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Ellsworth Epiphany 27.5 XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike - 2016

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    Though the aesthetics of the frame are radically different (Old English script, we hardly knew ye), Ellsworth left the suspension and geometry virtually unchanged on the 2016 Epiphany 27.5 XT 1x Complete Mountain Bike. The Ellsworth dedicated will be happy to hear this, as the California-based brand perfected its ideal suspension clear back in 1991, and it's been resting on its Instant Center Tracking (ICT) laurels ever since.

    Ellsworth claims that the Epiphany's ICT suspension is the most advanced suspension platform in the world. As it moves through travel, ICT keeps the instant center (or virtual pivot created by ICT's four bar suspension) as close to the chain force line as possible. In on-trail terms, this maintains a steady pedaling platform so your power is always transferring into forward motion instead of lost to those two suspension gremlins, forward Jack and vertical Bob.

    Furthermore, ICT doesn't require a lock-out, so you can always keep the FOX Float DPS shock's travel fully active, even while climbing. The addition of chain torque doesn't constrain the system's travel, the Achilles heel of so many otherwise efficient suspension designs, so pedaling and bump compliance aren't working against each other. The end result of ICT is a plush, less-fatiguing ride with greater control and responsiveness over all terrain.

    Previous models of the Epiphany were available as XC or enduro models, with the difference being a few degrees of head tube angle. The current generation's 27.5in carbon model splits the difference at 69.5 degrees, which primes it for reckless abandon across moderately rocky trail terrain without sacrificing nimble agility on climbs and while dicing lines across gnarlier stuff. The Carbon Torsion Arch connecting the CNC machined aluminum rockers and chainstays complements the Boost rear axle for an even stiffer rear triangle, and the single 12 millimeter bolt needed for each pivot assemblage makes for a lighter, less complicated system.

    The build kit lives up to the frame's potential, too, with a full complement of Shimano's reworked XT M8000 one-by groupset. This includes the crank and brakes, possibly our two favorite pieces of the new XT and usually the pieces that get omitted from manufacturer spec'd builds in favor of cheaper, inferior kit. The bike is finished with a full Thomson cockpit and a pair of mid-travel-specific Stan's NoTubes Arch wheels, both of which we'd expect on a custom build but are pleasantly surprised to see surface on Ellsworth's spec sheet.

    • Item #ELS000J

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    carbon, [rockers and chainstays] aluminum
    ICT (Instant Center Tracking)
    Rear Shock
    FOX Float DPS
    Rear Travel
    140 mm
    FOX 34 Float FIT4
    Front Travel
    150 mm
    Cane Creek ZS44/56
    Shimano XT M8000 (right only)
    Front Derailleur
    Rear Derailleur
    Shimano XT M8000 GS Shadow+
    32 t Shimano XT M8000
    Bottom Bracket
    Shimano 73mm BSA
    11 - 42 t Shimano XT M8000
    Shimano CN HG-701
    Shimano XT M8000
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    180 / 160 mm Shimano RT86 Ice Tech
    Handlebar Rise
    12 mm
    Handlebar Width
    750 mm
    Lizard Skins Charger lock-on
    Thomson X4
    Stem Length
    90 mm
    WTB Rocket V
    Thomson Elite
    Stan's NoTubes Arch EX
    Front Axle
    15 x 100mm
    Rear Axle
    12 x 148mm Boost
    Maxxis Ardent EXO TR
    Tire Size
    27.5 x 2.25 in
    not included
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years on frame

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      If you need help with sizing please hit me up direct. The geometry chart should be up on the site soon.
      We can also order any Ellsworth complete bike or frame so hit me up for pricing.
      Wes Branham-Account Manager