Ellsworth Joker 2002 Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • International Standard disc brake mounts and replaceable derailleur hanger
  • 4 or 6" rear travel
  • Extruded aluminum one-piece BB/pivot unit
  • Shot-peened, anodized finish
  • Compatible with up to 6" travel forks

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jun 29, 2003]
    James
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    none

    Weakness:

    it freakin' breaks

    I've gone through 3 swingarms in 2 years. This is totally unacceptable. I pound the snot out of my Turner taking it off multiple 10-15 footers on a bi-weekly basis for almost 2 years and not one problem with that frame. My joker is my trailbike never seeing more than 5 footers and it still breaks. The guys at Ellsworth know it's a problem and they just don't care. Their answer to me on how to keep it from happening was to pay $835 and get the newest model. Nice answer after I just paid $1300 to get the stupid thing 2 years ago. After I told them that they told me to just sell it on E-Bay if I didn't like it. They suck and so does the Joker. I've got a friend who goes off on his 4 year old Iron Horse G-Spot and hasn't broken it. Many friends have Bullits with no failures. Don't believe the hype, Ellsworth just buys a bunch of add space which is why they get all the good press. Those who ride do know - buy something else.

    [Jul 05, 2002]
    Scott

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Tougher than nails, sweet geomentry, beautiful simplicity, eats up everthing the trail can dish out, excellent craftmanship, lifetime warranty, climbs like a goat, descends beautifully, turns you into a superhero, and it is "really, really, really good looking."

    Weakness:

    none

    If, like most people, you can only afford one bike, this bike is an excellent choice. It does everthing and makes everything you do on it super fun. I love my Joker.

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    [Mar 06, 2002]
    Steve Wilson

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Super stiff frame,amazing pedaling performance for a six inch travel bike.Super plush.An easy bike to throw around corners berms over jumps.a real confidence builder

    Weakness:

    none so far

    The bottom line is that this is the absolute best bike I have ever ridden. If your into drops, jumps, trail, or urban, this bike absolutely rocks.

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    [Oct 21, 2002]
    true freerider
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Everything is

    Weakness:

    nothing

    this bike kicks butt. Highly suggested to get. BULLITS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    none can come close

    [Jul 02, 2002]
    Jimbo
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Bulletproof Frame, Lifetime Warranty, Incredbile Handling, Awesome for climbs, Phenom on down hills.

    Weakness:

    I have to keep buying stuff to keep up with the frame, xc components do not cut it!

    Killer ride, I do xc,freeride,shuttle runs, and will even take this on downhill runs. I dont mind the weight since Im in no hurry to get to the top. Incredible coming down, responsive Just soaks up all the hits, rocks, logs etc.
    I wanted one bike that will do anything and this is it. I dont care what you say about geometry I just ride and it performs!
    I wanted a ride that could handle a 5-10 footer and rock gardens and still pedal around town for some hooligan riding or ride with the weight weenies on the xc trails.
    Build it right with the Solid Heavy duty parts, I kinda paid as I went for $$$ reasons with a frame swap and now its finally dialed in, Ellsworth c/s is great.
    Email me if you need help or have questions.

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    Specialized FS xc only! Hardtails etc

    [Oct 28, 2003]
    SS
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Ano finish is the best, I will never buy another painted bike. After 9 months of riding it still looks like new. Good geometry - I like the longer-than-normal top tube and the extra standover clearance. Pedaling efficiency is great with the Romic. Ellsworth customer service was excellent! I received my new-redesigned swingarm in 4 days with new shock pivot bolts, pivot bearings and main pivot bolt and they called to follow-up with me a few weeks later.

    Weakness:

    Original swingarm was flexy and cracked on the backside of the weld just above the pivot. Limited rear tire clearance. 2.35 Maxxis is about the biggest that will fit and leave some room for play. Cable routing is not so great. I drilled out the guides for the hyd lines.

    With 15 years of riding under my belt and almost as many bikes this one is the best one I have owned. It handles all kinds of riding well and excels as a long travel trail bike. I have raced DH on it one day and rode 15+ miles of up-n-down singletrack the next.

    I know you might be reading this and thinking "How can he claim this is the best with all the negatives he posted." Let me explain: The original swingarm was poor at best but the customer service and new product I received was top notch. A 2.35 is the biggest rear tire I need to run, it does not detract from the bikes performance, but the option to use a larger size would be nice but not necessary. The cable routing is a cosmetic thing and again does not affect the performance. Once I tried a few different setups and drilled out the guides for the rear Hyd line everything is fine.

    All the nit-picking aside, the Joker really shines on the trails. The frame is increadibly lite for how sturdy it looks. The Geometry of the Joker fits me right. At 5'7" I have a short 29" inseam and a longer torso which plays into the geometry of the Joker perfectly. I use a 65mm stem and 2" riser bars which puts me in the handling "sweet spot". The cornering abilities of the frame are awesome and you need very little if any body adjustments to rail the corners.

    The Romic is a perfect compliment to this frame. I run a 700x2.25 spring (recommended by Romic) with 2 turns of preload, 5 turns of compression("bob knob" which controls the force required to break the "locked out" threshold)and 4-5 turns from the slowest rebound setting. It has very little noticable "BOB" during small or middle ring climbing. Small bumps encountered while climbing seated are a little harsh (this can be reduced but may also cause pedeal induced activation of the shock) but not horrible. Big and medium hits are where this shock shines. There is no kickback fron big hits and I have yet to feel it bottom out.

    The bottom line: a great all around bike that is well worth the money spent.

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    [Oct 19, 2003]
    jesus666
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    This is my cross country bully. I have enjoyed all 32 lbs. for a year now. It hasnt broken yet..

    Weakness:

    The Ellsworth logo is permanent (etched). I like removable stickers personally. I called Ellsworth to try and get some different frames. I was told they were in stock by one person then a different story from someone else..

    I am very happy it hasn't broken. KHS replaced their frames in just a couple of days but it still meant I was out my bike for 3-5 business days each break. I have been riding whenever I want for 11 months now. Watch out for the poison oak. It almost killed me!

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    I had a 2001 KHS Pro. I broke the frame three times in 10 months.

    [Sep 29, 2002]
    Eric in Asheville

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Excellent Climber, Even better descender. Great looks.

    Weakness:

    None so far

    If you're looking for an awesome trailbike, this is it.

    People seem to be breaking them by doing drops to flat and DH racing so if that's your thing, this isn't your bike.

    I'm amazed by how well this thing climbs. I just add some compression damping in the rear and take it back off at the top. It took a few rides to get used to the longer wheelbase (than my old XC full suspension) but now I rocket down the hills with more confidence than ever. I've got the painted version and have tossed it onto the rocks a few times, it's hard to scratch.

    [Sep 19, 2002]
    JOKER
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Sweet frame, extremely light for a free ride bike. great customer support. anodized graphics are awesome! Its amazing how this bike doesn't bob.

    Weakness:

    ZERO

    The bottom line is that this bike is superb. it climbs amazing yet i can turn around and hit a six foot drop to flat and have a nice, smooth landing. the frame is nealy scratch proof, and its an excelent free ride bike. it is very unique, that is another special feature. i have not seen any one on a joker, and when any one see it, they wish they had it. its great. Overall if your'e lookin for a free ride bike, go for the joker. well worth the money

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    [Oct 05, 2002]
    Robert Baird
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    see other post

    This is an update to my post 2 weeks ago. Ellsworth did send me a new frame in a little over 2 weeks. They also send some nice swag for taking so long. Andrew says yheir goal is to turn bike around in 48hrs. Which they did when I sent in my Truth. In Ellsworth defense they where under the gun for the Vagas trade show. If this one last, then these are are totally worth it. As I said in the last post, the ride is great!

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