Accessibility Widget: On | Off

A New Kind of Evil - Bike Check with Graham Agassiz and Tom van Steenbergen 19

The two Canadian freeriders made a pit stop on their way to DarkFEST, and we caught a glimpse of their new goodies.

A New Kind of Evil - Bike Check with Graham Agassiz and Tom van Steenbergen

Graham Agassiz and Tom van Steenbergen stopped off in Reno, NV, for a few days to do some riding at Cam Zink's property, AKA: the Campound, or as Tom called it, the Big Air Headquarters. When you live in the Great White North, a little saddle time can be a life-saver before heading to South Africa to hit 90-foot jumps at DarkFEST. Zink has those as well, but an airbag and a few other amenities make the stop invaluable.

Graham Agassiz and His New Evil Bike

The fellas were kind enough to let us geek out on their bikes for a bit. As it turns out, Agassiz is on something rather special and forthcoming from the Washington-based brand. Details are sparse, but here is what Agassiz could share with us: The new Evil features a steeper seat tube angle and internal cable routing, along with some new lines, which are all visually apparent.

Photo
Photo

Photo

Agassiz has the bike outfitted with 27.5-inch wheels but uses a 29-inch RockShox Boxxer Ultimate to keep the bottom bracket height in check. This was the same configuration he ran for his Rampage bike. The new Evil is meant for the enduro/park/gravity crowd and is obviously rated for a dual-crown fork. Rear wheel travel is a mystery as are any actual lengths or angles at this time.

Graham's 2019 Rampage Bike for comparison

Photo
Photo

Photo

Graham remains on the SRAM program this year. He currently has a Super Deluxe coil with a 550-pound spring and the compression damping almost maxed. He may try a heavier spring for larger jumps and drops. In the rolling department, Agassiz uses We Are One wheels and Industry Nine hubs. Currently, he is running a Maxxis Aggressor 2.5 WT in Double Down casing out back and a Minion DHF 2.5 WT in EXO casing up front. 

Photo
Photo
Photo
Photo

Chromag takes care of Agassiz's cockpit setup and pedals with Sensus grips rounding out the complete build. Graham is pumped on the new setup and more than eager to pull some big stunts. 

Photo


Tom van Steenbergen's Hyper

Traveling with a buddy is always better. Tom van Steenbergen was also sending some of Cam's massive jumps. He had his Hyper downhill bike rolling on 26-inch wheels. Tom is officially making the move from Marzocchi over to X-Fusion suspension. Tom likes the way the new suspension feels, and while an air shock is in these photos, he has an X-Fusion coil on another bike and will be swapping that over.

Photo

Tom remains with Shimano this year with a full Saint drivetrain and brakes. His wheels are Grade 300 Industry Nine, and he has them wrapped in 2.4-inch Kenda Hellkats with more pressure than normal, around 40+ PSI for these massive jumps.

Photo
Photo
Photo
Photo

Tom's cockpit are all Title Components with ODI providing grips. Tom was getting pretty comfortable at Zink's, sending it bigger and bigger.

Photo
Photo
Photo
Photo

Photo

In case you missed it, make sure to check out Zink's massive backflip as he seeks (and already has) to break his own world record. Cam's property is becoming a haven for enormous jumps as more riders travel there to push their limits and hone their skills. 

BHowell BHowell 1/30/2020 10:33 AM

19 comments newest first

I just hope they revamped the pivot in the downtube and it no longer clamps directly onto carbon. Any play and that carbon compresses. At least mine did.

| Reply

reading is hard. from article "and while an air shock is in these photos, he has an X-Fusion coil on another bike and will be swapping that over."

| Reply

On the topic of rear shocks. Was there now travel numbers on the coil for Aggys bike?

| Reply

Please, please, pretty please let the new Evil bike be an actual downhill bike! I know the article said it is for enduro/park, but honestly they already have two of those that are up to date as far as I can tell. Evil needs a real DH bike with real DH geo and travel in their line again. Go back to your roots!

| Reply

I don’t think it’s a DH bike, it has water bottle mounts and no one cares about slack seat tube angles on a DH bike. I’m hoping for a 180 ish mm travel park/super enduro bike. And an updated Sovereign frame.

| Reply

I hope not. One, because I would rather see them finally get another DH bike, and two, because they already gave the world a new Wreckoning for model year 2019, the Wreckoning LB.

Constant model updates just make prices go up without enough gains in performance to keep the value of the previous version. It takes time to make profit on a new product and when you replace it too soon you have to increase the mark up on the replacement product to try and make it profitable, and make up for lost money on the previous version.

| Reply

LB wasn’t a new bike. It was the same frame with less material...geo is still outdated. The shock has 205x65 engraved on it, and the comment about the 29er fork to keep the bb up, points towards a 29er frame. Would be cool to see a new revolt or undead, this isn’t it...

| Reply
Show More Comment(s)