Some would have you believe the choice between 27.5 and 29″ wheels is equivalent to the battle between good and evil. Fortunately, now you can have both from Evil bikes. After launching their 29 inch wheeled The Following, Evil is rolling out their 27.5″ option called the Insurgent.
Equipped with 150 mm of travel, midsized wheels, and fun, adjustable geometry, the Insurgent continues Evil’s revolt against boring bikes…
Continuing the use of the Delta Link suspension, the Insurgent offers four different geometry positions between the flip chips and the adjustable angle headset made by FSA. The 150 mm travel frame is capable of fitting large piggyback shocks and even coils.
Only built to accept a rear derailleur, shift cable routing is internal through the seat stay, while the brake housing is kept fully external. The internal dropper post cable enters on the side of the head tube.
In place of the front derailleur, the frame includes a built in chain guide that is removable. The frame also includes only the two lower mounting points for the ISCG05 chain guides. Since the frame already offers an upper chain guide the two bolts are only needed to provide a bash guard.
The Insurgent offers plenty of built-in frame protection and sticks with a threaded 73mm bottom bracket. At the back you’ll find a non-boost 142×12 axle with post mount disc brake tabs.
Starting at $2800 for the frame and shock, completes will have a starting retail price of $5199 for an X1 build and will go up from there.
Evil also had another surprising bike to launch which was missing when we first went by the booth, because tradeshow. On the very last day we were walking by the booth which was completely closed off but we were able to poke our camera inside and noticed the bike had shown up after we stopped by. You can see it at the rear to the right, which is their new urban commuter bike. We’ll try to get the full details on this at Interbike.