The new design, crafted frm superior material, has reasonance absorbing properties and increased liveliness that make it the best hard tail er have created to date. The dual mono stay technology in the rear utilizes continuous CNC shaped stays to absorb the trail resonance vertically,without sacificing lateral stiffness.
Bike Setup: full XTR 27speed hydraulic,fox 80x,whellset mavic crossmax SL,full easton equip
from Charleston, WV
Date Reviewed: December 4, 2005
Strengths: Geometry, weight, appearance. The enlightenment is just a perfect hardtail race frame.
Weaknesses: It is a bit harsh but I haven't been on an aluminum race frame yet that wasn't. Bottom bracket is a bit low when using an 80 mm fork. From the ground to the center of my bottom bracket is 11.75 inches.
Like the below poster, I had to do a little work to the brake mount. Just took a little file and about 30 seconds. Nothing major.
It isn't cheap but what top of the line frame worth having is?
This bike is awesome. It is a great race bike however it is a bit harsh for all day epic rides. The bike is perfect for what it was designed for.
The enlightenment is extremely fast. I have never been on a bike that handles like the enlightenment. It really shines in the tight trails, it turns almost effortlessly.
The bike is beautiful as well. The annodizing and the shot peening are top notch. There is just something about this bike that gets your attention.
Oh, almost forgot, it is pretty light as well. My 18" frame weighs 1480 grams.
Similar Products Used: Specialized S-works M5 hardtail. Giant XTC hardtail. Quite a few other hardtails but no others at this level. I also currently ride an Ellsworth Truth and have owned several other top of the line full suspension bikes.
Bike Setup: X.9 shifters, X.0 rear der., Am Classic 350 disc wheels w/ stan's. Sid Team fork. Magura Marta SL's. Current race weight is 20.3 pounds.
a Cross Country Rider
from Richmond, VA
Weaknesses: Rear calliper mount needed trimming, none
This is a top of the line, super fast XC bike that loves to race and loves to climb. I have been riding if for a week and i have already forgotten what I paid for it. Been on full suspension for 3 years and will never go back, you can't beat a proper hard tail. Not to mention its an Ellsworth!
Exactly 1 year ago to the day I purchased a trek 3700 with rim breaks 21 speed blah blah cheap stuff. This bike got me back in to riding. About 2 weeks later I sold it and purchased a GT avalanche 3.0 disc. I rode this bike until I purchased a used but well equipped 2007 Specialized FSR XC comp. I l ... Read More »
a fever is beginning to take its hold. weight, ride quality, longterm value...my 2001 Truth is beautiful and undying, but change is in the air. little racing, lots of saddle time on singletrack.Truth travel has been only extremely needed...i prefer to ride smooth. Oregon, Utah and Idaho have been so ... Read More »