It was just WAY to, well... This thing was carefully built with a huge attention to detail and it's condition is as good as any bike of this era that I have seen.
So it joined my personal collection of bikes which has since balloned to such a degree that I need to cull the herd. I have decided to let this bike go. The Ellsworth Truth was always one of the finer boutique bikes on the market... Kinda like a fine watch or fine jewelry.You knew you were in the presense of something a step above production stuff. And they were priced accordingly.
And after having ridden them over the years it became apparent just how well engineered and efficient they actually are. They operate as though they require 20% less effort from it's rider making the Ellsworth Truth the first fully suspended bike that actually made me believe that it could cover ground as fast as a hard tail on a cross country race circuit. So when the chance finally came to acquire one I took it.
I own a number of bikes including a fat tire MTB, a 29er MTB, and a couple 26" wheel MTB's and although the newer technology of a 29er or Fat Bike is great the sports car like responsiveness of a great 26" wheel bike on tight single track is unmatched. And when you combine that smaller rotating mass with fantastic engineering and super high-end components you end up with a superbike. Part of what makes these bikes so great is the four bar rising rate rear linkage suspension design.
ICT Instant Center Tracking provides up to 100% pedal power efficiency by aligning the instant center of the linkage on the chain torque line and continually tracking it throughout the range of travel. What does that mean in laymans terms? It means ICT allows pedal power to propel the rider forward without power loss, effectively avoiding the common suspension design flaw that divides pedal inputs into a wasteful combination of forward and vertical (jacking or bobbing) motions. ICT-equipped bikes such as the Truth are legendary for their rare combination of responsive performance and plush suspension that can be found nowhere else.
All ICT-equipped bikes feature 12mm pivot axles and oversized bearings for superior pivot stability and lateral stiffness under power. The rear FOX CTD rear shock features both rebound and compression dampening and is a great match for this 4-bar rear suspension. The bikes drivetrain really impresses even stoic bike guys like me.The bikes builder clearly was balancing both low weight as well as reliability when constructing the bike. The bike features a 2x10 drivetrain layout with SRAM XX shifters sending orders to a SRAM XX rear derailleur and a Shimano XT front. This wheelset is one of the very top of the line offerings from the Italian maker Campagnolo. The carbon rear hub engages quickly and their feeling of quality is apparent. Carbon handlebars, a Chris King headset and a Thompson seatpost with a sick WTB Ellsworth branded saddle complete the build... The DT Swiss XRC 100 fork is a peice of engineering brilliance. Much of it's construction is carbon fiber including single-piece carbon lower legs with hollow, rear-facing brace and Magnesium dropouts. THis fork is so light that when I ride this bike the front end feel feathery... Just floats across the terrain. The fork has both compression and rebound dampening and is a great match for the Fox rear shock.
With this fork matched to this chassis it feels like a dog pulling at the leash... This is not a bike that wants to cruise... It is more of a cruise missle. And super fun to ride because of it's great transitional response due to it's low weight and low rotating mass. Cosmetic condition is as follows...
The frame has a fantastic shot peened black finish with laser etched graphics. The finish is extremely tough and resists scratching and chipping much better then conventional painted frames. There are some marks here and there such as some trail marks to the non-drive side of the chain stays, some heal rub to the face of the cranks and light marks to the front fork lowers. In truth, this Truth is way above any others you may find.From it's component spec to it's physical condition this is one really amazing bicycle. Functionally, the bike is outstanding. The front fork not only flows through it's travel beautifully but offers a great trail feel. The bike has been extremely well maintained through both our shop as well as the local Ellsworth dealer and is ready for a new owner.
It handles beautifully and is light enough to hammer climbs. MTB's don't get much better then this. Overall I'd bike the bike a solid 9.5 on a 10 scale.
The frame is a "Medium" which is equivelant to a 18 frame size. Stand over height is 31.75 inches and the bikes top tube length is 23.5 inches.
This bike would best fit someone in the 5' 7" to 5' 11" range. The item "Ellsworth Truth Full Suspension 26 Mountain Bike 18 Large AMAZING 23.4lb Build" is in sale since Tuesday, August 3, 2021. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Cycling\Bicycles". The seller is "abikepeddler" and is located in Del Mar, California. This item can be shipped to United States.