Ellsworth Epiphany Enduro 27.5″ Mountain Bike Now Available

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Teased at Interbike’s demo day last year alongside the debut of the carbon fiber Epiphany XC, the new alloy Epiphany Enduro 275 shares the 140mm rear travel and 650B tire size, but gets slacker angles to become a more aggressive descender.

It’ll have a 67º head angle with a 150mm fork up front, and Ellsworth’s patented ICT suspension out back. The frame has custom swaged, shaped and tapered SST.2e aerospace alloy tubing throughout, including the head tube. The carbon XC model’s great looking internal quad cable routing to accommodate various remote cable options carries over, and it even gets a bit of carbon in the rear triangle and upper and control arms.

Pricing, builds and options below…

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Want something a bit tighter? The Epiphany Enduro 275 also comes in a short travel (130mm/120mm) version. The shorter travel is achieved by simply switching the rocker arm, so either option can be converted in the future. The long travel rocker comes in anodized black, blue, green, red or silver. Frames come in four sizes (XS to L) in your choice of laser-etched Blue and Black anodized frames. Build kits, which can all be customized on their website, include:

  • X9 LT complete bike — $5,154 MSRP
  • XT LT complete bike — $5,448 MSRP
  • XTR LT complete bike —$7,360 with Thomson Dropper Post MSRP
  • Frame set — $2,495 MSRP (includes factory tuned Fox shock)
  • Frame & Fork — $3,470 MSRP (includes factory tuned Fox fork and shock)

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Full spec lists and more at EllsworthBikes.com

Comments

Rohan - 04/02/14 - 3:59pm

Quite like the bikes. Everybody is going to fall over the fact that their suspension is still pretty much the same as it was. But than again Foes, Ventana and a bunch of others have had the same suspension platform for years too. My only gripe would be that it should have have more travel.

Reformed Roadie - 04/02/14 - 4:21pm

Who is buying these things???

Rico - 04/02/14 - 4:25pm

Reformed -

Something tells me it’s dudes from the UK, with either very odd taste or nostalgia for 2002. Same goes for Orange mtn bikes, ew.

Drew - 04/02/14 - 4:30pm

LOLsworth

Padrote - 04/02/14 - 4:36pm

pretty impressive that you can spend $7500 and NOT get a carbon frame.

pullyourluck - 04/02/14 - 4:54pm

I used fancy after this brand. Seemed super nichey and super cool looking…seemingly lots to like for an “off’ brand. I see tons of bikes day in day out, week after week etc……and rarely do I see ellsworth. I mean rarely….so yeah I ask the same, who is buying these?

Psi Squared - 04/02/14 - 5:13pm

Since when is a carbon frame the paragon of quality and value? It’s not.

Padrote - 04/02/14 - 5:17pm

thanks Psi Squared, that is exactly what I said.

ccolagio - 04/02/14 - 6:02pm

@ BR – if you are going to delete comments which use no foul language but show a negative opinion/joke on a company/bike, then you should just disable all comments in all your articles.

this is the last comment i will leave on your website.

Tyler Benedict - 04/02/14 - 6:06pm

ccolagio – the same comments about how Ellsworth’s suspension design hasn’t changed on every post we do about the brand gets old and serves no purpose. We’ve ridden them and they work quite well, and many other brands stick with the designs they own patents on ad infinitum/nauseum. We’re getting stricter on keeping comments focused on the more constructive ones, which is a benefit to all of our readers.

Joshua Murdock - 04/02/14 - 6:18pm

Tyler, I’ve read nearly every post on BR in the past four years. I really like the site and the ability to comment but I disagree with what you’re doing by censoring comments based on opinion.

What benefits readers is being able to get an accurate representation of how people feel about a product. Filtering comments to align threads with the writer’s personal opinion is blatant journalistic bias and is not ethical reporting. That is a very amateur, hack move and should not occur on such a good site.

If everyone is upset about something relating to a product, let people express that. That is the point of comment sections – to get public input on a topic. Negative comments can still be constructive. Even if they’re not constructive they still represent someone’s opinion. If you want the comments to express the writer’s opinion, get rid of the comment section all together and build longer articles expressing the opinion more thoroughly.

Mr. P - 04/02/14 - 7:04pm

@Joshua
I disagree. A lot of posters throw up misinformed information, jaded comments and just general jerkiness without any accountability.

Those comments get in the way of a quality discussion. And degrades the quality of the website.

This concept is nothing new, and why you will rarely find an unaccountable comment section like this one anymore.

I would love a reply for thumbs up/down in the comments so we can hammer the weaksauce trolls that hide behind their keyboard. That is expression one’s opinion.

P

Matt - 04/02/14 - 7:34pm

Tyler, I really like this site and appreciate the work the team does. In regards to the topic of censoring posts, I am strongly against censorship for many of the same reasons that Joshua posted, with the exception of offensive language or subject matter.

What I really wish you guys could do however, is somewhere along the borders of the site keep visible a link to those articles which have generated significant comments in order to easily facilitate the continuation of comments/dialogue. It is tough for people to scroll back page after page looking for the article to continue commenting and most don’t do it after a day.

Keep up the good work.

skipdapbaddamarangdoo - 04/02/14 - 8:20pm

The reason Ellsworth has not changed their suspension linkage/platform is because it works so well. One thing I think worth mentioning is pivot placement and geo has evolved over the years but it’s still a good ol’ Horst Link. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

I’m with Mr. P on his view. It’d be nice to let others no whether or not they’re blacked out on hateraide whilst dancing at the hater’s ball with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down button next to their comment.

ABW - 04/02/14 - 9:54pm

The intended purpose of commentary is to facilitate dialogue. That is no longer the actual purpose of the comment section on BR (or any of the industry blogs, except possibly BRAIN, and theirs isn’t anonymous). The problem with anonymous commentary is it presents well-considered, educated, and informed opinions in the same light as the vomit that spews forth from the talk holes of the trolls. If I cared enough, I’d go back through these pages to find the few posts under which there was an honest exchange of useful information, but since I can only recall it happening a couple times, and since I can also remember the meta-comments on how well we were behaving, I’d say it doesn’t happen often. Turn off the comments, or make us accountable.

DP - 04/02/14 - 10:24pm

I think people should be able to comment however they choose. Clearly foul language should be banned. With that being said, I actually had a chance to ride an Ellsworth and was completely blown away how well the bike rode. I agree with many of the comments regarding the suspension design looking archaic etc. I do like the fact Ellsworth still manufactures bikes here in the US and yes unfortunately they are expensive.

mountguitars - 04/03/14 - 2:58am

oh look. a mountain bike with slightly bigger wheels. nice progression. i didn’t see that coming.

Tyler Benedict - 04/03/14 - 8:44am

All – I appreciate the concerns raised here about comments, I really do. The issue is that both industry and readers alike take notice when a comments section devolves into useless “oh, yeah, that sucks” type commentary on a consistent basis. And leaving such comments in place only seems to give license for it to continue. That can have two negative consequences. First, positive commenters who may think they’re now in the minority won’t chime in, which biases the publicly displayed opinion as overly negative. Second, industry becomes less likely to share their information if they’re afraid of the commentary spiraling into useless negativity. And yes, we’ve had major (MAJOR!) brands decide to not invite us to launches and/or not share new product information for this very reason. While we certainly think it’s unfair, the end result is that we (and other media outlets suffering from the same comments problems, of which there are many) aren’t always able to get the information everyone wants to see. We value a good dialogue as much as each of you, but (and our comments policy reflects this), comments like “dinosaurs rode that” or “dentists are wetting themselves” may seem comical at the time but, at a minimum, do nothing to further a useful discussion, or worse, end up limiting the information available. So, just like we don’t post about every little thing that floods our inbox, we feel the best course of action for now is to curate the comments to provide a balanced, productive conversation.

That said, we are working on a few updates to the site that will address some of the suggestions, including a sidebar display showing most popular/most commented posts and, hopefully, a way to vote up/down comments and help the cream rise to the top. These are VERY important issues for us. We’ve looked at using a Facebook system to make comments less anonymous, but the consensus was not everyone wants to use Facebook. We’ve also looked at Disqus but had some issues with implementation at the time. We may look at it again this summer as the site’s back end is overhauled. That can’t come soon enough, and should fix that irksome “duplicate comment error”. And as always, we’re open to constructive criticism and helpful suggestions.

Thanks to everyone for reading, we’re always working hard to make the experience here the best it can possibly be.

Tim - 04/03/14 - 9:17am

I’m more or less with Tyler. I like this site and the information it provides. The one thing I don’t like about the site is some of the commenters, who make nasty comments about each others’ nationalities or opinions on frikkin’ bike parts. The name-calling is obnoxious and makes me not want to post and makes finding the good comments an unpleasant process.
That said- if someone’s comment says that a product is too expensive, then I say leave it.
Also- Yahoo (which dinosaurs read (past and present tenses)) has a useful “Comment Hidden Due to Low Rating” feature, which lets you see ugly comments or just plain true but unpopular opinions if you wish.

Steve @ G4G - 04/03/14 - 11:53am

Tyler – PLEASE do not try to integrate the site with another site (Facebook, Disqus, etc.)! Some of those sites are blocked by employers, which essentially destroys the site being looked at. Two weeks ago the images on BR suddenly disappeared for me at work, and after talking with the IT guy about it, we figured out it was because something related to netdna-cdn.com was blocked due to streaming video somewhere else in the system. And not so long ago, Huffington Post switched to an integrated system with Facebook for their comments and it essentially killed the dialog.

As for the comments, they should stay in chronological order. It makes it much more difficult to read if they are being shifted due to popularity and it makes replying difficult. The “cream of the crop” method is just messy.

As for Ellsworth, good for them for sticking around and trying their best to keep production in the USA. I’ll cruise by their booth at Sea Otter this year.

RAMBIS - 04/03/14 - 11:55am

Criticism is never constructive. Criticism tares down and destroies. After the destruction you can then rebuild. If you are going to criticise and tare down it would be A responsible person that would do so with caution and careful consideration for all.

Things that are of no use or not of a positive nature, do need to be criticized/destroid/changed. Some things in the bike industry could afford to be changed.

Let commentators write their mind. Using some of the tools mentioned above ( by Tim, Tyler B., ABW, Mr. P and, Joshua Murdock) could help us all filter the info/feedback given. It can be for the better.

Rico - 04/03/14 - 7:31pm

It will really be a shame if you censor or delete comments at all. The anonymity of this site’s comments section is it’s beauty. It’s a rare thing in this era of the internet with the false notion of social transparency. The critical nature of the comments on this site provide a challenging proving ground for manufacturers, but why not let them strive to pass the test? Some do.

Remember, this untouched, anonymous comments section is the beauty of this site. Alter that in any way and you become run of the mill, just another review blog that will fade quickly.

What you should censor is the lap sitting and astroturfing from industry heads. That is the only thing that will cloud the truth. The opinions of consumers and bike riders are what counts.

Rico - 04/03/14 - 7:37pm

Last thing to other commenters. Please don’t be sensitive in product discussion. What you buy or own should not be a reflection of yourself. It’s really a sad state when we get people with hurt feelings over product criticism.

Take a step back and question it, “am I worshiping brands?” “Do I put too much weight on what others think about an inanimate item?” “Do I stand to gain from defending brands?”

Product criticism drives progress.

Tony Ellsworth - 04/03/14 - 8:40pm

I’m with Tyler.
Regardless of the brand, or the product, “keyboard courage” to voice pointless negativity does nothing to empower public participation in it, or in getting great equipment from any brand.

What well balanced individual we’d love to share a trail with blasts our publicly things like…oh well… you know.

If your a hater. Go kick a rodent or something. I want to read and participate in positive, empowering things about Mountain Biking, the sport, the great equipment and the great people and experiences.

Cudo’s Tyler for having the courage and talent to be a trusted “Curator” of cycling information.

Tim - 04/04/14 - 6:32am

@Rico- there’s a difference between the kind of hard criticism, including sarcasm and insults, which does have content (“This is a commuter bike which costs 3000 dollars and has plastic pedals and mechanical disc brakes for God’s sake- I hope they go out of business!”), and just plain insults. (“Who would buy this crap?”) I’d like to see the first kind of comment stay, including the insults; what I’d like to see evaporate is the comments that are JUST negative.
Some products suck and deserved to be panned- let’s let everyone say WHY they suck.

Tim - 04/04/14 - 6:34am

Also, I don’t see how ugly comments that are about other readers contribute to a discussion about bike parts.

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