a Cross Country Rider
from Lanham, MD, USA
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010
Strengths: RIDABILITY! if you know how to ride it, it becomes an extension of your own body! that being said, i know people who've gone to EWR and said they had to basically re-learn how to maneuver a bike through trials. i'm always told it was worth the efforts though.
Weaknesses: the frame isn't the lightest thing but i'm hoping that translates into a bomb-proof structure. The location of the bottle cage braze-ons isn't nearly as brilliant as the rest of the frame construction. try and mount a pump to it, i dare you.
Everything you've read about these frames is true! FUN! FUN! FUN FREAKIN FUN! The geometry of these frames makes them so incredibly responsive that you don't even notice you're piloting a 30lb build! I have a pretty strong background in Observed Trials so when I read that EWR had a background in it as well I just had to give it a shot. Going from my Kona to this thing, it felt like a revelation! This bike EFFORTLESSLY jumps higher, turns sharper, accelerates faster...once you learn how to make the most of the unique geometry attributes it will reward you endlessly. i spent 6 years on my kona and enjoyed it, but after 3 weeks on my EWR i KNOW this bike was made for me.
Similar Products Used: i could list bikes i've previously had here, but nothing feels like this bike!
Bike Setup: EWR medium-size frame, 26" wheel, SRAM X-7 to X-9 drive line, Rock Shox Recon 80mm fork, Avid Juicy brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from Alexandria, VA, USA
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009
Strengths: Geometry/Handling, Steel is Real, Flickability
Weaknesses: Getting asked "Is that an old one or a new one?" a million times
Eastern Woods Research was one of those cool companies that I loved back when I was younger but was gone by the time I could afford one. So when I heard that Jay de Jesus was bringing back EWR I was all over it and got one of the 1st run OWBs (with the retro graphics). I couldn't be happier with this bike. This is by far the best handling bike I've ever owned. It is a very balanced bike that you can easily throw around. Massive standover. Wheelie machine. The geometry really comes alive when you ride it like a BMX bike. Weight over the rear wheel -- wheelie, manual, or float the front tire on everything and rail every corner. It will bring a big smile to your face and is a blast to ride. I've been so pleased with this bike that I recently bought a 2nd EWR -- one of their OWB 29er singlespeeds.
Bike Setup: Rock Shox Revelation Dual Air fork set at 100mm, Thomson stem, King headset, Seven bars, Oury grips, Profile cranks, Stratline bashguard, Eggbeaters, Pauls thumbies with Ulterga shifter (rear only), Ultegra rear derailleur, Sram cassette, Hope Pro II hubs, Salsa Delgato rims, Sram chain, Avid mechanical disks with Avid levers, Thomson post, SDG Bel Air saddle, Salsa seatpost clamp, and Maxxis Ignitor 2.3 tires front & rear
a Cross Country Rider
from Q-City PA
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2009
Strengths: Nimble Geometry, rails corners
Stable and Fast, great for descents
stiff frame climbs very well
Weaknesses: doesnt get me any girls (that could be just me though)
This is the most fun bike i have ever ridden. ive owned many bikes that were a blast to get on, but every time i finish a ride on this im smiling. Loves to put in xc miles, shows other bikes how its done on the jumps. It begs to be hammered and sprints out of every corner. nothing compares to the ride it has.
I have been riding this for a little while now, and it is about 90% dialed. So I thought I'd add to the EWR picture pool. Here she is after a 15 mile slog (and post ride shower) through muddy trails in White Clay and Middle Run in DE. Dressed as she is, with clown shoe 2.4 Fat Alberts (tubed, for ... Read More »
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I've been a longtime fan of EWR (I grew up in Bethlehem, PA) and currently own a '96 EWR E-Motion B2 Race. I was recently bitten by the 29er bug and figured why not go for the EWR OWB 29er. I checked EWR's site and their stock is extremely low. I called the guys at Bilenky to find out if they wer ... Read More »
Finally got out today for a ride, its been very wet here the last month but it finally dried out enough to get a ride in.The trail i rode is typical Midwestern singletrack, very tight and twisty, alot of short ups and downs with some technical features built in such as log rides, bridges, rock piles ... Read More »