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History of Evil Bikes

Evil in the nutshell

The origins of Evil Bikes dates back to another brand that 15 years ago that was known to every Downhill (DH) enthusiast: Iron Horse. Back then, it was the designer Dave Weagle who introduced a new type of suspension to the brand’s flagship bikes, which gave them an innovative solution and an advantage, and helped Sam Hill to win downhill competitions for several consecutive seasons. In addition to the suspension, the company’s image also changed, for which the experienced designer Kevin Walsh and the marketing specialist Todd Seplavy were responsible. Their efforts were successful, but unfortunately, shortly after the glory, the financial problems of the “steed” began, which soon led to the closure of the company. Sadly, as a result, talented employees had to change their life plans. Fortunately, they were ready, because they had been doing something “evil” behind the scenes… which was designing a bike of their own, named after the Evil Bikes. 

Kevin Walsh, the current CEO and one of the founders of the Evil Bikes brand, is a man of many passions, so apart from Evil, he is interested in music, car rallies, snowboarding and the cultures and design language that engender these. Thanks to these artistic aspirations, Evil Bikes does not create ‘just’ enduro bikes or ‘just’ trail bikes, but extensions of the humans who’s evil passions spawned them them, that delight the owners with quality, ergonomics, and appearance. When it comes to performance, it is crucial to add the philosophy of the creator – to create bikes that they enjoy and would like to ride themselves, and we end up with something born from the soul, this cannot be imitated. As a result, this offer is limited to those constructions that currently fascinate the creators of Evil Bikes, but don’t worry – they surprise us with something every year. 

As they started out, they got down and dirty with their favourite DH, landing loud and proud thanks to the DELTA suspension and with legends like Thomas Vanderham and Cameron Zink. They were not afraid of bold constructions and were among the first to decide to create a DH frame in carbon, i.e. Evil Undead. Then, for a change, they created the 26” Evil Uprising, an all-mountain bike that people love, even though 27.5” wheels were the norm in 2014. After this long-awaited but successful step, Dave and Kevin decided that instead of following the trends and upgrading to 27.5 “, they would go all the way, or 29”. This is how The Following was born, a trail bike that changed the approach to 29s, the MTB market, riding and Evil Bikes itself. Those who tested it realized the brand’s obsession with driving pleasure, and it was appreciated and quickly noticed throughout the bicycle world. In our opinion, Evil Bikes is equipment from the modern art category, which has been contributing to the history of mtb bikes over the last decade.

Evil Bikes technology

As you will see, the Evil Bikes brand, apart from its artistic drive, also has technologies at the highest level. In addition, all Evil Bikes frames come with a lifetime guarantee to give your soul peace, just as the Dark Lord commanded. And, of course, we are waiting for the electric evil, i.e. the enduro e-bike, on which we know that our Seattle colleagues are already working.

DELTA SYSTEM - innovative suspension from Evil Bikes

Evil doesn't like complicated technical abbreviations, which is why DELTA means "Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus"

The DELTA system was conceived to, among other things, achieve very complex leverage rate curves that can be used to tune for varying track conditions, spring, and damper parameters. The dual progressive leverage rate curve was developed for coil sprung downhill applications to take advantage of the speed sensitive shocks on the market. Mechanically, the system uses very compact links that can achieve a lot of angle and velocity change through the travel. We can tailor the leverage rate curve to really take advantage of the shock’s valving and the way that a speed sensitive damper is designed to work. Ultimately the design achieves a high degree of suppleness early in the travel, with a very predictable high traction stage through the middle and a bottomless ramp at the end of the travel. The whole suspension system, every attribute, is developed concurrently with each other, with the shock absorber, and with the bike’s intended use and geometry in mind. Main pivot location was carefully chosen to give the best balance of acceleration and braking performance. This careful positioning lets the bike accelerate without the need for excess damping, which in turn helps us push the limits of shock setup as far as possible to achieve ideal damper setup for any World Cup track. One of the biggest advantages of the system is its ability to let riders and mechanics adjust frame geometry without changing leverage rate and wheel rate at all. Additionally, different link kits can be used to make drastic changes in the bike’s feel. These link kits are something that Evil’s World Cup athletes will take advantage of to fine tune for the drastically different race courses that they compete on over a race season. There is no bad option. It all comes down to personal preference. If you like to run air shocks and a position sensitive damper, we can develop that tune. If you like your frame geometry low in the BB and slack in the head angle, or vice versa and anywhere in between, it’s covered. Upgradeability, tune-ability, and personalization is what it’s all about, finding that combination that’s perfect for you and no one else.

THE FLIP CHIP

Learn how to costumize your ride

At the heart of the Delta System, is a simple chip that we call the Flip Chip. At it's most basic, the Flip Chip allows riders to change bottom bracket height and head angle by flipping the chip. This adjustment, like we said above, leaves the leverage rate curve and orientation of the linkage unchanged. The slight offset in bearing bore creates a simple interface that allows the rider to personalize their ride. It's about finding what works for the way you ride and the terrain you ride in.

Team

Evil Black Collars aka Kamloops, B.C.

Kyle Norbraten

Paul Genovese

Kurt Sorge

The official Evil team is not official at all, because like everything else, it is made for fun and in a relaxed style, so you will not find anything about it on the Evil Bikes website. It doesn’t change the fact that the boys meet from time to time to send their “evil” machines into the air, mud, dust and to show that gravity is their homie. Kurt managed to emphasize this quite well during the last Red Bull Rampage where he finished second at the Insurgent prepared for such occasions.

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