New Evil Epocalypse gets big wheels, longer travel, and power assist

After two years of development, Evil has released its first electric mountain bike, the Epocalypse – a gravity-based bike designed for fun and adventure wherever you want to ride it.

With the brand’s DELTA system suspension, stealth colorway, double-wishbone frame and chunky main pivot, it’s clearly an Evil with its distinctive silhouette.

With its DELTA Link suspension, the Epocalypse is clearly evil.
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It’s not just the look that Evil tried to bring to the Epocalypse, with the recognizable driving character as well.

Evil designed the Epocalypse to have the playful, intense ride feel the brand is well known for. To do this, Evil created a 29er e-bike with one of the shortest carbon chainstays available at an impressive 442mm.

The rest of the bike was based on Evil’s enduro bike, the Wreckoning. It’s built from carbon fiber, rolls on 29er wheels and offers 166mm of rear travel with a 170mm fork. A toggle chip lets you choose between low and extra-low settings.

With its short 442mm chainstays, 166mm rear wheel travel and 630Wh battery, the Evil Epocalypse has the potential for some serious fun.
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It looks set to take on our 2022 Bike of the Year winner, the Nukeproof Megawatt.

Evil used Shimano’s EP8 motor for the drive unit and a fully integrated 630 Wh battery. He also produced a new handle bar, The Energy Bar, to keep everything around the cockpit clean and tidy.

Two models are available in the UK and EU – the Evil Epocalypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra for £10,899.99 / €11,999.99 and the Evil Epocalypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra, which costs £12,699.99 / €13,999.99.

Only the Evil Epocalypse Rockshox XT I9 Hydra is available in the US, priced at $11,999.

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With its sturdy build and impressive travel stats, we doubt there’s much ground that will hold the Epocalypse back.
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Aiming to take you deep into the afterlife and seek out the most thrilling trails, there’s no doubt that the Epocalypse is going to see some abuse, so what’s up with the world’s first e-bike? ‘Evil?

The carbon fiber frame is made of two strong and thick triangles. The unified one-piece rear triangle uses a split-caliper design to help keep the chainstays at a short 442mm. This design helps increase rigidity for direct handling.

The rear stays also use SuperBoost + rear-hub spacing (12 x 157mm), which allows for a stronger wheel thanks to the wider and stiffer spoke pattern. Evil claims this increased stiffness means the added weight of the e-bike doesn’t turn the rear end into a flexible mess.

The seatstays are connected to the front triangle by “massive” bearings, although we weren’t told how massive they were. The front triangle incorporates Shimano’s EP8 motor with its torque of 85Nm. Evil has two power profiles, one for maximum power and one for more range-focused rides. You can customize profiles in the Shimano E-Tube Project app.

The rest of the electronics uses Shimano’s E8000 display and assist switch. These are bolted to a bespoke handlebar, Evil’s Energy Bar. The carbon bar has internal cable routing, 35mm clamp diameter, 35mm rise, 8 degree backsweep and 5 degree upsweep.

The frame’s battery cover features a Shuttle Shield to protect the downtube when the bike is hanging from the back of a pickup. The downtube also features a reinforced skid plate with rubber pads to repel rock strikes and any poor line selection/rider error. Drainage holes are designed to keep water where it should be on the trails.

The Shuttle Shield protects the battery and downtube when hooked to the tailgate of a pick-up.
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The rear seatstays also get enough protection to dampen chain slap and help keep the Epocalypse as quiet as possible. They can take up to a 220mm rotor for those who want top braking performance and stretch to accommodate a 29×2.6” tire.

The frame uses internal cable tubes for simple maintenance and a SRAM universal derailleur hanger for easy-to-find replacements.

Four sizes are available, from small to extra large. All use 29-inch wheels front and rear. No information was provided on the suspension other than the trip.

Your Ideal Epocalypse

The Epocalypse is designed around Evil’s Wreckoning and features very similar geometry. There are two geo maps with the Epocalypse, thanks to the bike’s low/extra-low chip. These change the geometry, but retain the same lever curve of the DELTA system’s 166mm of suspension travel.

In the standard low setting, there is a more trail-friendly 65.3-degree head tube angle and 77-degree seat tube angle.

Reach values ​​start at 445mm on the small size and increase to 462mm, 482mm, and 502mm on the medium to extra-wide frames, respectively. Seat tube lengths for the same size order are 390mm, 425mm, 465mm and 495mm.

Chainstay lengths are 442mm (for an e-bike), and there’s a decent 23mm bottom bracket drop that helps keep the weight low.

If you’re looking for a more dynamic setup, the extra-low setting reduces the head tube angle to 64.6 degrees and the effective seat tube angle to 76.4 degrees.

This adjustment shortens the reach numbers by 7mm, lengthens the chainstays by 2mm and lowers the bottom bracket by 9mm.

Evil Epocalypse specs and price

Evil is releasing two Epocalypse models in the EU and UK, but only one model in the US. Evil tells us it should have a limited number of medium and large bikes available at launch, with small and extra-large sizes coming later in August.

Evil Epocalypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra

The less expensive RockShox XT I9 Hydra Epocalypse is the only bike available in the US, EU and UK. When we say cheaper, it certainly isn’t cheap, but the bike is equipped with high-performance components across the board. With the exception of the dodgy Maxxis EXO casing tires, nothing needs immediate upgrade.

Evil Epocalypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra.
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  • Frame: Evil Epocalypse, carbon fiber, 166mm (6.5″) travel
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Reel
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate 2.1 RC2 Charger, 170 mm (6.7″) travel
  • Driving system: Shimano EP8 motor, Shimano 630Wh battery
  • Transmission: Shimano XT (1×12)
  • Pair of wheels: Industry 9 Enduro S Hydra wheels, Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO 29 × 2.5 inch WT tires (front and rear)
  • Brakes: Shimano XT BR-M8120, 203mm rotors
  • Bar/stem: Evil Energy Bar, 800mm/Evil 12 Gauge, 45mm
  • Seat post/saddle: BikeYoke Revive/WTB Volt, medium width
  • Lester: To confirm
  • Price: £10,899.99 / $11,999 / €11,999.99

Evil Epocalypse Fox XT Hydra Loopholes

There are two changes to the more expensive Epocalypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra. The suspension is replaced with Fox 38 Factory forks and a Fox Float X2 Factory shock. Industry 9 rims are changed to Evil’s Loopholes. These are built on Industry 9 Hydra hubs.

Evil Epocalypse Fox XT Hydra Loopholes.
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  • Frame: Evil Epocalypse, carbon fiber, 166mm (6.5″) travel
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory
  • Fork: Fox 38 Factory GRIP2, 170 mm (6.7 in) travel
  • Driving system: Shimano EP8 motor, Shimano 630Wh battery
  • Transmission: Shimano XT (1×12)
  • Pair of wheels: Evil Loophole rims, Industry 9 Hydra hubs, Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO 29×2.5 inch WT tires (front and rear)
  • Brakes: Shimano XT BR-M8120, 203mm rotors
  • Bar/stem: Evil Energy Bar, 800mm/Evil 12 Gauge, 45mm
  • Seat post/saddle: BikeYoke Revive/WTB Volt, medium width
  • Lester: To confirm
  • Price: £12,699.99 / €13,999.99