When Evil released the Following
at the beginning of this year, the short travel 29er came as something of a surprise to riders who'd been expecting a 27.5” wheeled version of the Uprising (Evil's previous 150mm 26" bike), especially considering the popularity of longer travel all-mountain bikes. The new Insurgent is the answer, a long, low and slack full carbon machine with 151mm of rear travel that's been designed to deliver devilish amounts of fun out on the trail.
• Full carbon fiber frame
• 27.5" wheels
• 151mm rear travel
• 430 - 432mm chainstay length
• Sizes: S,M, L, XL
• Price: $2799 USD frame w/ shock, completes start at $5199.
Like the Following, the Insurgent uses Evil's DELTA Link suspension design, a modified single pivot configuration developed by Dave Weagle that uses short links between the swingarm and the shock to achieve a dual leverage rate curve. A flip chip allows the head angle to be set at either 65.6° or 64.8° when the bike is run with a 160mm fork, numbers that correspond with a bottom bracket height of either 346mm or a ground-hugging 334mm. Chainstay length is only minimally affected by the geometry changes, ranging from 430 - 432mm. Four frames sizes, S, M, L, and XL will be offered, and with a reach of 472mm for the XL, taller riders should still be able to achieve a comfortable fit.
The bike's rear derailleur housing is routed internally (there's no option for running a front derailleur), while the brake housing runs along the underside of the top tube. ISCG tabs are in place around the bottom bracket shell, but most riders will probably choose to use the built in carbon chain guide that's mounted to the swingarm. Speaking of the swingarm, one of the main sticking points about the Uprising was its lack of tire clearance, but that looks to have been addressed on the Insurgent, and there was plenty of room around the 2.3" Maxxis Highroller II on the display model.
The frame alone with a RockShox Monarch DebonAir RC3 shock will retail for $2799 USD, and there will be two different full build options – a SRAM X1 equipped version for $5199, and an X01 kit for $6699. Color options are Murder Black or Slimeball (shown