For Sale: 2002 Ellsworth Truth

March 27, 2005

Yup. It is true. I've finally decided to unload my favorite bike. I've been bitten by the 29er bug and I can't seem to ride anything with a 26" wheel anymore. I love this bike. It is truly something amazing to ride on the trails.

I purchased this frame early in 2002. Tony Ellsworth had recently released his 2003 geometry and this was one of the early examples of that bike. The frame angles didn't really change at all. It was the shape of the suspension links that changed a little. It made the bike a lot more plush than the 2002 geometry. The suspension is very active without being intrusive. Ellsworth's design eliminates pedal induced suspension movement. If you flail out of the saddle, you'll get a lot of bobbing, but if you climb smoothly and efficiently, the bike will just sail up the steepest of climbs. That is one of the things that I love about this bike. It is very smooth and efficient.

The frame is a 20" and it has a 24.25" top tube. I put a 120mm stem on it and flat bars. The only change that some taller riders would like would be a pair if short riser bars. I've got a set of monkey bars around and can switch those out if you'd like.

Here is a build list for the bike:

Fork: Fox Float 100 RLC
Headset: Chris King
Stem: Thomson
Seat Post: Thomson
Seat: WTB Team V with Titanium rails
Bars: MaxM carbon
Bar Ends: LP Composits carbon
Brakes: Hope Mini (New pads)
Shifters: SRAM 9.0 Twist shifters
Calbes and Housing: New
Front Der: Shimano XTR
Rear Der: Sram X-9 (New)
Cogset: SRAM 11-34 (new)
Cranks: Race Face Turbine LP 180mm (New Chainrings)
Chain: SRAM PC299 (New)
Bottom Bracket: Race Face Signature ISIS
Wheels: Chris King disc hubs with DT 14/17 gauge spokes and Mavic 317 disc rims --- very light and very straight.
Skewers: Salsa Flip-offs -- Steel
Tires: WTB Mutano raptor 2.4"
Pedals: Time ATAC Carbon

The Fox Float 100 RLC is the nicest fork that I've ridden. It isn't the lightest out there, but it is plush, adjustable and it matches the Float R shock perfectly. It is plenty stiff enough to track very well in the rough stuff.

The bike has recently gone through a complete overhaul. The drivetrain components are new.


I included this for comparison. Some of the components are no longer available, but at least you can get an idea of what was invested when I built this bike.

Front wheel on the truing stand

Rear Wheel

New cogs

More shots of the new cogs

Rear wheel ready for a tire

Head tube juncture is perfect. The King headset has a little black rubbed off on the back.

Bottom bracket and suspension pivots

Fox Float R shock. It spent its whole life in a shock cover to protect the seals.

Rear wheel assmebly. Hope Mini brakes have new pads and have some serious stopping power.

This clamp was something designed by Chris Curry at Speedgoat with a little help from me to add a little extra power to the Hope Mini brakes.




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