WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The Rogue Forty we tested was built with performance and
value in mind. First of all, Ellsworth took full advantage of new
products, such as the all-new M7000 SLX drivetrain and brakes,
along with Fox’s all-new Performance Series suspension. These
new components easily outperform higher-end components from
just a few years ago. Ellsworth also kept durability in mind with the
new Rogue line, using an easy-to-service English threaded bottom
bracket, as well as long-lasting, sealed cartridge bearings and
stainless steel lower shock hardware.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Setting sag: Dialing in our Fox
Performance suspension proved to be
very easy with the help of the tuning guide
on Fox’s website. Following the instructions,
we set our fork at 20-percent sag and our
rear shock at 30 percent. We then turned the rebound knob on our
fork 7 clicks from the closed position and added 18 clicks of low-
speed compression. The rear shock was turned 8 clicks from the
closed position. This base tune felt really good, but our test riders
did make a few tweaks to match their riding styles and local trails.
Moving out: The Ellsworth’s cockpit had a very comfortable
feel that matched that of many other modern trailbikes we have
ridden. Its 60-millimeter stem and 780-millimeter bars felt very
natural. The 75-degree seat tube angle puts your weight more
centered over the bike for what feels
like a strong and efficient pedaling
position. A few of our test riders
noticed that their knees would
slightly touch the suspension
rockers while pedaling, but
moving the seat ever so slightly
forward remedied the problem.
Fun and playful: The
Rogue Forty is a recent
addition to Ellsworth’s
lineup following its bigger
brother, the Rogue Sixty.
The Rogue Forty serves
as a bike that the average
trail rider will thoroughly
enjoy, thanks to its dialed
geometry, great value and