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Ellsworth Epiphany Alloy 27.5+ SLX 2x Complete Mountain Bike - 2016


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Item # ELS000M

Big cushion.

The Epiphany Alloy 27.5+ SLX 2x Complete Mountain Bike is similar to the other Epiphany models in name only. With a slacker head tube and plus-sized tire clearance, the 27.5+ Epiphany is able to run a lower amount of travel while still handling the same terrain. The result is an aggressive trail bike that doesn't turn into a squishy marshmallow on rocky climbs.

The 27.5+ model's head tube is a whole degree slacker than the standard 27.5, and the added stability is the ideal complement for the plushness of Maxxis' 3in Chronicle tires. The chainstays are a little longer than the non-plus model, which makes sense considering that Ellsworth had to provide additional tire clearance without sacrificing the frame's ability to accommodate a double drivetrain.

Despite those changes, the 27.5+ Epiphany's heart is still its Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension, which Ellsworth touts as the most advanced suspension platform in the world. As it moves through travel, ICT keeps the instant center (or virtual pivot created by ICT's four bar suspension) as close to the chain force line as possible. In on-trail terms, this equates to a steady pedaling platform so your power is always transferring into forward motion.

Furthermore, ICT doesn't require a lock-out, so you can always keep the Fox DPS rear shock's travel fully active, even while climbing. The addition of chain torque doesn't constrain the system's travel, the Achilles heel of so many otherwise efficient suspension designs, so pedaling and bump compliance aren't working against each other. The end result of ICT is a plush, less-fatiguing ride with greater control and responsiveness over all terrain.

Though its drivetrain — predominantly Shimano SLX — isn't exactly blowing up podiums around the world, the build kit does have a few notable highlights where it really matters. This build includes the same fork, shock, and wheels as the premium, top-end builds. The inclusion of Stan's NoTubes Flow wheels is especially noteworthy since wheels are typically the first thing we look to update on so-called entry-level build kits, but Ellsworth's meticulous spec means this this bike is race-ready where it matters most.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
ICT (Instant Center Tracking)
Rear Shock:
FOX Float DPS Kashima
Rear Travel:
120 mm
FOX 34 Float Kashima
Front Travel:
130 mm
44 / 56 mm Cane Creek Zero Stack
Shimano SLX M670
Front Derailleur:
Shimano XT M8020
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano SLX M675 Shadow+
ISCG Tabs:
24 / 38 t Race Face Evolve
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano 73mm English
11 - 36 t Shimano HG81 10-speed
Shimano HG74
Shimano SLX M675
Brake Type:
hydraulic disc
180 / 160 mm Shimano RT66
Thomson alloy
Handlebar Rise:
12 mm
Handlebar Width:
750 mm
Lizard Skins Charger
Thomson X4
Stem Length:
50 mm
WTB Rocket V
Thomson Elite
Seatpost Diameter:
30.9 mm
Stan's NoTubes Flow
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
Maxxis Chronicle
Tire Size:
27.5 x 3 in
not included
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years on frame

sizing chart

Epiphany size by rider height


Geometry chart


Geometry Chart


Epiphany Alloy 27.5+
130mm Travel Fork

Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over

Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height



S 16in 23.08in 23.36in 15.28in 30.37in 4.25in 66.5o 73o 13.69in 18.2in 45.32in
M 18in 23.66in 23.43in 15.93in 30.46in 4.25in 66.5o 73o 13.69in 18.2in 46in
L 20in 24.67in 24.06in 16.73in 30.55in 5.12in 66.5o 73o 13.69in 18.2in 47.01in

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