by Wil Barrett
January 24, 2017
First announced to the world at the tail end of 2016, the brand new Evil Bikes ‘The Calling’ has just arrived in the UK. And fortunately for us, UK importer Silverfish brought one to the Core Bike show for us to ogle at and put our greasy mitts all over it.
You may have already read our first look article on The Calling, but if not, here’s the basics; this is a 130mm travel trail bike equipped with 27.5in wheels and it comes with badass big-boy geometry. How badass? Try a 65.8° head angle in the slackerer setting. In fact, the slack angles and substantial front centre put the overall wheelbase of The Calling within spitting distance of the much longer travel Insurgent and Wreckoning models.
In other news, we also have confirmation on pricing for this highly droolworthy machine. Read on below if you dare…
Evil Calling Specifications
- 27.5” or 26+ Wheel compatible
- 131mm Rear travel – Rock Shox Super Deluxe Debonair
- 148mm x 12mm Boost rear axle
- Flip-Chip Geometry adjustment: 66.4° – 65.8° degree head angle
- Built-in upper chainguide
- ISCG 05
- Delta Suspension with Trunnion mounted shock
- Metric rear shock
- Rubber chain and downtube protection
- Internal cable routing
- Built-in sag-meter
- Threaded bottom bracket
- Colours: Angry Dolphin or Muddy Waters
- Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL
- Price: £3199 (frame w/shock)
Pete Drew from Silverfish was on hand at Core Bike to run us through some of the details on this hot new frame from Evil Bikes. Perhaps showcasing some changes that we may expect to see filter through the rest of the Evil Bikes range in the future, The Calling frame features a reworked Delta linkage that’s designed around a Metric rear shock and a Trunnion upper mount. The aim is to create a smoother suspension feel, and a more compact package that allows for a water bottle to mount inside the front triangle.
Whilst we were in the Silverfish booth, we shot a quick video to get up close and personal with this stunning machine. You’ll have to excuse us though, as the internet blew up halfway through the recording, so our video got split in two. Here’s Pt.1 and Pt.2 of the Evil droolfest series for your convenience;