Post by Robb Sutton (198)
Mountain Biking by 198
Wheels are a very special part of the bike. They single handedly control how your bike feels on the trail and how your power is transferred to the ground. After my review of the Ellsworth Evolve and my recorded interview with Tony Ellsworth, Ellsworth sent me a set of their new $990.00 all mountain wheels to review.
At $990.00, these wheels are in the top of the mountain biking price bracket so the standard is set pretty high. For a complete spec on these wheels, you can check out the Ellsworth site or my preview post. For reviewing purposes, the wheels were mounted to my Ventana El Terremoto 6.0 (150mm travel frame) and they wore the new Schwalbe Big Betty UST tires (a true 2.4 tire – tubed). I have been riding these wheels for over a month and a half now in varying terrain. They have seen everything from local loops to shuttle runs to heavy rock gardens.
A Little About The Ellsworth AM WheelsregularJoe
Highlights from the spec list include:
- Each wheel is de-tensioned 6 times, and then re-trued and re-tensioned again by hand.
- Each Ellsworth direct pull hub uses a full compliment of the highest quality Japanese EZO bearings.
- All Ellsworth spokes are direct pull to achieve maximum tension and quadruple taper and butted for superior strength and stiffness to provide you with a faster rolling, more durable wheel.
- Ellsworth rims have a wider rim profile that provides a wider stance of the tire on the rim. This gives the rider a larger contact patch of the tire on the ground. (32mm wide for this set)
- Claimed 2,376 grams
- Weight as tested on Ultimate Digital (QR rear w/20mm Caps on the Front) – 2,420g
Front w/20mm End Caps – 1,100g
Rear w/QR Axle and No QR – 1,320g
They are only available in the polished stainless and black rim which ended up looking incredible on my bike. They are a 32 spoke, straight pull wheel. The front hub converts from a QR to a 20mm and the rear will swap between QR and 10mm. These are the provided parts with every wheelset (QR’s included).