Back at the 2011 Sea Otter Classic, Ellsworth staged a Facebook contest to name its latest all-mountain/trailbike. The winning name was 'Method' and its debut was at Interbike, where we also celebrated founder Tony Ellsworth's birthday (number 50) - a very happy one for Tony, because the company he founded just turned 20. Happy birthday Tony, and if it is possible to separate the two, happy birthday to Ellsworth..
Tony Ellsworth stands with his Evolve dual-suspension 29er frame on the eve of his birthday, number 50. Meet The Method:
Ellsworth added the Method to its long-travel lineup for 2012. With 180-millimeters of travel and a 66-degree head angle, the Method is directed to downhill and freeriders who seek a lighter weight chassis that can be used to climb around the back country in search of less popular opportunities for shred.
The Method follows the Ellsworth suspension profile with a long upper rocker link to establish its patented ICT four-bar linkage configuration, with its instant center well ahead of the front wheel. The Fox DHX RC4 shock is custom tuned for the Method’s leverage rate. The Method frame has a 12-millimeter through axle, and also includes a provision for a front derailleur should you want to run a two-by crank setup.
The Method's sculpted, tapered head tube hides an adjustable-angle Cane Creek AngleSet headset as standard fare.
The front triangle is curved away from the rear tire to squeeze out 7 inches of travel from a relatively short (for DH), 17.5-inch chainstay. Up front, the Method has the now-standard tapered head tube with a Cane Creek AngleSet headset. If you don’t agree with Ellsworth’s 66-degree head angle choice, then you can pick one for yourself, 1.5-degrees in either direction. The 6061-alloy aluminum chassis is made in two sizes (small and Medium) and its laid-back seat angle is designed to extend the effective top tube as the saddle is raised to compensate for various sized riders. The Method is sold as a frame, headset and shock kit or as a complete bike in one of four component builds. Colors are blue, black or nickle anodize, with 11 custom-color options. Average weight for the best builds is around 34 pounds.
Ellsworths are made in the company's own factory in Oregon and assembled in the Southern California Facility from made-in-USA, certified 6061aircraft tubing.Ridden an Ellsworth freeride or downhill rig? Check out the Method, Dare and Moment at Ellsworthbikes.com.