Cascade Components Announces Evil Offering Link

Nov 9, 2020
by Cascade Components  
Evil Offering link


PRESS RELEASE: Cascade Components

Our collection of linkages has been expanded to include another PNW brand. We are proud to announce the Cascade Components link for the Evil Offering. Already a capable and playful bike, these traits are enhanced with the addition of the Cascade Components link. The link increases progression to 35% and increases travel to 145mm. The primary focus of the link is to tweak the leverage curve for improved mid-stroke support, bottom out resistance, and small bump sensitivity. Along with this, the curve has been smoothed out to remove the linear mid-stroke portion of travel. These changes keep it glued to the ground when you need it while also improving support when jumping, slapping berms, and boosting every side hit in sight. When you come back down to earth the ramp up keeps you from becoming too friendly with your bottom out bumper.

Offering link colors
The Offering link comes in black, silver, and orange

The Cascade Components link is a perfect fit for anyone looking to better balance bottom out resistance and small bump sensitivity or looking to run a coil. This link is not coil specific, however. This balance is something that no combination of volume spacers, shock air cans or compression tunes can replicate. Not all trails can be shuttled, so the ability to pedal the bike is unaffected, allowing you to push your limits with long days on the trail.

Specs and Details:


• 145 mm of travel
• Progression increased to 35% compared to 23% with stock link
• Sealed Enduro MAX bearings
• CNC’d from 6061-T6 in the USA
• Colors: Black, silver, orange
• Cost: $249 USD.


Alex sliding through a turn
Alex sliding his Offering through a turn

For more information click cascadecomponents.bike/collections/evil-links/products/evil-offering-link.


140 Comments

  • 472 3
 Sorry but I cant afford this. I just spent 200 dollars making sure my bars were straight.
  • 228 0
 I wouldn't be lying if I said we made the same joke before putting this up earlier today...
  • 11 0
 ^ gold
  • 22 97
flag Pablotelles (Nov 9, 2020 at 17:53) (Below Threshold)
 LOL bike shops charge you even for breathing inside of em
  • 15 94
flag DroppingThreeTwoOne (Nov 9, 2020 at 19:42) (Below Threshold)
 @Pablotelles: agreed, I stay far away from LBSs. They are total scam.
  • 7 0
 Just bought their new 2020 Enduro link yesterday. And my EXT Arma shock is on the way-- super pumped!
  • 2 0
 Lolllllĺ
  • 2 0
 @diggerandrider:
You’ll need a stiffer spring after fitting the link from stock.
As me how I know Wink
  • 6 0
 @CascadeComponents:
the fact that you guys have a sense of humor make me want to buy from you, even though i don't need or want a custom linkage. Your comment was priceless
  • 3 0
 With 350 props and counting, I feel like I'm the only one here that doesn't get this. Can you point me to what you're talking about re: $200 bar straightener?
  • 2 0
 @fussylou: Definitely, already all over that.
  • 5 0
 @LucWicklund - Ah, that thing, thank you. I already have two.
  • 2 0
 Is one a Front Bar Straightener and the other a Rear Bar Straightener? @gtill9000:
  • 91 0
 From the looks of it, This seems to be an excellent Offering from Cascade Components.
  • 96 0
 I’m not Following
  • 55 3
 We hear you Calling
  • 57 2
 Hopefully it wont lead to a Wreckoning with your frame warranty
  • 45 1
 @ratedgg13: we should barricade against these pun weilding insurgents
  • 23 0
 I’m really getting a Chamois Haggar from these puns.
  • 16 0
 All these puns rising up like a Faction of the Undead
  • 14 0
 That pun is simply Evil.
  • 16 0
 That's enough, you're beating an undead horse.
  • 17 0
 and now we have a Cascade of Evil puns Rolleyes
  • 7 0
 All of these puns are Revolting.
  • 7 0
 Looks like an Evil Uprising is brewing
  • 16 0
 You guys keep on cracking jokes
  • 2 0
 @dytrdr6: if only there were some way to show a linkage between all these Evil puns...
  • 40 0
 Can I get some Dangerboy links for my 2002 Kona Stinky Deluxe?
  • 3 0
 Memberberries, my mate had those on his Transition Dirtbag circa 2004
  • 28 5
 It's so unfair! Just because I lack all engineering knowledge, machining ability, and access to equipment I shouldn't be denied a link for my particular bike, dang it! Someone owes me a link for my stupid, unpopular, direct-to-consumer brand bike!
  • 4 20
flag Kramz (Nov 9, 2020 at 23:09) (Below Threshold)
 You do realize nobody's ever going to make you anything decent in your life? LOL. I feel you bro. 100%. Like, what's REALLY going to happen here? The guy's going to make himself a super, super good bike, and you, a less super good bike. That's just what it is, in my opinion. Time to get learning!!!
  • 12 0
 @Kramz: I tried to make it obvious that I was making fun of myself, man. I guess I failed.
  • 4 0
 @JakeEPooh: nah you did fine
  • 2 0
 @Kramz: Actually, I see now that you got my "joke" and were trying to say I could learn how to do one myself if I put in the effort.
  • 20 1
 Just reading this write up will void your warranty from Evil. Any excuse they can use.
  • 2 1
 Amen
  • 1 1
 Doubtful. Fitting them will tho.
  • 8 0
 I'm so ignorant, I have no idea how expensive and difficult it would be for an engineer and a machinist to come up with these things for a given bike. Is it a question of plugging the measurements of a particular bike model into some bike design software and playing around with the link dimensions until you get something different enough to legitimately appeal to some riders, or does it require whole teams of engineers and technicians and months of testing different prototypes?
  • 7 0
 It depends whether you want something good or just something with "more travel, more progression".

Credit where credit is due though the sentinel link looks very dialed on paper and addresses the weak points of the stock link.
  • 3 0
 I think you are closer with your first guess, if I was to hazard a guess. It isn't too hard to reverse engineer the kinematics for these bikes. I did it for my bike and it took about 4-8 hrs/ish to derive the kinematic equations, leverage curve, etc. It was my first time doing any of it too. Considering most bikes work off the same 4 bar linkage, the equations themselves don't change, just some of the numbers you are plugging in to them. I think doing it a second time would be a lot faster. Designing the linkage itself would also be pretty simple. I don't think there would be a big engineering team. Heck, engineering teams for a lot of bike companies themselves aren't huge.
  • 8 0
 @coast2coast-4: Agreed. Perhaps the most difficult thing is to figure out what is really good on the trail. You can always add more progression that is not difficult, but how much progression is too much? This work require someone who really knows what to look for in a bike and have a ton of experience.
  • 3 1
 @Sylesej: that's probably where the added value of companies like Cascade Comp. comes from. Otherwise you would have every man and their dog wacking out after market linkages...
  • 7 0
 For anyone sitting on the fence, I sceptically bought a CC link for my 2019 Sentinel and was blown away at the difference on big hits. Better small bump sensitivity and I now never feel like I'm bottoming out now!
  • 1 0
 same on a hightower - but the pedal strikes are all too real. ive been pondering selling it despite it being otherwise great. i wish it was easy to swap so you could put back to "normal" for pedal days hehe.
  • 9 2
 These links just make me wonder if the bikes aren’t good enough in the first place. Are they improving on a flawed product, or making a good/great product different?
  • 1 1
 Interesting because I thought evil bikes were supposed to have great suspension. If the graphs are legit then looks like they have made an improvement
  • 5 0
 Things can be improved even if they were good previously
  • 1 0
 Both. I think it depends on the frame.
  • 7 0
 It all depends on the rider and the terrain. If you charge hard or race, then the bike will be better (for you) with this linkage. If your riding is less on the limit, then the bike will probably feel worse (for you) with this.
  • 11 1
 People assume different = better

And then add in financial investment and you have a strong placebo effect

Only real way to tell is to do it against the clock, and even then does that really matter to most people?
  • 8 0
 My limited undestanding is that suspension design needs to work for a broad range, even within the specific disciplines of Enduro, trail etc.

If you take an Enduro bike to the bike park for example, there's a range of trail types that it might be ridden on (flow, tech, big jumps, severe features). A good suspension design should be able to cover all bases, but there will inevitably either be limitations at the extremes or finding that the design favours one end of the spectrum to the other.

Again, my understanding is limited, but i understand that, rathere than correcting a flawed suspension design, these products simply allow the suspension design to swing in the favour of a particular style of riding (presumably at the expense of the opposite characteristics).

I could be very wrong though.
  • 2 0
 @toad321: in the case of the sentinel, it’s definitely better- no question.
I understand we should be suspicious of confirmation bias, but I have not seen a single post in the various forums stating it was a waste of money or it didn’t “feel” any different.
  • 2 0
 @solar-evolution: mtbtelly on YouTube posted some fairly in depth reviews. He is the first person I’ve seen to not absolutely love the link for his riding and setup on the patrol. I've always found the patrol to be too linear. My ext shock helps quite a bit, but it still didn't feel as good as an evil offering I rode recently.
  • 2 1
 Do you buy aftermarket anything? Lol
  • 1 0
 on my ht2 now that i have it, it makes complete sense to me why this isnt the stock link. the gains are significant but so are the drawbacks. its basically one more option to tune stuff to your liking. see recent posts on mtbr as well
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: I was going to say don't patronize me for asking a question but then I looked at your profile and realized you spend more time on PB than on a bike
  • 1 0
 @DidNotSendIt: That makes a lot of sense, and confirms what a lot of others have said here, thanks. I think I'd just heard so much about how it's been an improvement on whatever Transition that was, that I was wondering if all these bikes aren't as good as they ought to be out of the box. Maybe short-sighted thinking on my part, but I appreciate the clarification from you (and everyone else who has weighed in).
  • 7 0
 This is awesome! Hopefully the Wreckoning is next!
  • 1 2
 If it would make the V1 Wrecker a bit more poppy, count me in for an order.
  • 1 0
 If they made one for the wrecker I would buy it. Take it from little betterer to more betterer!
  • 1 0
 I would take one for my evil insurgent simply because it's silver, doesnt even need to do anything to the leverage curves
  • 3 0
 Previous Wrecker, sure. V3? No need. That suspension platform is dialed.
  • 1 0
 @Abacall: how long have you been on the V3? I'm waiting for mine to be shipped this month.
  • 1 0
 Lower stack height and increase reach and steepen steat tube...o wait
  • 2 0
 @Muchogusto: Since it came out. Just got a Push for it. It’s a crazy good bike.
  • 2 0
 @Abacall: Just checked on ship date: April 2021. Cant wait to ride it.
  • 2 0
 I put a Cascade link on my 27.5" 2020 Stumpy and can confirm the hype. I was pretty skeptical considering the claims seem to feature all positives with no downsides. In my experience, they've all been true, and climbing hasn't suffered at all. Granted, it helps riding an air shock that locks out. It blows my mind manufacturers wouldn't design a link with these characteristics to begin with on a $5,000 bike. Facepalm
  • 1 0
 I have the first delta link on V1 following that look machined exactly like your links. They were on one of the very first Following, then @evilbikes send me new ones that seems to be forged. I am just wondering if @cascadecomponents machined the first Following links. Anyway I have to say that I always received a very firs class assistance from Evil!
  • 1 1
 The cascade link fixed my bottoming out issue on my turbo levo. Even maxed with spacers, the air pressure would have to be jacked up to not blow through all the travel. The link was much cheaper than a new coil shock and heavier spring. The shock now works well throughout it’s entire travel. I guess in a perfect world, bikes would come with multiple links from the factory on bikes of a certain price point. However, the cascade is better machined than the factory link.
  • 1 1
 "I guess in a perfect world, bikes would come with multiple links from the factory on bikes of a certain price point"

A lot of them do - Rocky Mountain's Ride 9 comes to mind, Cube has different shock mounts for air/coil and iirc so does Santa Cruz' Megatower. Those systems follow the same principles.
  • 1 0
 @wowbagger: add Raaw Madonna and Orbea Rallon to that list. Also, forbidden and specialized have been talking about mullet links as well.
  • 3 0
 I installed the cascade components link on my 2018 Transition Sentinel alloy, and couldn't be happier about my decision.
  • 2 2
 Not sure if that is necessarily such a good idea. Lowering the leverage ratio in the end part of the stroke increases forces on the rear end relative to the rear shock on extremely deep compression strokes and bottom-outs. To me this seems like a prime way of cracking your rear frame triangle. Especially since Evil has a bit of a history of making unreliable frames.
  • 2 0
 But it’ll decrease the peak load that happens when your shock runs out of travel.
  • 3 0
 I want a new link for my smuggler.
  • 2 0
 or a frame update.... coming soon?!
  • 2 0
 @WasatchEnduro: That would be the first bit of good news for 2020
  • 3 0
 @WasatchEnduro: I would take the frame update, however, if it is anything like the Sentinel Update, and I could just add a link for a little more travel and progressivity I'd happily keep my smuggler for a few more years. I threw a megneg on mine and it is a HUGE improvement for me. I'd like just a new cascade link to tune it a little more even.
  • 2 0
 Doooope.. now all that’s left is the Yeti SB115 link for the Yeti SB100 & 115
  • 2 0
 @Abacall True, I've been on the v3 force few weeks and it's amazing. I'm just a fan of more options!
  • 2 0
 But isn't there about to be a updated offering released........
  • 1 0
 yes, photo was leaked like 2 weeks ago
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: i have it ss, but it pretty much looks like the evil following. In color green (military) and stealth black. They took down the site once they noticed it leaked.
  • 2 0
 Even better. Cascade is breathing life into the used market.
  • 1 0
 Lookn forward to this! Could be perfect Laguna bike
  • 2 0
 You should make a V2 transition scout alloy link. I would buy it
  • 2 0
 So you can do more huck to flats?
  • 7 0
 @Calvin111: Put this in place of your shock, it might add a bit of progression. It will also make pedaling a lot easier.
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  • 1 0
 I wish this would fit my Insurgent LB; added mid stroke support would help immensely!
  • 1 0
 @cascadecomponents does this affect bb height? Guessing tire doesn’t hit the seat tube at full compression.
  • 3 0
 Bottom bracket height remains the same. No tires slamming into seat tube either.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: nice! Gonna have to add this to the x-mas wishlist
  • 3 2
 Why do manufacturers just make their bikes with this linkage design in the first place?
  • 8 1
 Because most owners don't want the bike to behave how the Cascade link will make it. For me, that linear part of the midstroke is one of the Evil's defining characteristics and part of the reason why it feels so plush off the top of its suspension travel. I don't think many Evil owners will want to sacrifice that feel - but a handful will, so Cascade have made an option for them.
  • 1 0
 In my case, most Forbidden Druid riders are old hacks with too much money that can't ride and think a 9 inch drop should go on the gram, so the stock linkage is perfect for them. I would love a more progressive feel, a few more millimeters of travel and a rear end that suits the 160mm Zeb I just ordered that will be up front.
  • 2 0
 Does it steepen the seat tube angle ?????????????????????????????????????
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents: So what’s the difference between fitting a progressive link and fitting a progressive spring?
  • 6 1
 There are a handful. First off, a progressive spring offers less bottom out resistance than a sufficiently progressive link because the spring rate is only increased for bottom of travel, whereas with a progressive link the spring rate is increased over the entire stroke of the shock. Progressive links are also better equipped to handle successive hits. This is because they use have a larger percentage of the shock stroke available from the sag point. The amount of shock stroke available at any given point is a larger factor in the amount of bottom out resistance than the spring rate used. Then there's the rebound side of things which plays a pretty big role in how the bike tracks over chatter. If you have a larger amount of ramp at the shock (this is most apparent with volume spacers and the Megneg because the ramp can become extreme) it becomes difficult to get rebound to be consistent across the stroke of the shock. All too often you get stuck in a place where rebound at top of travel is too slow and rebound at bottom of travel is too fast. Progressive springs don't really have much ramp so it's possible to balance this with them, but with a shock crammed full of volume spacers it can be quite apparent.
  • 2 1
 I wonder if they will be following up this offering with links for other evil bikes? I wreckon they might.
  • 1 0
 Hey , now can you make one for the slash 2021? hard to find 230x62.5 shocks , make it fit 230x65 Wink .
  • 1 0
 62.5 shock, it’s just a spacer configuration
  • 1 0
 You do know that you can lower the stroke of pretty much every single metric shock by just installing a spacer? You can easily change a 230x65 to a 230x62,5. Thats one of the biggest advantages of metric shocks.
  • 1 0
 The new Norco Sight could benefit from these boys tweeking the rocker link...
  • 1 0
 what's wrong with the new norco sight?
  • 1 0
 @SeanC1: Rear suspension design was designed specifically around an air shock. Run like trash with a cool unless the coil is heavily damped.

But a new rocker could solve this. And turns out it's on its way already!
  • 1 0
 @TheBearDen: how does the sight ride with the air shock, the way it was designed in the first place??
  • 1 0
 @SeanC1: not the best pedal bike in its class. But it punches a weight class up when it goes down the trail. It tracks really well and it's clear the bike is intended to be fastest down the mountain kind of thing.
  • 1 0
 Can you make one for the Forbidden Druid? I want to get 10% sicker and 13% rowdier.
  • 2 0
 As if Evil's warranty policy wasn't bad enough already...
  • 1 1
 What a waste of time doing this for a bike brand with a tiny market. Could have been worse i suppose they could have chosen Ellesworth.
  • 1 0
 @CascadeComponents got my first ride in today on the new link. Knocked it out of the park with this one!
  • 1 0
 What happens to the warranty when one of these is installed. i would imagine it evaporates if you even look at one.
  • 1 0
 i came for the Revolt pics
  • 1 0
 make one for the revel rascal! :o I'd buy it immediately
  • 1 0
 will you design for orbea rallon R5 ?
  • 1 1
 GT Force 27.5 link next? Bike's got bang on geo but not enough progression. an extra 10mm travel rear wouldn't hurt, either
  • 1 0
 GT removed the 650B Force from their line-up for 2021, so probably not very likely.
  • 2 0
 Make one for my Fuzzaree
  • 1 0
 Amen!
  • 1 0
 I have an offering. No need for "improvements" on perfection.
  • 1 0
 That will make it a well warrantied part of the frame.
  • 1 3
 Buy a new link, great, then the chainstay breaks, or seatstay, out of warranty, no parts support from bike manfacture, more wasted parts and money.
  • 12 0
 Surely anyone claiming a warranty would be smart enough to put the factory links back on first.....
  • 3 0
 Transition will honor the warranty for their frames using the cc links. They actually posted something in one of the forums to the effect of “happy tinkering.
  • 2 0
 @Prh: unless your a 'look at me' socials person. Pics online..whoops
  • 2 0
 ...& when’s the last time a manufacturer warranteed a cracked frame? Everything ends up a “crash replacement” anyway...
  • 1 0
 #ballnose
  • 1 0
 For a* (not force)
  • 1 2
 @CascadeComponents: Ever consider making a Marin Alpine Trail link?
  • 3 5
 Looks forged?
  • 26 0
 No, it is genuine.
  • 2 0
 @Dropthedebt: Had a good chuckle from that one!
  • 3 4
 @Dropthedebt: Good one! I only commented because their other stuff looks CNC’ed and a bit gash.
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