Ellsworth Absolute Truth: The Absolute
Truth was at the top of the
Ellsworth food chain when we
tested it. It looked much like a
classic hardtail, and that’s exactly
what Tony Ellsworth had in mind when
he penned the first drawings for the bike.
The bike proved to be a perfect pick for
amateur racers who liked to both play
and race on the same bike. It could be
scaled down to below 26 pounds for
someone who took the racing scene
more seriously This was one of the
DOWN THE TRAIL
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Santa Cruz Heckler: Santa Cruz was a hip skateboard company that fell for mountain bikes in a big way back in the late ’90s.
Santa Cruz jumped into the mountain bike market with both feet,
but, unlike most companies, Santa Cruz ignored hardtails. The
Heckler was its single-pivot suspension design. It worked quite
well and took advantage of a coil-sprung Fox Vanilla shock and
RockShox Judy fork with a whopping 3 inches of travel.
Moots Mootaineer: Moots was no stranger to the mountain
bike world, even back in 1998. The Mootaineer was a full-suspension machine built from the ground up with titanium, which
was hand-welded at the Moots factory in Steamboat Springs,
Colorado. After testing, we decided that the unconvention-al-looking suspension linkage actually worked, and we liked the
bike. We also mentioned that with the full titanium construction,
the bike would last a long time. We wonder if there are still any
Mootaineers on the trails today. ❏