Light and ludicrously low, the Ellsworth Truth is back

Ellsworth's new cross-country bike is a remake of a classic nameplate

The first bike most people think of with Ellsworth is the Truth. For 2018, an all-new Truth returns with a seriously swoopy full carbon frame, updated rear suspension and insanely low standover height.

Ellsworth's new Truth features an incredibly low standover height
Ellsworth's new Truth features an incredibly low standover height

Ellsworth Truth highlights

  • 29 or 27.5+ wheels
  • 100 or 120mm travel
  • Active Energy Efficient rear suspension
  • Small, Medium, Large sizes
  • Black, Red, Blue, Titanium
  • 2,223g claimed frame weight with rear shock

XC and trail

The Truth is available with either an XC-based 100mm travel or a more trail-oriented 120mm option. The shorter-travel Truth gets a new-school XC geometry with a 69-degree head angle and a 430mm reach for a Medium size.

Here you can see how the lower shock mounts directly to the chainstays
Here you can see how the lower shock mounts directly to the chainstays

Bumping up to 120mm travel slackens things out to a 67.5-degree head angle.

Additionally, the frame has a Boost rear axle and is compatible with 29in and 27.5+ wheels and tires. In 27.5+ guise, tires up to 2.8in can fit. 

Active suspension

"This is the lightest fully active suspension bike in the world," claimed Tony Ellsworth, founder and engineer of the namesake brand. 

According to Ellsworth, the rear suspension features no chain growth and a vertical rear axle path. Ellsworth also claims the rear end delivers zero energy loss yet is still fully active throughout the stroke of travel.

Despite its new looks, it's still a version of Ellsworth long-running four-bar system
Despite its new looks, it's still a version of Ellsworth long-running four-bar system

Ellsworth also claimed the new Truth has the lowest center of gravity, thanks the frame's aggressively sloped top tube and low 643mm standover height (size Medium).

Pricing and availability

Orders for new Truths are being taken and the bikes are slated for the trails in late May. 

Five build kits are offered: SRAM GX ($6,145), SRAM X01 ($7,395), SRAM Eagle XX1 ($8,795), Shimano XT ($6,895), and Shimano XTR ($8,295). 

UK and Australian pricing have not been determined. 

For more information, check out Ellsworth's site.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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