Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-20-09, 08:37 PM   #1
catapultkid
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
need to make a decision, ellsworth found but is it worth it?

bascially i have the opportunity to purchase an Ellsworth Isis for 400 dollars. Ive looked over the frame and its got fox shock, did take note on which one. However the frame is in excellent condition, i thought it was new, except for alittle dirt on the rear swing arm.

what im riding now is a specialized enduro pro hardtail. awesome bike and alot of fun on the single track trails, its got a 2002 marcocchi dirt jumper fork, hayens hydraulic disk brakes, xtr parts and custom built wheel set.

i picked up this for 625 awhile back and i didnt know if you guys thought it would be worth the money to upgrade. i do XC and single track stuff, but im getting more involved with freestyle and slalom junk.

ive read the reviews but they seemed to have changed the design on the ellsworth, is this because of design failure? or is it some other reason?

im hoping to swap over everything on the new frame if it works out. however will i have problem with the threading on the bottom bracket? to me everything else seems to swapable.

thanks and please lmk

-paul
catapultkid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-09, 09:17 PM   #2
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-09, 09:21 PM   #3
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by catapultkid View Post
i didnt know if you guys thought it would be worth the money to upgrade.
Why would you consider this an "upgrade"?



Quote:
Originally Posted by catapultkid View Post
but im getting more involved with freestyle and slalom junk.
Do you mean freeride? (it's def. not a "slolam bike" but could possibly serve as such if set up right, I guess)


Quote:
Originally Posted by catapultkid View Post
ive read the reviews but they seemed to have changed the design on the ellsworth, is this because of design failure? or is it some other reason?
Bike designs change dang near yearly to fulfill the marketing hype.



I think it's prob. a cool bike, but I steer clear of suspension bikes that are that old. (just me)
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-09, 09:27 PM   #4
catapultkid
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks! yeah i just dont know about the history and what is preceived as a good buy
catapultkid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-09, 09:32 PM   #5
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Not sure...tell ya the truth, I've not done research on Ellsworth b/c they are kind of an "untouchable" for me. I'm more of a blue collar MTB'er. There is a guy around here who has 2 of them and they seem to rAWK pretty hard.

If you are looking into Freeride and Slalom...the Eastern Slash 5" has been blowing out cheap lately...Jenson had some great deals for a while. It has an Ellsworth swingarm.


Anyone?
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-09, 09:44 PM   #6
catapultkid
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wow i see how i dont really dont know anything the bike and its orgin, any other positions who have owned one? is old full suspension bikes a problem because of design or abuse in your opinion?
and how much do the eastern and ellsworth differ in geometry?
catapultkid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-09, 10:06 PM   #7
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Are you really concentrating on freeriding / slolam or do you really need an "all rounder"?
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-09, 10:12 PM   #8
Dannihilator
User Title
 
Dannihilator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Annandale, New Jersey
Bikes: 2014 Surly Steamroller, 1989 Nishiki Altron
Posts: 19,422
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Slalom you mean.

I'd keep the specialized enduro pro hardtail for another year while saving up, then get a shorter travel bike, like a transition double.
Dannihilator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-09, 10:26 PM   #9
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm never wrong

+1 on the Double
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-09, 06:15 AM   #10
joetronic
Senior Member
 
joetronic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hanover PA
Bikes:
Posts: 940
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
Not sure...tell ya the truth, I've not done research on Ellsworth b/c they are kind of an "untouchable" for me. I'm more of a blue collar MTB'er. There is a guy around here who has 2 of them and they seem to rAWK pretty hard.

If you are looking into Freeride and Slalom...the Eastern Slash 5" has been blowing out cheap lately...Jenson had some great deals for a while. It has an Ellsworth swingarm.


Anyone?

*drools*

This calls to me for some reason. Very yummy
joetronic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-09, 08:35 AM   #11
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by joetronic View Post
*drools*

This calls to me for some reason. Very yummy
Drools until you see:



(you can blink now, Joe)






The Double can be built as a geared bike too...it's pictured here as a singlespeed.
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-09, 08:56 AM   #12
catapultkid
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
one of the perks is that it would be bday present, so its not really my money. i just have to say this is what i want. however im riding it and yes i need a all rounder but im building trails this summer with a couple of buddys, and its mostly a DH course (on a mountain) with burms and jumps so i thought this would be a cool way of "up grading" for cheap. but like i said im the one thats got to ride it and thats why im asking opinions of what it is worth to others that would be in the same situation.

thanks

-paul
catapultkid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-09, 10:48 AM   #13
joetronic
Senior Member
 
joetronic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hanover PA
Bikes:
Posts: 940
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by chelboed View Post



(you can blink now, Joe)






The Double can be built as a geared bike too...it's pictured here as a singlespeed.
I can blink (took a while,) but need to change my undees... I still like the eastern though, its just something about it. Its nice as a SS, gears... bah
joetronic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-09, 11:54 AM   #14
catapultkid
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 52
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
any other opinions?
catapultkid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-09, 12:05 PM   #15
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mine is all that's relevant
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:59 PM.