Ellsworth Truth Bike Bike 1998 or Older

4.92/5 (24 Reviews)
MSRP : $1595.00


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Ellsworth Truth


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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by JohnM a Weekend Warrior from Boston North Shore

Date Reviewed: December 6, 1999

Strengths:    
This bike handles best (once it is broken in)on hilly trails. Ascends very well and the rear actually stays ON the trail while turning on descents!


Weaknesses:    
Move the cable braze ons for better cable angle.
Rear Mud Collection Problem...Way too much collects behind the seat tube on the Chain Stays...drill out where the U is.
If you prefer long, flat,fire road death marches, then buy a hard tail ;-)


Bottom Line:   
I dont want the cushiest ride on the block. I wanted the best performance FS and I found it. This bike took exactly the factory suggested 8 hrs to break in. The first 4 rides were pretty stiff. But now all good. I have yet to experience any of the bushing squeek that the others gag about.
Thank You Airbomb.com !

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Favorite Trail:   
Harold Parker & Lynwoods

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Turner Stinger, Aeon Isis. Thought about a Lefty Raven, briefly. Truth is the best in comparison.
Stinger is a very slight shade smoother, but it bounces you off the rear on steep descents...too light back there.
Aeon does not have the handling that either bike has.


Bike Setup:   
RaceFace/XTR/Avid/Bomberlight/Vanilla-R/AirBomb

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Derek Dailey a Cross-Country Rider from Indianapolis, IN

Date Reviewed: October 31, 1999

Strengths:    
Flawless construction, clinbs like a mountain goat on steroids, bombs downhill faster than a cruise missle, Undestructable paint (shot-peened and anodized), and no one else you know has one!


Weaknesses:    
Whatever!
OK, maybe price.


Bottom Line:   
This bike is the best mountain bike ever created. It climbs better than any other bike I have ever ridden. It corners like it is on rails. And it desends like no other XC FS bike on the market. This bike WILL make you ride faster, further, and you will have more fun than ever. Believe the hype. The bike is very forgiving, it has saved my butt many times. If you want the best on the market, then this is the bike for you. I give this bike 5+ chillies.

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Favorite Trail:   
any single track

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
GT xcr1000,Jamis Dakar Team,Santa Cruz Heckler


Bike Setup:   
Ellsworth Truth, White Bros. SC92-UL, Race Face Cranks, XTR Shifting, Avid Ultimate L levers, Arch Supreme brakes, Ringle Zooka Stem, Easton CT2 bars, Ringle Slamma Jamma Headset, Thompson seat post. Weight 24.1 lbs

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Max a Cross-Country Rider from Wyomissing, PA

Date Reviewed: July 14, 1999

Strengths:    
In a nutshell, it's light,easy to maintain,laterally and torsionally rigid,compliant without noticable biopacing, and high quality workmanship throughout. I bought my bike at JB mountainbikes (www.JBmountainbikes.com). After test riding his demo I immediately knew my search was over. JB allowed me to borrow various shock/fork and stem/bar combinations until I found what worked for me the best. Like most bikes, set-up is critical to get the most out of the design. With some shock/fork combinations I wasn't satisfied at all. Ask your dealer to supply the various shocks available so you can make a broad based decision. Previous full suspension bikes include a ProFlex 756,Kestral Rubicon, and Giant ATX 990. The ProFlex was a great climber, the ATX was very solid and firm, the Rubicon was very plush, and the Ellsworth is all of the above and light as well. The Truth is manueverable, climbs like a goat, and inspires confidence in rocky, rooty and gnarly single track. I have torture tested my bike for the past 6 months and the only problem I had was a squeak in the main pivot following a 2 hour ride in a torential thunderstorm. This was fixed with a little grease and 30 minutes of time.


Weaknesses:    
My only complaint involves the cable routing for rear V-brakes. The frame mount for the rear brake housing is located on the right side thus requiring the use of a 120-150 degree bend leading into the rear V-brake. This requires you to set up the spring tension on the rear brake pivots asymmetrically for optimum trouble free operation since the cable housing itself tends to apply some lateral force to the brake pivot affecting the ability to return to center when releasing the brakes. Once this is set up properly there is no problem whatsoever.


Bottom Line:   
This bike is a solid 5 stars. Its light, quick, manueverable, excellent climber, plush and yet solid. The best overall performer I've ridden.

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Favorite Trail:   
French Creek

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Pro-Flex 756, Giant ATX 990, Kestral Rubicon.


Bike Setup:   
Set up includes: Cane Creek AD10 rear shock(excellent fell and very adjustable),White Bros. SC 90 coil spring fork,Machine tech hubs, Ti spokes, Mavic 517 rims,XTR 9 speed shifting, XTR V-brakes, Easton carbon low rise bars, Race Face stem, crankset, seat post and BB.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Gilroy, CA

Date Reviewed: June 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Well, its smooth


Weaknesses:    
As an engineer, the frame tends to have a weakness near the main elbow joint when i computer modeled it and simulated it.


Bottom Line:   
Its so-so, too expensive for what you get, not good for hard-core shredding

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Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
Trek Y-550


Bike Setup:   
stock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Phat-Daddy a Cross-Country Rider from Boston

Date Reviewed: May 26, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I currently own a TREK Y....Y the F**K did I buy that piece 'o crap? Anyway, I have researched and road the hell out of every dually out there. The Ellsworth Truth is the best, no really, it's the BEST. I'm currently having one built and I'll be back to rave some more about it when I have a chance to bond with my new steed. I give 5 chilis 'cause this bike gives me a stiffie.

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Favorite Trail:   
Bow Ridge/Lynn Woods

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce Jacobs a Cross-Country Rider from Boonton, NJ

Date Reviewed: April 4, 1999

Strengths:    
Absolutely the safest Sfooted bike you can ride. Climbs like a goat. Easy to maintain.


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
My wife and I bought the frames from Dreanride in Moab. We both had been riding top of the line HTs. They stay on the bike rack. The bike is like driving a great Swiss watch. It does everything that was promised and more. My wife feels absolutely safe on the bike. We ride some nasty stuff. You get in a downhill position and trust the bike. It gets you there. In Moab we climbed sand hills. We are finesse riders - old and slow, but we can ride anything on the Ells and enjoy every minute of it. Both bikes are under 25 lbs even running 2.25 tires

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Favorite Trail:   
Mahlon Dickerson

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Other full suspension, all were good, this was better.


Bike Setup:   
All XTR, X-Vert, Stratos Expert, Crossland wheels, and very fat tires

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by jim hardy a racer from bayshore ny

Date Reviewed: September 25, 1998

Bottom Line:   


ellsworth bicycles you can't really figure out whats better the bike or the people behind the bike, Tony & Teres Ellsworth. Great Performance and Great service
Going up and going down Ellsworths are the Best!!!!!! This bike is super light
weight.
very very very very killer!!!!!!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Steve from Croton-on-Hudson,N.Y.

Date Reviewed: September 9, 1998

Bottom Line:   


This is the best xc fsb around period! This is my 4th bike in 6 years and probably my last xc bike. It climbs, it decends, it halls ass in the big ring.Its light as hell.Its cheap to buy considering what you get. Its forgiving as hell also. Ellsworth, as a company, rocks, you call them, they send you what you need pronto.When I broke my Kona it took months to get them to do a crash repacement. You can take the TRUTH apart with practaclly one allen wrench!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by matt post a cross-country rider from ramona california

Date Reviewed: August 30, 1998

Bottom Line:   


i like your bikes, i think they are the best out there. they look like they work really well, i like the frame style. if i had the money, i would buy one, but i'm a little short on cash flow. tony see you at church on sunday. matt post
ramona 1st ward

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Monk a cross-country rider from Bellevue,Washington,USA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I rode the demo down at my LBS and fell in love,the bike is soooo sweet and I can not make it bob in the granny while sitting.I'm thinking about saving up to get one but It will be only a few months I hope!I can't even rate this bike the way I want to!
My rating Is 10 flaming chilis

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Gill` a racer from San Diego, CA USA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I own and sell Ellsworth Truth Bikes out of my shop Bike Empire in Poway, CA.These bikes are HOT! First of all, the frame pictured here is two years old. Everything looks much better now. The bikes are light, have plenty of travel, and just plain out-perform everything out there. For info on the frames call me at 800-896-4913 or e-mail me at bikeempire@aol.com. You can also go to our website at bikeempire.com and link to Ellsworth's site.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Truth Rider a cross-country rider from Hawaii

Date Reviewed: June 24, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Jason what do you care how much someone spends on a well designed comfortable bike. There are $2000 Ti hardtails frames that are works of art, but
they don't have nearly the comfort of a full suspension bike.
You may be a hot rider riding a $l000 bike so what. You obviously haven't tried riding the bike or can't afford one.
It's all relevant on what you spend on a sport or pasttime, but I rather laugh at all the jokers spending all their dough on drugs.
By the way I'm getting tired of reading bogus reviews at this site. Just review the
product and give it a honest rating so consumers will benefit from the feedback.
The Ellsworth Truth is worth the money if you can afford one and for those who can't , have fun riding on what you got.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Paco a cross-country rider from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: May 27, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Since I first tried an Ellsworth I knew that was the Bike I wanted to buy. Thanks to Tim at Bike Empire in Poway for the great setup and price. You are the best. I have beeen riding it since October 1997, and it is even better than what I had ever expected. Even getting better after each ride.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by fuzzy a racer from pennsylvania

Date Reviewed: February 23, 1998

Bottom Line:   


i have about 100 miles on my truth and i think i can start to fairly evaluate it. i've ridden a ti ht for the last year but the ellsworth is the fifth fs bike i've owned. for my style of riding, this bike performs very well. it has a quality that i find too rarely in products; it begs to be pushed to the limit. i find when i'm riding it that the harder i ride it the better it performs. i know my style of riding has changed from racing a ht but it translated quickly to the ellsworth. hammering the hills is easier with not a trace of flex from the frame. it is a very efficient climber. when there is gnarly shit like roots on the climb, the bike eases over them without interrupting your cadence. in tight singletrack it can be flicked around as quickly as my litespeed. on xc type dh it is more stable than most fs bikes i've ridden. in my opinion it is not best suited for sit-on-the-saddle and don't get up riding (get a urt) but if you like to wail thru the woods and if you can only afford one bike to do it all, i think this is worth a test ride. i can see this bike being my choice for all but the smoothest races--it's simply faster than a ht when the going gets rough.my setup--i have the canecreek ad10 shock at 215 psi ( i weigh 195 and this is a little higher than recommended pressure), atombomb fork, mostly xtr drivetrain and brakes (raceface cranks, of course) synchros seatpost and bb and a gorgeous set of bsb built king/517 wheels. the total weight is pushing 26lbs for a large frame, but the light wheels make the bike feel very responsive. i think another pound could be shaved on fork, brakes and shifters but i don't care--this works for me. btw the frame +cancreek was 5.0 lbs.fuzzworth

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Leonard a cross-country rider from Austin

Date Reviewed: December 17, 1997

Bottom Line:   


These bikes are great! They are the best FS XC design yet, and as the
other reviewers have said, they deliver all of the advantages of full
suspension without all of the drawbacks. Excellent quality, beautiful
anodized finish(spend the extra money, you wont be sorry), and a ride
that always leaves you wanting more. More ride time, that is.

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