Video: Ellsworth Evolution 29er with 140mm travel

140mm travel 29er convertible 27.5+ machine

29er Sea Otter Classic
Ellsworth Evolution 29er

The Evolution in full bling mode with SRAM Eagle XX1 drivetrain and Fox 36 Factory FIT4 fork.

Following on the heels of the Rogue 40 and Rogue 60, Ellsworth has launched the Evolution, a mid-travel 29er that was designed in collaboration with Brian Lopes.

Lopes initially spent time riding the Rogue and his feedback resulted in the creation of the Evolution, which offers 140mm of travel front and rear, boost spacing, and thanks to the Ellsworth Convert System, the option to run 27.5+ wheels and up to 27.5×2.8 tires.

Andre Pepin discusses the merits of the 140mm travel 29er and their Plus hardtail.

Additional features include a longer reach and stack geometry, 65.6-degree head tube angle, 74-degree seat tube angle, stubby 436mm chainstays, 349mm BB height, 73mm threaded BB and Next Gen Active (AEES) suspension. The bike will be available in medium, large and XL. Price has yet to be announced. Keep scrolling down to see and learn more.

Ellsworth Evolution 29er

The frame has stubby 436mm chainstays.

Ellsworth Evolution 29er

Besides SRAM Eagle XX1 you can get the Evolution with SRAM X01, and Shimano XTR, XT and SLX configurations.

Ellsworth Evolution 29er

Don’t underestimate the importance of a downtube protector on a carbon frame. Some companies skimp and you’ll read no end of gripes about it on the Mtbr forums. Ellsworth equipped the Evolution with a thick frame guard. The downtube also features a second set of water bottle cage mounts.

Another big announcement coming from the California company was the unveiling of the Ellsworth Nation Building program for 2017. Ellsworth wants their bike owners to refer their friends and reward both riders in the process. Refer a friend and the first referral results in a higher value build kit upgrade on your next complete bike purchase.

After that for each corresponding referral the referrer gets a cumulative discount off a new Ellsworth complete bike. Discounts range from 18% to 92% off MSRP. Accumulate 11 referrals and you’ve earned a free complete Rogue Sixty XT build, a $6,500 value. The non-owner that was referred is not left out in this program. They will receive an immediate 5% discount off their purchase.

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”

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  • YYC says:

    Can these guys stop pimping suspension tech that is 20 years old as new?

    • Steve says:

      You’re right, there is nothing new about the latest designs from Ellsworth other than new machined parts. However, Ellsworth has been designing and refining their 4 bar link set-up for more than 20 years. It’s one of the first real suspension designs from last century that actually worked well and is still worth using today. Ellsworth’s suspension design is what Trek had to eventually emulate in order to finally have a suspension bike in their lineup that was worth owning, because up until that point they hard churned out nothing but complete garbage designs. Trek was the only one of the the big 3 to make crappy designs in the 90’s, as Secialized and Cannondale’s sucked too. It was common for the boutique builders to have suspension bikes that were significantly better than what the off the rack bikes had to offer.

    • Rob says:

      Just because it is old does not mean it is crap. Take a look around… The FSR suspension patent that Ellsworth is based on just expired. Now companies are coming back to it. Norco for example is using a similar design. Specialized never went away from it. “New” does not necessarily mean “good”. And like Steve said, the design has been refined over the years for the better.

    • greg says:

      specialized, yt, evil, canondale, santa cruz, fuji and about 90% off all bike brands use suspension tech that is 20 years old. Forget “4 bar” Dw-link, single pivot whatever it doesnt matter what matters more is leverage raito, stiffness, shock progression, frame geo and a whole host of things that go into a bike design. I have a rouge and it is a great bike for most trail riders and I personally love the way they have setup their 4 bar suspension.

  • ken says:

    So is Trek pimping a 4 bar linkage too? Pivot, which I love, is pimping a 5 pivot system called DW? SC still pimping its old VPP still? FSR? Respectfully dude, get real and give credit to a well made bicycle even though you may not choose to own it. I bet if you rode one you’d be sold.
    My Ells ID 6″ travel bike climbed and descended like crazy back then. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on this more slacked out Evolution!

  • Hamilton says:

    You know, there are ellsworth bikes, oval chain rings, and lauf forks and people that enjoy driving pt cruisers. Let people enjoy what they want.

  • gg says:

    That vid was darn sparse on details.
    And half of it was Francis getting screen time !

  • Matt says:

    I have as my back up bike a 2013 Ellsworth Epiphany 275. 4-bar link suspension. I never really liked it. Head tube angle not slack enough, and the rear tire would contact the seat tube when the rear shock was fully compressed. The derailleur hanger design was crap too. Any hit, and it would bend. Try to straighten it and often it would break. No through the frame cable routing either. Good customer service. I don’t know if Tony is involved in the day-to-day ops anymore or designing the products. But I hope whoever is, is doing a better job. I say this as a guy who owned 4 of their bikes.

    • zooey says:

      I did maintenance work on an Ellsworth that had the carbon damaged in the RD hanger area. There’s a small set screw that secures the hanger to the frame. More like just holds it, while the axle really keeps it tight on the bike. Well, the hole in the carbon for the set screw became a curved slot, while the hanger swung like a pendulum from normal riding. Owner didn’t claim noticing any shifting issues, but said he spent a lot of time trying to eliminate brake rub. I mainly noticed since I have a peeve with downward pointing levers, and wanted to re-clock the axle nut.

  • UtahKen says:

    I have a 2009 first gen Evolve. I have been trying to find a bike that I like more. I have looked at Specialized FSR, Pivot, SC, Ibis. Every time I get back on my 4 bar based Evolve, I realize that that i have really not found something better. The others are good, but hard to say better and they all have their own quirks. Not the least bit worried about the age of the suspension principle. Most performance cars have suspension designs WAY older. One story to share. There is a section of technical ledgy climbing we ride. More often, the folks that ride evolves/evolutions or similar (lensport) 4 bar and a bit less relaxed head tubes tend to have the most success. That said, I would like a bit more rake. I really like the thinking behind what is being shared on the new Evolution geometry – long top tube, more relaxed and the ability to go 27.5+ or 29. Likely my next bike

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