Ellsworth Isis 2003 Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

-International Standard disc brake mounts and replaceable derailleur hanger
-4" rear travel
-Extruded aluminum one-piece -BB/pivot unit
-Shot-peened, anodized finish
-Compatible with 80 to 100mm travel forks

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 27, 2003]
Gordon J
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

suspension works and it pedals. what a concept.

Weakness:

A little bit of paint flaking around the shock mount bolts.
However I am not the type to care, besides you can't see it for the mud.

Just a little follow up to my last review:
I emailed Ellsworth about the decals and a day later I got a reply. My new decals are on the way to me. Thanks to Cathy in customer service. Nicely asking worked.

It is great that Tony Ellsworth wrote a review on a Joker. You can tell he cares about what he puts out. Not just numbers or profit margins.
Thanks Ellsworth

The bottom line is:
Isis is right in the middle of a f/s race bike and a freeriding machine.

Similar Products Used:

schwinn rocket, schwinn moab 1, trek fuel 100, klein polmanio race. The Isis fits my riding best

[Jan 13, 2004]
Jerry Everetts
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Handling is very forgiving. Anodized finish is very durable. Weight is on par with what you would expect. Ellsworth has that 'small company' feel, and treats you like family.

Weakness:

If anything, it would be the price, although it is priced about the same as other manufactures similar offerings.

This is my first full suspension mountain bike, and I am finding myself doing more and more freeride type of stuff, I am over 200lbs, and have been riding it hard for 3 months, it is still like new with no creaks or squeaks. The bike seemed pretty expensive to me and was a strech to afford it, but I am glad I did. Everytime I get the guts to do a bigger drop or a bigger jump, I am suprised at how easy the bike makes it seem. I have to think it is taking very good care of me.

Similar Products Used:

This is my first full suspension bike. I have owned several Trek hardtails, and a Santa Cruz Chameleon hardtail.

[Dec 25, 2003]
Eran

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Ellsworth quality , light but tough, excellent anodized finish , perfect geometry , razor-blade handling , very good mud clearance.

Weakness:

price maybe, although you get what you pay for.

Best trail bike I've ever ridden. This bike does exactly what you want it to do, and goes directly where you point it. It gives lots of confidence and actually makes you feel like you are a better rider.
Other bikes I've tried (including the latest greatest multi linkage anti bob models) did not handle nearly as good as this - their rear end flexed , they bobed , they were heavy and they didn't look half as good. This bike can be built to be a light yet agressive trail bike that can be used for anything, and be ridden anywhere. The frame geometry is right on, and you have many sizes to choose from. Although this bike does not contain any latest technology, I can still count on one hand the number of trailbikes that could , just maybe, mach the Isis's performance. Do not overlook this bike !!!

Similar Products Used:

Lots.

[Feb 07, 2003]
Al
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

VERY VERSATILE FRAME, NEVER DISAPPOINTS NO MATER WHAT YOU COME ACROSS OR PUT IT THROUGH. PEOPLE LOOK AT IT, ESPECIALLY HERE WHERE YA NEVER SEE THEM.

Weakness:

CHAIN DESTROYS PAINT ON SWING ARM NEAR REAR MECH, EVEN AFTER FACTORY FITTED "CHAIN RUB STRIP". NOT A REAL PROBLEM, JUST NEEDS MORE ATTENTION.

A very good bike that seems to get you out of any trouble. It will always out perform your riding ability and leave you with a big grin. Did lots of riding on this last year, mainly XC but a lot of rides included technical sections, fast, rough decents, steep climbs - EVERYTHING that England, Wales, Colorado and Moab could offer. Casual riding to 100km endurance racing - the bike is a good un. It does bob, but nothing to get too concerned about. Buy the shot peened frame. The paint comes of otherwise!
Still smiling after every ride, except when splattered in dog sh*t.

[Nov 11, 2003]
norman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

aluminum can be fixed

Weakness:

can't be ridden as advertized-phony warranty-dealing w/ ellsworth & crew

regret supporting an individual like ellsworth. if you're left holding a worthless frame you can get it fixed for real for as little as $150.00 dealing w/ Pyrotek in Abbortsford, B.C.
see review in 2002 & older

Similar Products Used:

titus switchblade-cannondale jekyll-azonic saber

[Feb 22, 2004]
Chris
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

durable finish, snob appeal, comfort

Weakness:

poor tolerances, questionable customer service

Rides better than my Truth for sure. Much more responsive to the little bumps, and the rear suspension just moves more smoothly than the 4-bar setup.

The steering is really slow. I kept running off the trail when I first got the bike. It takes some serious body english to manuever this thing through tight singletrack. The plus side of the slow steering is that it is nearly impossible to lose control on a downhill. With the Marzocchi, this bike just plows over anything - it is so plush. The only racing I do is 24hr, and this bike is choice for endurance racing.

My complaint: Ellsworths are not cheap. The finish quality on their bikes is poor, especially considering the price. My Truth had a powdercoat finish with the decals applied on top with no clearcoat. Some people may like this, but i didn't. After a couple rides, all of the decals were peeling off. Additionally, I got a small dent in the top tube of my truth and the paint started to bubble up.

The Isis anodization is nice, but the machining tolerances are poor. The shock/swingarm connection kept coming loose every ride. I contacted Ellsworth and they said this was because the space on the swingarm where the shock attaches was machined to wide. There sollution was to put some washers in between the shock and the swingarm, which did solve the problem. However, they told me all of the swingarms were like this. I find this unacceptable on a supposedly high-end, hand made frame.

Would I buy another one? Sure. The bike rides really well, it is made in the states, and it is certainly made better than one of those junkers from taiwan or china.

Oh yea, this bike is not for the weight conscious. I weigh about 200 pounds and ride lots of rough, rocky stuff, so the bike is great. However, it is about 4 pounds heavier than the Truth I had. Both Bikes were simillarly equipped, with the exception of the wheels and tires. My Isis is just a tick over 30 pounds. The plus side - my bike never breaks.

Similar Products Used:

Ellsworth Truth SE, Cannondale Jekyll 2000SL,
Cannondale Raven 800SL

[Jan 29, 2004]
Chaz

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Ellsworth design, customer service, low maintenance and the warranty. For the money you can't buy a better bike.

I had a 2002 modle which i rode for two years ( 6'4" 220lbs)
Recently I was cleaning the frame when I noticed a crack in one of the welds at the shock mount. I call Ellsworth Customer Ser. explained the problem I was giving a RA # they received the the frame on a Thursday and sent the 2004 replacement out the next day. It took a total of two weeks from start to finish. You can't ask for any better service. I would like to THANK Tony Ellsworth and all his staff for a job well done. The Isis is a great bike with a GREAT warranty.

[Apr 19, 2004]
Phil
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Simple effective design. Bombproof. Plush. Dependable. Predictable. Can do just about everything well. Is a way better bike than I am a rider. Climbs. Decends. Single track. Jumps. You name it.

Weakness:

Heavy! Chain slap kills the painton the swing arm. Cable rub scratches it everywhere else. Did I mention Heavy?

I was the last of my riding buddies to go FS. I'm also the biggest (210lbs.) Most of them went 4-bar and eventually broke something or another. So I was concerned about dependability. NO trouble here. ISIS is da bomb. And really only feels heavy when you pick it up. On the trail, the weight dissapears. I just put on new rubbers... Conti Survival Pro 2.3's (I hated the Panaracer XC Fires I had before). Man this thing just eats up the trail... and can do it all. I just converted my old C'Dale to SS, so the weight thing is on my mind, but really not too noticable.

Similar Products Used:

This is my first FS. Others have been HT.

[Nov 07, 2003]
Bob Hallowell
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

low maintence looks great I have the black anodised sl. ride is great.

Weakness:

a bit heavy

this bike rides as good or better than my dakar 4-bar horst link bike. very plush great ride. mine is heavy I don't know where these other guys are wieghing theirs but mine goes about 31lbs thats with a carbon bar and alien post. but the wieght is well worth it.

Similar Products Used:

NRS, Dakar, lots of hardtails

[Jul 02, 2005]
Greg H.
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Ellsworth quality,anodized finish looks good and is very durable. It's just a well built frame!!

Weakness:

The only problem i've been able to find is the permanent ear to ear grin you will have when riding this frame. It causes you to get alot of dirt and bugs stuck between your teeth. :~)

With my set up the bike weighs about 32lbs, and it handles like a dream. It eats up tight single track, it goes up hills just as easy as it goes down.
I've found that my confidence level is so much higher with this bike compared to when I was riding my hardtail.

I can honestly say in the 2yrs that i've been riding this bike, I have not found one thing, I do not like about it!

So, IF your thinking about buying one, I say do it! You won't regret it!!!!

Similar Products Used:

Not sure. This is my first and only f/s i've ever ridden.

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