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2017 Evil Bikes The Insurgent Mountain Bike Frame

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2017 Evil Bikes The Insurgent Mountain Bike Frame

 

While the spectacle of its development and the intricacies of its carbon lay-up may initially shroud The Insurgent Mountain Bike Frame in a most intimidating aspect, the iconoclasts at Evil Bikes assure us that it is, in fact, "a bike that likes to party." Upon filtering our own experiences aboard The Insurgent through the process of abductive reasoning, we're compelled to issue a full-throated endorsement of Evil's assessment.

Every aspect of the bike's construction is undertaken with that end (the "party" of a long, low-slung, six-inch bike) in mind. Understood as such, the design is elegantly simple—elementary, even—however, despite its relatively simple suspension construction, The Insurgent's approach to all-mountain terrain is every bit as subtle as a phosphorescent, predatory canine that might be seen prowling the moors near Baskerville. Which is to say it's not subtle at all. The trail game is afoot, and the irreverently playful Insurgent is the chief antagonist.

Though it ended in an opiatic euphoria wherein any considerations of technical features and engineering specifics were laid aside, our own personal investigation of The Insurgent's capabilities began with a coldly logically consideration of the suspension. Specifically, we put the linkage under the magnifying glass because it includes flip chips that alter the bottom bracket height and head tube angle. When dropped to the XLow setting, the bottom bracket reposes a mere 13in above the ground, and the head tube slacks out to as low as 65.2 degrees. You'll be excused if you'd only expect to see angles like that on bikes with more travel. We are of the same mind—or rather, we were until the insurrectionists at Evil staged this irreverent coup. The cumulative effect of the bike's 17in chainstays, long, low posture, and aggressive tilt conspire to drive the bike through corners, all but daring the tires to shuffle off.

Our inquiry next carries us to the rather conspicuously titled Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus (DELTA). If we were to limit our deductive efforts to the tech sheet alone, we might conclude that DELTA's linkage driven single pivot design is something of an anachronism—especially considering the indelible impression that sometime Evil collaborator Dave Weagle's DW-link suspension has had on the industry as a whole. We'd be mistaken. When put to the test in the conditions of an actual ride, it transpires that DELTA is alarmingly capable. Our own la-BOR-atory technician describes the experience thusly: "blistering rolling speed, poised cornering, big-hit management, lively pop, and pedaling efficiency." In the subsequent field report, that impressive catalogue earns The Insurgent the title of "the best suspended trail bike" we've had the privilege of pedaling in a state of elevated ire.

It further transpires that the DELTA suspension design was originally a platform meant for testing different suspension curves. It's most basic, defining property is virtually limitless mutability. Given this evidence, the astute observer might posit that The Insurgent's shock tune is far more important than on a non-DELTA carriage, and Evil includes a built-in sag measurement system to facilitate tuning without the need of an erudite machinist. One must simply reset the dial, mount the machine, and adjust as appropriate to achieve the recommended metric of 30%. The mechanism is so artfully simple that only one deduction eludes us; namely, we're uncertain as to why the sag tune dial was not a co-beneficiary of the tendency toward jocular overstatement exhibited elsewhere in Evil's catalogue. (We refer our interlocutor again to the playfully christened Dave's Extra legitimate Travel Apparatus.)

Once the shock is tuned, DELTA presents a devilish conundrum: travel initiates with light input, maintains a constant stream of generous trail feedback through the mid stroke, and ramps up in a manner fit for park shenanigans and shuttle laps in the end stroke. Evil mastermind Kevin Walsh makes the alarming claim that The Insurgent is a bike that will allow you to "get away with murder." We must caution you, dear reader, to understand Monsieur Walsh's rhetorical flourish as a purely figurative statement meant to encompass the act of slaying big-hits and roll-overs in a perfunctory, brusque manner rather than committing violence on members of your fellow species.

You might deduce that such intricately laid suspension plans might be matched with an equally meticulous frame construction process. We applaud your astuteness. For this latest generation of carbon insurgency, Evil has 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 takes playing in the dirt very, very seriously, so it requires uncompromisingly capable toys. 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.

An all-mountain detective that deduces the best lines

DELTA single link pivot with 150mm of DW DNA

Adjustable geometry drops the head tube into DH party territory

Includes a sag dial to hit the ideal recommended shock tune

Efficient climbing that detonates after dropping in

27.5in platform inspired by Evil's gravity past

Newly refined carbon construction process

Evil Bikes is self-deprecating but deadly serious about shredding

 

2017 Evil Bikes The Insurgent Mountain Bike Frame

Frame Material:

Toray T700 and T800 carbon fiber

Suspension:

DELTA

Wheel Size:

27.5 in

Rear Shock:

RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir

Rear Travel:

150 mm

Fork Travel:

[recommended] 150 - 160 mm

Head Tube Diameter:

1-1/2 to 1-1/8in tapered

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:

30.9 mm

Seat Collar:

34.9 mm

Rear Axle:

12 x 142mm thru-axle

Recommended Use:

all-mountain, enduro

Manufacturer Warranty:

3 years

 

2017 Evil Bikes The Insurgent Mountain Bike Frame

GEOMETRY CHART

Insurgent

150mm Travel Fork

HIGH

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

S

15.4in

23.5in

23.07in

16.6in

25.6in

3.9in

66.1o

74.8o

13.5in

16.93in

45.3in

M

16.7in

24.37in

23.6in

17.2in

26.8in

4.5in

66.1o

74.8o

13.5in

16.93in

46.2in

L

18.1in

25.2in

24in

17.9in

27.6in

5in

66.1o

74.8o

13.5in

16.93in

47.1in

XL

19.5in

26in

24.5in

18.6in

28.1in

5.6in

66.1o

74.8o

13.5in

16.93in

48in

150mm Travel Fork

LOW

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

S

15.4in

23.5in

23.07in

16.6in

25.6in

3.9in

65.2o

73.9o

13in

17in

45.4in

M

16.7in

24.37in

23.6in

17.2in

26.8in

4.5in

65.2o

73.9o

13in

17in

46.3in

L

18.1in

25.2in

24in

17.9in

27.6in

5in

65.2o

73.9o

13in

17in

47.2in

XL

19.5in

26in

24.5in

18.6in

28.1in

5.6in

65.2o

73.9o

13in

17in

48.1in

160mm Travel Fork

HIGH

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

S

15.4in

23.5in

23.2in

16.4in

25.7in

3.9in

65.6o

74.3o

13.6in

16.93in

45.5in

M

16.7in

24.37in

23.7in

17.1in

26.8in

4.5in

65.6o

74.3o

13.6in

16.93in

46.4in

L

18.1in

25.2in

24.2in

17.7in

27.6in

5in

65.6o

74.3o

13.6in

16.93in

47.3in

XL

19.5in

26in

24.7in

18.4in

28.1in

5.6in

65.6o

74.3o

13.6in

16.93in

48.2in

160mm Travel Fork

LOW

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Height

(BBH)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase

S

15.4in

23.5in

23.2in

16.4in

25.7in

3.9in

64.8o

73.4o

13.2in

17in

45.6in

M

16.7in

24.37in

23.7in

17.1in

26.8in

4.5in

64.8o

73.4o

13.2in

17in

46.5in

L

18.1in

25.2in

24.2in

17.7in

27.6in

5in

64.8o

73.4o

13.2in

17in

47.3in

XL

19.5in

26in

24.7in

18.4in

28.1in

5.6in

64.8o

73.4o

13.2in

17in

48.2in


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