I had a great time on the Ellsworth Evolve 29er a couple of years ago, so adding an inch of travel and tweaking the geometry for all-mountain fun sounds like a slam dunk to me. For 2011, Ellsworth is launching the 120mm travel Evolution 29er ($2395 frame & Fox RP23) into a market with increasing competition. I see the 120mm-travel 29er as the sweet spot for 29er trail bikes and from the looks of it, many manufacturers do too.
Sporting the all-new SST2 tubeset and a tapered head tube, the Evolution looks great and just so happens to be made in the USA. I also like that Ellsworth has opted for more standard colors throughout their line. Solid blue, silver and black in place of the funky anodized nebula colors will please a wider audience, in my opinion.
While I missed out on Interbike this year, initial reports on the Evolution have been positive with many people dishing out praise for Tony Ellsworth’s latest creation. I like the ICT suspension design and found it to offer stellar performance on both 26 and 29-inch wheeled platforms. I’m hopeful to get an opportunity to swing a leg over the Evolution this Fall or next Spring, so stay tuned. For now, second-hand ride reports will have to fill the void.
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