Like many downhill mountain bikes, the Evil Bikes Wreckoning can rampage down steep and rough trails, capably overcoming technical obstacles like jumps, drops, and rocks. Unlike them, though, the downhill-focused bike is designed for versatility, allowing it to carry out exceptional high-speed descents, all while providing a comfortable ride on your journey up the hill.
No, this isn’t just a refresh of the popular downhill bike, which was also originally released as a “well-rounded” downhill attacker. Instead, it’s a substantial redesign that takes into account the various technical developments in mountain bikes the last four years, essentially turning in a mountain bike that can handle tough downhill trails and long uphill travel with equal aplomb.
The Evil Bikes Wreckoning combines 166 mm of rear-wheel travel with a 170 mm fork, along with the same aggressive geometry and 29-inch wheels that defined its predecessor. The result is a bike that can ride out the bumpiest downhill trails while keeping you in control, allowing you to run through every obstacle in the path in a capable manner. It’s also customizable, with the bike working just as nicely with 160mm forks when you’re riding sloping trails and 190mm forks when you’re going full-blast downhill bombing, along with a whole host of Flip Chip options. Yep, it’s that versatile.
With the 170mm fork onboard, a steeper 77-degree seat tube angle, and a longer reach, along with the short chainstays, the bike is designed to pedal comfortably even through long days in the saddle. Basically, it’s a bike that’s supposed to feel like a normal mountain bike when you’re riding in ordinary trails – a big departure from the majority of the downhill bikes out there.
The Evil Bikes Wreckoning is available now, priced starting at $5,799.