Ellsworth XC 29er Wheelset

3/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $899.00

Product Description

Ellsworth's 29" XC wheels feature 24 spokes with special 2 cross lacing and Ellsworth's patented Quad Butted Spokes, up front, and 32 three cross Quad Butted Spokes in the rear. The Ellsworth 29" wheel is the stiffest, lightest, widest 29" wheel we tested. Compatible with the standard QR and the new 15mm QR, these are the only wheels to equip your 29er with. The rims are Ellsworth's proprietary, 29mm wide, tapered wall rim that is extruded from xxx9 Aluminum. Ellsworth's 29mm rim weighs the same as other manufacturer's 23mm wide rims but gives you the extra strength, durability and control of a wider rim. 29" wheels are big, and the stiff, light design of these wheels makes all the difference on the larger wheels. The Ellsworth 29" rim's higher width to weight ratio also provides a larger contact patch between your tire and the ground for the same amount of weight. And since xxx9 Taper wall aluminum weighs less than rubber, you can save additional rolling weight by running a narrower tire while still getting the traction and control of a wider, heavier tire.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Toki a Cross Country Rider from Encinitas, CA

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2012

Strengths:    Bike rides well, when the rim is working!

Weaknesses:    I've had to return the rear rim twice due to the "Pawls" breaking. It seems like the rear hub bolts loosen over time which may cause the pawls to get misaligned. Ellsworth has replaced them twice without question, but it still means my bike is out of service for at least a month. At this cost this is ridiculous. I'm hoping the latest wheel I have won't have the same issue. I bought some cone wrenches to keep tightening the bolts. Gotta be honest, I'm sour on Ellsworth's. It seems like there is a design flaw. The o-rings on the front wheel also wore out and Ellsworth didn't even have the size on file, let alone the spare parts. They recommend going to an auto parts store...

Bottom Line:   
Would recommend the bike, but not the wheels

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Used

Bike Setup:   Stock Ellsworth Evolve,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jadis3 a Cross Country Rider from Irkutsk, Russia

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2011

Strengths:    Wide rims-30mm.
Rear wheel is stiff and accelerates quickly. Much better than Arch\DTcomp\AmClassic and near to I9.
Freehub produces pleasant sound at mid loudness.
Bearings defence is top quality: o-rings around cnc machined caps(also top quality, better than anything else). Bearings also much better than at competitors.

Weaknesses:    Impossible to find aftermarket 15mm caps to frontwheel.
Front wheel was stiff for my 70+kg, but a new owner of my wheels is a 100kg guy, he sees a front wheel flex.
Spoke\nipple oil constantly exposures and collects dirt.
Non tubeless ready.

Bottom Line:   
Wanted to convert front to 15mm - did not find adapters anywhere. Ellswort team does not answer to contact e-mail so did not want to use these wheels more.
Overall impression from this wheelset was very good so all five stars.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   All ZTR line, Industry Nine, etc.

Bike Setup:   Titus, Pivot, Niner, all top line components.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by adeenik1 a Cross Country Rider from hood river oregon usa

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2011

Strengths:    So far roll smooth.

Weaknesses:    Feel flexy when carving hard into corners. Flexy on steep side hill traverses.

Bottom Line:   
With only 8 hard rides on the bike hard to tell. But I definitely felt the wheel flex feeling. Kinda like the tire wanting to roll off the rim. I run about 35lbs of pressure. I only weigh 152. Considering Easton Carbon rims after I find out tax situation.....

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Favorite Trail:   wizard

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Dirty Finger

Similar Products Used:   No 29er rims yet. Crossmax and WTB rims on my 26er

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Evolution, Medium, Full XT Kit.

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