SPOTTED: Prototype Evil - Crankworx Whistler 2015

Aug 7, 2015
by Mike Levy  
Evil Prototype
  Aaron Bradford's prototype Evil with 27.5'' wheels. Photo by Paul Aston.

It looks like Evil is close to replacing their 26" wheeled, 150mm travel Uprising with a new machine that's designed around 27.5" wheels. The blue bike was being ridden in the Whistler Bike Park yesterday by former BMC pro Aaron Bradford, and it appears that Evil has stuck with what they know works well: the bike still employs Dave Weagle's DELTA linkage design, as well as the bolt-on connection that allows the rider to adjust the bike's bottom bracket height, head angle and wheel base without altering the suspension's leverage rate.

As you'd expect, Bradford wasn't too keen on sharing any technical details, but I'd be surprised if the new bike has less travel than the 150mm that the Uprising offers, although I could see Evil upping that number to keep the new machine in line with slightly longer travel bikes that we're seeing used by Enduro World Series racers. The frame itself, while looking a lot like the Uprising, must also be an entirely new model with different geometry to suit the larger diameter wheels.

2015 NW Cup 5 at Stevens Pass.
  Luke Strobel racing on the new bike at the NW Cup at Stevens Pass. Photo by Eric Ashley.

Word is that Evil will be showing the new bike at the upcoming Eurobike tradeshow, which likely means that the rig pictured here is very close to what the production bike will look like, if not exactly. More details to come soon.


  • 154 9
 Powder blue is not evil.
  • 25 56
flag Bluefire (Aug 7, 2015 at 12:57) (Below Threshold)
 That's practically a Yeti. Looks great regardless, though.
  • 16 70
flag Treze (Aug 7, 2015 at 13:02) (Below Threshold)
 Please Bluefire, enlight us with your divine expertise! The internet wants to know if it actually looks like one!?
  • 39 4
 It doesn't LOOK like one any more than it looks like a Session, haha. I just meant that that shade of blue resembles Yeti's signature turquoise in the bottom picture. I'm used to Evils being black, as I'm sure most of you are. Not throwing any shade - cars other than Ferraris can be red, and this blue is one of my favorite colors in any case.
  • 70 4
 I shall call it the Yeevil.
  • 8 4
 More like a Niner RDO.
  • 15 0
 I've seen Strobel racing on black, pink, neon yellow, red, and blue Evil bikes this year. Some of those appear to be some sort of prototype. IMO they all look sexy.
  • 4 3
 You're not Evil
  • 2 16
flag bikeguide (Aug 7, 2015 at 13:40) (Below Threshold)
 The rear looks a lot like the Yeti "design form"
  • 8 2
 the blue looks really nice and is miles away from the yeti turqoise.
  • 3 5
  • 2 3
 shit meant to post this to the comment below
  • 1 2
 me too!
  • 2 1
 Green is a tad more naughty. It better come in green....ya,,,,,....greeeeen.
  • 32 1
 Just got an uprising in my pants
  • 2 0
 Ill take one in blood red please...makes me thirsty just thinkn bout it!
  • 2 0
 It's a prototype. Means it still has some good in it.
  • 39 2
 I guess we'll never know about The Following.. They've had plenty of time to review it... -_-
  • 7 1
 I feel the same way. I'm sure they'll get to it at some point, though, considering how much interest there is. I mean, they've only just got around to the 650b V10, and that's been out for quite a while now.
  • 21 1
 I work at a shop and we have been selling The Followings like crazy, just got six more frames in. People absolutely love them and so far no issues at all.
  • 4 2
 My buddy got it and loves it. At first he was skeptical because of the linkage set up but after he got used to it, within a couple wks, he was ripping the trails. I will see if i can get him to do a write up on mtbr or some site he uses. He came off a spesh s-works 29er and loves this bike more he said.
  • 10 1
 @gooutsidetoday I own a Following. It is an amazing bike and worth every penny of the hard earned cash I spent on it. Versatile, like a swiss army knife. No its not a XC racer and its no World Cup DH machine. What it is, is a blast to ride! My Following has kept a smile on my face since it arrived. The frame is solid and is holding up like an absolute champ. This is pretty impressive due to my 210 lbs of fat ass. Out on the trail I feel just as fast as Strobel. The reality is that I am mediocre at best. I case landings and make poor line choices on a regular basis. I could go on and on. My point, I love my Following! Only problem I have encountered was from rear Formula axle. The lever on the axle broke completely off in my hands while threading it back into the rear triangle. No worries with that either cause the good people in Evil's customer service sent me out a replacement the very next day. As for this 650b Prototype, I just picked up an extra shift at work cause I got to have one!
  • 4 0
 Yup, per MTBR the biggest complaint seems to be about the rear axle. Not too bad given the history and reputation Evil has with frames.
  • 1 0
 I have a following and love the damn thing. The FOLLOWING RIPS!
  • 3 0
 I just bought a following - pick it up tomorrow. I believe they have now switched to Shimano rear axles going forward (my bike has one). Also, regarding these prototypes, if you go to their HQ in Seattle and leave your camera phone / google glasses in your pocket they are pretty open about their upcoming stuff.
  • 22 1
 i want to know more about the yellow 29 from nationals
  • 3 1
 Yes, tell us about that....
  • 22 2
 the blue one is a 29er, the yellow is a 27.5
  • 12 1
 I wonder why there is nothing said about the 29" wheel in the description or caption. The Blue frame Luke rides is clearly not a 27.5!
  • 7 1
 Yea the one he's been riding at NW cups is for sure a 29er.
  • 3 1
 @Motoracer31 ohh yes. Camas is right near Portland right? Watched you Thrilium video, looks like a fun place
  • 4 1
 @mtbmaniatv This man speaks the truth.
  • 2 1
 heck yea dude @bighitfsr04 place is rad. theres a couple other trails up there that are fun too. You live in portland and haven't ridden it yet???
  • 3 1
 @Motoracer31 Been here since Feb and have not explored much at all. Need some people to ride with, none of my coworkers have bikes! trying to find some light xc trails to ride near Portland, I am recovering from a collarbone injury thanks to Ski Bowl.
  • 23 1
 This bike they are showing is 29. PB Y U NO READ TIRES??
  • 1 0
 need moar Heel geek power
  • 13 1
 According to one of the dudes over at Evil the yellow is a 27.5" they are tentatively calling the insurgent. It is supposed to have the same flip chip set up as well as adjustable head tube angle capabilities that wil make it very slack. It is expected to be on sale in the near future (2 or 3 months). The blue one is apparently a long travel 29er with very short chain stays. This one is said to be a ways off. No name as of yet.
  • 15 5
 All these comments and no one crying about 26" wheels yet. Here let me try: What?? Discontinuing the 26" version?? Everything is a conspiracy. Bikes are too expensive. Stop forcing me to upgrade to all this awesome new gear. Freeride4Lyf.
  • 7 13
flag jclnv (Aug 7, 2015 at 21:28) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah if it was a Specialized or Trek the fag kids would be be fisting themselves in anger.
  • 2 2
 I wish I could prop this more than once. ROTFL
  • 12 1
 After riding the Uprising I know this is going to be absolutely, freaking, SICK
  • 2 1
 Luke looked evil fast on that thing at the NW cup.
  • 1 2
  • 11 1
 all I know is that I hope it fits a 2.35 inch tire properly, love my uprising but it's an issue
  • 2 1
 I have managed to fit a 2.4 High Roller out back mounted on a spank oozy. Not ideal but thank god for dry colorado trails. Does not work in the mud. At all.
  • 12 3
 See there, switching from 26" to 27.5" is Evil.
  • 12 5
 So this time it won't fall apart in a few months time for a pile of cash, and it won't take a year to replace a rear swingarm in warranty?
  • 18 1
 No it'll be a cracking deal
  • 3 0
 I see what you did there
  • 4 1
 It'll be a snap!
  • 7 14
flag chappers998 (Aug 7, 2015 at 15:11) (Below Threshold)
 It will be a great riding bike let down by shit customer service and QC bit like every bike they've made.
  • 9 2
 Your one to talk @chappers998 since you're riding a Kona and they had a pretty terrible reputation themselves and furthermore I have both the uprising and undead and the times I dealt with their customer service they were fantastic and sent me whatever stuff I needed with two day shipping, sending it the same day or the following day. Company's that are small (especially like evil when compared to a specialized, giant or even Kona) are going to be much lower on the manufacturer's priority list because of the quantity that they are reasonably able to ask for and as a result they were screwed over. All in all while evils history is less than ideal they are not in denial about their sins and they are doing the best they can to reestablish themselves as an awesome bike company and it takes the bike community giving them a second chance for them to grow to their full potential beyond the 5-6 man crew they are currently working with.
  • 2 2
 @sangueangelos yes you are kinda right, however unfortunately the second chance was the undead was (hence the name) and I've seen 3 owners (the only 3 I know) each with them snapped or cracked. The one guy sent his back and was told bugger all could be done as he's second owner, (he was without it for a month).
I had a Revolt which was out of line and snapped on the guy I sold it to also, they look beautiful bikes but I've seen a too high % failure rate in regards to units sold to put my cash there again and give them a THIRD chance
  • 4 2
 @sangueangelos I've had 2 Uprisings and two Undeads so I have enough experience.
The first Uprising cracked and it was eventually replaced after about 4 months and lots of bullshit from the European importer. Then the Undead also cracked along with the swing arm the front triangle was replaced in about a month but the swing arm took nearly a year to arrive and again reams of bullshit excuses from the importer and an offer to sell me an updated swingarm for 400 euros.
Incidentally there is another uprising being ridden locally that began to crack around the bottom bracket area that was months ago the issue was spotted and the owner is still waiting for a new frame.
As I said great riding bikes shit customer service all from MY experience. I'm afraid that their troubles are not my problem but they have been made so due to the trouble I've had, if you go to cheap chinese factories this is what happens quality construction and decent quality control costs see Santa Cruz, I see this all the time in my industry (Solar PV) buy decent buy once. It might also help if they had a European importer that wasn't incompetent and full of BS Evil managed to put me off Carbon bikes altogether until my sons DH coach persuaded me to visit his sponsors shop and I bought the Troy lifetime warranty.
The Kona lasted 2 weeks before I sold it, since then I've had Two Specialized Demos both given to my sons to race now Devinci Troy (given to my sons) and now a Specialized Enduro which I'm over the moon with.
  • 3 0
 @sewer-rat and @chappers998 well I apologize that the CS for evil in Europe is significantly worse than it is here in the US cause the guys in the US are fantastic.
  • 8 1
 Yeah go ride the bike at one of the busiest mountain bike events in the world, yet keep tight lipped on the details. Hype
  • 11 7
 Holy damn, Evil makes the best looking bikes out there. Something tells me they ride pretty damn well. Silver Bullet has arrived gentlemen! And it DOES NOT look like a session by a tiniest margin. Look and learn, session look-alike makers, bury your accountants if you must, make a gravy pumptrack. Marketers will help you.
  • 7 1
 That one is what Strobel has been racing. 29'er with 160mm up front and back with I believe 2.5's. 36 Float up front and the new rear Fox shock. Practically a 29'er mini DH.
  • 7 8
 Or practically an Enduro 29 Smile
  • 8 1
 DO WANT!!!!!!!!!
  • 4 1
 You and me both... Start carrying them.
  • 2 1
 I may have to.
  • 8 1
 Pretty sure its the 29er
  • 1 14
flag mstreet (Aug 7, 2015 at 13:53) (Below Threshold)
 Nope. It's a 27.5 for sure. For a small company Evil is maintaining a competitive edge.
  • 4 1
 new 27.5 and 29 are in the works currently
  • 6 0
 I can fap to this
  • 6 1
 The numbers says 29er :-) ....
  • 4 1
 I have heard rumors of a 170/180 travel evil. I have heard it being called the insurgent. Love my Uprising!
  • 5 1
 Everyone is correct, that is a 29er not a 27.5 Uprising which is yellow.
  • 1 0
 Oh yea-!!!!!! Yesterday i asked this guy what is this bike? He didnt tell me-! Now i can sleep in peace-!!
Oh god. I want this bike so bad if this bike has proper tire clearance-!!!!
  • 4 1
 And its already sold out.
  • 1 2
 mr. DW surely knows how to design a bike . hopefully his next creation will get better shock placement or linkage design for ease of shock shaft cleaning after a muddy ride. This bike is possibly going to ride like a dream , but practicality is something to keep on mind too sir. Personally i think that there is no need for new complex linkage designs these days. variations of good and trusted fsr from many brands , vpp from others and odd single pivots here n there. ok ok ibis dw is good and simple. delta or this not so much for what benefit actually ?
what is actually the holy grail of rear suspension kinematics? 100% antisquat with 0% pedal kick back , 0% brake jack . hmm?
  • 3 0
 I assume then that you have never owned or ridden an Evil? This suspension design is the best I've ever ridden (I've had a Revolt, Uprising and now a Following). Even moving from the lightweight Ibis Mojo SL to the Uprising, I could climb trails that I never thought I'd ever climb, despite the Uprising being lower, slacker and more travel than the Ibis. Completely blew me away....
  • 1 0
 but it bucks?
  • 1 0
 eljefespeaks - of course. designing a complex linkage in order to get performance you need even if there are drawbacks , like I mentioned in my last post , could offset it. Who knows. maybe i will test ride the bike and will like it so much and buy it . But for now I am more than happy with my current bike with well dialled cc db cs shock.
  • 2 1
 just checked undead - same kind of linkage
progressive starting at 3.5 to 2.8 at 60 mm ( the 30% sag point ) then its linear ( mildly progressive) 2.8-2.6 (60mm -160mm travel) and then progressive agian 2.6-2.2 for the last 40 mm out of 203mm travel. antisquat is about 100% with 38t chainring , with brakesquat bad at around 95%.
so the revolt bike is very sensitive for small bumps , supple with great mid hit linearity and overall good bottom out characteristics.
I would assume that the prototype evil enduro bike will be designed in fairly similar way as undead but just optimized for 32T chainring.
Now if you look at well designed fsr kind bike like yt capra its fully progressive 3.2 - 2 , antisquat 100% , brake jack 60 % .
same excellent small bump suppleness similar characteristics , just different design but with good shock placement.
  • 1 0
 I'm just happy that the 650B is coming out! It should lower the cost of uprisings from upgraders and on clearance sale. tiem for me to swoop in!
  • 2 0
 Well if it's anything like my EVIL the following it will kick ass
  • 2 0
 This was spotted 2+ months ago
  • 1 0
 Indeed. Evil themselves have previously posted pictures on Facebook of Strobel with both bikes but now PB have finally spotted one - it's news. Then again, I'm glad to see Evil getting some coverage.
  • 2 0
 You just now spotted that. Living under a rock much?
  • 1 0
 Duuuuuh.... It has 2 wheels like a Session, but the similarities stop there. Yeti Teal is not light blue.
  • 1 0
 WANTI WANTI ,..........cyan getti getti. ya i want this bike an awful lot. I better start saving..
  • 2 2
 Apparently this 29er won't be available until spring next year. The 650B? **** knows. Maybe next week, maybe christmas.
My advice? Don't wait. Buy something else.
  • 2 1
 I have it on proper authority the 650 will be out in just a few weeks time.
  • 1 0
 that would make sense. hype machine is shifting into gear, although not in a bad way.
  • 1 0
 The only issue I've had with my Following was the crap axle it I fixed that, no QR!????
  • 1 0
 Considering they have the design done and tested we might see shipment by 2018?
  • 2 3
 Every bike company makes a "bat mobile" "murdered out" "if Johnny Cash had a bike" f*cked out black bike. It's made for boring people who don't want to stand out. I like the addition of personality in bikes.
  • 2 0
 I have a black bike now. My next bike will be black too - because the missus only recognises colour. I could have 20 black bikes and she only registers 1.... People have reasons for everything.
  • 3 1
 Drop dead sexy Drool
  • 2 0
 looks awesome!
  • 3 3
 Used my son's college fund to get my Uprising and now..... My daughter will be without haha
  • 1 0
 The rear suspension linkage looks similar to the Cannondale Moto.
  • 3 2
 That's actually a 29er but good try
  • 2 1
 Yes! Finally Evil coverage on Pinkbike!
  • 1 0
 The chain guide seems interesting.
  • 2 1
 Evil bikes have always been so sick.
  • 1 0
 Im glad evil stays true to their design! they make some nice bikes
  • 2 0
 That is a 29er...
  • 6 5
 OMG WHY 27.5" AGAIN !
  • 7 9
 I don't know, it looks so good that I'd take it even if it was 28.3 minus with 153x13 booster... if I had the money...
  • 1 0
 I agree, however it looks awesome
  • 1 1
 I'm hurt. Whatever happened to "bleed black, die evil?"
  • 7 0
 Bleed perry winkle blue, go to heaven?
  • 4 0
 Trust me, there will always be a black version...
  • 1 0
 lots of yes
  • 1 1
 If they do not make this bike in black then I'll have to buy an uprising
  • 3 0
 every Evil comes in Black. Period. Smile
  • 2 2
 Looks like a nomad killer
  • 1 1
 I like mine murdered out!
  • 2 4
 those deadly evil 27.5"
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