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Trail Tech: Could The Wreckoning re-write the long-travel 29er playbook?

Trail Tech: Could The Wreckoning re-write the long-travel 29er playbook?

Evil’s The Wreckoning is a shapely beast There’s more than one way to launch a new mountain bike. Some companies do it with fanfare and massive ad campaigns, while others quietly release their creation into the wilderness and allow whispers of its existence to spread organically.

Evil Bikes chose the later strategy when it rolled out The Wreckoning, a long-travel 29er unlike anything currently on the market. Evil’s staff and sponsored riders tested the new model in the open for most of 2015 – and it was often mistaken for Evil’s shorter-travel trail slayer, The Following.

It was an easy bike to hide in plain sight. Aside from wheel size, all of Evil’s mountain bikes cut similar silhouettes. The top tube divides in two, arcing up into a brace for the seat tube and curving downward to join the seat tube just above the DELTA suspension’s main pivot. The swingarm is low-slung, as is the frame in general. Low, slack and short in the back sum up the company’s geometry predilections.

I caught up with Evil’s CEO Kevin Walsh to get his take on The Wreckoning and the future of long-travel 29ers. I photographed Walsh’s own pre-production bike while it was getting […]

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