Well another race season is looming and I am really excited as this year I have a new race bike – the Ellsworth Carbon Evolve and it is stunning.
This must be the best looking bike Ellsworth have produced, with its sleek lines and etched writing in the frame which really does make it stand out.
So what build do you ask? Well I used most of the parts off my previous race bike and upgraded the wheels and forks, so here is current spec:
- SRAM XX cranks with 39-28 rings
- SRAM XX shifters and rear mech
- Shimano XTR front mech
- Shimano XT pedals
- Hope X2 brakes
- Cane Creek headset
- Easton Haven carbon low rise bars
- ESI grips
- Specialised carbon seat post with a Phenom saddle
- Fox Float Kashima forks
- Fox Float CDT Kashima rear shock 120mm
- Specialized Roval Control SL carbon 29er wheelset with Specialized fast trak tyres
I was a little worried about it being a longer travel bike, especially as I race endurance and XC but having now ridden this for the last 2 weeks I definitely have no worries but do have a huge grin on my face as this bike is really fast. It climbs extremely well, I liken it to a goat that also descends like a demon (if I let it ha ha!). I was really surprised at how fast the pickup speed is especially for a 29er, I would almost say it is nearly as good as the 26er for response. A very awesome bike to say the least.
I must say a huge thank you to the guys at Freeborn as the frame only arrived 5 days before I was departing for Cape Town and they managed to get it all built up for me – you guys ROCK!
I have my first race on 15 to 17 Feb, it’s a 3 day MTB race in the Ceres Valley so whilst I may not be in full race fitness shape I am really looking forward to this one to help brush off the cobwebs.