Ellsworth Enlightenment XC Hardtail

5/5 (7 Reviews)

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Product Description

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.

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jean Jang a Weekend Warrior from SEOUL, KOREA

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2007

Strengths:    Beautiful detailed frame.

Weaknesses:    Nothing

Bottom Line:   
Great hardtail !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The power thasmission is perfect, extreme racing geometry and very light. The bike is also beautiful. I enjoy every ride on it, and that's what it's all about for me!

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Favorite Trail:   XC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   SEOUL, KOREA

Similar Products Used:   Specialized M4 HT

Bike Setup:   Full XTR, Hugi240s, sid team, Raceface Duex, LP B3 handlebar, Neon stem, Avid Ultimate Rim Brake - 9.3kg

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad from Davis, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2007

Strengths:    Perfect handling, fastest bike I have ever owned, light (19 pounds w/ pedals), anodized, damn good looking

Weaknesses:    Doesn't come in an XL

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a superlight abuse worthy bike built for flat out speed this is the one.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Specialized SJ HT, Specialized Epic, Santa Cruz Superlight

Bike Setup:   XTR Drivetrain, DT 240 Wheels, Oval Concept Cockpit, SID Race

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Rivera a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2006

Strengths:    Very Light Frame and Nice Laser Engraved Frame. This is a fast and solid bike that can climb and go downhill with no problem, regardless of trail condition. Highly Recommended.

Weaknesses:    None!

Bottom Line:   
Another light, fast and solid bike built by Ellsworth.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Hardtail Race Bikes: Scott Scale, Orbea, Yeti, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Judd a Racer from Roy

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2006

Strengths:    light weight, strong, rigged, very responsive

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Amazing bike. Super light and responsive. The mono stays help take some of the harsh bump out. It doesn't feel like your riding aluminum. Worth every penny.

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Favorite Trail:   skyline trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   the bike shoppe

Similar Products Used:   nothing quiet like it

Bike Setup:   sram x.o shifters and derailers, xtr drive train and brakes, mavic crossmax xl, sidi world cup

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hari sanjaya a Cross Country Rider from denpasar-Bali-indonesia

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2006

Strengths:    geometry,fast,light,rigid....perfect bike

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
no mercy

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Favorite Trail:   dreamland-bukit

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   indy-indonesia

Similar Products Used:   bianchi oetzi 9800

Bike Setup:   full XTR 27speed hydraulic,fox 80x,whellset mavic crossmax SL,full easton equip

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce a Racer 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?

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Kanawha State Forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Dive Tech & Sports

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alan Slabaugh a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2005

Strengths:    Light, Fast, strong, Agressive, Paint/finish, smooth

Weaknesses:    Rear calliper mount needed trimming, none

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   Buttermilk

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Cobblestone Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Lots and lots of fullys and hardtails

Bike Setup:   Full SRAM X-0, Magura Marta SL's, ZTR Olympics on Chris King hubs, 21.9 lbs.

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