by Marc Basiliere
August 7, 2014
Uphill or downhill, 160 or 180mm, 26in or 27.5
Said to be their “best ever bike” Bionicon’s new Edison Evo is an entirely re-engineered model from the adjustable-geometry pioneers. Designed as – wait for it – the perfect enduro machine, the Edison Evo is a modular platform that allows, via exchangeable seatstays and shock rocker, to be run with 26in or 27.5 wheels and 160mm or 180mm rear travel. Up front, single- and dual-crown forks are each offered in 160mm and 180mm travel as well. Heck- the 27.5 bikes are even available – at the same price – in a less exotic but really quite nice 160mm RockShox Pike / Cane Creek Double Barrel configuration.
Unless opted out of (via the RockShox / Cane Creek combo), the Edison Evo features Bionicon’s patented, on-the-fly geometry and kinematics adjustment. A bar-mounted lever changes the bike’s attitude by up to 5°: steeper and taller for climbs, lower and slacker for descents.
Now, between the wheels, travel, and attitude, that’s a lot of choices- so Bionicon has chosen to keep their build kits simple. Drivetrains include SRAM X9 2×10 from €2,900 (£2,300) or SRAM X01 from €3,500 (£2,775). Both specs feature SRAM Guide brakes, a Kind Shock Lev dropper post, Schwalbe tyres, an Answer cockpit, and high-dollar Ergon saddle & grips. Frame/fork kits will also be available- but at €1,900 make the X9 build look really good.
In celebration of the Evo’s launch, the first 200 customers will receive €1,000 (£800) off of X0-built bikes, taking those as low as £2,000- a screamin’ deal for anyone already tempted by the Edison.