Ellsworth was started in Tony Ellsworth’s garage in 1991

with a passion and desire to build bikes in America with the highest level of American content. In 1993 Ellsworth patented the Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension design. Shortly after that the Ellsworth Joker and Dare were two of the most popular production full suspension bikes. Freeride was born and riders were pushing the limits on Ellsworth bikes all over the globe.

The Joker and Dare model names are no longer in the Ellsworth lineup but they have stayed true to their roots and have refined their ICT suspension platform into Active Energy Efficient Suspension (AESS). AESS has the same pedal efficient kinematics and ride quality of the ICT, but has improved ride characteristics, stiffer handling and updated geometry.

Ellsworth was also an early user of EPS Carbon Molding. EPS or Expandable Polystyrene System is now the standard in carbon frame production and allows frames to be made in one piece instead of many small pieces being glued together. All Ellsworth models are currently being produced from carbon using the EPS method.


There are several current Ellsworth models that are using the AESS suspension platform with modern geometry that The Loam Wolf feels that will appeal to our readers. Models like the Evolution, Rogue Sixty and the Rogue Forty.

Below you can find all of the reviews we’ve conducted aboard Ellsworth bikes. We take pride in offering the most honest and up-front reviews in hopes that you can better inform yourself on any future purchasing decisions based on your local terrain and skill level.

To learn more about Ellsworth visit: https://ellsworthbikes.com/