Ellsworth Rogue Freeride Full Suspension

5/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $2395.00


Product Description

Instant Center Tracking is internationally patented and quantifiably the most energy-efficient suspension design in the world, period. Internationally acclaimed, ICT four-bar linkage technology provides up to 100% pedal power efficiency by aligning the instant center of the linkage on the chain torque line and continually tracking it throughout the range of travel. What does that mean in layman’s terms? It means ICT allows pedal power to propel the rider forward without power loss, effectively avoiding the common suspension design flaw that divides pedal inputs into a wasteful combination of forward and vertical motions.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lankymanc a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2012

Strengths:    Update from previous review: I have now set the rear travel to 7.1" using 8.5" eye-to-eye DHX5 shock. This has slackened the head angle (running Boxxer R2C2s). Have also put a Works Components headset -1 degree in it, so the headangle is a much more modern 64.5-65 degrees. This bike is amazing. Full stop. The changes have made me want to keep it (this is the second one I've had: Been riding Rogues since the were released). The C.O.G is lower, the front slacker and it really rides the steep stuff beautifully.
Now I have found a 27.2mm dropper post (X-fusion Hilo), it's even better.


Weaknesses:    Ellsworth should've made these changes themselves!
A tapered or 1.5" headtube, a Reverb compatible seattube, drop the rear end/ bottom bracket with the shorter shock and slacken the front.
No need to have released the "Method" which looks like a dog's dinner.


Bottom Line:   
These frames are still on sale - I suggest you get one while they're available!

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Favorite Trail:   Samoens Black, Monkey's Arse and Run of the Mill

Duration Product Used:   5yrs+

Bike Setup:   Boxxer R2C2, direct stem/ bars (Loaded), Hope V2 Evos, Works Components Headset (-1 degree), DHX5 (Pushed), X-Fusion Hilo Dropper post, Hope hubs with Sun rims (EQ-31s), Raceface Atlas AM, Blackspire Dewlie, Saint/ XTR mechs and shifters.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BomberJack a Downhiller from SoCal

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2011

Strengths:    ICT ! Believe the hype, this bike pedals like a dream !!!
Killer black/ white smoke frame
Weighs comparably less for it's intended use


Weaknesses:    Feels a little flex on the rear if you're really nit picking.

Bottom Line:   
OK so I built this bike up for mostly shuttle duties where it really kicks butt. Stable like a guided missile and smooth in the air and on landings. Take the time to really dial the suspension in and you will be greatly rewarded. This is one of those frames that I really felt the differences between clicks on the compression and rebound. Once you're dialed in, it's rock solid all the way. But I find myself picking this bike up on 2 hour rides up the mountain with my trail buddies. It needs more grunt to gas it up the trail than my AM bike just by the added weight and slack, but it pedals so well that it will get you there. No bob, no squat, no wasted energy. No wonder they call it "ROGUE". It truly does step out of bounds.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   LHC

Similar Products Used:   SC Bullit, Giant AC

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 66 ATA ( would rather have a Fox 180 Van or TALAS)
Fox 5.0 DHX shocks
Shimano Saint cranks ( bomb proof 4 sure ! )
Shimano XT drivetrain
Hadley DH on Mavic 823s ( solid setup )
Thomsons w/ Monkeylites (CF)
Maxxis High Rollers 2.5/2.35 w/ Stans
KS seatpost dropper
Weighs around 36.5 lbs
My TLD full face always within reach

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Heracles a Weekend Warrior from Bay Area, California

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2010

Strengths:    Quality construction with striking form. Bike looks the business from a long way off.

Weaknesses:    Lacks the unique Ellsworth Goth-plaque that my 2006 Truth has on the down tube. The Ellsworth WTB saddle is VERY (VVEERRYY) HARD.

Bottom Line:   
Never look back - the money (lots of it) is worth it. This bike is awesome.
Comfortable and capable, this rig erases trail doubts and makes me grin every single ride. This bike equipped with a good set of lungs, ventricles, and quads will climb everything around here (slowly). The Saint brakes pull this bike to a stop on a dime, the Nevegals will not slip at all, and the Fox 40s smooth steep, jutted, craggy trails into a swooping coaster ride. I've hardly touched my other bikes since buying this one.

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Favorite Trail:   Lots of Favorites

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5500.00

Purchased At:   Wrenchscience

Similar Products Used:   Started my gravity life on a Bullit.

Bike Setup:   Fox 40 / DHX5, Rogue wheels, Saint cranks and brakes, Easton bar and stem, Ellsworth, Crank Mallets, X9 gears/block/chain, Niterider LED 1200 lights, Nevegals (2.3?) - Roughly 39 pounds

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by guy_wein a Weekend Warrior from Tel-Aviv, Israel

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2010

Strengths:    Strong frame (adds to my confidence), great ICT tracking, climbs amazingly (the true surprise is that they climb better than the 6" Yeti 575 I owned!)

Weaknesses:    None so far (there is no leg interference from the rockers, but i am 6.3 feet)

Bottom Line:   
Incredible bike, I aimed for a bike that does it all (climbs + descends) and hit right on it!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Rosen & Meents, Tel-

Similar Products Used:   GT I-Drive 5 4.0, Yeti 575

Bike Setup:   Totem solo-air 180 fork, DHX 5 coil shock, Ellsworth Rogue wheelset, Shimano XT (18 speed gears + brakes + crank), Truvativ Boobar 31" handlebar, Kenda Nevegal tires (2.5 + 2.35), weighs 40lbs (size L)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vegasshooter a Weekend Warrior from Las Vegas, NV, USA

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2009

Strengths:    ICT tracking, this is no hype, it really works amazingly.
Strength,smoothness, reliable,no hassle trail ninja sword bike



Weaknesses:    nothin,zip, nada

Bottom Line:   
If You can afford it, this will be the best bike you will ever ride PEROID! I now know why Ellsworth riders say "Those who know ride". That is so true.
The KONA's felt like i was riding an old beat up chevy with 10 kids in the back. The Rouge would be like what it is probably like to drive a Lamborgini. (sp)

is you can get one. You can always use the "life is too short to not to" reason.

OH THE WASTED YEARS!

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Favorite Trail:   In and around Blue Diamond

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   Never ridden nothin like this.

Bike Setup:   the most expensive components you can buy went on this bike. Nothing was sparred

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by calvinstoney a Weekend Warrior from Williamsburg, VA

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2009

Strengths:    I love the versatility of this bike. I just switch out springs and change from Freeride/All Mountain to Downhill in a few minutes. Just put the 2010 Boxxer on last weekend before the downhill race and this bike loves the tall front end. I had to increase the rear spring to take the extra air it was giving me.

Weaknesses:    Rear end is a little flexy. I notice it when I'm in the real rocky sections on the downhill runs. Sometimes feels like the rear tire is flat.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that this bike does everything well, but is not an expert anything. It will climb with most, and you can ride it all day with some pro-pedal turned on. The next day you can soften things up jump on the shuttle. If you decide to lower the travel with a shorter shock, just be prepared to hit the pedals some. You will take an inch of the bottom bracket hieght in the process. Keep the 180mm minimum on this bike up front, the head tube angle doesn't work well with 165 or less. This is the only bike I own and I ride All-mountain and raced downhill last weekend!! Best all around machine made!

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Favorite Trail:   Freedom Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth Moment, Santa Cruz Nomad

Bike Setup:   Pink Rogue, Boxxer Race/Marzocchi 66, Answer pro taper bars/ high rise, Azonic Stem, Cane creek S-3 +5mm, SLX 22/36 crank, 991 chain, 990 rear cassette, 4 inch gravity dropper/azonic 300mm, THE saddle, Hope Pro 2's with Mavic 721s. Prowler MX rear 2.35, Wierwolf 2.5 front/ 2.7 Blue grove on gravity days.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CalmKyd a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore, MD

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2009

Strengths:    Quality construction and super plush. Has survived some spectacular crashes with no issues. Made in the USA.

Weaknesses:    None so far. Took a little getting used to the large rockers (leg interference), but no longer an issue.

Bottom Line:   
Used and abused at Snowshoe WV and Seven Springs PA. Not a lot of experience riding real downhill, but the Rogue has handled everything I put it through. 7" of travel up front and 8" in back are seemingly endless. I'm amazed at how well it eats up the rough stuff. Makes me want to try stuff beyond my abilities just to let the bike do what it was designed for. The bike has suffered some pretty awesome crashes and came through with only a few scratches. Also survived some pretty terrible weather conditions with no effects on pivots/bearings. Value is highest because I got a newly replaced front triangle with original rockers/stays for $1300. Overall is highest because I've beaten the crap out of this bike in a short period of time and it is still riding great.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky (rental)

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Totem coil, Fox DHX 5.0 coil shock, TBC Revolution 32 wheels, Avid Juicy brakes, Race Face Evolve cranks/handlebar, eThirteen chainguide, SRAM X.7 rear derailleur/shifter, Chris King headset, Maxxis Minion DH front tire, Kenda Nevegal DH rear tire

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by locoriggs a Downhiller from Gilbert, AZ

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2009

Strengths:    Lightweight, beautiful welds and color(pink), pedals very well, climbs up everything(even with it being a 9 speed with a 34T), strong and plush.

Weaknesses:    At first my calves bumped into the large rear rockers but after riding it for a few weeks is not an issue.

Bottom Line:   
A sick bike that I ride everywhere from a cross country 20 milers to the top of my favorite downhill trail. Pedals great, is plush and fast as hell. This is a great all around bike that i like better than my other bikes for all types of terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   National Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1850.00

Purchased At:   R Bikes.com

Similar Products Used:   Kona Coilair, Foes, Titus, Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 66 RC3, XT, Industry Nine, Stans Flow, Gravity Dropper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nitznap a Weekend Warrior from Israel

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2008

Strengths:    - Excellent angles for all kinds of riding styles. Has a 67° head tube that lets u do the downhill trails with no problems and freeride like a psycho.
- High BB for the technical trails lets u keep going without smashing your bash ring on rock all the way. (Though this is a weakness for DH).
- Long wheel base makes the bike feel really stable all the time, a bit worring on the tight corners but with a single crown fork u'll have no problems.
- Fully active suspention under braking and pedaling, works great! the suspention soaks up the big and the small with no problems.
- ICT... what can u say, many sat on my bike, and all said the same thing, that the suspention is amazingly active and the pedaling efficent is superb!
- Full length seat tube, soooo important for those who like even a bit of climbing.
- Pretty light frame considering its 8" of travel


Weaknesses:    Still no problems after 2 years. never had to close any screws. All the parts around the frame are collapsing Though :)

Bottom Line:   
This is an update on my review from almost a year and a half ago

A few notes, don't do my mistake, put atleast 180mm on the front. switching from the Talas to the Totem was unbelivble, its like a whole new bike.

This frame is absolutly amazing...

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Favorite Trail:   Shokef

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Rosen & Meents

Similar Products Used:   Kone Coiler (owned), Jamis Parker (own). Did a ride on: Mongoose EC-D, Mongoose Black Diamond, I-Drive 7 and more

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Totem Solo Air 2008, Fox DHX-5 Coil, Magura Louise FR 2008, Mavic 729 on Ringle Lawhill hubs, Maxxis minion 2 Ply 2.5 rear, Kenda Nevegal 2.5 Sticky-E front, Race Face Evlove stem, Truvativ Husfeller Handle Bar, Race Face Diablous Headset, Shimano Hone crank set with E-13 double ring chain guide...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nitzan Papir a Downhiller from Israel

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2007

Strengths:    this bike has sick angles, gives u massive clearance from the top tube. i'm 1.80m and i got the S size, its excellent for me cause this bike is long as hell. very stable, has great cornering, the ICT is a very active suspension, just like the specilzied FSR but still have a great pedaling abilities. I can do climbs that i could never do with my 6"er. its way lighter then anything else with a 8" travel.

Weaknesses:    when u get used to those inactive suspensions other bikes have, when u try to pull on the bars on this 1 it is so plush it just soaks what u do, so it takes time to get used to it.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is excellent for so many riding styles, all depends on how u set it up. i got it with light yet strong components so i can climb and decend without worring. its good from agressive AM to massive hard DH.

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Favorite Trail:   Shokef

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Rosen&meents and more

Similar Products Used:   Coiler, Eric Carter DH, Black Diamond, iDrive 7.

Bike Setup:   Fox 36 Talas, DHX-5 Coil, Magura Luise FR 2007, Mavic 729, Hutchinson octopus 2.5, Race Face Evlove stem and handle bar, Race Face diablous Headset, sun ringle hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick a Weekend Warrior from Bristol, UK

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2007

Strengths:    Light, different but fast geometry, 4-bar suspension, DHX5, cool anodizing.

Weaknesses:    Crap rear axle, got an alloy 150mm Orange axle machined down to replace the hardware store bolt.

Bottom Line:   
As I pile down the trails I keep considering building a full downhill spec Rogue but can't make my mind up as the head angle is a little steep and the frame very very light. Fast, techncial trails, Cwmcarn DH, Mountain Ash, normal XC type type trails like Afan etc are perfect for this bike. Mine is 38Ib and riders superbly in most situations, including the slog back up. Well balanced geometry, stiff despite the light weight, wicked fast on the tight technical stuff. The bike only really struggles on rock gardens and really harsh roots. For the price, the brand, the warranty and the function the Rogue is offers best value to the hard XC/Freeride/Light DH market in 2007.

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Favorite Trail:   The Wall, Afan

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Freeborn

Similar Products Used:   Azonic/Orange XC and downhill models

Bike Setup:   2005 888's with Mojo 999R cart, Chris King, Siant cranks, Hope M4's, XO mech & shifters, D321/Bulb wheels, Thompson post, Bel Air saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew Earle a Downhiller from Fallbrook, San Deigo, USA

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2007

Strengths:    8 inches of travel, really stiff, smoothe, smoke anodize is sick

Weaknesses:    not much

Bottom Line:   
The rouge is stronge stiff and an all around nice bike...

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler, BC

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2250.00

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes

Similar Products Used:   RMX, Demo 8,

Bike Setup:   Manitou travis, Fox DHX, Race Face Evolve, Avid Code, Mavic wheelset, Syncros stem/bars...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jamie Roberts a Racer from Auckland, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2007

Strengths:    Light, fast and stable in the air. Really stiff and pedals well. Very tidy anodised smoke finish. Did I mention the plushness?

Weaknesses:    Doesn't affect me at 5'11" but the small should be labled Medium as it has a 23" top tube. If the blue bottom out adjuster on the fox DHX is fully out, it very very slightly touches the frame on full bottom out. I've just taken the blue adjuster off.

Bottom Line:   
This thing loves to fly. It took me a few rides to learn 4bar after so long on a single pivot, but now you can't keep it on the floor. Stable at speed and good on the turns, this bike is real fast. Mine only weighs 38lbs so pedals the flat bits easily.
Good balanced bike but get the longest fork you can to slacken the angles.

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Favorite Trail:   billy t, Whakarewera, Rotorua

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Bikesmith

Similar Products Used:   Orange 223, Foes Fly, Scott high octane, Giant Glory, Ellsworth Dare

Bike Setup:   888 SL ATA, stans freeride-hope-DTrevolution tubeless wheels, Avid codes and Race Face diabolus finishing kit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Munich

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2007

Strengths:    plush, plush, plush - awesome climbing and also FR abilities.
great finish, very good craftmanship. attention to detail.


Weaknesses:    rear end could be stiffer - but it works!

Bottom Line:   
This bike is hell - always active on the trail and easy to climb, a great no nonsense trail weapon!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Intense Uzzi VPX

Bike Setup:   Totem, Hadley wheelset, King headset, Chromag Fubar, Chromag Cutblock 002 stem, Chromag Minimalist seatpost,e-thirteen DRS, XTR shifting,Yeti Lock On's,Crank Brothers 5050xx, Truvativ Holzfeller cranks, Michelin C16,Maxxis Minion DH 2.7,Hope Mono M4 with floating discs,Salsa seat clamp.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ron Burnham a Downhiller from Seattle, Wa

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2007

Strengths:    Light and efficient, climbs and decends incredibly well. Great craftmanship. Geometry is spot on. The "smoke" frame is beautiful.

Weaknesses:    It seems too light to be used as a "big hit" bike. I probably won't take it off anything bigger than 4 or 5 feet.

Bottom Line:   
I ride up as well as down and at 57, climbing was getting too slow with the Norco A-line I was riding. At 37#, the Rogue weighs about 1/3 less than the Norco but that is only half the equation. There is also with a big increase in efficiency. (Correspondingly, a big jump in the price, of course) This bike is light and fast. Pedals like my wifes 6" bike. Rode Fromme last weekend without dropping into the lowest gear ON THE BIG CHAINRING. Ok, ok, I'm an old man....don't want to hear from all you guys that pedal your downhill bikes to the top with a 40 tooth chainring.

If your family is willing to eat mac and cheese for a year, its a great way to go. Lightweight, quality, efficiency, beauty and the geometry is spot on.

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Favorite Trail:   CBC

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5500.00

Purchased At:   Richards Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Is there one? If so I haven't ridden it.

Bike Setup:   8", Fox 40 RC2, DHX 5, SRAM XO, Juicy 7

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