First Look: Evil’s Wreckoning Returns

Will updated geometry and more travel bring this long-travel 29er to speed?

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The Wreckoning is back up to speed with more travel and aggressive geometry. Photo by Mason Mashon/Evil Bikes

The Wreckoning is back up to speed with more travel and aggressive geometry. Photo by Mason Mashon/Evil Bikes

Evil Bikes is launching the third generation of its long-travel 29er, the Wreckoning. This updated model features more suspension travel and geometry that keeps it on-trend with the competition.

Evil Wreckoning Highlights

  • Revised geometry: slacker head angle, longer reach
  • Compatibility with 160-190mm forks
  • 166mm of rear wheel travel
  • Super Boost (12x157mm rear wheel spacing)
  • Internal cable routing
  • Price range: $3,299 (frame with shock) / $5,799-$8,099 (complete builds)
  • Available now
  • Visit www.evil-bikes.com for more information 

The Next Wreckoning

It's not pink. EVIL calls this color "Coral Reefer."

It’s not pink. Evil calls this color “Coral Reefer.”

Introduced in early 2016, the Wreckoning was a very forward-looking 29er. In the subsequent years, the Wreckoning grew a bit long in the tooth, as other brands introduced their own long-travel 29ers with longer reach measurements, steeper seat tube angles that aid in climbing and, of course, slacker head angles. Now, the Wreckoning is refreshed with a slight bump in rear travel, up to 166mm from 161mm modern geometry across all four frame sizes and compatibility with the longer 29er forks on the market.

Evil worked with suspension designer Dave Weagle to tune the DELTA Link suspension for improve pedaling performance and improved traction. While the Wreckoning can run any length of suspension fork from 160mm to 190mm, it was designed with a 170mm fork with 44mm of offset mind. With a 170mm fork, and the DELTA Link suspension set to the slackest, X-Low setting, the Wreckoning as a 64.2-degree head tube angle and a 76-degree seat tube angle. EVIL kept the chainstays short at 432mm in the lowest position.

Geometry of the Wreckoning V2 with a 170mm suspension fork.

Geometry of the Wreckoning with a 170mm suspension fork.

In addition to revised suspension kinematics and geometry updates, the Wreckoning’s refresh follows the trail blazed by the latest Following, with tube-in-tube internal cable routing, a metric trunion-mounted 205x65mm shock, a slender 30.9mm dropper seatpost, and love it or hate it, Super Boost 157x12mm rear axle spacing. According to Evil, the wider axle spacing allowed for a wider stance for the main pivot and larger diameter pivot hardware, both of which bolster rear-end stiffness.

Evil Wreckoning Builds Kits, Pricing, and Availability

Coil or air, the Wreckoning doesn't care.

Coil or air, the Wreckoning doesn’t care. The frame was designed to work with both shocks.

The Wreckoning is offered in five trim levels to suit riders on a budget (relatively speaking, of course) as well as those looking to blow out their budgets. All five trim levels feature RockShox’ new heavy-hitting ZEB suspension fork.

Wreckoning Frame: $3,299

  • Includes RockShox SuperDeluxe Coil shock

GX-I9-Hydra: $5,799 

  • SRAM GX Eagle
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate
  • Rockshox ZEB Ultimate (170mm)

XT-I9-Hydra: $6,299 

  • Shimano XT
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate
  • Rockshox ZEB Ultimate (170mm)

 X01-I9-Hydra: $7,399 

  • SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate
  • Rockshox ZEB Ultimate (170mm)

XTR-I9-Hydra: $7,899

  • Shimano XTR
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate
  • Rockshox ZEB Ultimate (170mm)

AXS-I9-Hydra: $8,099 USD

  • SRAM AXS
  • Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate
  • Rockshox ZEB Ultimate (170mm)

The Wreckoning is available now through Evil authorized dealers and directly through Evil. Visit www.evil-bikes.com for more information.

Share your thoughts on the new Wreckoning on our Evil Bikes forum.

Graham Agassiz putting the new Wreckoning through its paces. Photo by Mason Mashon/Evil Bikes

Graham Agassiz putting the new Wreckoning through its paces. Photo by Mason Mashon/Evil Bikes

 


About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.


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Comments:

  • Gustav Holt says:

    I think it was a mistake to go with longer geometry. The Wreckoning geometry was spot on, and it this is the reason I have not been at all inclined to trade mine for any–thing–else. I also don’t care for the thinner tubing, nor the new Evil logo. The original Evil logo was by far superior. Making changes just to say that you have new bike is not the right reason to do so, and the original Wreckoning’s will now be worth a lot more from this day forward, once people figure out how much better it handles in all situations. It is ‘thee’ most proficient do–it–all bike that has ever been made. And now it seems it will stay that way. Also, there was no need to widen the rear, the original was / is, by far, already stiffer than anything out there. Trunion shock is maybe the only thing that was worth the redesign, and that is what they should have stuck to, leaving everything else alone. ..Maybe one in a decade or two a bike comes along that simply has no equal, and can never be bettered. The original spec Wreckoning was one such bike. And now it is no longer available new. For those considering a Wreckoning who currently do not have one, my advice is this : Buy the original spec bike. It is perfect as is. The new one, alike to the newer geo Evil model which they call the ‘Offering’ which also has the longer geometry, is not as good a bike, handling wise, as the original slightly shorter reach Evils. I rode all of their newer geo / longer reach models, each for two days full of riding all day rides on demo day in Utah, and I can confirm that the older / original geometry with the slightly shorter reach is a better handling bike, and does not do anything stupid beneath you, and, perhaps most importantly, allows you to run the shortest stem available, which is a 32mm to 35mm perfectly. So the new geometry throws everything off just enough to make the bike no longer a perfect fit for many people.

    • Stan F says:

      I 100% agree! I’m also the owner of the LB version. I’ve ridden the new Specialized Enduro extensively. I own an Ibis Ripmo V1 and previously owned a Transition Sentinal. All have Eagle XO1 builds with Fox Factory 36 fortis. I just spent two days in Park City on my Ripmo. Rode both Deer Valley bike park and WCT. Wished I had my Wrecker the hole time.

  • Kent M Robertson says:

    Nice. Can’t wait for the new super boost Offering. Can’t be too far behind.

  • James Neal says:

    I had high hopes for this, but am bummed with seat tube angle. It’s going to be a pass for me and most taller riders. Seems other manufacturers have figured out appropriate steepness. I’d be way over the rear tire given how slack the actual STA Is going to be with saddle raised. I’ve also got issues with heel rub that superboost is only going to exacerbate. With they had just lengthened the bike a bit and steepened the STA. I dig the coral color though.

  • jevadi says:

    Nice. Can’t wait for the new super boost Offering. Can’t be too far behind.

  • Varaxis says:

    Shame about the seat tube still being interrupted like a DH bike. That’s one thing keeping these bikes from being seen as do-it-all bikes.

    Also prefer if the tip of the saddle is not behind the BB, considering I use a mid-foot pedaling position. Got the saddle scooted all the way forward even on 77d STA FS bikes.

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