Esker Elkat

Esker Elkat NX/DVO Build
Price: Starting at $4500
Daily Rental: $99.99
(435) 635-5455
• Trail Bike
• Wheel Size: 27.5
• Frame: Carbon
• Travel: 150mm rear/150mm or 160mm front
• Suspension: Orion
• Drivetrain: SRAM Eagle NX 1x12
 Esker Elkat

Daily Rental: $99

Price: Starting at $4500

Specs Geometry Pricing

Esker Elkat Description

A recent addition to our mountain bike lineup, the Esker Elkat (elk + cat) is billed simply as a, “mountain bike.” If you have to put it in a category, the geometry, travel and wheels make it a 27.5 trail bike. It has a tough carbon frame with 150mm of travel in the back and we set it up with a 160mm DVO Diamond D1 fork to help tame Southern Utah’s famous slickrock chunk. The Esker Elkat is the first bike to get Dave Weagle’s new Orion suspension system. The Orion suspension gives the Elkat a distinctive playful feel with a smooth, plush ride and tons of traction. With its clean, swoopy carbon lines, the Elkat is also one of the prettiest full-suspension mountain bikes we’ve seen in quite some time.

Most mountain bikers probably haven’t heard about Esker – yet. They’re a small rider-owned company located in the mountains of Montana and they only make two bikes – the Elkat and a bikepacking/adventure hardtail called the Hayduke. Esker may be small but they have tons of bike industry experience. The owners are avid mountain bikers who worked for big bike brands for many years before they decided to do their own thing and started Esker. That experience shows in the Esker Elkat’s thoughtful product spec, fun-focused geometry, Dave Weagle suspension and sleek, carbon frame.

There was a time when we didn’t have all kinds of fat tire bike categories. We just had mountain bikes. They were designed for fun and built to handle as much as possible. That’s the philosophy behind the Elkat. If you’re looking for a big enduro smasher or a featherweight marathon bike, you’re not gonna find it here. The Elkat isn’t an enduro bike, it’s not a cross-country bike and it’s not a downhill bike – it’s a straight-up trail bike designed for good times on all kinds of trails. We’ve ridden the Elkat on everything from alpine singletrack at Brian Head to technical slickrock on the Hurricane mesas and had fun on all of it. With 27.5 wheels, nimble geometry and amazing traction, it’s ideal for tight, twisty singletrack and punchy, slickrock tech, a la Gooseberry Mesa.

Part of what makes the Elkat such a fun trail bike is its “slack & steep” geometry. It’s designed to make the bike versatile, easy to ride and fun. The seat tube angle is a healthy 75.9° for comfortable climbing, the head angle is a slack (for a trail bike) 65.5° and the short 16.7-inch chainstays and tighter cockpit make the bike nimble and playful. If you’re a fan of poppy bikes that have you looking for every little lip and rock to send, you’ll love the Elkat.

The most notable and innovative thing about the Esker Elkat is the new Orion Dynamics suspension. Orion comes from Dave Weagle, mountain biking’s most prolific suspension designer and the DW behind the popular DW Link suspension. Like the DW Link, Orion is a dual link design with two short links between the front and rear triangles. However, Orion’s main pivot is in-line with the bottom bracket and that gives the Elkat its very own feel. It’s a very active suspension design with excellent bump absorption and fantastic traction. Imagine a poppy suspension with the pedaling efficiency of a DW Link bike (Ibis and Pivot) and the confident plushness of a Knolly. In Bike Mag’s Elkat review they called it a, “hover bike,” because it seems to float through rock gardens and up technical climbs. Another benefit of the in-line main pivot is there’s zero pedal feedback. With the Esker’s Orion suspension it feels like you can pedal smoothly through anything – that’s the, “hover bike,” feeling Bike Mag described. Pick your line and the bike will calmly navigate whatever you point it at.

To summarize, the Esker Elkat is an innovative and versatile trail bike from a cool new rider-focused brand. More important – it’s super fun. We think it lives up to its moniker, with the poise and strength of an elk and the dexterity of a cat. Thanks to the Orion suspension and Esker’s “slack & steep” geometry, the Elkat has a unique lively feel you really need to experience for yourself. Luckily, we have the Esker Elkat for rent, so that’s easy to do.

At OTE, Hurricane, we have the Esker Elkat for rent and for sale. The components listed in our Elkat specs table (below) are for Esker’s entry-level build. At just $4200, it’s a great value for a fun and durable build – especially for a carbon bike. You might have noticed the bike in our photos doesn’t match that spec. That’s because we made a few key upgrades, most notably, the DVO Diamond D1 fork. The DVO fork offers more tuning options than the stock Fox 36 and it’s a great fit for a pure trail bike like the Elkat. If you’re looking for a deal, all of our rental bikes are for sale. If you rent the Elkat and love it, we’ll be happy to box it up and send it home with you. We can also build you a brand new Elkat with pretty much any parts you want. We love building dream bikes for our customers and there’s almost nothing we can’t do.

*Price and specs subject to change.

Esker Elkat Specs

The specs below are for the entry-level Esker Elkat. If you’d like to buy a bike, we can build it out with almost any components you want. Dream big!

Drivetrain: SRAM Eagle NX or Shimano SLX
Wheels: SUNringlé Düroc Expert
Tires: WTB Vigilante/Verdict 2.5
Frame: 150mm-travel high-modulus carbon with Smooth AF molding
Fork: Fox Performance 36
Shock: Fox Float Performance DPS
Brakes: Magura MT Trail disc brakes
Stem: Esker Epoch 35.0
Handlebar: Esker Epoch Alloy
Seatpost: RaceFace Aeffect
Saddle: WTB
Headset: Wolf Tooth Components
Grips: Ergon GE1
Weight (actual): TBD

*Prices and specs subject to change.

Esker Elkat Geometry

Size SM (15.0″/ 380mm) MD (16.0″/ 410mm) LG (17.7″/ 450mm) XL (19.3″/ 490mm)
Head Angle 65.46° 65.46° 65.46° 65.46°
Seat Angle 75.9° 75.9° 75.9° 75.9°
Virtual TT 21.8 in. / 554mm 23.1 in. / 587mm 24.0 in. / 609mm 24.9 in. / 632mm
Seat Tube Length 15.0 in. / 380mm 16.1 in. / 410mm 17.7 in. / 450mm 19.3 in. / 490mm
Head Tube Length 3.9 in. / 99mm 4.5 in. / 115mm 5.0 in. / 126mm 5.6 in. / 143mm
Bottom-Bracket Height 13.6 in. / 345mm 13.6 in. / 345mm 13.6 in. / 345mm 13.6 in. / 345mm
Chainstay Length 16.7 in. / 425mm 16.7 in. / 425mm 16.7 in. / 425mm 16.7 in. / 425mm
Stack Height 23.2 in. / 590mm 23.8 in. / 605mm 24.2 in. / 615mm 24.8 in. / 630mm
Reach Length 16.14 in. / 410mm 17.32 in. / 440mm 18.11 in. / 460mm 18.9 in. / 480mm
Standover Height 29.3 in. / 744mm 29.3 in. / 745mm 29.4 in. / 747mm 29.9 in. / 759mm
Wheelbase 45.1 in. / 1146mm 46.6 in. / 1183mm 47.6 in. / 1208mm 48.6 in. / 1235mm

Esker Elkat Pricing

The prices and specs below are for Esker’s standard Elkat build kits. We can build a custom Esker Elkat for you with almost any components you want. We love building custom bikes! If you have any questions or want to talk about ordering and building your very own Esker Elkat mountain bike, give us a call: (435)635-5455

Bike/Build Frame Drivetrain Fork Shock Wheels Price
Elkat S Carbon Shimano Deore 1×12 Fox 36 Rythm Fox 36 Performance Stans Flow S2 Comp $4,500
Elkat R Carbon SRAM GX 1×12 Fox 36 Performance Fox DPX2 Performance Industry Nine 101 Enduro S $5,500
Elkat RS Carbon Shimano XT 1×12 Fox 36 Factory Fox DPX2 Factory Industry Nine Enduro S Carbon $6,500

*Prices and specs subject to change.