Ellsworth has something new on the way for 2017 - the Rogue Sixty. The Rogue is a combination of their more than 20 years experience and the feedback that they have heard from consumers, and the numbers look good.
Key figures include 420mm chainstays, a generous reach (432mm for size medium), a 349mm bottom bracket height, 74º seattube angle and a 66º head angle. The wheelbase on a size medium comes in at 1,169mm. The bike sits on 27.5” wheels and is definitely of the long, low and slack variety, but it doesn’t stop there. The brand have also made sure that with all of these static numbers the rider is still positioned in a good, strong position while riding.
• Carbon frame (alloy chainstays)
• 27.5" wheels
• 160mm travel, 1x specific frame
• Internal cable routing
• Di2 compatible w/ hidden storage solution
• 3 colors; Captain America, Foxy Orange & Back in Black
• 4 models; SLX, XT (shown), XTR & SRAM X01
• M, L, XL (small possible in the future)
• MSRP: $6,500 USD
The Rogue Sixty has 160mm of travel and in case it’s not already clear from the numbers, it’s aimed squarely at aggressive riders and suited well to enduro racing. The frame is of the carbon variety with exception to the chainstays, and lateral rigidness was a key point of focus in its development. To help with this, Ellsworth implemented hexagonal ends on their 148x12 rear axle, as well as on the bolt through the rocker link shock mount. These hexagonal ends aim to prevent the rear from twisting and allow for better activation of the suspension. Further contributing towards increasing stiffness, the frame features pivots with a clevis design on the bearings (dual encapsulated) and 15mm ID ultra high quality bearings.
The frame is finished with a 3K weave as opposed to a more typical unidirectional (UD) finish. Ellsworth took this direction for its functionality, with the 3K adding a more robust element to the frame, given it has a slightly better impact absorption property and a cut/chip in it won't result in that part of the frame weakening like a UD finish will. In terms of other final details, the bottom bracket is housed in a 73mm threaded shell, the seatpost diameter is 30.9, and the frame uses Boost spacing in the front and rear. In addition, there's even compatibility for Di2 built into the frame, via a “den” located by the bottom bracket. The 160mm of rear travel is achieved with Ellsworth’s AEES (Active Energy Efficient Suspension) and is aimed to provide a supported base while pedaling but remain active for traction.
There will be four models of the Rogue Sixty available and the XT build (orange shown here) comes in at a competitively priced $6,500 US for a great spec. Pricing on the other three models is yet to be confirmed but each will be spec'd with 1x drivetrains (not surprising, since the frame can't accept a front derailleur), equipped with Fox suspension and a well thought out parts kit including chain guides, Maxxis High Roller II tires and Race Face Turbine 150mm dropper posts on all sizes and models. Close to 50% of the bike is created using domestic content, which is something Ellsworth is proud to continue with. All colors are available in any model and are not model specific.
The bike will be available for pre-order come July and the line will be available in September.