Ellsworth Sub 22 2003 Hardtail

3.75/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

-International Standard disc brake mounts and replaceable derailleur hanger
-CNC shaped tubular stays
-Shot-peened, anodized finish
-Compatible with up to 80mm travel forks


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vladimir Molina a Cross Country Rider from Mexico City

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2005

Strengths:    Light and beautiful frame, very exclusive here in mexico

Weaknesses:    the sticker gone in months

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike for racer but every day ride is a bit harsh because of the frame vibrations

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Favorite Trail:   Monte Alto Valle de Bravo Mex

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Mail Order

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Chamaleon, Scott Racing Comp, GT

Bike Setup:   I have this bike since 1999 the first setup was XTR, Sid, corssmax, now I have it with XT, Skareb super and a pair of Alex Vectra T2 wheelset and sitll is under 22 lbs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from GA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2004

Strengths:    where do I start....strong, light, climber, pretty, exclusive, inspirational....

Weaknesses:    No longer in the Ellsworth lineup.

Bottom Line:   
I really enjoy riding this bike. It fits me great and has never let me down.


Pertaining to the previous 'revieweree', Nathan, I was curious if your friend recently purchased the bike and if it was new (2004 did not have the Sub-22 in the line up and I don't think 2003 either); therefore, his frame would have been atleast 3 years old at time of purchase. If not new then I would have to agree with Ellsworth by not replacing the frame. The warranty is non-transferable.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   GT, Klein, Trek :: all hardtails

Bike Setup:   Loaded...XTR, Chris King, Disc brakes...blah blah blah

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Nathan from Virginia Beach, VA USA

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2004

Strengths:    A very beautiful and light frame

Weaknesses:    VERY VERY POOR Warranty from Company. Based on this fact alone, I don't think that I will ever purchase an Ellsworth!

Bottom Line:   
A friend of mine bought the Sub 22 frame which had a crack in the headtube (manufacturer's defect). They claim that they have a warranty, but will not back up their product and replace it. I was considering buying a Truth Frameset, but once I heard how they handle customer service, I would never give this company any business. BE WARNED!! Ellsworth ISN'T WORTH IT!!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Specialized S-Works FSR


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Dover a Racer from Temecula, CA

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2003

Strengths:    have to confess a bais on my part--I'm a member of the Ellsworth Race Team, but this is a no BS review.
Light weight, killer stability and handling, beautiful execution.


Weaknesses:    Not everyone has one yet.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. As it is built, it weighed in a EXACTLY 19 POUNDS yesterday. I've been riding it for about two years and it has never let me down. Stable handling in all situations. You cannot go wrong with this rig.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Ellsworth

Similar Products Used:   TREK 8900SL, 8500SL, Ellsworth Truth, Schwinn Homegrown FS.

Bike Setup:   Sub 22 medium frame, 2003 SID World Cup fork, FSA Carbon Pro crank (standard drive 46/34/24), Hadley Ti BB, Ritchey WCS 110 mm stem, Ritchey WCS headset, Easton EC90 flat bar, Easton EC70 seatpost, Selle Italia SLR saddle, XTR front derailleur, SRAM XO rear derailleur, SRAM XO shifters, Avid Single Digit Ti brakes, Paul's Formula Love brake levers, XTR 12~34 cassette, DuraAce chain, Hugi 240/Revolution/Mavic 517 wheelset, Performance Q-Stix Pro skewers, Maxxis Fly Weight 330 tires, Maxxis Fly Weight tubes, Bebop Deluxe pedals, King Ti water bottle cages (2), carbon fiber stem spacer (10 mm), CatEye Enduro cyclocomputer, generic cables/wires.


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