Neil Sutton’s 2021 Sonder Evol Dream Build

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Neil Sutton, the designer of the Sonder bike range, shows off his newly built 2021 Sonder Evol boasting electronic shifting and kitchen tune suspension.

For 2021 Sonder has updated the Evol to run on larger 29in wheels while also stretching the frameset out to give the bikes more reach across the range. The bike shown in the photos is Neil Sutton’s personal bike, a build so new that this was his first ride on it.

The Sonder bike designer has spared no expense building up his dream Sonder Evol. Shifting is by SRAM and the wireless AXS drivetrain, the dropper is another AXS unit, chainset a flashy Ti model and even the suspension is the latest kit from Cane Creek.

2021 Sonder Evol
Neil’s Sonder Evol is a size medium frame and has been put together with a really nice selection of components. The 2021 bike runs on larger 29in wheels and according to Sonder there is room in there for 2.6in tyres. Rear travel is 140mm and the frame is designed around a 150mm fork.
2021 Sonder Evol
The rear shock on Neil’s bike is the latest Cane Creek DB Kitsuma Air shock. If you like fiddling and fettling this could be the shock for you as it features a huge amount of external adjustment to set it just how you like. As Neil hadn’t ridden his bike until the day we shot the photos, his rear shock sported a ‘Kitchen tune’, one that Neil seemed pretty happy with.
2021 Sonder Evol
This new Cane Creek Helm fork in gloss black matches the stealthy looks of Neil’s build. Riders of the original Helm fork tended to remove the volume spacer to improve handling, the new Helm now ships with the volume spacer already out of the fork.
2021 Sonder Evol
Carbon Burgtec bars are some of the best you can buy. Not too stiff and a great sweep for comfort on the trail.
2021 Sonder Evol
The Titanium chainset fitted to Neil’s bike is another Cane Creek item. The EEWings chainset retails ant £999.99 which is actually £0.99 more than the Evol frameset and shock!
2021 Sonder Evol
Burgtec Penthouse MK4 composite pedals are lighter than the alloy versions and a little easier to service.
2021 Sonder Evol
The Evol is set up for internal gear cable and brake hose routing, but as Neil has opted for AXS he doesn’t need to worry about cables.
2021 Sonder Evol
SRAM AXS wireless reverb dropper post with camo Charge saddle.
2021 Sonder Evol
Uberbikes Ti bolts add a little extra flash to the stealthy build.
2021 Sonder Evol
Powerful Hayes Dominion A4 brakes get 4 piston callipers front and rear. The brake levers have a really nice smooth action thanks to sealed cartridge bearings as standard.
2021 Sonder Evol
Neil knows what UK riders want to see on their bikes so it’s hardly surprising the Evol runs a threaded BB shell. The welds on this alloy frame look really nice and clean too.
2021 Sonder Evol
With AXS fears, Cane Creek suspension and Ti cranks, Neil might have been tempted to put a set of carbon wheels on this bike, but instead it’s fitted with WTB wheels. Are they good? Well Neil thinks they’re the best alloy rim on the market.
2021 Sonder Evol
Does this Sonder Evol have enough bling? Let us know your thoughts on this custom build in the comments section below.
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