September 8, 2010
DIRTRAG Under Test:
The first detail everyone notices on the Ellsworth Enlightenment 29 is of course the frame shape. Swoopy with clean lines, plenty of standover clearance, and subtle, yet tasteful graphics placed sparingly on the glossy-black, carbon fiber frame. Take a closer look, and the detail in craftsmanship only gets better. The integrated headset compliments the internal shift cable and internal hydraulic hose routing. The interchangeable dropouts can accommodate geared or single speed use, plus the driveside seatstay separates for using a belt drive system. Other details not immediately apparent are just as impressive.
In these days of environmental awareness and the ever-increasing use of newly formulated chemicals and techniques, it's important to feel good about the process that your bike frame is made under. Taking a look at the Ellsworth website and in a conversation with Tony Ellsworth, he described the factory in Taiwan that produces his carbon frames as being clean, environmentally responsible and sustainable.