Video: Evil Wreckoning impressions

Spending time with the 160mm travel 29er bruiser

29er Enduro
Evil Wreckoning

160mm front and rear travel on this 29er.

When we awarded the Enduro Bike of the Year last year to the Trek Slash 29er, a few were distraught that we did not get to try the Wreckoning. It was a contender, a few touted, so we made it our task to get to know the ‘Wreck’. We got one in-house and started riding it immediately. Not knowing how much it weighed and never having tried any Evil bike before, we just rode it. We took it on fire roads, boring trails, fun trails then aggressive terrain and even more gnarly terrain. The experience was eye-opening.

We talk about our experience with the Wreckoning.

The Wreckoning is interesting to say the least. It’s from a small brand in Seattle with recent hits like the Following and the Insurgent. The company has the most creative model names and there are no model designations or labels on any of their bikes. One can hardly tell the models apart or the bike travel beneath all that carbon fiber complexity of the rear triangle.

Evil Wreckoning

31.72 lbs for the Eagle X01 build with 400 gram flat pedals.

The Wreckoning is a true enigma as it is a full 160mm 29er. Most thought it could not be achieved effectively with such a big rear wheel, thus stopping at 150mm travel. But Evil did it. They also omitted the front derailleur and compatibility with Plus tires or tires bigger than 2.4. A chain guide is included by default and the seat post diameter is 34.9mm. These are some of the elements in the Wreckoning that are fairly unique.

Evil Wreckoning

Chain guide is included in this rear end that only allows 1x drivetrains.

Riding it has been a revelation and we have many plans for this bike. We’ll write a full analysis of our experience and compare it the Trek Slash 29er and other contenders. We’ll also build a project bike with the Push Elevensix shock and a no-holds barred build that is around 28 lbs.

Evil Wreckoning

Eagle geometry is slack and adjustable.

Stay tuned and let us know about your experience with the Wreckoning or other Evil bikes.

Evil Wreckoning

Geometry legend.

  • Available Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge
  • Rear wheel Travel: 161mm
  • Front wheel Travel: 160mm
  • Rear Wheel Diameter: 29″
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair, 216×63 (+2 Volume Spacers)
  • Fork Axle to Crown: 571mm RockShox Lyrik 160mm fork
  • Fork Offset: 51mm
  • Headtube: Tapered 1 1/8″ – 1 1/2″
  • Headset: FSA Integrated Tapered No. 58/68 Upper 44mm Lower 62mm Tapered OD
  • Seatpost Diameter: 34.9mm
  • Maximum Rear Tire Size: 29″ x 2.4″ (Varies By Brand)
  • Bottom Bracket Shell: 73mm Threaded
  • Chainline: 51mm
  • Chainguide Mount: ISCG05
  • Maximum Chainring Size: 36t Single Ring
  • Rear Wheel Spacing: 148mm x 12mm
  • Front Derailleur: None. Single Ring Only
  • Brake Mount Type: Post Mount 180mm
  • Maximum Rear Rotor Size: 203mm
  • Frame Weight: 7.52 lbs for medium (with chain guide, headset cups and seatpost clamp)
  • Bike Weight: 31.7 lbs ( medium, Eagle X01, stock build, 400 gram pedals)
  • Price: $2899 frame only, $5399 X1 build, $6899 X01 Eagle build

For more information, visit www.evil-bikes.com.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • erik says:

    The weight is not entirely because it is overbuilt. It’s because Evil doesn’t use the highest end carbon. Most likely using the equivalent of Santa Cruz’s lower end carbon “C”

    • hellbelly says:

      Per SC: “By using a slightly-less-expensive carbon fiber, we were able to put performance within reach of more riders than ever before, lifting the race pace of World Cup athletes and privateers alike. The stiffness, durability, and strength are identical between the two materials, but the C-level carbon weighs in at about 280 grams [slightly more than a half pound] more than the top-end, CC carbon.” I think any weight concerns unwarranted with Evil’s frames. They are pretty unapologetic about this and rightfully so considering their history. They now work with one of if not the best carbon companies out of Taiwan (rumored to be the same that SC uses) and the pointedly say they use carbon for it’s stiffness/durability and ability to build bomber bike frames versus weight savings. That said, you can build up any of their bikes under 30 lbs if you like. My group of friends all ride Evils and the all hover around 30-32 lbs.

  • Helen says:

    I own an Evil The Following, in my opinion it is the best all-mountain…hang on best MTB I have ever ridden. Whether I am climbing or bombing down an enduro track, she handles everything brilliantly. FYI, I weigh 48kg and my bike is 12kg!

  • Cali 0 says:

    Great bikes to ride- TERRIBLE bikes to own long term. The DW link by design wants to tear itself apart, and takes out bearings on a regular basis. Kevin and the boys sound like they mean well up there, but customer sevice is lacking and thus means you won’t be riding….If you ride hard and can get a new frame on a regular basis-you’re stoked. If you are on a budget and would like your investment to last- your money is best spent elsewhere. We’ve seen too many Evil bikes with the exact same bearing/link issue, as well as stripped out rear axles-(Particularly poor design). Just our real world 2c…

    • dazzyb says:

      It’s not a DW link on Evil bikes – it’s a DELTA link. DW is on Ibis, DeVinci, etc.

      • Cali 0 says:

        Yes, Delta, not DW, thank you for the correction in the interest of making sure all who read this thread see accurate information. This delta link by it’s very design fights itself and thus tears itself apart. Not that it doesn’t do other things “Right”, mind you. Several riders here really like their frames when it’s all dialed and there is no slop, for sure, and just kind of expect that it’s a necessary “Evil” (Ha-sorry, couldn’t resist), that they have to deal with rear issues regularly. Again, great bikes if you don’t ride very hard, or you get a new one often, (Or don’t mind it needing to go back in for repair for the EXACT same issue-over and over again…)

        • Chuck says:

          I have to disagree with Cali 0 on this one. I can only assume he works at a shop and sees more examples of Evil frames having issues than I do, but I have had nothing but good luck with my Uprising. I have replaced the bearings once, but do take everything apart yearly to clean and regrease the pivots. Relative to other frames, there are more moving parts, which could potentially cause more issues. My bike is 4 years old now, and considering the frequency (2-3 times a week) and type of riding I do (North Shore) I have no complaints. I had the chance to ride the Wreckoning a few weeks ago and MY GOD WAS IT GOOD! My next bike…

  • Cali 0 says:

    Chuck, definitely interesting information, and thank you for sharing. We build bikes, (Among other things) for TV/Commercial and motion picture stunt use, so cost is not an factor, and failure is not an option. All these bikes are pushed to their limits, which it sounds like is the most likely difference between our experience and yours. We have plenty of other bikes that have never needed bearings replacement, attributable mainly to the particular frame design. The “Skateboard” bearings, (Layman’s term) that so many bikes use are not the correct bearing for the particular loads they are forced to endure, with some designs precipitating failure sooner than others. This Delta link specifically is one of those designs. Aside from a leverage ratio that requires a higher spring rate to compensate for due to losses at the pivots, the forces exerted laterally during cornering or landing off angle exaggerate premature failure of the rear end as compared to other designs. (Not here to name names or push another brand specifically), just giving information based on multiple real world experiences all with the same conclusions. Again, I’m not saying don’t buy an Evil, Kevin is a nice guy who has worked tirelessly to build a very unique line, no one can take that from him. Buy an Evil, you will more than likely love it from the start, just don’t be bummed if it starts spending more time apart than together… Don’t just take my word for it though, a quick check over the years at ANY number of the gravity game events will also speak volumes about what the best riders out there WON’T use under them when their life is on the line. Friendly bar room conversations after the events only further serve to back up sentiments that echo our own experiences ;)

  • hellbelly says:

    Cali O: You basically nailed it with this statement: “We build bikes, (Among other things) for TV/Commercial and motion picture stunt use, so cost is not an factor, and failure is not an option. All these bikes are pushed to their limits, which it sounds like is the most likely difference between our experience and yours.” The vast majority of riders do not ride like this. I ride 2-4 times a week in the southeast on a variety trails that vary from blue to double black in difficulty (N GA, E TN, W NC). Plenty wet rides are common and my friends and I are all big guys. On average for the last half dozen years I’ve changed bearings on my assorted bikes about once a year. My friends here on Evils have reported the same. Standard fare.

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