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Well I have gotten about three years out of my Superlight and I figure it is about time to retire it. I have decided to go with an Ellsworth Truth. It seems like the problems that the Truth had with breaking are a thing of the past so I'm going to give it a shot. I am planning on using the parts off of my Superlight.

This bike will be used for about ten races a year, the rest of the time it will just be used for riding around WV. I want it to be relatively light but reliable.

Anyway, here it is.

18" Truth frame
White Brothers XC 1.0 fork
Magura Marta SL brakes
XT pod shifters w/ display removed
XT derailleurs
XT cassette
American Classic ISIS bb
FSA Carbon Pro crankset
Hugi 240 hubs
Mavic 317 rims
Stans no-tubes
Continental Explorer & Escape tire
Thomson stem & seatpost
Fizik Gobi saddle
Easton low rise carbon bar
Odi lock on grips (don't give me too hard of a time about these)
FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro

So what ya think?
 

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White Brothers XC 1.0 fork- I know nothing about these... but I hear good things(or atleast no bad things..) about them:)
Magura Marta SL brakes- nice:)
XT pod shifters w/ display removed- not as light, but i like Sram triggers now:)
XT derailleurs- Sram..
XT cassette
American Classic ISIS bb
FSA Carbon Pro crankset
Hugi 240 hubs
Mavic 317 rims
Stans no-tubes
Continental Explorer & Escape tire
Thomson stem & seatpost- reliable as anything, but maybe look at a different stem?
Fizik Gobi saddle
Easton low rise carbon bar
Odi lock on grips (don't give me too hard of a time about these)- What were you thinking?!....:D have you tried foam? If you have, and didn't are for them, then use your lock-ons:)
FSA Orbit Xtreme Pro- The ellsworth deserves a CK headset:)

Trevors! build is about as nice as it gets...

http://light-bikes.com/bikegallery/BikeListing.asp?id=163

Although I believe his is heavier now that he has changed pedals, seatpost...
 

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Thanks for the reply.

I am thinking about going with:

SRAM X.9 trigger shifters
SRAM X.0 rear derailleur
Shimano XTR front derailleur

I wouldn't have any compatility issues with that setup would I?

As for the grips I know the lock-ons are heavy but I am willing to sacrifice weight on that one. I know the king headsets are sweet I just can't justify getting rid of my FSA.
 

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LowCel said:
Thanks for the reply.

SRAM X.9 trigger shifters
SRAM X.0 rear derailleur
Shimano XTR front derailleur
I'm not sure about the compatibility issue, but i wouldn't waste my money on xtr front derailuer - go with xt for that... i went all-out on my Truth build and still stuck with xt for the front... i'm a firm believer in dumping as much cash into the most important parts first - the wheelset. Every gram you shave there, is doing you much more good than anywhere else...
 

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Yep.. that will all work. I have heard people claim that they reccon XTR works better then XT.. but I also hear XT does the same:)

If you do go XT, spend the extra on a King headset:) Just for a little bling:)
 

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Thanks for the input everyone.

I ended up ordering an XT front derailleur, I agree with the above, I couldn't justify the extra money for the XTR, I honestly don't think it is that much better, if any better. I also ordered an X.0 rear derailleur and X.9 trigger shifters. Since my bar has been involved in some pretty decent crashes I decided to replace it as well. I ordered an FSA K-force carbon low rise.

If I ever have problems with the FSA headset I will definately replace it with a King. Until then I just can't see spending the extra money. The money for the King will pay my entry fee for five races. :)
 

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LowCel said:
Thanks for the input everyone.

I ended up ordering an XT front derailleur, I agree with the above, I couldn't justify the extra money for the XTR, I honestly don't think it is that much better, if any better. I also ordered an X.0 rear derailleur and X.9 trigger shifters. Since my bar has been involved in some pretty decent crashes I decided to replace it as well. I ordered an FSA K-force carbon low rise.

If I ever have problems with the FSA headset I will definately replace it with a King. Until then I just can't see spending the extra money. The money for the King will pay my entry fee for five races. :)
Your going to be very happy with the bike. XT is perfect for the front. XTR looks ugly and is frankly overpriced and is no better. the X.O/X.9 combination is perfection and the FSA bars well perfect too. As for the FSA headset, you wont be disappointed. I think FSA, Cane Creek and KING are the only ones to go with. KING being my choice but the former two are just as good.
 

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Thanks for the reply Trevor! I appreciate it. When / If the time comes I will buy a King, there are just other things I need first. Is there a thread anywhere with pictures of your bike (besides lightbikes.com)?
 

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I was using an XT front derrailleur for a long time and got a chance to change it for XTR in a bargain at my LBS, I thought there was not going to be any difference, but it's a difference you can feel when you shift from small to big chainrings, it's like you don't have to put the same pressure on your finger to lift the chain. Well, at least thats my impression.
 

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doccoraje said:
I was using an XT front derrailleur for a long time and got a chance to change it for XTR in a bargain at my LBS, I thought there was not going to be any difference, but it's a difference you can feel when you shift from small to big chainrings, it's like you don't have to put the same pressure on your finger to lift the chain. Well, at least thats my impression.
Thats an interesting observation. I wonder if it would be the same using an X.O shifter??
 

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Thanks for all the pictures. I'm just glad to see that there are some people out there that are actually happy with their Ellsworths. :)

Trevor - that bike is beautiful!

Stoked - I have been running eggbeaters for a couple of years now. I just switched over to the Candy SL's a few weeks ago. Granted they are a little heavier I think it is worth it. Every once in a while I will come unclipped in a rock garden or technical section and not be able to immediately click back in. The candy's have just enough of a platform to get me by for a couple of seconds until I am able to clip back in. On a side note, how do you have your Truth built up?
 

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Keep bringing on that porn Trevor ;-)


Man I wish we where in Sydney right now....
 

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beautiful Trevor.....I always like checking it out when you post pics.

silly question.....is that the Specialized bottle cage? How does it hold up in terms of keeping the bottle in the cage for off road use? I think they are very cool, light, and look great but the one I had some time ago could not hold a bottle when it got rough. Perhaps it was a fluke and I should try again.
 

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LowCel said:
Thanks for all the pictures. I'm just glad to see that there are some people out there that are actually happy with their Ellsworths. :)

Trevor - that bike is beautiful!

Stoked - I have been running eggbeaters for a couple of years now. I just switched over to the Candy SL's a few weeks ago. Granted they are a little heavier I think it is worth it. Every once in a while I will come unclipped in a rock garden or technical section and not be able to immediately click back in. The candy's have just enough of a platform to get me by for a couple of seconds until I am able to clip back in. On a side note, how do you have your Truth built up?
My build .

03 18" Blue Truth w/ 04 AVA propedal rear shock.
02 Zoke Marathon doppio air 80mm shock
Bontrager Race lite ceramic wheelset (hugi 240 hubs) 1455g
Sette ti skewers
Avid Ti brakes & levers
Syncros post
Headset.
SDG satellite saddle
XT fr , r shifters
XT fr der.
XTR r der.
XTR cs 960 cass.
sram pc 99 hallow pin chain
race face turbine lp crankset w/ ISIS BB
pazzaz stem (from jenson, told that made by same manuc. as ritchey , 125 g , $25)
Easton EA70 Alum. bar
sterling 60 g aluminum bar ends (can't find them no longer, got them for $10)
WTB 2.1 weirwolf front tire
WTB 44/50 velociraptor rear tire , light tubes (120 g each)
Egg beater triple ti pedals
cateye comp.
bottle cage.
Oury grips ( wanted foam but I got L size hands)

I concentrated this build around handling and climbing.She is 25 lbs as above. I had 345g klimax lite kenda tires w/ 60 g lunar lite tubes and weight droped to below 23.5lbs. However , my handling and climbing lost big time too. Bike got lite but my speed in the corners and spin outs on rooty trails that caused dismount was not worth it. I also started to suffer pinch flats on technical trails, so crazy lite setup is gone for now. I did not wanted to use any carbon bars and seat post due to my aggresive riding style that comes with some spills and I don't have money to spend on broken carbon parts. On the other hand, my road bike is mostly carbon.
I am still waiting for lighter UST tires & wheelsets to come out and be afforable. I also don't run disc cause v-brakes makes it more exciting. Only time I needed disc was when it was 25 deg F and went thru cold water that turned to ice on the rim and I went into a turn and had no brakes.That was fun. It cleared in 20 feet later. One time I busted a spoke on rear wheel that bent the rim so that I had to disable the rear brake. I rode 4 miles of tecnhical single track back to my car with front v-brake only and it was such a rush and scare.

good luck with your build and races.
 

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