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2017 Evil Wreckoning X01 Eagle (discontinued)

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Review - 2017 Evil The Wreckoning X01 from Vital MTB Test Sessions

Just like Evil claims, this one is made for monster trucking. Aside from downhill bikes, it's one of the biggest bruisers we've ridden.

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During the 2018 Vital MTB Long-Travel 29er Test Sessions, Evil's The Wreckoning went head-to-head with four other leading bikes. What follows are our thoughts specific to The Wreckoning. Be sure to check out the main feature for an in-depth comparison video, timed testing results, and more.

Highlights

  • Uni-directional carbon frame
  • 29-inch wheels
  • 161mm (6.3-inches) of rear wheel travel // 160mm (6.3-inches) fork travel
  • DELTA System suspension
  • Various 216x63mm shock upgrades available
  • Flip chip adjustable geometry
  • Internal cable routing
  • Integrated 30% sag meter
  • Downtube, seatstay and chainstay protectors
  • 180mm rear brake post mount
  • e*thirteen TRS Race carbon wheels
  • Fully integrated carbon guide
  • Threaded bottom bracket with lower two ISCG05 mounts
  • Boost 148mm rear spacing with 12mm through axle
  • 1X-specific drivetrain
  • Measured weight (size medium, no pedals): 31.5-pounds (14.3kg)
  • Three year limited warranty
  • MSRP: $6,899 USD base price, $7,799 as shown

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Strengths

Evil has followed a similar path in recent years while continuing to refine their bikes. The style of a sturdy single-pivot with a progressive DELTA linkage has served them well, and it served us well as in years past. Of all the bikes tested, this was one of the hardest to bottom out – even with a coil-sprung shock. It is also incredibly supple off the top, something that gives it gobs of traction and a very secure initial feel. Usually, when a bike displays those qualities compliance in the mid-stroke can suffer, but that isn't the case with the Evil. The bump-eating capabilities of the bike are simply excellent. It feels so stuck to the ground we are hard pressed to favor any other bike when the going gets slippery, and this makes it very secure-feeling and easy to ride.

Similar to the Specialized Enduro 29 Coil, The Wreckoning won't get up hills quickly. Given enough power, however, the supple suspension and e*thirteen TRS tires will claw their way up any terrain. The shock is equipped with a switch that improves pedal response by moving oil flow to a second compression circuit (or a second descend mode, if you prefer). It isn't a tank either, as it was lighter than two other bikes in our test – a testament to the Evil considering its meaty tires and a coil spring in the back.

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Evil's overall component selection is excellent. The elephant in the room as far as specification goes is the PUSH ElevenSix shock. It is phenomenal – so good, in fact, that it is hard to tell where or how it has such good performance. We didn't notice anything wrong with its performance through all sorts of terrain. The ElevenSix is a pricey upgrade at $900 over the stock RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair shock, but if you are looking for the utmost in performance and custom-tuned suspension modes, there are few, if any, equals available.

Weaknesses

The Wreckoning does many things well, but they seem to be compartmentalized. The grip and suspension would lead one to believe this bike is capable of anything, but, a bit oddly, we didn't develop more trust in it as time went on. We had to work to balance out the front and rear suspension as the RockShox Lyrik RCT3 fork needed more support to keep up with the rear end of the bike. It was also tough for our testers to find their ideal front to back balance – they felt it was just a bit too small and lacked the stability of the other bikes in rough high-speed sections. Moving to a larger size may not be advisable given the longer than normal effective top tube length (a result of the slack seat angle), so it's a game of tradeoffs in some ways.

Climbing is definitely not the Evil's strong suit. Even though it isn't the heaviest, it felt like it while pedaling and pumping. The laidback seat angle and slow-rolling rear tire didn't help, and despite excellent on-the-fly shock adjustability there was no getting around the fact that it feels a bit heavier than it is in most situations. We wouldn't suggest this bike for all-day affairs as it would be tiring after lots of hours in the saddle.

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A few frame details could use some refinement, including very tight mud clearance and an awkward geometry adjustment procedure. Lastly, even though the Evil can be sold directly to consumers, pricing seems relatively high.

Suggested upgrades for a few hundred dollars: The bike is deserving of a 200mm front brake rotor. We'd also consider adding a Cane Creek Angleset to slacken the front end out while keeping the geometry adjustment in the higher position.

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Suspension Analysis

Using the bike industry's leading linkage analysis software, André Santos was able to determine a close approximation of The Wreckoning's kinematics for the purpose of this review. Though they don't always tell the full story, these charts provide great insight into several key factors that impact how it rides.

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André's Observations:

  • The Wreckoning has good progressivity at 25%, meaning that the frame offers resistance against harsh bottom-outs.
  • Great pedaling efficiency with approximately 100% anti-squat on most rear cogs for a 30-tooth chainring.
  • The amount of chain growth and pedal kickback are under normal levels for an enduro bike.
  • Anti-rise values are near 90%, a typical result for a swingarm single-pivot design, meaning that the geometry is preserved under rear braking.
  • Overall, the Wreckoning is a moderately progressive bike with very good pedaling efficiency.

Vital's preferred suspension settings for a 175-pound rider on stock components: 400# spring // HSC - Stock setting // LSC - Stock setting

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What's The Bottom Line?

The Wreckoning is a very unique bike in that it can handle just about anything, but only truly excels at a few things. It absorbs bumps very well, taming the terrain in a way that few can. This can make the ride a bit less exciting, however. It had the best feeling traction out of all the bikes in the test, especially at the rear end, and was very easy to ride downhill even when tired. Surprisingly, things can get a little bit twitchy without much warning at high speeds, and the closer we got to our limit the less confident we were.

If you prioritize descents above all, choose to ride where grip is of paramount importance, have chatter for days, or just want to monster truck everything in sight, the Wreckoning could be the ticket. If you are into lots of ups, downs, and big adventures, we'd steer you another way.

Visit www.evil-bikes.com and the 2018 Vital MTB Long-Travel 29er Test Sessions feature for more details.

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About The Testers

Steve Wentz - Age: 33 // Years Riding: 21 // Height: 5'8" (1.73m) // Weight: 174-pounds (78.9kg)

"Despite what it looks like, I'm really precise and calculated, which I'm trying to get away from. I'm trying to drop my heels more and just let it go." Steve is able to set up a bike close to perfectly within minutes, ride at close to 100% on new trails and replicate what he did that first time over and over. He's been racing Pro DH for 15+ years including World Cups, routinely tests out prototype products, and can squish a bike harder than anyone else we know. Today he builds some of the best trails in the world.

Brandon Turman - Age: 31 // Years Riding: 16 // Height: 5'10" (1.78m) // Weight: 175-pounds (79.4kg)

"I like to have fun, pop off the bonus lines on the sides of the trail, get aggressive when I feel in tune with a bike, and really mash on the pedals and open it up when pointed downhill." Formerly a Mechanical Engineer and Pro downhill racer, Brandon brings a unique perspective to the testing game as Vital MTB's resident product guy. He has on-trail familiarity with nearly every new innovation in our sport from the past several years and a really good feel for what's what.

Photos by Luca Cometti // Video by gordo with assistance from Suspended Productions

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This is where this review lost all its credibility IMO: "Moving to a larger size may not be advisable given the slack seat tube angle, so it's a game of tradeoffs in some ways."

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Your seat height and position is always the same whether you use a small or an x-large frame. You just will have more or less seatpost exposed. If the testers don't realize that, how I can trust everything else?

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Your statement is true in that your seated position relative to the bottom bracket remains the same, but realize that the front end continues to grow in length with each size and has an impact on your seated climbing position. This is what we were getting at with that quote.

Due to the slack seat tube angle, the Evil has a very long effective top tube length relative to its reach. A size large, for example, has a 647mm top tube for its 452mm reach. The Orbea comes in at 644mm/485mm for an XL, Specialized at 637mm/483mm XL, Transition 650mm/500mm XL...

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Mmmm, kind of hard to understand that from what is written...

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Ha! I just saw that you are one of the testers. Now it is more interesting to see what you have to say about that...

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Look at this video, low specced Wreckers blows away Sworks and 9.9...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRwbBFrJGng

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I also have ridden a lot of these bikes and have a different opinion. I think it comes down to personal feel - the coil takes some getting used to but is nearly as efficient as air, and is unbelievable when it comes to traction and the rough stuff. I think the Slash is a better all around bike (without the stock shock), but for what matters (going down the hill) I would choose the wreckoning over the other 4 everyday. It climbs better than the enduro and sentinel, and feels much better than the orbea pretty much everywhere (except smooth climbs). Slash comes the closest but doesn’t have the same planted, confident feel. I definitely don’t feel the nervousness mentioned in the review. It can still pump well but the timing is slower, more like a DH bike, but somehow remains super poppy. Things I agree with in the review - not enough room for big tires and can be boring on easy trails unless you’re really pushing it. Probably not a one quiver bike for most people unless you’re pretty fit.
But love the format for sure. Keep it coming!

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i'm confused. bike shown in photos have water bottle mounts, bike in one video doesn't, and another video shows two bikes with one and one without!!!!!!!!!!!!! mine doesn't, btw. when/why did they change config?

on another note, this bike makes me ride like i'm 10 times better than i really am. i can pop wheelies like Evel himself, and plow through stuff that made my Enduro weep.

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I'd like to take a moment to address some points regarding this review. I've ridden my Wrecker for the last 8 months on every kind of terrain you could imagine 2-4+ days a week so here are my two sheckels. First, while I am sure the 11.6 is swell I personally prefer an air shock on mine for all around riding. I think the bike becomes more responsive without losing any DH capability. I have a Monarch with an Avalanche SSD mod which simply rules. My friends run DB Airs on theirs and love them and Evil themselves has tried them with similar results.
Second, I've ridden/demoed all of the bikes that you've tested here save the Sentinel. My Wreck dusted all of them both up and down. When I demo anything I will ride my bike followed by the demo on the exact same trail. Some were fun, but nothing beat my Strava times on my Wrecker. I will admit that Speshy's SWAT thingy is awesome and I'm surprised more companies haven't come out with their own version.
The Rallon, your "winner" (even though lawyer doublespeak was maintained without declaring a "winner" wink ) has a much more forward and higher position than the Wreck despite having similar numbers. I actually thought it felt more twitchy and less planted than the Wrecker as such. I agree with y'all in that it takes quite a bit of tweaking to get the suspension to feel good on the Orbea. Even when I was not initially blown away by the Monarch, my Evil still rode phenomenally well.
Finally, the top speed in your "race" run that the Orbea nabbed was only 0.226 seconds faster than the Evil. You guys may not have liked the Evil, but the numbers don't lie. What I find curious is how divergent Vitals findings are from pretty much every review out there at this point. At the end of the day, ride whatever turns you on and I will keep my Wreckoning as such.

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agree on all points. Never rode a quicker bike than the wrecker. Quicker than many DH bikes on my local trails.

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I cannot recognize the twitchyness at all. Nor the balance issues. And I¨ve never heard or read anything similar in any forum or any review...

I would deem this down to settings issues, or just plain unfamiliarity. This bike is for most people, but not absolutely everyone..

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Well one thing about it I believe more people use their enduro bikes on chunky rough terrain that’s too burly for normal light trail bikes but not quiet flat out dh. So the super high speed composure may be worth the low to medium speed benefits on rough terrain. At least where I’m from enduro bikes get rode on a lot of janky backwoods trails or trails that are not so steep/fast as to need a dh.

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i’m surprised to hear you found it nervous when you got to the limit. i wouldn’t have expected that based on its reputation. it’s observations like this that make your reviews really useful — thanks for giving it straight!

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2017 Evil Wreckoning Ride Review & Impressions Video

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The Good:

Endless DH capabilities || Stable || Cool Factor

The Bad:

Bad Pedal Bob || Limited Rear Tire Clearance || $$$

Overall Review:

Hello everyone! I got a chance to do a ride review on one of my bucket list bikes – the Evil Wreckoning. Man is this a DH monster. I could honestly see myself slapping a DH fork on this and just having it be my DH bike. It was that good. Anyways, check it out and let me know what you think. If you have a Wreckoning, let me know if my thoughts mirror yours or if you have any advice on set up to make climbing a little better. Considering this as my next bike.

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Specifications
Product 2017 Evil Wreckoning X01 Eagle
Model Year 2017
Riding Type Enduro / All-Mountain
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry S (Low, X-Low), M (Low, X-Low), L (Low, X-Low), XL (Low, X-Low) View Geometry
Size S (Low, X-Low) M (Low, X-Low) L (Low, X-Low) XL (Low, X-Low)
Top Tube Length 604mm 624mm 647mm 671mm
Head Tube Angle 66.1°, 65.5° 66.1°, 65.5° 66.1°, 65.5° 66.1°, 65.5°
Head Tube Length 104mm 114mm 127mm 139mm
Seat Tube Angle 74.8°, 73.9° 74.8°, 73.9° 74.8°, 73.9° 74.8°, 73.9°
Seat Tube Length 390mm 425mm 460mm 495mm
Bottom Bracket Height 348mm, 339mm 348mm, 339mm 348mm, 339mm 348mm, 339mm
Chainstay Length 430mm, 432mm 430mm, 432mm 430mm, 432mm 430mm, 432mm
Wheelbase 1161mm, 1162mm 1182mm, 1183mm 1207mm, 1208mm 1232mm, 1233mm
Standover 734mm 745mm 752mm 765mm
Reach 415mm 432mm 452mm 472mm
Stack 627mm 636mm 648mm 659mm
* Additional Info All specifications listed are with 160mm fork.
Wheel Size 29"
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details One-piece molded uni-directional carbon, integrated carbon upper chainguide, downtube protector, seatstay and chainstay protectors
Rear Travel 161mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair, 216mm x 63mm (+2 Volume Spacers), 22x8mm mounts, shock upgrades available
Fork RockShox Lyric RCT3, Solo Air, 110x15mm Boost axle, 51mm offset
Fork Travel 160mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered, 1.125" top, 1.5" bottom
Headset FSA Integrated Tapered No.57/68
Handlebar Race Face SIXC Carbon 35, 35mm rise, 820mm width
Stem Race Face Atlas 35, 40mm length
Grips Evil lock-on
Brakes SRAM Guide RSC, 180mm Avid Center Line rotors
Brake Levers SRAM Guide RSC
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
Front Derailleur N/A (1x-specific)
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Eagle, 12-speed
ISCG Tabs ISCG05
Chainguide Fully integrated carbon guide, lower chainguide and bash guard upgrades available
Cranks SRAM Eagle X0 Carbon
Chainrings SRAM Eagle X0 Carbon, 32 tooth
Bottom Bracket SRAM 73mm BSA
Pedals N/A
Chain SRAM X01 Eagle with Powerlock
Cassette SRAM XG-1295 Eagle, 10-50 tooth
Rims e*thirteen TRS Race Carbon, 31mm internal width
Hubs e*thirteen TRS Race, 110x15mm Boost front, 148x12mm Boost rear
Spokes
Tires Front: e*thirteen TRSr, 29" x 2.35" Sticky Triple
Rear: e*thirteen TRS+, 29" x 2.35" Durable Dual
Saddle WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth
S: 125mm travel, 390mm length
M: 150mm travel, 440mm length
L/XL: 170mm travel, 480mm length
Seatpost Diameter 34.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 148x12mm Boost
Max. Tire Size 2.4" (varies by brand)
Bottle Cage Mounts No
Colors Blue, Gun Metal
Warranty 3-year limited
Weight 31 lb 8.4 oz (14,300 g)
Miscellaneous Bolt on axle
Delta System suspension design
Flip Chip adjustable geometry
Internal cable routing
Integrated sag meter
Post-mount brake standard
Emergency kit upgrade available
Price $6,899
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www.evil-bikes.com

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