so easily. I am to the point where I am going to use Autodesk Inventor to make some type of fix for this and just pay a professional machinist to make it.

If/when knolly wants to actually help me I will change the review but for now I'm disappointed.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ses emar a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2014

Strengths:    eng'g frame design is awesome

Weaknesses:    n-a-d-a

Bottom Line:   
when the shoe fits.. this is frame must have (Y)

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Favorite Trail:   lagnas.. spo10.. ka_robot.. ep u live.. bitols.. hapiko.. kabush..

Duration Product Used:   3-4xweek

Purchased At:   haooh

Similar Products Used:   turner.. santa cruz.. trek.. giant.. intense.. specialized.. kona.. jamis

Bike Setup:   endorphin.. ccdb coil ti spring.. rockshox lyrik.. saint brakes.. saint shifter 10spd.. renthal 38mm rise.. raceface atlas 50mm stem.. wolftooth 34t.. saint rd mid cage.. 11-36t xt cogs.. xt crank 170mm.. cb mallet1.. mavic ex721 rims.. dt swiss hub 370f/350r.. maxxis dhf tires 2.35.. chrisking headset with preloader..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Goinslo

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2013

Strengths:    The 4x4 suspension is for real. Gobs of traction for climbing rocks roots. Frame is solid, stiff, no flex. The geometry makes this a just a fun bike to ride. The Britania Blue is awesome, pictures never do it any justice.

Weaknesses:    Well if there is any weakness, it would be $$$. I almost did not pull the trigger on this one, but glad I did and would/will do it again without hesitation. I wouldn't knock it for not being the fastest climber or park bike because that's not the target for this bike.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the Endo without having ridden one, let alone see one in person, or personally spoken to someone who has owned one. I read the reviews here and asked for a few opinions on the Knolly forum and rolled the dice. I built mine up as a light trail rig, 26 lbs with proven components. I do just as much climbing as I do decending out there, I love the way the Endo eats up terrain, its a very good at climbing technical stuff, its not jack rabbit fast going up hill but holds it own very well. When the trail points down, its is an absolute blast, very confidence inspiring. This thing loves to corner, just let off the brake and lean it over. Its not an XC racer or DH/Freeride bike, but it does everything in between very well. If you ever get a chance to ride one, do it, and find out why it keeps getting 5 chilis!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nomad8604 a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2013

Strengths:    Build quality , stiffness, handling, awesome company, awesome bikes

Weaknesses:    Haven't found one yet

Bottom Line:   
I've been riding my Endorphin hard for 6 months and still grin ear to ear every ride. The bike climbs well and the rear wheel sticks to the ground like glue. Pointed downhill, the bikes feels like my Podium but snappier. It has a side to side quickness like no other bike I've ridden and carves corners with ninja like characteristics . I came off a Nomad and wanted something that would climb better but not suffer on the downs. If you are an aggressive rider then this bike should be top of your list. I have yet to find a bike that feels as good as Knolly. This bike is designed for the rider to have a blast on the ups and downs; the most fun bike I have ridden to date.

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Favorite Trail:   Doctors Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Knolly

Similar Products Used:   Nomad

Bike Setup:   Xt drive train / brakes, xfusion slant 160mm fork, deity dirty. 30 bars,
KS lev 150 post , I9 Enduro Wheels, fox ctd shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sam a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2013

Strengths:    Light with the right build; feels very stable at high speeds and jumps, but also easy to control at low speeds/climbing; Just feels great to ride!

Weaknesses:    None so far, maybe a bit pricey

Bottom Line:   
Come from downhill biking, this is my first enduro bike, so I was used to heavy and long-travel downhill mashines. Even though, I didn't really miss the comfort of long travel with the Endorphin. I ride it with a fox talas 36 (160mm) and an rp23 and it rather feels like a shorter travelled downhill bike than a XC-racer.
It truly feels like the riders skills is the only limit to what this bike can do, so far it handled all the trails I threw at it with ease!

If you want to get a bike to thrash down technical and/or fast trails with ease but still is able to climb, get the Endorphin!

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Bike Setup:   TALAS 36 RC2 160mm; RP23

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jim leppard a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2012

Strengths:    This bike carves through corners like no other bike I,ve ridden. Pointing it downhill , i am not only confident in how it will handle trails like martha creek, but i am giddy with a s---- eating grin at the start and finish. It may not be the lightest climber but it sticks to every root, rock, whatever... making technical climbs doable to the limit of your abilities.

Weaknesses:    Colour choices this year, were not in my pallette, but almost everyone that sees my blue bike raves....who knew....

Bottom Line:   
After testing numerous bikes in this realm from transition, devinci, specialized, and the like on the same one hr trail with climbs, xc, dh with drops, berms and steeps I kept thinking about the endorphin. My last frame broke, and I lost confidence in knolly but the new frame has more than addressed past issues. it feels as good or better, and knollys support guys went way out and beyond to return 'the stoke'. If you are an xc rider with a bent for aggro or dh type rides, i think this is the bike you need. really....

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Favorite Trail:   last one i rode....revelstoke road trip this year had some great lines-dh, xc, alpine meadows.....

Duration Product Used:   half a dozen before winter kicked in

Purchased At:   red shreds bike and

Similar Products Used:   transition bandit and covert, devinci dixon,variety of specialized bikes(great demo program), trek and shop in town let me take bikes home and ride them on trails that i needed to ride to make up my mind.

Bike Setup:   150 forks with 20 mm axle with xt gear. hope hubs etc....low to hug the trail corners and berms, and not the lightest but not totally burly. built to be climbable yet tough enough to rip the downhills.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Herzalot a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2012

Strengths:    Laterally stiff rear triangle, supple suspension, perfect geometry

Weaknesses:    Color selection

Bottom Line:   
I had the good fortune of riding the 2012 Chilcotin and the 2013 Endorphin on the same trails that I normally ride my 09 Yeti 575. While I loved the Chilcotin, it's a bit on the heavy side and didn't seem to be that different from my 575. Then I tried the Endo. Wow. First thing I noticed was how quickly the bike accelerated. It felt like a 25lb XC rig and I just bolted the flat parts of my local trail. Then I took it for a ride down three of my favorite descents - a fast twisty rocky run with foot-deep holes, quick turns and a punchy rocky climb, a steeper sketchier descent with small 2-3ft. ledges, and a fast trail littered with choppy braking bumps and several little ledges in succession. My facial muscles were fatigued at the end of this test day from smiling so much.

The geometry is spot on. I loved the relaxed head angle, chainstay length, top tube length (XL) etc. Perfection. The bike climbed better than FSR bikes, and better than my 575. The only limiting factor on the downs was the Fox 34 compared to the 2012 Marz 55 I normally ride. Fox should have put the 20mm axle on that baby. The rear triangle on this bike (and the Chilcotin) is laterally very firm, making quick turns a blast and holding the line on choppy turns.

Even though I consider myself an AM rider with a preference for challenging descents, I prefer the Endorphin over the Chilcotin because it seems to do everything the Chilli does, but it's lighter and climbs better. A stout build on the Chili would make it a Shore or park bike. My only anxiety for the Endo is wheel size - I think the 27.5 will be replacing the 26er for the riding I like to do. Endo 275 anyone?

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Favorite Trail:   Aliso and Whistler

Similar Products Used:   2009 Yeti 575 with AM build, 2012 Knolly Chilcotin with AM build

Bike Setup:   2013 Knolly Endorphin with Fox CTD shock and 34 CTD fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2012

Strengths:    Beautifully made with excellent balance. The geometry and shocks are genius.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I left Specialized to go to a Knolle. Rode it once and I was sold. I knew when every employee at the bike shop was fighting over who would demo ride them on the weekend it was a great bike. My last bike limited the performance of the rider. On a knolly the limit is the rider’s skill.. this is a bike built to last and perform.
A little on the steep side in cost but well worth it

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Purchased At:   Salvagetti - Denver

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by metajkt a Cross Country Rider from Jakarta Indonesia

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2011

Strengths:    bullet proof frame, great active suspension, top knotch company that backs it up

Weaknesses:    none here but the cockpit (especially the seating position), and the rear sus set up will take a while to get right

Bottom Line:   
great bike comes from a great company that backs theor product up. just please tell your international distributors to stock parts like bearings and bushing sets, took me awhile to get a replacement and i liaise direct with Knolly HQ

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Roda 2

Similar Products Used:   Commencal meta 5

Bike Setup:   talas 36 rc2, full xt drivetrain, tubeless 819 with nevegal front high roller rear, elixir brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philius413 a Weekend Warrior from Austin, Texas

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2011

Strengths:    Any aspect that you can think of when comparing bikes in this riding category, this one will be the best at it.

Bottom Line:   
Don't know that I can say enough good things. But if you're looking for a 5.5" travel bike, this is the one to get. Sounds corny, but this bike will make you a better rider, and you'll have more fun doing it. Originally had it set up "light" and it came in around 28 lbs. Pedaled like a 20 pounder, yet handled drops like an 8" 45 pounder. Made some adjustments to beef up some components once I realized the bike wanted more, and it now comes in around 34 lbs--still pedals like a 20 pounder, but lands even better. When did an XC bike get it on with a FR bike? Who knows, but here is it's offspring that can do both, without sacrifices made to either category. I can stand & crank up steep gnar with no bob, and I can drop 7 footers to flat. What other FS bike can do this? I could go into more detail about how Knolly's design makes 5.5" feel like 8" while still pedaling better than a HT, but it would take forever, and you should already have your mind made by now. Great bike, great company, great customer service. EOS

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Favorite Trail:   Like I'd tell you bruh...

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Hammerhead Bikes

Bike Setup:   Vanilla on the front & RP 23 rear. Should be all that's relevant. The other components are things I like based on my style, but there's no point listing them because they don't effect the bike's review. Meaning, there is no point telling you I have triggers if you prefer twist...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LWK a Weekend Warrior from Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2010

Strengths:    suspension design and frame geometry

Weaknesses:    none, but perhaps not the ideal frame if having the lightest bike possible is at the top of your priority list

Bottom Line:   
Wow. Absolutely no comparison to my previous bike even though they have the same 140mm of travel and similar "AM" intent.

Knolly's "tag line" is "reliable. predictable. performance." and I think that will pretty much sums it up. Time will tell with respect to reliability but that does not seem to be a problem with Knolly bikes. Even with only a handful of reasonably hard rides, I have to say I love the bike. Handles quickly and yet very stable. Suspension is unbelievable. Eats up bumps while climbing and at any speed going down. I feel like I'm riding a mini-DH bike instead of just bouncing wildly down the trail.

Others have commented in these reviews and on the Knolly forum that you have to position yourself "in" the bike rather than "behind" it. That reads kind of strange but its true. I found things work best when I am centred but low as possible and with my head/upper body a bit further forward than I would have initially thought (at least compared to my previous bike).

The bike has a very solid feel to it and the back end is very stiff laterally - I can easily tell the difference compared to my previous bike when pedaling and shifting (no more chronic ghost shifting and gear grinding, thank god).

This may not be the lightest,latest, greatest, etc. but if you want a bike that you can ride hard for everything from enduro XC to AM and even a bit of light duty FR/DH then the Endorphin is an excellent choice.

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Favorite Trail:   most of them

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1850.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   none really, coming from a 5 year old Cannondale Prophet 2000 with a Lefty.

Bike Setup:   2011 Fox 36 Float 160, CK headset, CK/819 (front), XT/819 (rear), maxxis 2.35 minions, all the XT parts off my old bike, Thomson seatpost & stem, cromag osx handlebar, 34lb even on my scale

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