Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles Unveils 2014 Absolute Truth And Epiphany Carbon XC — 27.5” Carbon Versions of Legendary Trailbikes

We’ve been trying to save Fridays for Commute By Bike! articles, but things don’t always go as planned. This release is certainly not about commuter bikes either. Thing is, I was pretty skeptical about 29ers, and look how popular they’ve become. So we’re giving equal press to the new 27.5″ wheel size, since it’s probably going to take off as well. And Ellsworth builds some damn fine bikes.

- Brian

RAMONA, Calif. — September, 2013 — Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles will introduce 27.5” carbon versions of its legendary, award-winning trail bikes in 2014 — the Absolute Truth and the Epiphany Carbon XC — at Interbike in Las Vegas, September 18-20, according to Tony Ellsworth, founder of Ellsworth Bikes.

In 1993, Ellsworth Bikes introduced the partially carbon Absolute Truth edition, which today is on display in the Bicycle Museum of America in Ohio. The bike was the “carbon” version of the Aluminum Truth — Ellsworth’s XC race bike that has been acclaimed as one of the “top 25 mountain bikes of the past 25 years.” The Epiphany, first introduced in 2005 and hailed by Outside Magazine as the “holy grail of trail bikes,” has combined long travel, and comfortable geometry at class leading lightweight design, which has made it as capable at climbing as descending.

Fast-forward to 2014, Ellsworth Bikes today is utilizing Toray Aerospace High Modulus, High Pressure Carbon, designed to use geometric anisotropic properties of the carbon fiber lay up for increased strength and durability, to create the Absolute Truth and Epiphany Carbon XC frames — blending high art and high performance. “Both the Epiphany Carbon XC and the Absolute Truth’s sculpted shape not only provide the life and stiffness of the highest quality carbon, but the stand over height, internal cable routing and overall feel of the frames are just short of a masterpiece,” said Tony Ellsworth.

The new Absolute Truth features the 27.5” wheels, with the same wheelbase and geometry of the legendary Truth frame. With the lower optimized stand over 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, complete with 120 mm of travel. Coupled with the updated ICT suspension for today’s gearing, 300 percent higher compaction pressure of the Toray Aerospace Carbon Fiber, and 120mm of XC efficient travel — the Absolute Truth is a new benchmark for XC racing and endurance riding.

 

Ellsworth Absolute Truth

Ellsworth Absolute Truth

The 2014 Absolute Truth is available in an beautiful, multi-toned Candy Apple Red with pin striping and detail worthy of an art show.  Its aerospace aluminum cousin, the Truth, also with 27.5” wheels  — are both available in five sizes (XS to XL).

 

Absolute Truth Specs

X9 complete bike — $5,995 MSRP

XT complete bike — $6,995 MSRP

XTR complete bike —$8,995 MSRP

Frame set — $3,495 MSRP

Like the Absolute Truth, Epiphany Carbon XC 275 frame features Anisotropic Force Vector Carbon layup design — this high modulus carbon fiber is provided by Toray, the world’s leading producer of aerospace carbon. The Epiphany Carbon features a laden head angle of 69.5 degrees, and 140mm of rear travel coupled with a 150mm Fox Racing 34mm Kashima CTD fork.  This geometry with the new 27.5 wheels size translates to the same legendary handling as the Epiphany namesake with 26” wheels, 30.9mm seat tube for dropper posts, and internal cable routing for stealth style remote dropper or normal, 12 x 142 rear axle, available in three component groups, with wheel and component options. A new chainstay design provides optimum tire clearance and increased stiffness without additional weight.

“The Epiphany Carbon, with its stiffer, lighter, more aggressive trail geometry, is an ideal machine for riders seeking that nimble climbing long travel trail bike experience,” Ellsworth said. “Just like the original Epiphany, the new Carbon XC 275 utilizes the time tested, evolved, refined, and proven ICT suspension to provide zero energy loss, fully active travel. The result is a benchmark in maximized efficiency, increased traction and control for more speed, and reduced rider fatigue for more distance.”

The 2014 Epiphany XC Carbon is available in a beautiful, Nude 3k Carbon with an elegant and artistic gold tribal detailing, available in S, M, and L.  Its aerospace aluminum cousin, the Epiphany Enduro 275, also debuts for 2014, in Ellsworth’s timeless shot peened, anodized and laser etched finish, with 27.5” wheels  — and is available in five sizes (XS to XL).

Ellsworth Epiphany Carbon XC 275

Ellsworth Epiphany Carbon XC 275

Epiphany Carbon XC 275 Specs

X9 complete bike — $5,995 MSRP

XT complete bike — $6,995 MSRP

XTR complete bike —$8,995 MSRP

Frame set — $3,495 MSRP

 

Ellsworth is currently taking orders for the Absolute Truth and Epiphany Carbon 275 XC and the aerospace aluminum versions — the Truth 275 and the Epiphany 275 Enduro. For more information on Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles call at 760-788-7500 or visit www.ellsworthbikes.com. Visit Ellsworth at EUROBIKE at Stand B4-207 and at Interbike’s OutDoor Demo in Boulder City, NV September 16-18 and Interbike Expo, September 18-20 in Las Vegas (Booth #5125)

 

About Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles

Established in 1991, Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles is the designer and manufacturer of the highest quality mountain bicycles in the world. Ellsworth is a committed US manufacturer, actively engaged in social responsibility and sustainability as a company. The company is known for its authentic boutique, craftsman-style approach to bike design and manufacturing and is the holder of multiple design and utility patents worldwide. To learn more about Ellsworth Bikes visit www.ellsworthbikes.com, on Twitter “@ellsworthbikes”, and Facebook @ “Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles”.


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