June 26, 2016
Something enduro, this way comes…
Ellsworth Rogue Sixty
Ellsworth has many fans in the UK, despite there not having been an importer for a while. In the meantime, Ellsworth has been through some ups and downs and a couple of new owners. It’s now all sorted out with a new, keen owner and Tony Ellsworth is still at the helm of the bike design. There’s still no sign of a UK importer at the moment though, so you’ll have to ‘reach out’ to the USA if you’re keen on one.
The Ellsworth Moment was its most popular model and this new bike, the new Ellsworth Rogue Sixty is its fully up to the minute replacement. As you might expect, it offers 27.5″ wheeled ‘aggressive geometry, a longer reach and front centre, a slacker head angle and a steeper seat angle’
The bike is intended to be an out of the box enduro-ready bike with a chunky but light full carbon frame, machined rocker and 160mm of travel. There are four stock builds – with new Shimano SLX, XT, STR and SRAM X01 – all in a one-by setup (there’s no provision for a front mech). A sample price for the XT mechanical complete bike is $6500. There’ll probably be a frame-only version too. Complete bikes will get Race Face cockpit (and 50mm stem) along with DT Swiss wheels, Fox 36 forks in a 160mm travel (Factory spec for all bikes save the SLX which gets Fox Performance forks). Bikes will come fitted with a Race Face Turbine 150mm dropper post too.
The bike has been put together to be as stiff as possible, with a clever new hex-ended rear thru-axle that stops any rotational twisting of the back end. Chainstays are a short 420mm. There’s also the ‘Rocker Locker’ top shock mount that uses a similar hex headed bolt to keep any twisting forces at bay. Keeping with the stiffness theme, the back end and fork are Boost 148/110mm. You want angles? OK then: 66° head, 74° seat angle. Frames will come in Medium, Large and XL, horizontal top tubes are 23.62, 24.96 and 26.26in respectively, with reaches of 17.01, 18.19 and 19.29in.