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Mountain Bikes 2015: Ellsworth Absolute Truth

Ellsworth Absolute Truth Mountain Bike review

Marketing Spray: “The new Absolute Truth features 27.5 wheels, with the same wheelbase and geometry of the legendary Truth frame. With the lower optimized standover of the ZS style headset and the unique shaping of the front triangle, Ellsworth has captured the aggressive geometry and bio-kinetically optimized rider position ideal for XC and Endurance racing…the Absolute Truth is a new benchmark for XC racing and endurance riding.”

Swami’s Fact Check: See that complicated suspension linkage? It’s a proven design that removes pedaling forces from the drivetrain. As in completely removes them as far as we can tell. That means that Ellsworth’s claims about pedaling efficiency are not bogus. What we feel when we get on an Ellsworth-designed bike is similar to the low gearing traction you experience in a Jeep—you can just crawl up and over rough terrain and feel like you’re not wasting a breath of energy. As for cornering, the new Truth settled beautifully into tight corners with a balanced and predictable feel. The only downside we found: On rough descents—microwave oven sized rocks and drops—the front of the bike feels a little steep-angled. You’ll want to hold the line.  

Best Usage: Spending long days in the saddle on a really comfortable bike. Look here if you’re more likely to sign up for a stage race than an enduro.

Tester Ravings: “Climbed technical sections with ease. Wanted to go fast uphill.” Frames start at $3,395; $7,996 as shown; ellsworthbikes.com

Back to Fat Tire Test 2015. From the Early Summer 2015 issue. 

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