Ellsworth Epiphany Quick Bike Review

October 1, 2008

The Interbike Outdoor Demo is one of the most anticipated times of the year. Two full days of technical and fun desert singletrack in Bootleg Canyon, Nevada on all the latest bikes for the upcoming season. As it turns out, 2009 is going to be a banner year for innovation in the bike industry. As frames, forks, shocks and components are refined or re-designed for the next year, it's always a good thing. For 2009, however, little has changed on the venerable Ellsworth Epiphany trailbike. With it's 5.25 inches of rear travel provided by Ellsworth's famed ICT Suspension, the Epiphany soaks up everything in its path, yet still climbs with the best XC machines on the market today. How does the Ellsworth Epiphany ride? A quick ride on the Epiphany revealed just how versatile this bike is. I loved how lightweight it felt as I pedaled it up the fire road and singletrack. It is a straight climber with no front-end wander to speak of (something not all bikes in this category can boast). On the descents, this bike felt like it had much more than 5 inches of travel. I felt confident pounding out any drop or rock garden without worry. Surprisingly, the Epiphany has a 70-degree head angle, which is a bit steep for an all-mountain bike. But, once on the trail, you'd never notice it. Good Efficient suspension makes quick work of all climbs Smooth travel absorbs rocks and drops like butter Very lightweight yet still super stiff and stable Anodized finish is very durable Ellsworth is an energy-neutral company Bad Expensive, ($2400 MSRP) but you've got to pay for American-made quality If you've got the coin, this is definitely one of the most recognized and heralded trailbikes on the market. I agree with all the stoke as this bike was one of the most fun trailbikes I've ever ridden. If you're looking for a more detailed review, check out my Ellsworth Epiphany review on Buy Now: Visit to Buy an Ellsworth Epiphany

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