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Luke Strobel is not scared to destroy the mountain on a 29er. He's also not scared to throw on a DH fork and race that 29er. The PNW flat-pedal ripper rode his Evil Wreckoning at the Pro GRT in Port Angeles to a 4th place in the Elite class, less than one second off the winning time and only. 01 seconds off of third place. Covered in mud with proof that big wheels rip, check out Strobel's Evil Wreckoning in DH mode.

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Luke Strobel's Evil Wreckoning Build Details

  • Evil Wreckoning, size medium, 29-inch wheels, 161mm rear travel via Delta Link suspension platform
  • FOX Factory 40 that Luke says is "29-specific" with 180mm travel (that's all he'd tell us).
  • FOX DHX2 coil shock with 450-pound spring
  • Shimano Saint brakes
  • Shimano SLX rotors
  • Shimano Saint derailleur
  • Shimano Saint shifter
  • Shimano Saint cranks
  • ANVL Mandrel handlebar
  • ANVL Arc DM stem
  • Schwalbe Magic Mary tires
  • Onyx Racing hubs
  • Prototype ENVE rims
  • Burgtec Penthouse MK4 pedals (I think)

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sspomer sspomer 5/22/2017 9:13 AM

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He must have Fox sponsorship? Evil is pushing the Push Eleven Six shock pretty well. I have a Wreckoning coming this week with the Push and Onyx hubs. Never ridden one, or any of those components, but they've all gotten stellar reviews, so I said "F it, I'll give 'er a try". I can say that I'm one of those that doesn't like 29ers, and this is the only one I would consider, so I hope I'm as happy with it as everybody else that reviews it has been.

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Maybe try a lrg frame with the 40 next time looks a tad short? I'd imagine that would be worth 0.01 seconds.

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We have a set in for review here at Vital. After mounting them for the first time I spun the back wheel up to speed with the bike in a stand. Then I watched in awe as the wheel spun for over a minute before very gradually slowing to a stop. There's less drag on Onyx hubs than just about anything else we've seen, which correlates to some free speed gains on trail. Plus they're practically silent which is rad... Nothing but tires ripping through dirt.

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Cool. I have no first hand experience but I was chatting with a wheel builder and he said he laced up a couple sets and the owners said they thought there was more drag than expected. He did say that it could be attributed to the hubs being brand new and that maybe there was a break-in period for the actual sprags. Eager to read the review...

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My experience is the bearings are sealed up well so there is a break in period for that. As for the sprags, they don't touch while coasting so there's no break in period. That's the beauty of the design. The rear spins as freely as the front. I believe Onyx was confirmed via a third party to have the lowest resistance of any hub. Between low drag, silence, and a "soft" instant engagement, Onyx hubs ride like nothing else. When I say "soft" it's something you have to experience to appreciate. The Sprags engage instantly, but there's probably 1 degree or more of a soft feel as the sprags tighten their bite. This creates a soft feel that almost spring loads you forward too. It's very different than anything else I've tried. I've heard this engagement style can prolong your drivetrain because you can't create a harsh transition from coasting to power. I've owned king, i9, hope...... Onyx has made something special that's in a league above everything I've tired.

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Thanks! I heard someone else mention the "soft" engagement. They said when they rode a "normal" hub after riding the Onyx it was almost as if they felt the engagement resonate through the whole bike which was completely opposite to the Onyx.

I thought it was the opposite since they use a sprag clutch instead of pawls and springs which rub together. The only drag should come from the bearings. Must be cool having a silent rear hub too!

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Anyone know his rider weight/sag is. I'm rocking a 475 lb spring and I'm pretty sure he's like a third of my weight.

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Luke is probably in the 160-170lb range? Keep in mind that he's racing DH on a 160mm enduro frame at the professional level. He's hitting everything at full speed on a bike with less travel, so an elevated spring rate should be expected. I'm sure his fork setting are similar, seeing as it has an inch less travel.

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