Ellsworth – AM Wheelset Review

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Installing the Wheels

Changing the front wheel over to a 20mm axle is an easy process. The QR axle unscrews from itself and the 20mm end caps are set onto the hub. A rubber o-ring holds the end cap to the hub body and you are all set to place the wheel in the fork and install the axle.

Since the end caps are only secured by a small o-ring, they fall off very easily. As I was putting the wheel into the fork dropouts, the end caps kept on falling out (as seen in the above picture – the end cap is in the grass off the hub). Once I finally got them in, it was difficult to insert the Maxle all the way through because the end caps would not stay flush against the hub. There needs to be a better way to secure the 20mm end caps to the front hub.

Now that the front was taken care of…I moved to the rear. The cassette, rotor and QR went on like you would expect. I used the QR axle on the rear hub, but you can also use the 10mm bolt through.

Once the rear was in, everything lined up perfectly and the Ellsworth supplied QR had plenty of clamping force.

If you are interested in changing the rear axle into a 10mm. The process is as easy as the front hub, but the difference is that both axle configurations screw into each other. Both axles stay very secure in the rear hub.

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  • Anonymous says:

    seems to be a staight talk review, no bias. the points of contention were exactly what i would consider to be deal breakers @ that price, mainly the slow hubs. i look forward to more reviews from the author.

  • Anonymous says:

    Sounder interesting but the slow engagement is a deal-killer. I mean, 24 points is just ridiculous and a cheaper way to manufacture durable hubs. My Kings have no drag on the trail and I have Hopes as well. It is not cheap to properly design and build a high-engagement hub…thus the easy way out.

    Bottom line- now way, I’d pay that much for thi swheelset. I can get a custom-built Chris King set laced to any rim for around $800. The I9s are a bit more but both totaly outclass the Ellsworth wheels. 24 points makes me smile, especially rge reasons used to justify it….amusing stuff 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Great review, by the way- detailed and clear with no hype or bias. Excuse my hurried and consequently, inaccurate typing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the responses. I tried to be as complete and non-biased as possible while presenting both views.


  • Anonymous says:

    Excellent review. Thanks.

  • Anonymous says:

    “I have seen Trials riders, in highly technical position, need
    the pedal in a specific position for clearance and power to
    hop or step up the bike. But other then this the immiediate (sic)
    engagement feature is very cool, and feels very good, but to
    trade it for freewheeling friction makes no sense.”

    From the engagement PDF. I have found – as a mountain biker, mind – that I occasionally have to position “the pedal in a specific position for clearance and power to hop or step up” over trail obstacles. I’m sure I’m the only one, though, and it is obvious that I don’t need faster engagement since King and I9 hubs are known to have terrible build quality and most slow riders use them.

    Oh, wait a minute . . .

  • Anonymous says:

    These wheelsets are just rebranded Easton’s, what do you expect? Look it up.

  • Anonymous says:

    i really hate to bust some of people bubbles but these hubs are the exact same as the azonic outlaw and performance locos minus the way the flange is made. these wheel have straight pull spoke versus standard pull spokes. those hubs are good but def. do not belong on a wheel of this expense. i mean seriously these hubs cost them nothing to get made.

    i hate to say it ellsworth fails once again. i really want to see this company do the right thing. i love the way that their products look.

  • Anonymous says:

    A four page review and no weights are given for the wheels? Or did I miss that…?

  • Anonymous says:


    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

  • Anonymous says:

    Again why would one spend nearly 1000 buckaroos on these poor engaging wheels when you could build a set of Kings or order some I9’s for 100-200 doll hairs cheaper?

    It’s the same with their frames. Overpriced for what you get.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have CKs. I have for years, and probably will for several more. QR front, 20mm front, and a couple of rears with different rims. No way I’m spending that kind or coin on an inferior hub. Has anybody clued TE in on the reputation of King hubs?

  • Anonymous says:

    Tony E responded to your column posted in 2008 and suggested he was going to address some of your objections to the Ellsworth Wheelset. Has he done so and have you looked at them again?

  • Anonymous says:


    Haven’t heard anything back yet.


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