The Evil Wreckoning is back and bigger than ever with a major technical enduro reboot almost four years since it first debuted. In those years since enduro mountain bikers keep going bigger & faster. And the new Wreckoning is up to the task with longer/slacker/more aggressive geometry that’s even more DH capable than before, a bump to 166mm of rear wheel travel, and a host of other refinements that make for a more confident big mountain bike.
2020 Evil Wreckoning 166mm carbon 29er enduro mountain bike
Evil has labeled the Wreckoning from the start as a DH bike trapped in a trail-shredding enduro bike’s body. Built around Evil’s multiple linkage-driven Delta System single pivot suspension designed by Dave Weagle, the Wreckoning is happy to pedal uphill. But now with 5mm of extra rear wheel travel – bumped up to 166mm (that “feels like 200mm“) – it’s even more of a gravity bike than ever. Ride it like a monster trail bike, race it for enduros, or take it to the bike park to thrash freeride & jump lines like a DH bike.
So what’s new? Updated enduro geometry
The Wreckoning already flirts back and forth between being an aggressive trail bike and a gravity fueled enduro weapon, with its 2-position flip chip – Low or eXtra Low – that lets riders tailor geometry across a wide range of styles, pairing the frame to anything from a 160-190mm fork.
But the updated geometry is really about getting downhill faster, with newly longer reach, slacker 64.2/64.8° headtube angle (170mm fork, Low/X-Low), and the 166mm rear wheel travel. But steepening the seat angle up to 76.5/76° (170mm fork, Low/X-Low) also helps get the bike back uphill under your own power too.
Evil builds all of their complete bikes up with 170mm, 44mm offset forks to tackle the steepest, most technical terrain. But they also know that many riders building their own super trail bikes might opt for 160mm forks.
That still gives the new Wreckoning a slack 65.2/64.6° head angle (160mm, Low/X-Low) and a steep 77/76.5° seat angle, and Evil has a 160mm fork geometry table for mountain bikers looking to go down that path. They even share full gravity geometry for riders looking to pair the bike to a single crown 190mm fork like the new Zeb.
Wreckoning – Tech details
Beyond longer travel & faster geo, the new UD carbon enduro bike now gets full internal cable routing with internal guide tubes in the slightly slimmed down, more angular shaped frame.
Plus it moves to wider Super Boost+ 157mm rear spacing and wider main pivot spacing for improved stiffness of the one-piece rear triangle and tire clearance with the still short 430mm long chainstays.
The new bike features metric Trunnion shock mounting, a threaded bottom bracket, ISCG tabs, a new smaller integrated chain guide, new extra-quiet Stealth rubber chainstay chainslap protector, plus a move to a more standard & smaller diameter 30.9mm seatpost.
Wreckoning – Options, pricing & availability
The all-new Evil Wreckoning is available as a frameset only paired with a RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate shock for $3300 in Coral Reefer orange or Blackout Drunk black in four frame sizes (S-XL), or in five standard complete bike build kits – plus option for some suspension & component upgrades.
The Evil Wreckoning GX-I9-Hydra is the most affordable at $5800 with a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain & G2 RS brakes, the RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate shock paired with a new 170mm RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork, OneUp dropper post, plus of course the Industry Nine Enduro S Hydra wheels that round out its name.
Next up on the pricing spectrum is the $6300 Evil Wreckoning XT-I9-Hydra with a Shimano XT 12sp setup with XT 4-piston brakes, and the same RockShox Ultimate suspension, OneUp dropper & Industry Nine wheels.
Then comes the $7400 Evil Wreckoning X01-I9-Hydra with a mechanical SRAM X01 Eagle drivetrain, Code RSC brakes, RockShox Ultimate suspension, dropper & the i9 wheels.
Topping out the Shimano builds is the $7900 Evil Wreckoning XTR-I9-Hydra with unsurprisingly an XTR 1×12 group, 4-piston XTR brakes, the same RockShox Ultimate suspension & i9 wheels.
Lastly, the most expensive build goes to the $8100 Evil Wreckoning AXS-I9-Hydra with a SRAM X01 Eagle AXS wireless eTap electronic drivetrain, Code RSC brakes, and a matching SRAM AXS Reverb dropper post. It still keeps the same RockShox Ultimate level Super Deluxe Coil shock & 170mm RockShox ZEB fork as the rest of the complete bikes, together with the 30.5mm internal i9 Enduro S Hydra wheels.
All of the frames and complete builds are up on Evil’s website now, with availability mixed depending on where you are buying from, size, color & build kit. Hit the site up to see if what you are looking for is in stock now.