Ellsworth Isis XC Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • Rear Travel: 4 in.
  • Shock Options: Coil: Romic D
  • Fork Travel: Recommended 80-125mm

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    [Dec 04, 2019]
    RazorRob


    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Indestructible frame, rigid and predictable, superior powder coating..ISIS

    Weakness:

    Only weakness might be weight. Frame is ISIS

    Price Paid:
    2700
    Purchased:
    New  
    Model Year:
    2003
    [Sep 14, 2011]
    jlewing
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Solid simple design, requires little maintenance, predictable handleing

    Weakness:

    I sometimes feel that the head angle could be a little steeper, but then again, I am running a 5" Z1 FR.

    It may not be the coolest bike around and it may not be the latest in technology (by a long shot), but this year I found myself back in the saddle of my Isis after playing on other bikes and am loving it! It is very rewarding to be able to not only keep up with the pack uphill, but to smoke the $5000 rigs down. Linkage suspension was cool, but I still love the simplicity of the single pivot. I built this bike up in '01. Now 10 years later, I am still riding it and putting the hurt on others. There was only 2 years there where it wasn't ridden much. 2 trips to Moab. Countless trips to Beacon in Spokane (back when it was more of a freeride area) and recently Duthie.

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    [Dec 07, 2008]
    Andy Livo
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Bullet proof design. Simplicity of design means pretty well zero maintenance unlike other full sus bike designs e.g. only renewed pivot bearings after 5 years! Shock is out of the firing line of mud. Shot peened looks good even after 7 years of abuse!

    Weakness:

    Slight loss in rear suspension on rear braking. Cable routing.

    This bike is awesome. After riding loads of others I come back to my Isis and think this is the best bike around. It has had a right hammering off the worst that the UK can throw at it. All mountain no problem it takes it, coping with insane downhills off Helvellyn etc (see http://www.mbpost.com/user_page.php?user_id=244 - for photos on mountain passes in the Lakes). XC it rails corners and berms on man made trails.

    The Isis will get up anything that you have the legs for. There's stuff I've climbed and thought how did I get up that? The ride is stable and predictable. I honestly don't know how I could descend faster on any other bike. I have a lock out on the rear shox and never use it, don't need to!

    This bike is an all round great bike, which will do everything you want it to do. Fast dowhill, XC, slow rolling over steep rocks. It's bullet proof design is made to last and 7 years on it is as good, if not better, than the competition.

    So why Ellsworth stopped making this bike I'll never know! I just know I'm glad I bought one!!

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    [Apr 07, 2006]
    Edward Rotler
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Tough, strong, wicked-fast frame that is built to last. Looks great and after two years and many miles it still looks and works great!

    Weakness:

    Cable rub on the fram takes off the paint. No disk brake mounts on the frame.

    Buy this frame if you can still get your hands on it, buy it now don't even think of goind for something else. This frame has a cult following by bike mechanics because of its simplicity and strength. Frame alone weighs 3.5 kilos and I love the way it looks and I still get bike mechanics asking me if they can take it for a test ride ever time I take it in for annual servicing. I love this bike and am looking to purchase a second just in case this one gets nicked!

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    [Jul 02, 2007]
    Bonkler
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    smoooooooth, predictable, confidence inspiring, well balanced bike! There's little (if any) flex due to the single pivot, excellent craftsmanship (aside from the small air gap betw. the top and down tube)and for my liking, a long wheel base on the Large size frame

    Weakness:

    well, just like the other complaints: paint rubs off as mine isn't anodized, cable routing seems like an afterthought. I often bruise up the inside of my left knee from hitting the braze-ons for the cable routing. The good far outweighs the bad with this so I just deal w/it.

    Any bike that can put up with my 200#s slogging it around for hundreds of miles down hills and over rocks going on 5+ years now deserves a write-up! It's long overdue that I wrote one for this bike anyway as it's been my go-to bike since early 2003.

    I call it my limo since the wheelbase on this is so much bigger than all of my friends x/c or FR rigs. It only fits into certain racks and trays as well, but that's a non-issue for me. It's not the most nimble in very VERY tight switchbacks, but it's light enough to maneuver if there's space. And Speaking of space... holy cow, give this thing an inch of it to carve a turn or run down hill and you'll feel like you're on rails. Tight, predictable and plush! Climbing on it feels like a hardtail, very minimal bob, but the Romic D helps out in that dept. too.

    Also, I've never had an issue getting up and over anything as this bike has a high bottom bracket which is one of the features that drew me to it in the 1st place. All the Specalized FS bikes I previously owned had problems with that, but it also could've been my XL body frame putting too much preload into the suspension.

    Overall, I'm more than happy to recommend this bike to anyone whose thinking of buying one used. It's been nothing but great to me!

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    [Apr 22, 2007]
    Cale Ossor
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Strong frame, very stiff, but light as well.

    Weakness:

    Nothing so far

    Get your hands on one of these if you still can, I think the guy in Scotland should grow up reference his missing decal, since Ellsworth does stand behind their bikes. Lifetime warranty on their frame. This frame is exactly what I was looking for and after three years I still do not see anything on the market that will tempt me away from my Isis. The frame looks beefy and rugged and my friends envy me for my wise choice as they have to baby their Stump Jumpers or Enduros. The Isis nimbly goes where other bikes fear.

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    [Dec 18, 2006]
    Alan
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Strength, Design, Stiffness, Rigid, well built (craftsmanship), Paint Quality, Average Weight

    Weakness:

    No Hydraulics Hose holder, not the perfect place to have cables at, impossible to reach water bottle cage during a mtb ride, paint is easy to get dirty and hard to wash off

    Very good frame and geometry overall, very responsive and stiff. For those who is planning to move a fork from an old bike to an ISIS, check the steer tube length as this frame have long head tube. This is a great frame for XC and a bit of AM. It is on the lighter weight side of frame in its class. You can crash it, drop it, throw it down a hill and nothing can go wrong with this frame.

    [Mar 30, 2004]
    hitman
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very little bob, surprisingly lightweight, low stand over height, ellsworth lifetime warranty on frame

    Weakness:

    high bottom bracket which some people won't like, quite a long wheel base on large,

    I tried pretty much all the top end full suspension bikes over a 6 month period, determined to get the best bike out there and was surprised at how good all the bikes were. This made me realise that the difference between them was minimal. When I spotted a deal on an Isis I decided to buy it raesoning that if the singlepivot design bobbed excessively I would simply fit a platform shock and the deal would still work out better than buying n expensive 4-bar frame or one of the new VPP designs. Anyway there was very little bob on the bike if any and I removed that by having the rear shock custom valved for my weight at Mojo suspension in Newport. Anyway so far the bike is superb - it climbs really well and descends even better. I'm now running the rear super plush and have just fitted 125 mm Vanilla forks on the front instead of 100mm Pace forks so it will be interesting to see how much differnce that makes. Anyway the bottom line if you're looking for a realively cheap well made trail bike buy one of these - you won't be disappointed.

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    [Jun 01, 2005]
    Cl;ayton S
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This frame is built like a brick sh*t house. I have ridden it for the past four years and due to my lack of skills I have punished it well. I have had no issues with frame maintenence other than tightening the main pivot after each ride. The bike over all has provided me with little to no problems. Just basic stuff like break pads, replacing cranks, chain rings, chains, tires and cables. I could not of asked for a better bike to learn and continue mountain biking on. Thank you Ellsworth!

    Weakness:

    The only thing I can complain about is chain slap. No need for a bell on the trails, you can hear me coming. Yes that is with tape protecting the swing arm.

    If you get this bike as a beginner you will have it for years to come. Just keep upgrading the components.

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    [May 02, 2005]
    Gary Edmunds
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Strong frame, built like a tank. Cane Creek AD12 rear shock is pretty nice. Very responsive - despite the increased weight, it handles like a rat in a drainpipe - but stiff where it needs to be.

    Weakness:

    It's pretty heavy for an XC bike - my build, using pretty light components, comes in not much under 30lbs. The cable routing sucks as well, you're pretty much stuck with cable actuated brakes if you don't want to bust out the zipties. And... Ellsworth's customer service has... well, it's slipped. A lot. REad the Ellsworth section on MTBR's boards for more on that.

    I've been told that the bike does not make the man, but this rig questions that. I'm a novice to the sport of mountain biking, but the ISIS has improved my game a lot. It's really tight and nimble on the local twisty singletrack, and once you get the AD12 dialled in, it's tremendous, and munches up roots and rocks without a problem. Zero pedal bob, and an efficient pedaller. It does lose a chili from me because of it's design though. I was planning on using Avid mechs anyways, but having no cable routing for hydros (in this day and age!) is not the best move. And imagine my frustration when I had to pony up another $45 for an XT front derailleur, because frame wouldn't accomodate the SRAM X Gen I bought. I'm also not the biggest fan of the monoque construction in general - but mainly due to numerous issues I had with a Marin Rift Zone I had before this one.

    Bottom line though, it's a great wee bike once it's set up, and for the price I got it for, I highly recommend it to someone who wants a general use, all mountain bike. If you're a SERIOUS XC biker, look elsewhere as this guy's a little hefty, but for the weekend warrior like myself, this bike is excellent.

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