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I decided to move from a Specialized FSR M4 (no brain shock) to and Ellsworth Truth. I am extremely happy with the FSR but after 4 years, I wanted a change. Here is a partial spec on the bike:

Med Truth frame, foam grips, mono mini disc brakes, USE alien seatpost, king/dt/stans wheelset, easton carbon bar, RF next cranks, Skareb Platinum fork.

I love the bike so far. I am happy with every single purchase I made. The brakes, fork, and wheelset work really well. In fact, the only problem I am having is that the seatpost is not long enough. In the pic it's at full extension. Apparently, I'll have to get the longest version.

I'll give a long term review of the components when I've used them enough.

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ctxcrossx said:
I decided to move from a Specialized FSR M4 (no brain shock) to and Ellsworth Truth. I am extremely happy with the FSR but after 4 years, I wanted a change. Here is a partial spec on the bike:

Med Truth frame, foam grips, mono mini disc brakes, USE alien seatpost, king/dt/stans wheelset, easton carbon bar, RF next cranks, Skareb Platinum fork.

I love the bike so far. I am happy with every single purchase I made. The brakes, fork, and wheelset work really well. In fact, the only problem I am having is that the seatpost is not long enough. In the pic it's at full extension. Apparently, I'll have to get the longest version.

I'll give a long term review of the components when I've used them enough.

Chris
Nice, how much does it weigh?

Also, what BB are you using? (Just curious)
 

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It's a brilliant frame and a good build - your going to love this bike a lot.

Is that an 80mm or 100mm fork?

The ride characteristics of the Truth are hard to beat in terms of dual suspension bikes. No brake induced jack or lockout, fully active and quite efficient. Not as strong in the sprints but an all round good XC race bike per se. I love riding mine, could go out all day, and that suspension makes easy work out of reallly nasty terrain - love that active suspension.

I am going to try a new Fox RP3 shock next - I hear they work amazingly good and I also hear that it is a good bit lighter then the AVA shock.

Look forward to hearing your ride review comments in the future.
 

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The weight is 24.7 lbs, which isn't bad considering there's a few heavy parts on it, like the stem. By next season, I'll probably have it closer to 24 lbs. The bottom bracket is the raceface ti isis.

The fork is 100. I actually want to switch the shock over to a 5th element. It will drop a bit of weight as well. The bike came with the propedal, so I'll keep it for now though.

Yeah, it's awesome so far. I love the active nature of the bike. I have a good spin, and normally remain seated, so the extra travel hasn't been a problem with the stable platform technology in the shocks. I can't wait to race it!! :)

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ctxcrossx said:
The weight is 24.7 lbs, which isn't bad considering there's a few heavy parts on it, like the stem. By next season, I'll probably have it closer to 24 lbs. The bottom bracket is the raceface ti isis.

The fork is 100. I actually want to switch the shock over to a 5th element. It will drop a bit of weight as well. The bike came with the propedal, so I'll keep it for now though.

Yeah, it's awesome so far. I love the active nature of the bike. I have a good spin, and normally remain seated, so the extra travel hasn't been a problem with the stable platform technology in the shocks. I can't wait to race it!! :)

Chris
Very nice bike! Any chance we could get some more pics? :)
 

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Very nice bike! Any chance we could get some more pics? :)
Ok, I've put a few of the more interesting pics of the bike here.
One pic is of the handlebar setup with the cable housing. The cables crisscross underneath the toptube. That takes care of any tight bends that the housing has to make. Notice the cut foam grips. They interface nicely with the gripshift shifters.
then there's a shot of the 100mm skareb fork mated to the hope mono mini disc and chris king wheelset. I can't tell you how thrilled I am at the ease of setting up the brakes. They came prebled (although the front wasn't done very well). I also had purchased a bleed kit because I figured I may need it when I cut the housing to the appropriate length. Well, I followed a very easy set of directions and was able to cut the housing to length AND fix the front brake issues without having to bleed them at all. It was a very pleasant surprise.
The third pic (assuming they uploaded in order) is of the Hope cable guide kit. They are two very lightweight bolts (9 grams total) that add a nice finishing touch to the frame. The cable easily snaps in to the disc brake guide. the only problem I have is that The other bolt is also huge. It would have been nicer if it was a lower profile button head bolt. I suppose it is more symmetrical this way though.
Finally, I have a shot of my old raceface next cranks combined with new FSA chainrings. I had to dremel down the edges of the tabs (the yellow circles on the crankset pic) on the large chainring so it would fit on the crankarm. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.

Once again, I absolutely love the bike. I also want to thank Larry Mettler for his help in putting this bike together. He was great.

http://www.mtnhighcyclery.com/

Chris
 

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Just love it:) It is indeed awesome. Eventually I would like to get my bike like that(probably minus the frame though, don't have the $$$:)) .
Thanks for the pics:)
 
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