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Evil Bikes The Wreckoning Mountain Bike Frame - 2017

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Tech Specs

Frame Material:
Toray T700 and T800 carbon fiber
Suspension:
DELTA
Wheel Size:
29 in
Rear Shock:
Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir
Rear Travel:
160 mm
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/8 - 1-1/2in
Headset Included:
yes, FSA integrated
Bottom Bracket Type:
73 mm threaded
ISCG Tabs:
yes, ISCG 05
Cable Routing:
stealth dropper
Front Derailleur Mount:
one-by only
Brake Type:
post-mount disc
Seatpost Diameter:
34.9 mm
Seat Collar:
38.9 mm
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years

Bully.

We'd be remiss if we didn't begin any discussion about The Wreckoning Mountain Bike Frame, Evil Bikes' latest twentyniner-stein, with a warning: This bike doesn't give a damn about your lines. Or rather, it doesn't give a damn about whether or not you give a damn about your lines. Other Evil models—The Following, for instance—are built for more artful trail surgery, strategically picking apart rock gardens and root lattices with occasional moments of abandon. Conversely, The Wreckoning is built to wreck trails. Bully them into submission. It just goes, leaving nothing but broken trails and crushed dreams in its shuttle-lap wake. If we were to sum the frame up in one word, it would be "bully," because The Wreckoning is so overbearingly aggressive that, to paraphrase Evil's fearless leader, Kevin Walsh, it's pretty much impossible not to ride it like a jerk.

Evil's gravity pedigree is on full display here, and The Wreckoning is most at home when the going gets rowdy. That's not surprising. What is surprising is that the bike manages to combine over six-inches of travel with 29in wheels in a platform that can actually corner. It owes this combination to two things: a long, low, slack geometry and the spacing afforded by a Boost axle. Compared to the riotously popular 29in Following, The Wreckoning is almost two degrees slacker at 66.1 and 65.1, depending on what setting you have the linkage's flip chip in. The addition of Boost spacing lets Evil jam the rear wheel up into the seat tubs, so its chainstays are also virtually the same size as the 27.5in Insurgent. So if you want to adjust lines or, you know, turn, you can. Or you can just ride roughshod over everything in your way with its 160mm of travel.

That travel is governed by Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus (DELTA), which Evil designed in collaboration with Dave Weagle, who is himself aptly described as extra legitimate. Before going any further, a disclaimer: this isn't a DW-link suspension. Evil (at Weagle's behest) stuck to what it's calling a linkage driven single pivot in order to achieve a level of adjustability not allowed by DW-link's four-bar design. In fact, DELTA was originally designed as a platform to test different suspension curves, so it's most basic, defining property is virtually limitless mutability.

Given that fact, shock tune may be more important on a DELTA bike than on any other suspension design, and Evil tools The Wreckoning with a built-in sag measurement system to make tuning a quick, painless affair. Just reset the little toggle dial, hop in the saddle, and air up. For reasons we can't fathom, Evil doesn't assign this indispensable feature a playfully overwrought epithet like the Sag-o-Meter or Sir Sags-a-Lot—a glaring oversight considering the hyperbolic self-deprecation the brand uses to define itself and its proprietary tech. (We refer you again to Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus.)

Once the tune is set, DELTA strikes an apparently contradictory balance between a supple, light-off-the-top early stroke and a mid-stroke that keeps the tires glued to the trail. As it approaches the deep end of its six-plus inches, the travel arc ramps up to maintain a bottomless feel that belies Evil's gravity roots and informs the bike's fearless approach to trail furniture. It takes a lot to find DELTA's limits, and that's fortunate since The Wreckoning is, essentially, a long-travel 29er possessed by ungovernable demonic rage. In the words of Kevin Walsh, Evil's resident warlock-in-chief, "you can get away with murder on it"—largely because its spirited compression arc and aggressive mien mean you never actually need a bailout.

If DELTA is The Wreckoning's evil intent, then the carbon frame is the weapon via which those slasher intentions manifest. Evil has had some issues with carbon manufacturing in the past, but it recently invested in building new molds in a new factory that also happens to service most of the high-end manufacturers on the market. Given the logistics of carbon construction, this wasn't a simple process; however, anyone familiar with Evil's history will agree that it was necessary, and the frames we've put our hands on definitely occupy the sharp end of the industry's quality curve.

Each frame is laid-up with a targeted blend of T700 and T800 carbon, which are both high-modulus, unidirectional fibers from Toray. Toray is a name that we'd expect to see associated with a lightweight climber's road frame, not a brutally aggressive trail ogre that refuses to die. The same is true for these moduli. The insistence on using this material tells a story that's kind of at odds with the approach that Evil takes to itself. It's not what you'd expect from a goofy, fly-by-night operation.

Despite that, Evil really is as lightheartedly goofy as it makes itself out to be, and it really doesn't take itself too seriously. But the brand's idea of FUN at play requires uncompromisingly capable toys, so it takes everything from the lay-up pattern to the carbon compaction deadly seriously. Every frame's life begins with EPS and silicone molds. The black stuff is laid up around these and then compacted from inside and out, resulting in uniform wall thickness and eliminating excess resin pooling and the kind of imperfections and structural weaknesses that impertinent trail gremlins exploit to cause frame failures. That sort of structural soundness is especially important given The Wreckoning's penchant for bullying trails into submission.

  • The crossroads of 29er speed and gravity-inspired aggression
  • 160mm of Dave Weagle's eminently tunable DELTA suspension
  • Boost rear spacing allows for stubby chainstays with wagon wheels
  • Customizable geometry courtesy of flip chips in the linkage
  • Sag guide makes for easy shock tuning
  • High-modulus carbon monocoque construction
  • Evil Bikes privileges on-trail competence over marketing palaver

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bike is just dandy. It's incredibly efficient for it's geometry/travel on the way up and screams on the down. I'd say it's more capable and fun than the Hightower LT. Which is a great bike, but the wreckoning is just more playful/nimble and just as stable on the way down. 10/10.

    Evil "the brokening and swallowing"

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased an Evil Following and thought it was the best bike ever. In the quest for something even "more betterr" as they say, I became a believer in all things Evil and purchased a "wreckoning" through Backcountry. I must say I love the ride. Unfortunately, I went to ride it the other day and found the chainstay cracked 3/4's of the way around. My immediate thoughts were wtf, I haven't hit anything or even crashed on the bike. Knowing that Evil had supposedly, corrected whatever troubles they experienced before with carbon frame failures, I didn't freak out. I just submitted my photos to Backcountry and Evil. After hearing back from Backcountry, acknowledging there were no signs of impact I was pretty confident that the swingarm would be warrantied. Needles to say, I was in disbelief when I heard back from Backcountry and Evil Bikes letting me know the claim had been denied. I called the Evil warranty department and was told the failure was due to impact and the best they could do was sell me a replacement swingarm for $415.00. After investing in two Evil bikes in one year, I must say I am more than dissapointed in the brand.
    I have since spoken with other Evil owners and they have both had similar experiences with their Followings and Wreckonings. I write this review in hopes that both Evil Bikes and Backcountry will help make things right and change my reviews of "the swallowing" and "the brokening."

    Man, I feel for you. You're not the first person that I've heard that from. I know 2 other people who have had similar issues with frames cracking, and Evil's response is

    Wow.

    Had the same issues with another brand of carbon bike purchased from competitive cyclist. It frustrating that these manufacturers are charging so much for these and not standing behind them! I also feel like competitive cyclist seems to side with these manufacturers! Sorry to hear your problem, I feel you pain!

    Any further update on this? I really love the way this bike rides, strongly considering...

    Thx for this info. Was considering this bike but I didn't know they only offer 3 year warranty on their frames but wanting to charge premium Santa Cruz prices for it.

    Didn't think it could get any better

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    For the last 2 years I've been riding an Evil Following which was by far the most fun and capable bike I've ever ridden. I figured it couldn't get any better, but figured I'd try it's bigger brother just for comparisons sake. After my first ride on the Wreckoning, my mind was blown. Once it get's up to speed, the bike has no limitations other than me. I live in Kamloops, BC where the trails are a little bit more open and super fast, so for me the Wreckoning is the absolute perfect compliment to our trails. While the Following does feel slightly more agile on slower/more technical sections, the Wreckoning is an absolute rocketship at speed. It still shares all the lively and playful characteristics that I loved on the Following, but in a slightly more big hit ready package. If your trails are fast and you want to go faster and have more fun, I don't think there's any better bike than the Wreckoning.

    Best bike I've ever ridden

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This bike is seriously the best bike I've ever ridden in my 16 years of mountain biking.. The low, slack geometry with the 29 inch wheels makes it a force to be wreckoned with in any situation. I ride it at the lift accessed bike park as well as the local trails.. These wheels roll over anything effortlessly and grip superbly in the turns.. All this and it climbs well too. Love this bike it's a game changer!!!

    Evil Bikes

    Wreckoning
    160mm Travel Fork
    LOW

    Seat Tube

    Effective Top Tube

    Stack

    Reach

    Stand Over

    Head Tube

    Head Tube Angle

    Seat Tube Angle

    Bottom Bracket Height

    Bottom Bracket Drop

    Chainstay

    Wheelbase
    M 16.7in 24.9in 25.1in 17in 29.3in 4.5in 66.1o 74.8o 13.7in   16.93in 46.5in
    L 18.1in 25.5in 25.5in 17.8in 29.6in 5in 66.1o 74.8o 13.7in   16.93in 47.5in
    XL 19.5in 26.4in 26in 18.6in 30.1in 5.5in 66.1o 74.8o 13.7in   16.93in 48.5in
    160mm Travel Fork
    XLOW

    Seat Tube

    Effective Top Tube

    Stack

    Reach

    Stand Over

    Head Tube

    Head Tube Angle

    Seat Tube Angle

    Bottom Bracket Height

    Bottom Bracket Drop

    Chainstay

    Wheelbase
    M 16.7in 24.9in 25.1in 17in 29.3in 4.5in 65.5o 73.9o 13.4in   17in 46.6in
    L 18.1in 25.5in 25.5in 17.8in 29.6in 5in 65.5o 73.9o 13.4in   17in 47.6in
    XL 19.5in 26.4in 26in 18.6in 30.1in 5.5in 65.5o 73.9o 13.4in   17in 48.6in