Ellsworth 2001 Truth Full Suspension Bike

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[Aug 04, 2008]
Lyle Mc Leod
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Components, Sram XO, Fox.....etc

Weakness:

Frame welded off center, top tube scew!

I have owned my Truth for 2 and a half years, but have been fighting with Ellsworth to get my frame warrenteed, to no avail. The company has made a call based on nothing but photo's and as far as I am concerned, don't give a damn, as I am based in Africa and just an insignificant rider to them! The bike is the most expensive in this country, and you'd expect some quality and service! Hey go ahead and waste your money if you'd like, but there are many bikes out there that out price and out perform this white elephant! The linkage is old school, and you will NOT get service when there is an issue, which there will be! Ride like there is no tar!

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[Mar 16, 2002]
Stimmer
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Design/function/looks.....strength/stiffness vs. weight....ride quality and versatility....let's me ride faster and longer than I ever could on my terminally injured steel hardtail (sniff, you never forget your first girl....I loved that bike).

Weakness:

None for ME (I'm basing this whole review on my experiences, thus "my" review)

That I'm finally writing this review sucks, because it means the weather is so crappy today it would be irresponsible trail use. Thus, one man's opinion..

The Truth is a very special bike, truly one of the best of it's kind. The bulk of my riding is long weekend rides in search of technical, rocky/rooty, new england trails and fun: somewhere to lose yourself after 60 hours in the office. For kicks, I enjoy a few races, and I'm also getting hooked on 24-hour madness. This bike fits my riding range perfectly.

I primarily wanted a bike that is fun (which also means fast) to ride, followed closely by comfort. A good ride for me is going up, down, over, through and around every tree, root, rock, obstacle and stunt as humanly possible within 3-4 hours. The truth's underlying strength is the design. Ellsworth delivers on its advertising, they makes a light frame that is super efficient.

Once dialed in, I could not believe I was riding on only 4" of travel. The bike just seems to float over everything, it really does reduce the challenge of many obstacles I encounter during my regular rides. Keeping in mind I'm a 225lb rider, I have noted some minor flex in the rear end (only the Turner was stiffer by smidge, which also flexed when I rode it...the xtra stiff wasn't worth the weight). Overall, set up with 100mm of travel in the front, the ride is neutral, which lends directly to its versatility.

Climbing is just more fun. I just don't feel any type of bobbing, and it just eats up bumps without breaking my stride. The suspension sticks the rear tire to the trail whether I'm sitting or standing. I just don't lose grip/traction compared to other bikes I've ridden. Going down, anything I ride over, big and small, is no problem. The fully-active suspension really is awesome: I can just ride without worrying about lock-out, brake jacking and chatter.

On singletrack, I love this bike more than anything I've ridden in the past. Pedaling hard on the twisties rocks, the Truth is just so dam solid and smooth acting. I go into, and come out of, corners faster and more confidently than I thought was possible for me. Best of all, the ride is comfortable. The best way for me to describe it is to say the suspension is always there when you need it; whether it's holding a line through a sweeper, digging it out over a steep uphill root, or slamming a babyhead on the downhills, the suspension is working for me.

From a quality standpoint, I've got no complaints. The pivots are silky smooth and don't ever make any noise. I do ride hard, and will do an occassional 3ft wheelie drop. My frame feels as solid as the first time I rode it. Considering how light this bike is makes it all the more amazing how stiff and solid the bike rides. For my money, I got what I paid for (that's value).

In the end, this was an exceptional choice for my situation. Do your homework. Know what type of rider you are and how you will ride/abuse a bike before you buy it. More importantly, buy what you like, not what someone thinks you should have, or tells you to have.

Thanks for reading my humble rantings......








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[Dec 18, 2001]
Bill Reasor
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Handles very well, beautiful finish, light, climbs well.

Weakness:

I broke the seat tube in half going thru a deep ditch after approx 4 months of ownership. The folks at Ellsworth said that it might have been caused by the rear shock pressure.(I don't have lockout). I had the tech at Galyans check the pressure and He said that it was correct for my weight. I weigh 216 lbs. Ellsworth replaced my frame and the cust service at Galyans has been great. I have purchased a titus switchblade for trail riding and moderate free riding. In the future I will only use my Ellsworth for xc racing. I think Ellsworth needs to add support to the seat tube to prevent future problems.

I love the way the bike handles but now I am wondering how long it will be before it breaks again. Hopefully never.

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[Nov 29, 2001]
Vaughn Smith
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Comfortable riding compartment, more upright head tube angle than pre-2001 Truths make it right quick in twisty singletrack.

Weakness:

Running a rear Fox Float R, wish I had a choice of a 'lightweight' coil-over for plusher downhill runs.

A follow up from previous review. I have been quite happy with my ride. Relatively light, longish top tube makes for good climbing even with my 1 1/2 riser bars, responsive in singletrack. Durability has not been an issue yet. The Truth fits my riding style. I enjoy daylong fireroad and singletrack climbs with blazing fast swoopy singletrack with smattering of technical rocks/roots, creek crossings, etc. I would not be taking this bike and mindlessly bombing in through Tahoe rock gardens or airing it off ledges and fallen trees. For one I am not skilled enough to ride like I'm on a north shore video, for another, I can't see beating the snot out of any bike in this price range.

I have not had any further trouble with my swingarm bearings at the rear hub. Blue loc-tite did work. The 2001 setup looks nice, but I think I like the look of the clevis type joint from pre 2001 bikes.

I can't offer a real rebuttal to the previous disgruntled reviewers. But...after over a year of riding this thing, I would still buy this bike. It definitely is over priced, so I can't give it a full score on value rating, but overall with the excellent riding manners I have to give it full score.

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[Nov 26, 2001]
joe caruso
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

good climber and decender looks good behaves well in twisties

Weakness:

bad rear pivot bearings at 300 miles workmanship isnt so great hayes disk brake adaptor has to be modified to fit rear(i think its dangerous and i don't trust it) customer service sux (im talking to George, jodi and Kathy) merchandice like hats are a rip and dont fit unless youre a truckdriver in smokey and the bandit.

I like the other poor guy before me researched my purchase, and in the end result also got screwed,this is how. at mile 300 the rear pivot bearings, the ones closest to the rear hub, began showing signs of lateral play, upon inspection at the shop i bought it from, Action Wheels, it was suggested to me that Ellsworth replace th bearings, their reply was "put blue locktite in the bearing shell and repress it into the frame" this was by george, when the shop explained that the bearings needed replacement they suggested i buy new bearings for $50. when it was made clear that this was not acceptable George suggested i send the rear half of the bike to Ellsworth for examination which would only take a week....SURPRISE!!!!! THREE weeks later i called Kathey who said they couldnt find my frame transfered me to jodi who very curtly informed me that my frame had been "SITTING IN THE WORKSHOP UNTOUCHED FOR THREE WEEKS BECAUSE THEY HAD A BIG INTERNATIONAL ORDER GOING OUT AND THEY DID NOT HAVE TIME FOR ME" all i wanted was my [email protected]#$ing frame working and in my garage they finally sent it back , George said there was nothing wrong with it but did'nt even look at it I know this because there was still untouched dust cocering the seals on the bearings and as Actionwheels pointed out just before replacing the bearings as a courtesy to a customer, would have rubbed off just from handeling it. to me the other problems with the frame are peanuts...yes even the fact i dont feel safe riding the damn thing because of the poor placement of the disk brake braket and a weld that is in the way, by the way my head tube sticker is crooked and does infact look dumb, to sum up i'll tell you what i tell everyone i meet on the trail who all say WOW AN EllSWORTH!! DONT BUY IT !!! THEY WILL RIP YOU OFF!!! IF YOU LIKE THIS FRAME DESIGN BUY A TURNER XTC, ITS ABOUT THE SAME WEIGHT HANDLING PRICE THE ONLY DIFFERANCE IS THEY STAND BY THEIR PRODUCTS AND TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT BUY A TURNER!!! ELLSWORTH SUCKS!!! the bike handles well when it works and isnt sitting in california it does climb very well and decend even better, my feelings probibly wouldnt be so bitter about this whole thing if the customer service hadent been so demeaning. ONE CHILI BECAUSE OF POOR CUSTOMER SERVICI>>>NO_ONE DESERVES THAT

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[Dec 03, 2001]
Patrick Mattingly
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Light Wieght, Good geometry, little pogo.

Weakness:

Expensive, frames tend to crack, stickers come off

First let me say that the folks at Speed Goat have the best customer service around. As you'll see they handled my cracked frame with aplomb. Also they build the best damn wheels areound - whatever else you do - get your wheels built at the Goat.

This bike was great for 850 miles, then the frame cracked. I was riding in an area we call the rollers - which are long swooping roller type hills - nothing extrmeme. The frame cracked right above the front derailler on the seat tube. I didn't deal with Ellsworth, because I wanted the experiance of the Goat behind me. So I didn't have any trouble with them. I ended up upgrading to an ID. I did this because the bike is, in my mind, an excellent design for the way I ride( aggressive all mountain style riding). So I'm willing to give them another chance. They charged me another $400.00 for the ID - which was Ok, but really the folks at the Goat made the deal by wrenching all my other parts off and putting the new ones on the Id. They did an excellent job, these folks know what they are doing. I also switch over to a black elite are 120. What a fork, it puts the bomber to shame. I've got about 100 miles on the id now and it's been great. The only thing that kinda ticked me off, was Ellsworth's excuse for why my frame cracked, which they said is due to the Fox lockout shock. Really ?? even so then why did they let me buy a bike with it in there. Personally, and I don't knwo this, but I think it's a basic design flaw with the frame. Perhaps they need extra strenght tubing in that portion of the seat tube to prevent the bearing from cracking the tube. Also the Id wne with the lazer cut for the lettering, which should be done on a frame at this price.

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[Feb 16, 2002]
Jay Mutina
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Excellent finish, lite weight, active suspension (Easy on my old back)

Weakness:

Nothing major

Ive read all the reviews on the 2001 Truth and there are alot of bad things said about it. I must say that I am very happy with this bike, heck, its the second Truth Ive purchased the first being a 98. The 2001 is a much better design, thanks for getting rid of the bushings Ellsworth. I received a call from Ellsworth promptly after returning my warranty card just to check and see how things were going. Ive also had alot of coorespondence w/Ellsworth in regard to my old bike and found them to be helpful.

If you are looking for a lite CROSSCOUNTRY bike look no further. If you are heavier than 210#, are looking for a freeride bike or a part time downhiller, look elsewhere.

I am using Hope Mini Disks on this bike and find them to fit perfectly as opposed to some of the fit problems with Hayes. Hope's rock, they are killer looking, strong, cheap modulate well and quite !!! What else do you want?

A little pricey, never thought Id ever spend $2K on a frame, you get what you pay for.

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[Jan 15, 2002]
jose luis tula
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

medium good handling , medium good climbing ,good downhill

Weakness:

the frame is a disaster,bad quality, it brokes and it´s a mess to contact ellsworth ( beware if you own one)

It´s a good handling bike (nothing to write home), but if you want to spend more than 3300 go for the titus or the tracer and don´t waste your money on silly experiments, because the ellsworth is a piece of %&/($·on manufacture quality and it´s by far lower in all capabilities and technology compared to the tracer and it´s years far from titus.
I hope these guys make something or the money they spend in buying editors to have good comments will be overpassed by the truth like the bikes name , and at the end they can not cover the sun with one finger ( so they stop robbing people that believes on their brand ? well is not the brand it´s the publicity and the reviews ), I know a lot of people on the media that know or have heard , that the frame brokes and the quality problems , so If you like the bike please don´t do a mistake, consider other options before you take the risk on giving your money to the ellsworth bandits, in case you insist on the ellsworth , maybe you have luck ,but again for the price ,the bike is like 85% the capable of the amp b5 like 65% of the tracer and like 60% of the titus, so please don´t buy it , listen well because I have waste my money and sincerely at the end you´re only paying the marketing of the brand.

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[Oct 26, 2001]
Taylor Lyne
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Light,Travel adjustment

Weakness:

Customer Service

Great Race bike for certain trails. Eats up roots and rocks. Desends like a Rocket and Climbs like a Goat.Lack in excelleration over Hardtail on flat surfaces. Cane Creek And White Brothers (EKO sports)Get 5 gold stars for product and service. Beyond Bikes Gets 3 stars for price but nothing for customer service. Sold me the wrong set up for the AD-12. The top bushing was the wrong size. The top bolt broke on the second ride tweaking the rocker arms. I brought the frame used. If you do the same make sure you get the warrenty card from the orig. owner.

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[Oct 25, 2001]
mike
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

great climber, fast, light, stable.
customer service helpful

Weakness:

none yet

very, very happy with purchase.
the way it climbs is unbelievable.
the price is steep, but like anything you usually get
what you pay for.

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went from 4 year old cad3 hardtail to this.

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