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Hi everyone

I went looking at bikes yesterday and found myself fixated on an Ellsworth.


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Right now it's set as my desktop.

But it's my first bike, and sticker shock is at best a euphomism. I wanted to spend under $1000! I had no idea these bikes were so expensive. And what I really want is a bike for riding a 10 mile paved loop twice a week and on a trail once a month. The looks of the Ellsworth are amazing though. I know it's not the right bike for what I'm looking for, but it works. Does anyone know of a bike with this sort of frame look in my price range or near?
 

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Thanks man, that's awesme! Thanks so much. I don't like the finish, but I can redo that. I was actually wanting to fabricate my own frame until I read about how much more it would cost to build from scratch.

Are these good bikes? Hold up well (at least give me a fun and aggressive ride) on trails? Comfortable to ride around town too?

Would I be better off buying the frame and building the bike up if these componants aren't very good?
 

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JamesO said:
But it's my first bike, and sticker shock is at best a euphomism. I wanted to spend under $1000! I had no idea these bikes were so expensive. And what I really want is a bike for riding a 10 mile paved loop twice a week and on a trail once a month. The looks of the Ellsworth are amazing though. I know it's not the right bike for what I'm looking for, but it works. Does anyone know of a bike with this sort of frame look in my price range or near?
Don't get too fixated on the finish of a bike. While the Ells has a sweet anodized, laser-etched finish, it's a 5/6" trailbike, and probably not the best choice for the criteria you've set. If you are riding a paved trail 8 times a month and on dirt once a month, you don't need anything near that beefy. You should look at a hardtail, really, and it'd be much easier to find within your budget.
 
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