Ellsworth Enlightenment 29 29er Hardtail

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Ellsworth Enlightenment 29 29er Hardtail 

DESCRIPTION

Ellsworth's Rare Earth Carbon Fiber finds its way to the firm tail mountain bike! Prompted by the awesome capability of our new found Sustainable Business Practice Carbon Facility, we continue the carbon fun on the front ends of the Enlightenment 29. The Force directional carbon shapes and lay patterns provide for some amazing ride feel. The DMS (Dual Mono Stay) Firm tails have an element of absorption to them, without mechanical articulation. Interchangeable dropouts let you run these as multigear or ONE gear designs. The Enlightenment 29 features some of the most outstanding stand over height of any 29r, making this beauty a very versatile 29'' firm tail.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 07, 2016]
CBadMTB
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

I bought this bike used from a friend to use for local racing series and training. As a XC racing bike this bike is right on. It flies up hills and is stable while descending. It is very light and responsive.

Weakness:

It's doesn't have rear suspension? I haven't found any real weaknesses in 700 miles yet.

I have this bike set up with 1x11 with a 34t up front and it still climbs easily. The Fox fork is capable and is easily adjustable.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 01, 2011]
Biff242
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Great trail feedback while smoothing it just enough, lightning quick to climb.

Weakness:

First frame broke after 6 XC rides, the replacement frame broke after only 60 minutes while climbing.

Bottom bracket is too low for 180mm cranks -- constantly catching pedals on uphill slopes.

Bottom bracket is also too low for any sort of technical terrain -- expect lots of rock strikes and don't even think about rolling over that log.

As designed, the frame does a great job as a pure race bike with great acceleration and just the right amount of dampening.

The first frame they sent me shattered at four points after 6 east coast XC rides. But that's why there are warranties. The second frame sheared at the chainstay after 60 minutes of riding, and while I was doing nothing more than climbing a steep incline.

Unfortunately, Ellsworth has experienced what many small companies do when they move beyond their core competency. In this case, Ellsworth's manufacturing competency is in aluminum frames in their inhouse facility. Outsourcing manufacturing to Taiwan is very different game and they have completely failed at sufficient QA and QC. They told me that they had received a substantial number of broken frames during late 2010, and that they knew that there had been a problem with the lot. Yet they didn't have the quality control to send me a good frame the second time.

The Ellsworth warranty has a key flaw to it -- they will only replace your frame with similar technology. That means that if they discover a frame design has a fatal flaw and redesign it, they don't need to replace your junk with the corrected design. Other manufacturers are more reasonable. Fortunately, this time they just refunded my money and I took a credit with my LBS.

Similar Products Used:

Niner Air Nine Carbon, Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon 29er, Lynskey Ridgeline, Lynskey Pro29

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Aug 29, 2011]
Dougkast
Racer

Strength:

Geometry wants more, downhill climbing doesn't matter. Absorbs rough down hill better than most hard tails. Can push through corners really well. Handles like a 26 but all the 29er advantages

Weakness:

Creaky rear triangle. No matter how much adjustment. Went through three ellsworth drop outs takes them forever to get them in. Trouble with alignment with different componants

I have used a lot of 29er

Similar Products Used:

Orbea Alma 29er carbon, Super Fly Gary Fisher carbon

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 23, 2010]
softtail
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Handling, geometry, internal cable routing, belt drive compatible, great climber

Weakness:

Low bottom bracket, internal cable rattling

Fast and crispy. Handles better than the Super Fly. Has a lower center of gravity due to a low BB. Put your weight on the outside pedal and it corners very well. Lower BB takes some getting used to. I use 175 cranks and I seem to dab them often on this bike. Internal cable routing is sweet, but it rattles. The rattling gets a little annoying and takes away from the silent running of the belt.

The Gates belt pops loudly when I stand on it but it is not broken in yet.

Similar Products Used:

Super Fly SS

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 29, 2010]
Tomasldo
Racer

Strength:

Geometry, bling, light weight, rear triangle, seat, seat post clamp

Weakness:

None after an entire week (will update later)

Ellsworth comes out with a winner again. The bike handles better than I had hoped. A climbing dream. The bike weighed in at 24.3#. Several rides and 9000 ft of climbing so far. Took one ride to dial in seat and headset, another to dial in the XTR (it was not incorrect, I just like perfection). The best thing about the bike so far is the geometry, the one thing that cannot be changed once you buy a bike. The bike allows me to stay in the saddle and push through the pedal stroke, without the front wheel popping you get on some bikes. I am quite impressed. Yea, it's only been a week, but hey, someone has to write the first review.

Similar Products Used:

Fisher Superfly

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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