So, in your opinion, would the Epiphany 27.5 objectively make my life better? Because I'm thinking it would.
My current XC bike is an aluminum frame Ellsworth Truth, 100mm front and back, 26" wheels. The thing is I have it built up all wrong for an XC bike because my favorite parts of the trail are the downhill ones - big wide bars, short stem, flat pedals, a seatpost dropper, and the big front ring has been replaced with a bash guard. It's an old school XC frame with new skool freeride components.
Also I want to somehow convert to 1x11, which I theorize will make my bike quieter on bumpy descents. Although I'm told maybe there are other factors at play. Would it be weird/possible to put a chain tensioner on an XC bike?
Anyway, I suspect that the Epiphany, being carbon, would be a good bit lighter than my Truth even though it's a beefier bike. I suspect I would like the increased travel and slightly more fork rake. Despite my repeated objections, 27.5 seems to be the way of the future, so I figure I might as well succumb. Maybe I'll even like it.
Unfortunately, there are no Ellsworth dealers nearby (the place I bought my bike from originally no longer carries them) - but I figure I could call them directly and work something else.
Please note that I do not have authorization from the spousal unit to purchase any such thing, so this is mostly an exercise in wishing, and hoping, and thinking, and praying / planning and dreaming ....
I completely realize that there are cheaper bikes, equally good bikes, and some people have real issues with Ellsworth. But that's all beside the point because they've been good to me, and I lurv them.
Basically I just want people to talk to about bike stuff.