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bicycle frame material: aluminum
bicycle type: cruiser
brake type: disc (mechanical)
condition: like new
frame size: Medium to Large
handlebar type: cruiser
make / manufacturer: Ellsworth
model name / number: "The Ride" 1 of 500 Lim Edition
wheel size: other/unknown

This is one of the most unique and fun bikes I have ever owned. It is an original Ellsworth Ride, # 18 of 500. This is the actual prototype for the first continuously variable, belt driven bikes known to exist. I obtained it from the Ellsworth lab facility where they built and tested The Ride bikes. This is not to be confused with the mass produced The Ride commuter bikes, this bike cost over $3500 when new in 2007. They're hard to come by and quite collectible for several reasons. Out of thousand of innovative products, Popular Science awarded it a Best of What's New in 2007 due to their "CVP"" (continuously variable planetary gear system) and material composition. The continuous transmission is located in the hub and was made by NuVinci. It uses a ball bearings and metal disc system that can mimic an infinite number of gears and it got its name because it was inspired in the 1490’s by DaVinci himself. The NuVinci allows the rider to dial in the perfect gear ratio, rather than being limited to select gears. It's Smooth! The bike will support someone from 5ft to approx 6'2"" (per Ellsworth) due the arrangement of the crank and seat position. The bike is accented with carbon fiber components including fenders, handlebars and forks.

"The RIDE Redefines Cruising Innovation In Cycling
Pamona, Calif., NOVEMBER 13, 2007 – Long known for innovation in design, Ellsworth’s The RIDE is now the proud recipient of the 2007 Best of What’s New Grand Award from POPULAR SCIENCE...
“For 20 years, Popular Science’s Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that a make positive impact on life today and change our views of the future,” says Mark Jannot, Editor ....“PopSci’s editors evaluate thousands of products each year to develop this thoughtful list, there’s no higher accolade Popular Science can give.”

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