Trail and Enduro Bikes

Evil Wreckoning – Dirty Dozen

A bike that oozes style

Evil… A brand name that oozes style. There has always been a look and appearance that has been upheld by the Seattle company. The Evil Wreckoning is definitely one to add to the list.

The air of quality certainly has not been taken away from this brand with some fantastic carbon work. Just take some time to look at details when you see one next.

With the smaller-wheeled brother, the Insurgent, being a previous Dirt 100 pick there is no doubting the potential. Evil use a single pivot suspension design like Orange but this is where the similarities end with the Evil’s shock being driven by a Weagle designed Delta linkage. This allows for a more progressive kinematic to be tuned in.

A sag meter is also built in to make setup easier. Evil also have a simple yet effective system when it comes to bottom bracket height changes. The connection point for the linkage can be flipped on the rear stay allowing for a low and high setting. This only takes minutes with three bolts either side.

The chain routing on the Evil Wreckoning also has some little neat touches. With a chain guide from E-13 being custom made for the bike and in house upper guide with built in chain protection.

The carbon fabrication Evil use is by far one of the better on the market today. A single piece front triangle construction  allows for less chance of imperfections. With internal cable routing throughout for stealth dropper, brakes and gears keeps the smooth lines and clean look.

The Evil Wreckoning comes in four size options from small to extra large, two build kits and black or blue colours. This gives plenty of choice when getting the correct bike for you. Evil also offer a frame only option for those who like a custom build.

The bike that was taken out for this test was a extra large frame size with the highest build kit option.


Available Sizes
Small, Medium, Large, XLarge

EVIL Wreckoning 161mm Travel UD Carbon, Internal Dropper Routing, Integrated Upper Guide, BOOST

RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair, 216×63 (+2 Volume Spacers)

FSA Integrated Tapered No.57/68 Upper Bearing 30.2x41x6.5 36˚/45˚ Lower Bearing 40×51.8×8 36˚/45˚

RockShox Lyrik RCT3 29, Solo Air, 160mm Travel, 15×110

Raceface SIXC Carbon 35, Rise: 35mm Width: 820mm

Raceface Atlas 35, Length: 40mm

Evil Lock-on

Brake – Front

Brake – Rear

SRAM X01 Eagle, 12sp

Rear Derailleur
SRAM X01 Eagle, 12sp

SRAM XG-1295 Eagle, 10-50t:10,12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32,36,42,50

SRAM X01 Eagle w/Powerlock

SRAM Eagle XO Carbon, 32t ring

Bottom Bracket

Wheelset – Front
e*thirteen TRS Race Carbon, Internal Width: 31mm, 15×110

Wheelset – Rear
e*thirteen TRS Race Carbon, Internal Width: 31mm, 12×148

Tire – Front
e*thirteen TRSr, 2.35 Sticky Triple

Tire – Rear
e*thirteen TRS+, 2.35 Durable Dual

RockShox Reverb Stealth 34.9mm, S: 125mm(390mm), M: 150mm(440mm), L/XL: 170mm(480mm)

WTB Volt Comp


I really could sit and stare at this bike all day drinking coffee and maybe a beer! It’s that striking! And what a great colour.

But more importantly with this Evil is the way it rides with the single pivot suspension design and a linked shock mount giving sublime small bump sensitivity while the stiff lateral rear end gives a great positive ride feel. Now stiffness is a super hard thing to nail on the head but this is by far one of the best feeling full carbon bikes that I have ridden and this is partly down to the build.

There are a set of relatively compliant Race Face wheels onboard with a wild sounding free hub. These held up well against the torrent of abuse that the bike was put through. No dings or buckles to the chassis of these hoops either.  This paired with a set of the E-13 TRS+ tyres it really is a great combination. Even if these tyres did lack in the rolling speed they made up for it in the amount of grip on offer.

The RockShox Monarch Plus damper compliments this suspension design on the Wreckoning. There was more than enough progression on offer with the aid of the linkage. With an equally impressive RockShox Lyrik fork, the Evil did tick all the damping boxes.

Ok, so nothing is perfect and this is no exception with two points coming to light fairly quickly. First being the bar-to-floor height. I have a preferred overall stack of 42” and this was unobtainable with the RaceFace cockpit (the lowest I could get was 43″ with the bars slammed). Now this is an XL bike that should suit a rider of 6ft4″ but with a simple bar change it’s on the money.

So onto the big negative. I rode this bike in some horrendous conditions over the past weekend and it soon became apparent that there really is not enough rear tyre clearance. Mud ended up clogging into the chain guide that runs in conjunction with the rear swing arm and made the chain gum up so the gears became rough… nightmare!

This was a very bad day but if you are thinking of going for a blast in the mountains of Wales mid winter this could be an issue.

Or just ride it in the dry….

Evil have opted for a relatively slack seat tower angle at 74.8 degrees as opposed to the Orbea Rallon at 76 degrees. When the seat post is fully extended this makes a large difference. The 1.2 degree difference over the 170mm post extension pushes the rider over the rear wheel and dose make for a light front wheel when on some steep technical climbs. Pushing the seat to the maximum forward position does help combat this.

Fatigue factor on the Evil is fairly low. The frame construction has a nice balance of flex to stiffness that comes from the single pivot design. This large single bearing allows for the needed compliance not to beat you up when the going gets tough. The build used also helps this point. A relatively supple wheelset and a soft tyre. All things to account for when looking into how a bike feels over a longer descent.

Overall the Evil Wreckoning is an amazing bike regardless of the small issues like the clearance and the relatively slack seat tower this is one of my top bikes tested in the past 12 months.

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