Ellsworth Joker XC XC Full Suspension

4.9/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $1895.00


Product Description

  • Rear Travel: 4 in.
  • Shock Options: Air: Manitou QR, Fox Vanilla R, Cane Creek AD-12 Coil: Fox Vanilla RC, Romic D
  • Fork Travel: Recommended 125-150mm


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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tye Pellichero a Downhiller from Vancouver B.C Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 15, 2009

    Strengths:    Great frame. Really lightweight. Will handle just about anything you throw at it.

    Weaknesses:    None really had a few minor problems with brakes and a derailer, but that's mostly do to abuse (i'm a lazy rider and often land with a thud.) other than that none.

    Bottom Line:   
    An amazing bike for anyone that likes to do te hard stuff and isn't afraid to go off the of the big jumps. Cam handle just about anything and won't brake if you take a fall. Really reliable and wouldn't want any other bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   A-line whistler

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   My Father

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Got the super t's up front. Marzochi bomber 2001 fox float rear shock. Hayes disk brakes and a bunch of other custom stuff from my uncle.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by R-DUB a Weekend Warrior from Arlington,TN,U.S.

    Date Reviewed: December 23, 2008

    Strengths:    Frame is strong as hell as well as light.
    Love the single pivot. Low maintenance.
    Anodizing helps keep the frame looking nice.


    Weaknesses:    4in of travel not really a weakness because with a new 7.875 x 2.0 rear shock I have increased the travel to 5.6 in
    to match my Pike Air. (have to drill two holes though)


    Bottom Line:   
    I have ridden this bike four four years and have had no problems with it at all(I have the later generation swingarm). I have gone through some tires and components but one thing stays true, this Joker frame. I will be honest I was skeptical about drilling holes in my frame, but I can always go back and run a 6.5 X 1.5 shock and get my 4 inches back. After careful shock selection( have a small frame so I do not have a lot of clearance) I mounted the shock to the swingarm. With the spacers in place I marked the holes and drilled. To my surprise it worked perfectly. If you have this frame and are looking to upgrade (especially if you have good mechanical know how)you may want to try this option. Bottom line this bike rocks.I cannot believe that Tony Ellsworth quit making this frame. I will ride until I break it. Thanks Tony

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    Favorite Trail:   Stanky Creek

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Joker XC modified with a 7.875 X 2.0 fox float r to get 143mm of travel.Pike Team Air. 08' xt drivetrain, 08'stylos triple, Avid juicy 7's, bombshell fatboy wheels, nevegals, wtb seat, thomson/easton goodies. 30lbs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by J. Jeffrey Lees a Cross Country Rider from Tervuren, Belgium

    Date Reviewed: April 27, 2007

    Strengths:    Indestructible frame, near perfect geometry, raised chain stays, single-pivot, uninterrupted seat tube, non-traditional design & construction.

    Weaknesses:    Typical single pivot "brake chatter" in severe cases.
    Otherwise zero weaknesses.


    Bottom Line:   
    I love my Joker XC and have built it from the frame up.
    The frame, crankset and rings, handlebar, stem and seatpost, the saddle and Big Earl grips are all black. As are the two piece Hope disc brakes and levers. It is very "stealth" looking and rides even better than it looks.
    I've been fortunate to live in Belgium the last three years and have put almost 2,000 miles a year on it.
    We've been to Wales, France, Germany, Nederlands, and England, as well as Moab, Fruita, Vail and Keystone.
    BUT, the two trips I am most looking forward to this summer of 2007 are Verbier, Crans-Montana, and Zermatt in June, followed by some North shore riding in Vancouver B.C for a week in July.
    Needless to say, I like to ride a bit of everything, from long Epic XC rides to some hair-raising-adrenaline-pumping freestyle-downhilling, and at 26lbs 12 oz's it has handled everything I've thrown at it so far, including the Mavic SL's!

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    Favorite Trail:   Slickrock, Porcupine, Horsethief, Les Gets, Karrimor, etc,etc

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Heckler, Marin Rift Zone or Wolf Ridge, Orange 5

    Bike Setup:   Fizik Alliante Ti saddle, Thomson stem and seatpost, Easton Monkey lite bar, XT shifters & frt & rr derailleurs, Crank Bros Candy SL pedals, Race Face Turbine LP Crank, Fox Float R fork, Fox DHX 5 Air shock, Maxxis UST Ignitor's on Mavic Crossmax SL's, all stopped by Hope Mono-mini's.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steve Kahn a Cross Country Rider from Longmont CO

    Date Reviewed: October 25, 2006

    Strengths:    Strong frame, lightweight, great climbing

    Weaknesses:    Very few once you get it dialed in

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great bike at a great price. The bike is VERY forgiving of rider mistakes. It climbs great if you sewt up the rear shock correctly - this takes all the bob away. This bike rails on downhills, and is nearly indestructable. I am lusting after an Ephiphany though.

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    Favorite Trail:   Kessell Run

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   Titus Racer X, Rocky Element, Trek Y5

    Bike Setup:   Easton EC70 risers XT shifters XRT crank Hays FX Disk brakes, Mantou QV rr shock & Black fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alan a Weekend Warrior from San Jose CA Santa Clara

    Date Reviewed: May 19, 2006

    Strengths:    Love the crank height on this bike. Frame is nicely constructed. Have used it for cross-country, downhills, slight drop offs. This bike takes it all. I'm a real short guy but the bike fits me real nice. Climbs well, decents even faster. Corners real well. Reminds me of a big boys BMX type bike, one you can throw around and just beat on pretty hard.

    Weaknesses:    None so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have nothing bad to say about this bike/ frame. For a first starter/ entry level bike for me is perfect. Looking forward to upgrading to a Truth frame sometine in the future, but for now. I LOVE IT!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Saratoga Gap

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   E-Bay

    Bike Setup:   all XT components, Mavic Crosslands wheel, Manitou Black Elite Fork, Fox Float RC shock, Avid BB7 disc brake, Thomson stem and seat post

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from Marin county, California

    Date Reviewed: April 8, 2005

    Strengths:    Beautiful frame: strong and well-made with attention to detail.

    Weaknesses:    None that I can tell.

    Bottom Line:   
    For me this is the perfect trailbike. It is light enough to climb well, and hooks-up great on loose and rocky terrain. Great on the downhills. I like the higher bottom bracket. Frame so far appears bomb-proof. I like the single-pivot design. If you want a nice all-purpose trailbike for rough terrain you should check this out or the new Distance. I think it is pretty much the same design.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything in Tahoe

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1800.00

    Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Heckler, Kona Coiler

    Bike Setup:   LX hollowtech cranks, Thomson stem and seatpost, Deore LX hubs, Mavix disc rims, Avid mech. brakes, XT derailleurs, WTB saddle, Tioga extreme XC tires, Raceface bars, Manitou Black Elite coil fork, Manitou Q rear shock, Cane Creek S2 headset.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Patrick from Lawrence, KS 66049

    Date Reviewed: August 18, 2004

    Strengths:    The frame is very light, compared to what it can handle, and the way it looks. (its a little chunky)

    Weaknesses:    Manitou QR rear shock. It's not that bad, but it's that good for the bike. Still more than acceptable though.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good cross country frame that you can still jump off of stuff with.

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    Favorite Trail:   Clinton Lake

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   Isis, Cake

    Bike Setup:   MX Pro, XTR, XT,Truvativ, hayes discs

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jr.M a Weekend Warrior from Oulu, Finland

    Date Reviewed: May 6, 2004

    Strengths:    - Beefy frameset
    - Anodized finish
    -Surprisingly-lightweight
    - Stiff rear-end


    Weaknesses:    - Manitou QR shock

    Bottom Line:   
    I saw an CBO add few months ago and ordered frame right away, at the time I had already tested 2003 Joker SL 6" version and liked the frame geometry vey much. I built mine for aggressive xc-trail use in mind and the scale goes around 14kg (~31lb).

    Now after one month of intensive use I can tell that the bike handles really well in all kinds of riding. The rear susp works also really well and seems incredible active and plush for 4" single pivot bike. Only thing that bothers me is the Manitou QR shock, perhaps have to update for newer SPV-shock for better for overall pedaling effeciency. Now little too mush bob is always present when riding hard.

    Anyway, I really like this bike and enjoy how it rides. It is a great value and a really good option for a big sized rider looking for a bombproof frameset for aggressive xc-trail riding. For the price I paid perhaps the best ever?

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $599.00

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro comp, Orange Patriot LT

    Bike Setup:   19" frame, Psylo SL, Mavic Crossland UST, XTR, Roox components..

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Christopher a Cross Country Rider from Manchester

    Date Reviewed: April 12, 2004

    Strengths:    lightweight, anodized finish, quality welds

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Very quick bike. Extremely good quality frame. Rode the bike a couple times and already hooked. I am going the swap out Manitou QR shock(not firm enough)for Fox Vanilla coil shock.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $699.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bicycle Outfitters

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Epic, Rocky Mountain Edge + ETSX-50, Kona Stinky

    Bike Setup:   Marzocchi MX Comp ETA, Avid Single Digit 7 brakes, Race Face Evolve cranks, Race Face isis BB, Race Face bar, stem, seat post, WTB seat.(Put together by Jake's Bike Shop in Manchester, NH)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Greg a Weekend Warrior from Springville, UT, USA

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2004

    Strengths:    Great bike for the price. No, great bike…period. They didn't skimp on the small stuff (Thompson Elite!). Not a bad weight (29 lbs). Anodized. I prefer the single pivot design. Yeah, I’ve heard, 4-bars blah blah blah. I know my kinematics quite well. A well designed single-pivot can count for a lot. I think Ellsworth got it right.

    I actually got a call from the company (when they received my registration card) thanking me for the purchase and welcoming into the "family". Weird. I just might never buy a different brand because of that. Small stuff counts.


    Weaknesses:    None yet. It has only been on one "real" ride, but that was some ride! I don't anticipate any problems. It seems very solid.

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this bike. I previously owned a hardtail that was light as all get-out. I haven't missed it one bit. My Joker comes in at 29 lbs with everything on. That's pretty good for such a solid bike.

    If I had the $$$, I would have probably gone with the regular Joker and set it up with 5" rear travel, just for the option of going 7" if needed. But I didn’t.

    On the trail, I was far more aggressive than I have ever been, and it was the best time I have ever had on a bike. It is a perfect bike for any rider that likes doing it all. I noticed a bit of bob while riding the bike around the block when I first got it, but then I set the rear shock up to the right static sag, and it went away. PAY ATTENTION TO THAT…it will save you.

    The real bottom line: If somebody offered you a new Ferrari for 30K, wouldn't you buy it?

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    Favorite Trail:   Bear Claw Poppy

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   DG

    Bike Setup:   Stock, but I replaced the grips with Titec pork rinds.

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    Joker XC users out there?

    After a long hiatus off my Joker XC. I decided to get her up and running again. I love this bike but notice it's single pivot design has been dropped by Ellsworth for some time now. Do anyone still use this bike?Read More »

    Joker XC/Distance for 4x use.

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    Joker XC Fork Length Question

    I have a 2005 15" Joker XC that has a Marathon (2004) with 120mm of travel. It seems to me that handling would be much better with a shorter travel fork, but I don't know anyone else that has this frame. What travel are the people here running on their JXC's, and why? ThanksRead More »

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    Joker XC, still like it?

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