Ellsworth Dare 2003 Full Suspension

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

-International Standard disc brake mounts and replaceable derailleur hanger
-8" travel
-CNC'd swingarm
-XC swingarm available
-Shot-peened, anodized finish
-Compatible with all current long travel and free-ride forks


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sinty a Weekend Warrior from Belfast, Northern Ireland

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2008

Strengths:    plush as f**k, takes dog's abuse, a bit different from the norm, looks fantastic.

Weaknesses:    dunno of any

Bottom Line:   
She's just as smooth as you like and takes anything thrown at her with no sweat at all. I've broken a few frames in the past but don't think I'll come close to wrecking the Dare. She ain't the lightest but isn't really built for xc. Perfect for anyone looking for a bit of Freeride or Downhill action.

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Favorite Trail:   Ae Forest Downhill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Bullit, Specialized Bighit

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Shiver DC w/ intergrated stem & Raceface riser bars, Hope 6 pots, Hope Bulbs laced to Mavic 521s, Raceface cranks, Blackspire Badger chain device, XTR rear, Maxxis High Rollers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trevor Christensen a Downhiller from Perry Utah USA

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2006

Strengths:    It's very fast I can keep up with my older brother on his cross country bike. It takes off like a missel. It is very well balanced. It takes to a whole new level in rideing.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
It's the best bike I have ever rode. I have rode about ten other DH Bikes. The Dare is deffinetly the fastes of them all by a long way. Mine weighs 50 pounds plus. Other people can get them down to 38 pounds. Even with a 12 pound fork. It will do wheelis with ease. There just isn't a better bike. I'm moslty a free rider. I also do tials on this bike. It will do what ever you want to do on it and take you where you want to go. Even a big hill. It climbs very well. I weigh 200 pound and it's good for me. I love this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   jumps

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Sun rise

Similar Products Used:   RMX,Joker, and others

Bike Setup:   I have a Marzocchi Super Monster front fork. Avid BB7 disk brakes. Hadley hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave from Whistler, B.C. Canada

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2005

Strengths:    Best bike i have ever tryed. passed every test ive put it through with flying colors, super plush. nicest riding bike and just a great looking bike. 20mm rear axle, best of all, lifetime warentee

Weaknesses:    so far almost none, only that the hope mono 6ti's brake lines wont fit through the frame holes.

Bottom Line:   
Best bike money can buy, the set up i have now is unbeatable. i have a small frame and forks, its perfect for tech style riding. it is an expensive bike but in my opinion, the best bike you can buy, i looked at the Foes mono, but it has no warentee, seriously, none. i dont know how they get away with that.

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Favorite Trail:   Original Sin

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Katmandu

Similar Products Used:   Oryx DHO, Turner DHR, Intense M1, ETC.

Bike Setup:   02 Dare, 03 Dorado, Hope mono 6 Ti, Avalanche rear shock, Mag 30 rims, Chris king front hub and headset, hadley rear hub, MRP chain guide, Hopey steering dampener, etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luke shallcross a Downhiller from Derbyshire

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2004

Strengths:    Bloody strong frame, romic t2 shock, chunky bolted rear dropouts with 12mm thru-axle,risse champ forks go well with the rear end setup.Looks well nice in blue or black.

Weaknesses:    Too many people wantto ave it.Champ forks area bit heavy, and take ages to get, darados would be nice.

Bottom Line:   
This bike rules, 10ft drops on to flat easy, my 24spd shimano setupmakes xc rides a laugh too, dh is so much more smothr and faster on tjis than any other bike ive ridden including a giant atx1 and dh team, and club roosts, it weighs just under 391bs and with darados and no slime it would weigh about 371bs. Id advise this bike to an one whois serious about racing or just wanting to do some freerie, with the ol' bit of xc.could be better with darados.

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Favorite Trail:   lots, still looking though.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   my mate got it.

Similar Products Used:   giant dh team with 8" fox shock and shivers.

Bike Setup:   2003 ellsworth dare, 9" travel romic t2, 9"risse champ, atomblab trailpimp to replace halo combats, not fitted yet, easton ea50 bar and seatpost,michelin wildgrippers,hope brakes and stuff, xtr 24spd setup, mr crud tensioner,sdg bigboy, atomblab pedals, goodridge cables.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior from Middlebury, C T, 06762

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2003

Strengths:    Geometry
Strong
All around use
Lazer Graphics
Rear through axil
Can use 24" wheels
XC/Freeride option Swingarm


Weaknesses:    *Swingarm sometimes hits the bottom rails of the seat, causing you to up the seat forward and up high
*Price


Bottom Line:   
This bike is Sweet! It handles like a dream! Its an awsome ride for freeriding, I havent had the time to take it Downhillin yet but im sure it would rock. There is absolutly no pedal bob when set up correctly!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Cheeta Prowler

Bike Setup:   02 Boxxer Race, Hayes, Alex DX rims, MRP

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by God Russell a Downhiller from Heaven

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2003

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    Nothing

Bottom Line:   
If your looking for a quick way to my place, buy this bike and your guaranteed a spot near the throne. I have fallen numorous times on it, and still ive only scratched the paint. While it isnt as good as my Apocalypse, its a diesel bike, and you can set some records on it easily. I dropped the Mt. Cloud 40' on it, and it rolled out smooth.

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Favorite Trail:   Snowcap Cloud over Antarctica

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   Pearly Gate Cycles

Similar Products Used:   My Balfa that Bhudda told you about and my Karpiel Apocalypse.

Bike Setup:   Stock

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