Ellsworth ID 2002 Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • International Standard disc brake mounts and replaceable derailleur hanger
  • 5" - 5.75" travel
  • CNC machined swingarm linkage
  • Shot-peened, anodized finish
  • Compatible with up to 6" travel forks

  • USER REVIEWS

    Showing 1-10 of 36  
    [Mar 04, 2002]
    Bob
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    everything its looks weldings fork rear shock laser etched graphics the nice anodized finished the machined swing arm
    and just having the insurence of the ellsworth name

    Weakness:

    some people say its the high bottom bracket but i think that that is an advantge bc it gets u over little logs and improves your balence so when your on another bike u have aven better balence

    i think this bike is one of the best availble its a mix between big hit bikes(the joker) and cross country bikes(the truth) so its really a medium travel freeride bike it rides like nbo other you can go up the mountains instead of tekin the chairlifts like the downhillers with the 40 pound bikes you can ride the downhill courses instead of taking the cross country trails. you can do the big 7 plus hits or just go ride on your local cc trails.

    i fell in love with the bike ever since the day i picked it up aty speedgoat.

    speed goat really treats you right they have tested just about every product there is and have custom shops that build more parts they have atleast 10 high endlines including
    ellsworth, santacruz, litespeed, merlin,moots,titus, kona, cannondale, khs, giant, intense, and many more
    if u want a bike they got it and treat you like your a king

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    [Feb 15, 2002]
    John
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Excellent geometry for climbing. Point downhill and fly.

    Weakness:

    When going gets extremely steep, gets a bit twitchy - requires a bit more touch than old bike (but this is mostly due to speed). This bike makes me want to fly.

    I was a bit disappointed that the bike went over 30 lbs. the way I had it set up. There are a couple of things that would have helped the weight, but after a few weeks on the local hills, weight seems like a minor issue.

    Some folkes buy Porches, some snowmobiles, others Harley's. I suppose price becomes relative when doing something you have passion about -

    I never thought I'd drop this kind of cash on a bike. Ellsworth's bicycles are works of art. The welds are beautiful, the machined parts are zoot, and it all comes together in a bike that is a joy to ride.

    Dreamrides (dreamride.com) spec'ed out an outstanding bike; Lee Bridger's passion for Ellsworth is infectious. He has some very strong opinions about what works and what doesn't. Don't call him unless you have a credit card in hand - actually, I called him a couple of times before buying - he was very helpful.

    Besides being a smooth running, nimble climber, there are a couple of things that require attention when setting up the bike. The rear derailer will slap the chain stay unless the tensioning screw is run all the way in. This may be a problem with the derailer, but I don't think so. The Next cranks didn't shift as well as my old Shimano cranks for the first few rides - I was shifting over the large chain ring. The problem seems to have worked itself out without fooling around with the front derailer.

    One last thing - Mountain Bike magazine just reviewed the Id in their latest issue. One concern the reviewer expressed was the height of the bottom bracket. I have not found the bike to be unusually tall - the Romic Shock will allow for preload adjustments. Mine sags a bit, I haven't measured how much. It was set up by the shop. The compression and the dampening adjustments are simple to use and can be set up in a couple of rides.

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    [Feb 08, 2002]
    Matt
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Climbs Great, bombs on the downhill, super light for 6in rear travel, bomb proof paint, life-time frame warranty

    Weakness:

    None; as long as you have the dough

    I've only had this bike a couple of weeks, but this is the best bike I have ever (and maybe ever will) ride. I tried a lot of the high-end 6in bikes and nothing comes even close. This is the do-all bike. Uphills are better than on my old hardtail. Ellsworth definitely knows how to make bikes that fly uphill. This is the best all around bike on the market. If you like to do cross-country one day, downhill the next and some mellow freeride in between this is the bike. If you are looking for an all out freeride, big hucking bike this is not the bike for you (but the Joker is).

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    None similar, but if you must know: Ellsworth Joker, SC Bullet, Intense Uzzi SL & SLX, Yeti AS-X and Rocky Mountain Switch

    [Jul 17, 2002]
    Nathan Thomas
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Let me start by telling you why I bought the Id. My bike was ripped off and I got a check from my homeowner's insurance to cover replacement of that bike. The check was $5000 which gave me the freedom to get whatever bike I wanted. I like to ride both XC and DH races. I didn't want one bike for each, but I weigh 230lbs. and finding a bike that will do both isn't easy. My decision came down to the Id and the Uzzi SLX. I choose the Id because of the reviews I read on this site. I have been on two long XC rides on the Id and have not been disappointed for one second. The bike rocks. Strengths: bottom bracket height(I read others list it as a weakness but I love it), the Romic shock, and how well the bike climbs.

    Weakness:

    I haven't found one yet.

    I have only had this bike for two rides but I can already tell you that it climbs better than either the Tracer of Giant that I have owned. And the decent . . .oooh the decent. Only buy this bike if you love to ride BOTH up hill and downhill. I like to ride both XC and DH and this bike workds for both. I have confidence on this bike do try things I never have tried in the past. If you can afford the $$ you will not be disappointed. I will try to post an update once I have had the bike a little longer. The bike receives 4 chilis because no frame that costs $2300 can be considered a value.

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    [Nov 07, 2002]
    Tim Freund
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Plush Downhilling, fantastic climber, light weight, awesome travel, high bottom bracket, Rock Star good looks

    Weakness:

    Top tube is a little high at the head set

    What can I say? It's a dream ride. Mike at Universal Cycles made the deal so sick, he asked that I add $1,000 if I ever posted the price (so I didn't). His service was great, so I highly recommend my Portland Bruthah. But about the bike...It climbs better than my iDrive which I never thought possible. It sucks up every bump so that it makes some of the more difficult downhill rides almost easy. It came in at 28.5 lbs, so on long climbs the only thing holding me back is my lungs and my legs. I'm an intermediate rider who likes to bomb a good downhill now and then and the 5-6" of travel make me that much better. The criticism of the Id's high bottom bracket is unfounded; in fact it is one of my favorite features. For those of us who have to ride over the sh-t instead of bunnyhopping it, the high bottom bracket allows me to pass through deep ruts and over rocks, and still pedal. In middle ring this bike is a monster at climbing. So what are my complaints? The main thing is the geometry is totally different that an XC bike like my iDrive. The 125mm front fork and the head tube angle, make for tough tight cornering while climbing - the front wheel wants to lift up, and I either have to stand or fold in half to pedal up the steep technical bits. For you more advanced fellas, you would just jam. For me it has been a big learning curve, but it's getting better with every ride. There's a fair share of chain slap while bombing in Big Ring/Little Cog, and at 5'9", the high top tube makes me glad I had kids before I bought the bike. All in all though, it's really a bike that allows me to go faster and harder than ever before, and with the King hubs, it really is a head turner on the trail. If you can afford a top of the line ride, it's really hard to imagine a better bike than this one, it really is pretty perfect.

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    [Oct 16, 2002]
    Benjamin McQuiston
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Rear suspension and frame strength. Romic Shock is awesome.

    Weakness:

    None that I found yet other than the $2300 sticker price

    This bike is amazing. I don't know why some people complain about the higher bottom bracket, I love the little extra hight. It gives you the clearence to run over just about anything in your path and the Romic shock makes it feel like nothing at all. I've never had so many people stop me on the trail to check this thing out either! If you have the extra cash to blow on an awsome bike and are looking for an aggressive XC ride, buy the Id.

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    [Mar 17, 2002]
    Dan

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    does everything well, descend and goes up suprisingly well also. pretty good urban assault bike to

    Weakness:

    i guess the bottom bracket is high but i tdont notice it when i ride

    The best all around bike i have ever ridden, it does anything and everything well, the suspension is smoot and you roll through the nastiest rock gardes and take twisty singletrack at unpresedented speeds, i would definetely recommend it to anyone willing to drop the cash on the bike.
    If you like to ride all terrain, if you like to do HUGE drops, the bike isnt the best but can handle moderate (probably 5 or 6 feet would be pushing it)size drops

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    [Feb 23, 2003]
    Brian
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    extremely efficient pedaling. Lightweight. Beautiful.

    Weakness:

    may cause inability to ever ride a lesser bike ever again

    This bike is simply the coolest thing I've ever blown all my money on. I'm giving it 5 chillis for value because it is worth every dime you will spend, and once you buy a bike like the ID, you can't nickel and dime the componentry. Do yourself a favor, go buy one.

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    [Jan 23, 2003]
    z z
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Great for every thing, you can ride urban, cross country, and downhill in the same day. This bike will handle alot more than what everybody says, it han handle 8 foot roof drops to flat, 51/2 hour cross country rides, and dh courses. Great bike, glad i chose it over the bullit. The ID is light and strong, thats why its great.

    Weakness:

    the triagle pivot arm in the back suspension, and the small amount of play in the pivots. The head toob angle, you cant fit a double crown fork without messing up the angles.

    Fantastic bike for all around, handles everything.

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    [Mar 20, 2003]
    mike hall
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    beefy construction,the suspension linkage (how it works) and the geometry

    Weakness:

    none to speak of. I've heard of people comlaining about the bb being a little high.? I think they are the ones that are a little high. More clearance? BRING IT ON. tight turns at slow speed? The rider can handle. The bike is way to nuetral to actually feel some sort of center of gravity issue.

    This bike is the bomb. I did a 2yr search, spec'ed them out, test rode them all. When all was said and done the ID was the one that had it all. You sit nuetral on the bike, not "in" or "behind" the bike, there's none of that sloshy goosh of excess travel gone wild or that I need to pedal hard to get on top of it feeling. At speed you can either drive the bike hard or just hang on. The bike feels nimble and quick but ooooo so stable. Going dh is rock solid and predictable and it will air out. Climbing is a dream. The linkage combined with the romic allows you to climb anything your fitness will allow. It doesn't bob wallow or wander, it merely hooks up. Riding along you feel as if you have 2" of travel rather than 6" because the pedaling dynamics are so dialed. THE BOMB.I have ridden for the cycle. Fully rigid, frt susp h/t, fullsusp, big frt susp h/t,full susp. I've gone 2-12 hrs on the bike, steep&deep,rolly & twisty, nasty&sweet. This is the bike that will free your mind.

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