Ellsworth Sub 22 Hardtail Bike

DESCRIPTION

Hardtail, XC race frame, Easton tubing, shot peened and anodized finish.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 14, 2018]
mannybernal


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I used to own one and the strengths are the frame is very sturdy for how light it is I took mine down through the gorge games track which was the side of my. Hood a ski bowl,it took a beating, but i handled it.

Weakness:

The weakness is,beings it was a semi-light bike you couldn't take it downhill because light bikes can get away from you,and we all know that more weight is good for handling

Price Paid:
160,00
Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2003
[Jan 26, 2002]
shane
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Beautiful frame

Weakness:

NOT a 3 lb frame, the brake alignments are off. Dissapointed. Not what I expected

I thought I was goin to get a bike that weighed ummmm...under 22 pounds. Hince the name SUB 22. Nope, it weighs 23. My old cannondale F4000 was a pound lighter with bar ends. I dont get it, this frame is suppose to be almost a pound lighter than the Caad 5 Cdales. You do the math. Anyways, so far the only thing that I really really like is the looks. It is amazingly gorgeous. I have gotten so many compliments. I am just totally dissapointed in the weight. The brake allignment post are totally off on the rear of the bike, which makes adjusting them just plain hell. I give it a 1 value rating because I feel like I was screwed. A SUB 22 should weigh less than 22 lbs with the parts I have on it. I give it a 3 overall for the paintjob alone. If I wasnt expecting to have a sub 22 bike then I wouldnt be so dissapointed in the bike. But the fact that I didnt get what I expected is starting to piss me off. Hmmmm, maybe Ellsworth will call me and explain to me why my SUB22 doesnt weigh sub 22lbs.

Similar Products Used:

cannondale f4000 cannondale f2000

[Dec 23, 2000]
Daryl King
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Seems strong, beefy dropouts, replaceable hanger, cool looks, Easton tubing, long top tube, geometry feels right

Weakness:

Anodized finish not as durable as powder coat

Tracks nice and true at speed, stable at speed, easy to maneuver around, light. This is a good hardtail for racing or XC riding. It works for me, but isn't probably a good value compared to the Schwinns and Treks-which most likely ride just as well and are just as stiff and responsive.

If you've got the dough and want to spend that much on a hardtail frame only (for some reason), then you won't be sorry; however, you can do better by getting a Trek or Schwinn homegrown or Moab---they're a better value....

[Nov 12, 2000]
Steve Agronick
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Eye candy the frame is art work, light weight, climbs like a goat, this was my weak area, and this bike has filled the gap very nicly,

Weakness:

Frame decals, this has been fixed on the newer 2001, and it's so not a big deal.

This is my 3rd. ELLSWORTH is the space of 3 months A new Truth 2001 SE, a Dare , and now the Sub 22, I wont go into how nice i think these bikes are, with (3) now owned it speakes for itself. Every year about this time i get the jones for a hardtail (been on DS for about (6) years)I do about 20-24 races per year in the New England area , New York,& NJ and the race coures are both hilly, rocks and roots, as a rule DS can and is an advantage, but there a lot of climbs so it all evens out. Anyway I spot the Sub 22 in the catalog and say to myself "I wonder" so I build it with all the Euro carbon fiber goodies, the result is a Sub 20 lb hardtail that for the most part is every bit as good as the truth, I did add a Thudbuster seat post, now its like cheating, its going to be hard to pick the one i'll ride the most but the sub 22 may get the nod. It's a new learning process on how to ride a hardtail again but with a few more rides under my belt it's hard to imagine how fast this thing really is. The main thing that sticks out in my mind is the climbing, if anyone is thinking of buying one try it out and you will shake your head then open your wallet. Oh buy the way its the little things, like when Ellsworth send you e-mail or call you to see if the bike is ok, like who does that? Thanks Ellsworth you can take more of my hard earned money any time.

Similar Products Used:

Y2K Homegrown

[Jul 19, 2000]
Armando Gomez
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very Ligth, Stiff, Nice climber

Weakness:

none

This is the best bike I have ride, fast, nice climbing, ligth, nice looking.
This bike it's been the diference in winning a lot of races and be the expert class champion in my state.
I been own some diferent bicycles in my 4 years racing, in this it's the best bicycle I rode. I don't think I will change this one in the next years .
This is a bicycle for serious racers. Expensive? may be, but it worth the price.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale, Kona, Litespeed

[May 06, 2000]
Shawn Howland
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Nice build quality, stiff.

Weakness:

none, yet.

This frame is very stiff and responsive. Tracks excellent at high speeds. No complaints yet. Super light, too! Great climber.

Similar Products Used:

Schwinn homegrown factory, Cannonsnale

[Jun 26, 2001]
Jason
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Super light and responsive ride. it climbs well, corners nicely, and takes off like a fighter jet.

Weakness:

there are no weaknesses with Ellsworth

If you have the cash go for it. this is the best riding hardtail out there. the CNC tubing elimitates welds creating a stiffer, lighter frame. the anadozied finish is quite durable and looks clean. you can get similar bikes, like the homegrown factory, but you still do not not get the over all stiffness that the sub 22 has. i can't describe how worth this bike is...if you are serious about biking this is a great way to go. Also about 2 weeks after i registered Ellsworth called me to see how my bike was, asked what i put on it and just wanted to make sure that i enjoyed their Calif. handmade bike that is a product of lots of tlc.

Similar Products Used:

I had an old cannondale m400

[May 07, 2001]
Frank
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Great frame. Strong and lite.

Weakness:

NONE

Buy one and you will not regret it, what a frame. It's the best out there. For racing or rec. riding. Lite, looks good, strong, lite, the people at Ellswortth call you to see if everything is ok with the bike, you get emails from them for contests, you can call them, they give you thier number when they call. What a company? DOes any other bike company do that? Not that I know.

Similar Products Used:

None in this class

[Apr 25, 2002]
Ben
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Godlike.

Weakness:

None. Oh, wait, here's a sorta weakness: they don't do the long top tube model any more.

The purpose of this review is to help those who are struggling with this question:

"Sure, an Ellsworth is probably good, but isn't a Trek 8500 just as good and a whole lot cheaper? What do I get for the extra dollars?"


Having taken the plunge, I can now reveal the answer: incredibly, the Sub-22 really does seem to be actually genuinely a better ride than the best big-brand hardtail frames! Hard to believe, huh? Yet it's true! And that's not all! With the Ellsworth I also got these super bonuses:

--Most popular kid in the playground for a day as other riders ask me where I got it.
--Incredibly juicy-looking deep red powder coat, despite the fact that Sub-22s are in theory blue.
--Makes people think I'm a good rider, which in turn forces me to try harder.

Don't delay -- order yours today! I'd say I got a pretty good deal at Airbomb but it would have been worth it even at UK store price.

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My last frame was a Fort Zonal one. Too stubby.

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