Product DescriptionThe 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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Date Reviewed: March 2, 2015
Strengths: geometry and handling
Weaknesses: frame material and construction, weight.
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.
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.
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.
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2014
Strengths: eng'g frame design is awesome
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..
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.
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2013
Strengths: Build quality , stiffness, handling, awesome company, awesome bikes
Weaknesses: Haven't found one yet
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
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
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!
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....
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 giant....my 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.
Date Reviewed: December 15, 2012
Strengths: Laterally stiff rear triangle, supple suspension, perfect geometry
Weaknesses: Color selection
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?
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.
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2012
Strengths: Beautifully made with excellent balance. The geometry and shocks are genius.
Weaknesses: None so far.
A little on the steep side in cost but well worth it
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
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
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.
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...
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
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.
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
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2010
Strengths: Beautifully made. Attention to detail. Very solid feel on treacherous terrain. 160mm of travel.
Having the Endorphin and riding Lynn Woods on the north shore of Boston has made me a much better rider able to handle the punishment of The Woods! People who are familiar with this municipal park know what I mean.
Weaknesses: a tad on the heavy side but it makes the bike less sketchy on rough terrain. I wouldn't really call it a weakness
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Price Paid: $4500.00
Purchased At: Bike Shop
Similar Products Used: Maverick ML7/5.Nothing but trouble with this bike. The headset would ALWAYS come loose.
Bike Setup: Fox Talas 36.Avid Carbon brakes,Race Face Next carbon crank,Race Face Next carbon handlebars,Fox RP23,Thompson stem,Crank Bros.remote control seatpost,Hope hubs
Date Reviewed: November 23, 2009
Strengths: versatility, efficiency, strength to weight ratio, suspension, coolness, frame stiffness, warranty and customer service
Weaknesses: broke seat tube but knolly responded as expected. You realize when service is good only when you have problem and knolly responded quick and to the point with no "buts" - very well.
very efficient pedaling, climbs everything, suspension is excellent and when you go down at speed you realize its full potential. like it a lot. Like it so much that after using this bike for 8 months I bought an Additional Knolly DT.
This is why I went from set up 1 to set up 2, so now I have the DT for more heavy ridding and the endo more for XC in a lighter package.
If you do not ride too hard (jumps, etc) this is the bike for you not matter how heavy you are. If you ride in parks or jump high, etc go with the DT.
Price Paid: $1000.00
Purchased At: frame used on ebay
Similar Products Used: enduro sl if you can say something like that...
Bike Setup: Large white frame w/FOX RP23 - 2 tested setups:
1st all mountain: with specialized E150 double crown fork, mavics 721 laced to I9s, elixir cr, XT drive-train 33lbs
2nd XC: XTR drive-train, Fox talas 32, I9 ultra-lite, avid ultimate, easton monkeylite - 29lbs
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2009
Strengths: Where to start. The handling: this bike puts you right in the centre of it all, a place where you feel confident and balanced no matter what you're about to tackle or what you're faced with. When spec'd with the right parts for my neck of the woods, there simply isn't anything I can think of that would make the bike handle any better. Climbing is not an issue, and descending is simply a pleasure - confidence inspiring, fun enhancing, this is a frame design that will give your skills a push and will save your bacon if you make an error. The bike has that bottomless feel for travel, and the compression and rebound make the toughest parts of the trail a breeze - and yet technically challenging at the same time.
Weaknesses: With a Fox 36 and RP23 and some Maxxis tires, it weighs in at 33.44 lb, a bit heavier than I thought I would like. I have lost 4 lbs already from eating less and riding more, so a few more pounds of weight loss off my middle spare tire,and I will have the bike down into the high 20s or so. While not a bike weakness, the Endorphin makes me ride way faster than I'm capable of safely doing right now, thank goodness the brakes work so well. this bike wants to run fast, if you can call that a weakness. Actually, it brings out the weaknesses in me for some of my technique and handling skills.
I couldn't be happier. For years I've been buying the "last bike I'll ever need", and now I'm sure I've got it. Now I have to step up to what the bike can do, as each time I ride, it improves me and challenges me to try a bit harder section, or a bit steeper descent.
If you can get a demo bike to try, make sure you have some $ in the bank, you'll want to buy one.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Similar Products Used: Spec. Enduro, Stumpy FSR, VTach, Bullit.
Bike Setup: 2010 Fox Float 36 TALAS RC2; RP23 shock, Louise BAT discs SRAM X9 drivetrain and RaceFace cranks and bars etc.
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