The Ellworth Dare was one of those bikes that every downhiller drooled over ten years ago. Coupled with a Shiver fork, it made even the biggest huck-to-flat seem reasonable, but in the intervening years, the model has suffered from a lack of attention.
For the 2015 model year though, the Dare has been completely redesigned, and received a carbon frame, 27.5″ wheels, and a modern geometry.
The carbon front triangle preserves the brands unique design language, but the smooth lines keep things modern.
All routing is done internally.
The frame can be run in either 160mm, 180mm, or 225mm travel, via the use of a different shock and shock shuttle. In the 9″ mode (pictured), the Dare has a 63 degree headtube angle, 14″ BB, and 17.5″ CS. The geometry was designed with input from professional downhill rider and Ellsworth Product Manager Andre Pepin.
This preproduction Dare is the first to arrive and be built. Depending on how she rides, the company plans to make some tweaks before the bike is available to consumers.
For the same size shock, you have four different mounting positions, which will adjust the headtube angle and bottom bracket height.
The frame includes a removable front derailleur mount, to give users who choose to pedal the Dare in 160mm or 180mm travel different gearing options.
The rear triangle is built using a combination of carbon and aluminum. Rather than using the more common 150 or 157mm axle standard for a DH bike, the new dare uses a 142×12, which will make it more pedal friendly when built up as a 6 or 7″ bike.
The frame will be offered in two different color options, this bright red and a stealth black.
The company was recently purchased by BST Synergy Nano (interview with Tony Ellsworth here), a So-Cal based company with a long history in carbon technology and bicycle manufacturing, so we look forward to seeing what other new products the future may hold for the iconic brand.