In late 2014, the Evil Following was tested and was concluded that it might be the ultimate 29er. Evil founder Kevin Walsh concluded that it was not. Thus, the Wreckoning was conceived.
We’ve known about this beastly 160-millimeter 29er for a while, but we wanted to see how it would stack up against this year’s most sought-after long travel bikes. You’re probably not in much suspense here, but the answer is fucking fantastically. The DELTA link will always put an evil grin on your face. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
The short 432-millimeter chainstays even made it comfortable to pull a quick manual or stab off a slow-speed drop. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
Incredibly easy to pop the bike out of corners and off the ground when necessary or, better yet, when unnecessary. Pic: ©Bruno Long
Slack or what? Pic: ©Anthony Smith
The e*thirteen wheels offered a sturdy-but-compliant ride quality that proves aluminum rims are still relevant, and the matching tires may have been our favorite in the test. The only thing missing was a water-bottle mount, and maybe some goggles and a full-face helmet. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
The burly Lyrik fork more than handles anything you can throw at it. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
Once in its element, the Wreckoning begs you to point and go…just remember to hold on. Pic: ©Bruno Long
Crank it up! Pic: ©Anthony Smith
Nooo…not mud! Pic: ©Anthony Smith
Awesome chain guide! Pic: ©Anthony Smith
The suitably wide 35-millimeter clamp bar, burly Lyrik fork and no-compromise X01 Eagle drivetrain were perfect fits on the Wreckoning. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
On the Wreckoning, its mid-stroke ramp-up stood out the most. It climbs efficiently as long as it’s in the RockShox Monarch Plus’ ‘Pedal’ setting. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
Easy switch geometry settings. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
Top notch chain drive with the SRAM Eagle. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
Beautiful engineering. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
e*thriteen carbon rims…mmmmm. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
It has the soul of a downhill bike. You really have to open it up for it to behave properly. Pic: ©Anthony Smith
At the time of testing, the one build for the Wreckoning was this masterpiece, but there’s a lower-priced option coming soon.
So what are you waiting for? Start spreading EVIL Across The World!
Full review at BikeMag.
Featured pic: : ©Pete Drew
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