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Okay, I'm looking for some good advice and experience on this "big" decision of mine. I race XC (sport class, hoping to move up this year, fairly competitive, I like to think) and have been riding an '01 Truth for the past 2 yrs. I previously had a '98 Truth from a good friend (with whom I've lost touch - if you peruse this website, Bruce - aka Red Ellsworth - email me, okay?), one of the best FS bikes I had ever ridden (had that from '01 to around '04).

I got an '01 from a guy used 2 yrs ago, awesome deal (yes, I knew about the cracking issues, it only cost me $600 so I figured it was worth it since it had maybe a couple rides on it - as new). Call me vain, the '01 is flat black and silver, the '98 is red and black. I liked the stealth look. Thus, the '98 went to my wife, so its still in the house. However, I definitely notice that the '01 feels more sluggish right off the line at the start of the race. Feels more like pedalling in sand, actually. I figured going to a stable platform rear shock would help, and it did, but not enough.

As Truth afficionado's know, the older style had shorter rockers, making them less plush but better overall for efficiency in pedalling. They had bushings instead of bearings, though. So, there's definitely some trade-off between these frames.

Well, I'm wondering if I should think again and go back to the '98. No, I'm not getting older/slower and thinking "its just the bike - I need to switch!". Fact is, I'm in way better shape now than yrs ago (not bragging, I'm no Elite/Pro rider, but I've got a little more time to ride and have dropped 20 lbs since making the frame change). I just would like to hear from others about that sluggish feeling when trying to accelerate, if I should switch and go with the old. Bruce (first paragraph, sorry all for going on and on) said I shouldn't make the change (more because the '98's were hand-made), and I'm wondering now...

A bit more info - I am currently building up a light HT (9.8, should be sub-21 lbs) for quicker courses, but am addicted to my FS Truth and will likely race/ride that primarily. Whichever Truth I go with, it'll have stable platform front and rear (Manitou Swinger, or else Fox or 5th Element rear, Manitou R7 '06 front) with light components bringing it under 25 lbs for sure (XTR, Cane Creek Team wheels, Frog pedals, fair amount of carbon, Marta SL's, etc).

Any thoughts on this?

I'm wondering what others think about these options.

Other questions that may come up - is there an option to put bearings in the '98 instead of bushings, and would this be advantageous? Has anything changed with Truths since '01 in terms of geometry, shorter rockers, etc., to make them more efficient (other than stable platform, which works for all options)? My sense is that the Truth has evolved into more of an epic, 24 hr race machine, rather than a full-on XC racing rig, is this incorrect? Does that mean the '01 is more suited to that style, whereas back in '98 Tony was more looking at the XC market?

Wow, I've written a lot more than I thought I would. Hopefully someone reads all this and doesn't mind giving their perspective.

Thanks for any input, I posted this in the Ellsworth forum as well, but wanted to hear from a broader perspective with XC Racing since that is the primary question.
 

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I raced a Truth for a few years and also thought it was a great bike, no problems or cracking for me. I switched to a Blur XC last season and I like it better, but it's not big difference. I don't think you will really notice that big of a difference between the 2 Truths. Just go with the one that's easier to build and more comfortable for you...my .02 cents.
I tried having the Truth and a hardtail and could never be comfortable enough on the HT to make the weight the savings pay off. But thats ME...hopefully you will have better luck on the HT.
 

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Ht/fs

I second that. I could never get a HT to work as well for me after I started riding a FS. I sold the HT and have manged to build my FS to within a pound of the old HT using the proceeds from e-bay.
 
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