Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles was founded back in 1991 by suspension guru Tony Ellsworth. At that time Tony was dissatisfied with other bikes on the market, so he decided to build his own. This soon sparked a fire,
creating what Ellsworth is today. For 2017 the company went back to the drawing board to dream up two brand-new bikes that stand out from the rest of
Ellsworth’s lineup: the Rogue Sixty and the Rogue Forty. The Rogue Forty is the
latest addition to Ellsworth’s 2017 fleet. This trail-oriented bike closely resembles
the previously released Rogue Sixty, but features 20 millimeters less travel and
a few geometry tweaks. The Rogue lineup looks to conquer trails with modern
amenities, geometry and styling.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Ellsworth Rogue Forty was designed for the rider who simply loves to ride
trails. It balances climbing efficiency and descending capabilities well while also
being fun and playful. Its lightweight carbon frame allows riders to easily toss
it around, and its super-short, 16.5-inch chainstays are icing on the cake. The
Rogue Forty has a do-it-all attitude, making it a great tool for a diverse set of
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Rogue Forty was built around a third-generation, 3K-weave carbon frame
with 140 millimeters of travel and three 25th-anniversary colorways to choose
from. Ellsworth paid close attention to detail when it came to the Rogue’s internal
cable routing. The end result is a clean-looking bike that also has the ability to
accommodate Di2 electronic shifting. The Rogue uses a mix of modern standards, such as Boost 148 spacing, and proprietary technologies such as a Hex
Taper rear axle. The Rogue’s suspension is an old-school but tried-and-true four-bar linkage design with a custom-tuned Fox DPS shock.
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Active Energy Efficient Suspension: Ellsworth combined AEES suspension with
a custom-tuned Fox shock to achieve the Rogue’s plush and efficient feel. The
Rogue’s suspension is also built tough with sealed cartridge bearings and stainless steel shock hardware.