The super-short, 16.5-inch chainstays grabbed our attention
when we first tried the bike, as the Rogue felt incredibly nimble
and could easily be thrown around corners right out of the gate.
Climbing: The Rogue uses Ellsworth’s Active Energy Efficient
Suspension (AEES) along with the steeper seat tube angle to
help riders power up climbs. Our testers felt the suspension
was a little too plush out of the saddle, but seated climbing was
heavily rewarded with gobs of traction and forward momentum.
Our testers were a little skeptical about how the Rogue’s short
chainstays would handle steep climbs; however, the front wheel
felt planted to the ground thanks to the steeper seat tube angle.
The Rogue seemed to work really well for us on steep, loose
climbs where traction is key for getting up to the top.
Cornering: The Ellsworth Rogue Forty is fast, and it railed
through corners with ease. The Rogue’s crazy-short chainstays
offered huge advantages when tackling sharp turns, and its active
suspension held traction well. The 67-degree head tube angle felt
well suited to the Rogue Forty, as the bike could dive into corners
while still retaining stability at high speeds. The Rogue also benefits from increased stiffness from the Boost hub spacing, further
expanding its fun and playful attitude on twisty trails.
Descending: The Rogue Forty shines when the trail points
downhill. It may not have the same capabilities as its older brother, the Rogue Sixty, but as a do-it-all trailbike, this thing can
seriously rip. The Rogue Forty performed manuals with ease,
thanks to its short rear end, and looked for any excuse to bring
the wheels off the ground. The Fox Performance Series suspension offers great bang-for-the-buck performance, which, coupled
with the Rogue’s lightweight carbon frame, makes for a quick and
nimble bike that loves to take the fun lines down.
Performance Series: New
from Fox is the Performance
Series 34 fork. This new fork
uses a Grip damper instead of
the FIT4 damper that is seen
on Fox’s Factory Series forks.
The Grip damper delivers great
performance and ease of use
at a lesser cost.
Smooth and precise: The SLX drivetrain on the
Rogue Forty offers impressive performance at an
easy-to-digest price. Our testers felt they had a great
range of gearing with the 1x11 setup and had no
complaints with the shifting quality.