Ellsworth Truth Full Suspension Bike

4.93/5 (120 Reviews)
Weight : 5 lbs MSRP : $1995.00

Product Description

Cross-country, full suspension, 4" rear wheel travel, Easton aluminum tubing, shot-peened and anodized finish.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin Nordmeyer a Cross Country Rider from Phoenx AZ

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2006

Strengths:    Ive spent so much time on a mono-link suspension that that the four bar seems like a wonderful dream that I have yet to wake from. With the frame design coupled with a stable platform shock, its hard to tell that Im not on a hard-tail... untill I hit a rock garden, that is.

Weaknesses:    The frame is so light that I dont know if I can trust it yet.

Bottom Line:   
This frame does somthing special for me. I used to surround my old frames with top end stuff to squeese every bit of performance out of them. This frame does the opposite of that.
From what Ive read, I got a FANTASTIC deal on this frame. Im gonna ride it like the two grand machine it is though.
Im pleased.

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Favorite Trail:   Good ole trail 100

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Air park

Similar Products Used:   Haro, Mongoose

Bike Setup:   Avid bb7 mech. disc, Mavic crossland wheels(weigh a lot but tough) XT cranks and XTR everything else. Manitou Minute 1:00 holds up the front and a fox rp23 holds up the rest.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Vaughn a Cross Country Rider from Oroville, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2002

Strengths:    Light Weight

Bottom Line:   
This is my third post on this bike. I'm very pleased with my third summer on this bike. No durability issues so far. The pivots have been quite maintenance free, the usual bane of all full shush bikes. Silence is wonderful.

The Romic is a great upgrade. It is so much more responsive than the Float R. I'm not very sophisticated about dampening, just adjusted the dials middle of the road and left it. No objective data here, but I think I can carry more speed with more control.

I do kind of bristle at the recent proclamations from Ellsworth regarding what is and what is not covered by warranty. I happened to purchase the Romic just a couple months before Ellsworth came out with the statement that warranty will not be covered if the Truth rider weighs over 180lbs and uses an air shock. Seems like a pretty subjective declaration. The air shock has worked fine for every other bike company. Why not make your bike stand up to the industry standard set by Fox? A few extra ounces of frame support to keep this a 'safe light' bike would be no big deal.

This issue of incompatibility with industry standards carries over into the problem with the derailleur hanger. A Kmart bike can even get this part right. I am sick of hearing my derailleur pulley rub up against my 34 tooth climbing gear. Maybe flipping the B-tension screw backwards works, but that is so stop gap. The screw head sits so precariously on the edge of that hanger nubbin' that it does not take much to chip that nubbin right off. The derailleur then rotates forward as the screw pushes forward, putting that upper pulley right up against the 34 tooth again. I have replaced one hanger for this reason. I understand the company line is that Shimano is to blame for making a derailleur that won't work with the Ellsworth frame. What is that?

The recent Mountain Bike Action review of an Ellsworth ID ended with a query why this 'freeride' bike only came with a 32 tooth granny rather than 34. Good question. The ID would be an ideal bike for a 34 tooth. It will take a bit more power to push this big beauty up a grade than a Truth.

The obvious reason is because the current hanger and Shimano derailleur would not work with the 34 tooth. This does not strike me as an engineering conundrum. Why does Speedgoat have to take it upon themselves to machine a hanger that is 4mm longer? Why can't Ellsworth do this? I don't think you really need a longer hanger, all you need is a hanger with the b-tension stop located a few millimeters rearward.

The last thing is just a personal thing. I like the E-plate top swing front derailleurs. In general, I like the top swing a lot better than the old bottom swing derailleurs. This bike requires the bottom swing because of the rear shock lower frame mounts. The E-type bottom swing gives snappy shifting, a low profile, and eliminates the possibility of losing your chain into your bottom bracket. I would like to see Ellsworth put an E-plate bolt tab down there along the bottom bracket.

This may be a nonpoint considering the new XTR that is coming out. That XTR bottom bracket with the externally mounted bearings does not look too compatible with an E-bracket, and I'm guessing most people in the market for a Truth would plan on dressing it up in XTR.

A minor picky thing is the rear disc brake setup. To echo Mountain Bike action...why not set up that disc side seatstay with a cable housing stop? It has got to be a little cleaner looking than my little ziptie cobbleworks. I know there are cute little aftermarket cable mounts that I can strap, zip, glue on my frame, but why? For this kind of money, I'd like to see the manufacturer take care of all these things. Probably 1 in 2 people purchasing this frame are going to put hydraulic or mechanical discs on this bike.

I have seen almost all the generations of the Truth. Each production run, even within 4 to 6 months has a little something bored out, lightened up, or reinforced. Ellsworth is constantly improving an already excellent design. Disc cable stop and derailleur hanger are easy additions to this design.

Overall, I'm quite happy with the bike. It is an all day rider. Over 2 1/2 years it has held up very well.

I almost sold this bike to a friend a few months ago, but after I thought about it I decided I would just buy another Truth if I sold it. My friend will still get a Truth sometime. I'm happy I kept mine.

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Favorite Trail:   South Fork of the Walla Walla River

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   The Broken Spoke

Bike Setup:   Medium Truth 2000, Z1 with the old arch, xt/xtr, thompson raceface, with new Romic rear shock, dialed for my 185 lb weight, replacing the Float R.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dogbert a Cross Country Rider from Lebanon, NJ

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2002

Strengths:    light weight
quick, snappy handling
great traction on climbs
Ellsworth's customer service
long top tubes for a given size

Weaknesses:    not stable at speed, descents, or through rough stuff
short head tube

Bottom Line:   
I spent a year on the older Truth ('99) and almost 2 yrs on the newer Truth (2000½ SE). I will focus my review on the newer Truth for the most part.

The rear suspension on the Truth is great. It really sticks to the terrain, especially when climbing, and bobs very little. The Float R rear shock had reliability problems, and it would blow through its mid-travel. The Romic was a super upgrade, regardless of the weight penalty. Although I added the plushness of coil, each pedal stroke would spit me forward instead of causing the bike to wallow in its travel.

The Truth has nice quick handling, which is good if you're riding slow, tight, twisty, technical terrain. Once speed picked up, or the trail pointed down, the Truth would find itself out of its element. It also didn't instill confidence while riding through rock gardens since it tended to get bounced around. I eventually resorted to running a 130mm travel Z1 MCR to calm it down, although this made certain climbs more of a chore (as well as voided the warranty if I kept it that way).

With a short head tube, I had to run several spacers to give me a more comfortable "trail riding" position as opposed to a low, race-like setup.

When I noticed a cracked chainstay on my Truth, Ellsworth warranted it no problem, and fast. Kudos to Ellsworth's customer service!

In order to have a light frame, the tubing is thin. I dented the top tube on my first Truth when one of the brake levers swung around on a crash and clipped the tt. I had a dent on my new Truth on the down tube, which must have been caused by a rock kicking up.

The Truth is a fine bike, but now that I've been on a Turner XCE (which has all of the positives of the Truth, albeit in a little heavier package, but none of the drawbacks), I can say that the Truth wasn't appropriate for my riding style/terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   Chimney Rock Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   own(ed): Turner XCE, '99 Truth, '98 C'dale Raven 2000
demo'd: too many boutique-builder & mass-produced fs bikes to list with hi/low single pivot or horst/non-horst linkages.

Bike Setup:   forks (Z2 BAM > '01 XFly 100 > '01 Z1 MCR), shocks (Fox Float R > Romic), XTR, Hayes, King, Race Face, Thomson, blah, blah, blah ...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Arlington, MA

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2002

Strengths:    Smooth ride, no bounce on climbs, will go over most of the roots and rocks we have in Massachusetts, beautiful bike. Creates envy in the hearts of other riders.

Weaknesses:    I snapped the top tube immediately behind the weld to the head tube, but it was a 2 year old bike

Bottom Line:   
This bike is great, and even though it is expensive compared to many other FS bikes, it is worth it if you can afford it. There are a ton of reviews expressing similar thoughts, but I want to defend Ellsworth customer service because I know some reviewers have complained.

I was the second owner and had the bike for 5 months when the top tube snapped while riding a moderate singletrack at Pedrosfest. I called Ellsworth and sent it to them. Andrew in customer service helped me the whole time, and he was great. I had a new frame with the old rear triangle in a week. In my choice of colors. All I can do is praise their customer service, and I have no idea what others are talking about. It may have helped that I was nice but persistent with them. Who knows?

One last point: I think that some people buying Truths believe that it can be a freeride bike as well, and at least in New England, that may be a bad idea. Get an Id or Joker if you want to huck big stuff. But for XC riding here, it's an awesome bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Kingdom Trails, VT

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   From LBS mechanic

Similar Products Used:   Turner, Santa Cruz Superlight

Bike Setup:   XTR, Hayes hydraulics, Rolf Dolomite wheels, Thomson stem and seatpost, Race Face air alloy lite riser bar and headset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Pissed a Cross Country Rider from Huntsville AL

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2002

Strengths:    Looks great, rides like a hard tail under power, solid as hell on roots, rocks, and anything else you can think off.

Weaknesses:    Fram broke above front D. This is not a down hill bike. I never did any big drops. 1footers at the most. Hard to get set up on shifting perfect for more than 4 rides. New stuff. Also broken lower rear end.

Bottom Line:   
All I can say, Is the best bike I have ever ridden. But all that doses not count if I have to send it off evey year for replacement. I ride 3 to 4 times a week 6 to 10 miles a ride. Teck single track (no big jumps). I spent big money so I would not have this problem. Never broken frame before this one. Have been riding for 7 years. I weigh 210. All I can say to ellsworth build an extra few pounds into the fram to make it last. 2 weeks out on new frame, not bad. Not much value if you have to send it back,2 chilis. Proformance Untouchable,5 chilis

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Favorite Trail:   K2 Montsono State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   hbs

Similar Products Used:   856 proflex,animal proflex, (rode both for 4 years no breaky), back-up bike a rocket 88

Bike Setup:   all xt, still 30 pounds

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by atpjunkie a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2002

Strengths:    Handles like a dream, great technical climber and descender. Looks great in Green. Good customer service and warranty.
See Below.

Weaknesses:    seattubes tend to break, dents easily.

Bottom Line:   
As you can tell first I'm not a weight weenie. I'm about 230 lbs
(6'4"+) I'm big not FAT, so I built my Truth to be a Trail Bike. I'm not a wanna be North Shore drop king, just a guy who puts 150-200 miles (Road, MTB and Cyclocross) in a week. I'd consider myself a Trail Rider not a racer or freerider. So here's the skinny, first I love this Bike but I've broken 2 in less than 2 years. The second one in about 500 miles. The 2001 seat tube has a design flaw that distributes too much stress to the area just below the Gusset and just above the front derailleur. So somewhere in the middle of a ride "POP" goes the seat tube. I have now logged a total of 15 miles of hiking out of the boondocks with a broken bicycle and the second one broke on a climb, tipping me over and down into a ravine. Yes I have broken 2 in the same place. I'm now on my 3rd a 2002 which supposedly addresses the problem. I'll post a review if it happens again. Like I said I LOVE this bike it handles like no other, I just wanna be able to finish rides pedaling. Ellsworth has been great replacing them and I've had none of the customer service issues most complain about.

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Favorite Trail:   My Dirty Little Secret

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   North of the Border

Similar Products Used:   Intense Tracer, Uzzi, Specialized FSR

Bike Setup:   XTR Derailleurs, XT Pods 8 Speed still rules. Avid Arch Supreme w/ Speed Dial Mag levers. Syncros Revolution Crankset, Time Pedals, Stratos Helix Expert, Marzocchi Z-2 Bam, White Industry Hubs, Sun Rhyno Lite Wheels and Thompson Post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carbon a Weekend Warrior from St. Louis

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2002

Strengths:    Very Light, strong, plush, great looking frame.

Bottom Line:   
I use to ride a Voodoo Hardtail and loved it, but I was getting tired of always having a sore ass. It was time for a new bike and had only heard of this frame. I read the reviews and found a used frame to buy.

It has lived up to everything everyone said about this frame. I constantly feel like it has a motor on the back when I'm climbing. My confidence level has sky rocketed. Perfect fit for me. It handles anything and everything nicely. Back wheel digs in with no slips on climbs. No wheelies, graceful down hill, - my love for the sport has really grown since I got this frame. I'm always wanting to ride now, whereas before it was only one of the other sports I enjoyed.

Everyone complains about the stickers falling off. I wish mine would b/c then it would keep other riders from oggling my frame and make me stop worrying so much that someone is going to steal it. I don't care what the label says or how my frame looks, just that it's a blast to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Chubb

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Classifieds

Similar Products Used:   First Full-suspension bike. Test rode several others.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ROD from CASTRO VALLEY

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2002



Bottom Line:   

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Favorite Trail:   ANYTHING FAST

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00




Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hoser a Cross Country Rider from chula vista,ca

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2002

Strengths:    light weight, good suspension travel, quick nimble handling, no real bobbing to speak of. excellent downhiller, killer climber, excels in difficult situations whether it's slick rock in Sedona or shale an' steps in Pasadena, the Truth does it all well. i did a 24 hour race in Idyllwild last year, i used my Trek STP an my Truth. i rode thru Ellsworth 20 hours straight, aboot 115 miles. it flew flawlessly down the wore out trail hour after hour saving me from certain pain an' agony that was awaiting in every corner, ditch an downhill of an endurance race. sad to say, after hour 21 the front Dolomite snapped a spoke sidelining it. if that spoke hadn't broke i woulda rode it the whole race. i've drug/carried it to immeasurable trails in search of fun, downhilled into mysterious places in Mexico with never thinking about the reliability of the bike.

Weaknesses:    i have Truth SE #33, they don't make SE's any more. the sticker's came off in aboot 6 months, but that gave me an excuse to do some customizing with some local shop stickers. hum, that's the only weakness i can come up with.

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line for me is a bike that i can take anywhere to have fun on. isn't that what were doing this for? Fun. Yeah, sometimes we race, but the whole thing is aboot fun. whether your flying down fire roads of picking your way through a rock strewn single track, this is the bike of choice for me. it's had a few teething problem but what bike hasn't. a few of the people have some harsh words for Tony an his crew, but i don't. they're good people an' they've been square with me when ever i speak with 'em, on the phone or at an event.

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Favorite Trail:   the Bandito trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   mission cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Trek VRX 500, Sugar 1, too many Trek Y's to count

Bike Setup:   Manitou black 100-120 air, carbon monkey bars, Chris King headset, XT/XTR derailleur, XTR brakes an' shifters, hollow tech crank arms and rings, 34-22 cassette, coda hubs/bontragger hoops, Terri Ti seat, Easton seat post, Fox Vanilla Rc, 858's, panaracers firepro r-1.8/f-2.1, an slime light. flats suck.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kenny prather a Weekend Warrior from boynton bch,fla

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2002

Strengths:    reliability, comfort,looks,the fact that not every other rider on the trail is on one.

Weaknesses:    none so far.

Bottom Line:   
I thought I would do a one year update to let everyone know how it is holdin' up. The Ellsworth is well worth the high price tag. I went to Costa Rica for the La Ruta da los Conquistadores race. 300 miles across the country in three days 104 degrees day one, 45 degrees day two, 24,00 feet of vertical climbing, blah blah blah, it was feally stinkin' hard.I did not have to do one bit of maintinence (other than new brake pads) to my bike. The Truth was excellent. It is light (for all the climbing), 4 inches of travel on the downhills was soooooooooo nice, and the 12 miles of railroad tracks on day three was worth the $3,500 alone, I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am with this bike. I did meet two other riders on Truths, and they felt the same way I did....HAPPY!!!! I would recomend this frame highly,the riders who are unhappy with their Truths dont know what thier talkin'about.You can't be huckin' it off 8 foot drops and expect it to stay together,its for cross country riding and it doesnt get any better than this!!!!!!! RIDE ON

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Favorite Trail:   J.D.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3500.00

Purchased At:   wheels of wellington

Similar Products Used:   4 banger,tried several other before the purchase

Bike Setup:   xtr and race face goodies,Sid sl.....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2001

Strengths:    great craftsmanship, good climber w/little bob, great descender, lifetime warranty

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
You can't beat the Truth for lightweight and still 4" travel....doesn't climb as nice as the Sugar 1, but it's definately faster on the descents and alot more fun to ride.....it's an incredibly smooth bike to ride. If you are looking for the ultimate XC bike and can afford it, look no further.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Sugar 1, X-Caliber

Bike Setup:   Psylo Race, Hope mini's, full XT/XTR, Easton, Thomson

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Anthony S. a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2001

Strengths:    smooth feel, great craftmanship.

Weaknesses:    no hydro hose mounts, poorly fitting rear disc adapter, routing of rear der cable.

Bottom Line:   
bad a** ride, but for the price I want the whole package. I would have liked to see hydro hose mounts. Also I had to grind down the rear disc brake adapter at the seat stay to fit.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1475.00

Purchased At:   pro-form

Similar Products Used:   gt i-drive

Bike Setup:   romic rear shock, bomber atom 80, king, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JP a Racer from Burlington, VT

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2001

Strengths:    Suspension design, weight, finish, quality

Weaknesses:    Under the top tube cable routing, price

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. As a recent convert from hardtails, I was apprehensive about peddle feedback. The bobbing on this frame is neglible, and I only notice it if I'm looking down at the shock. When I do want to spin and accelerate on climbs, this bike responds quickly. On flats and downhills, this bike is much faster than hardtails because you never have to stop peddling. Having this efficiency with 4 inches of travel is awesome. If you can afford it, I would highly recommend this frame.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Dean Scout, Cannondale hardtail, Cannondale Jeckyl

Bike Setup:   XTR, Thompson, Synchros, Easton, Sid 100

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Fred a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2001

Strengths:    Extremely well built, suspension is phenomenal.

Weaknesses:    Price?

Bottom Line:   
I'm still dazed that I spent $4000 on this bike, yikes; what was I thinking? The good news is that this sucker is really well built (incredible design, laser etched decals, etc...) easily the BMW of XC bikes. I've ridden several full-sus bikes but have only owned hardtails. Aside from bombing down hills like you might expect, this bike really climbs well. It's not light and stiff like a hardtail, but the suspension really keeps the rear tire hooked up and for some reason the bike actually makes it easier to balance and "pop" over lumps that kill your momentum on a serious uphill. By far the best bike I've ever ridden, if the store offered my money back I wouldn't take it; highly recommended. Life is too short to suck, get a Truth!

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Favorite Trail:   Daley Ranch, Lake Morena, Penasquitos Canyon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale (many), Giant Dual Suspension, Litespeed, etc..

Bike Setup:   2002 Elsworth Truth, Shimano XTR, Marzocchi X-Fly 100, Fox Float-R, Mavic 519 rims, Mythos Slicks, Race Face bars, CaneCreek bar ends, Time ATAC Carbon, etc...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jimbo Rides a Cross Country Rider from Glastonbury, CT USA

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2001

Strengths:    Light, supple, predictable. Does what Tony says it does!

Weaknesses:    Big $$$$. Graphics, bushing durability.

Bottom Line:   
NOTE: I weigh 165 and ride the shock at 225lbs - against all recommendations made in magazines etc. Makes for a firmer ride, but makes an awesome XC set up.

I highly recommend the Truth, especially now that they have put in sealed bearings.

Best ride in the World - that's the Truth.

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Favorite Trail:   the one I have yet to ride....

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   IBD

Similar Products Used:   Cannondales

Bike Setup:   Cane Creek AD 10 shock, Marzocchi Z2 80mm, Cane Creek WAM Ti wheels, Race Face, XTR and SRAM

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Ellsworth Truth-Steerer tube question tapered or 1 1/8"?

I have a new Ellsworth Truth fraime I am finally going to build up. Exact year is unknown but is around a 2008 to 2010 model-right before the SST tubing if that helps date it, and the color is a black/red swirl. I am going to put a new 15mmQR fork on it, and the only model they still have in stock ... Read More »

Upgrade fork on old ellsworth truth

I have a Manitou skareb on a Ellsworth truth. The frame was designed for 80mm travel. I am happy with the bike for my use as a single track rider. My wheels are 26 and the king headset is designed for a straight 1 1/8” steerer tube. I want to replace the fork. 1. What is a good serviceable ... Read More »

Absolute Truth: is this one the most beautiful MTB of the planet ?

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Rear Derailleur Cable Guide 2009 Truth

So I managed to (somehow) lose the rear derailleur cable guide that threads into the seat stay (right side) for my 2009 Ellsworth Truth. Does anyone know where I can purchase a new one? I tried googling around but cannot find it anywhere. (perhaps I'm not even sure what it called). I have a mess ... Read More »

New Ride Ellsworth Absolute Truth

I just received this bike about a week ago just in time to ride in Southern Utah last weekend. It's the first production Absolute Truth sold. The bike handles fantastic up and down. It's 120 in back and 130 in front. When you pedal it just goes. I had an Epiphany and always felt like it had ... Read More »

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