26 ain't dead it's evil!

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  • 26 ain't dead it's evil!
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    Was looking at one also until about a month ago i came across a thread in november which featured tales of woe …similar previous evil tales of woe

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    So, they start by saying that wheelsize doesn’t matter and the final line is “back to 26 it is then”. I guess this could run for a while 🙂

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    I’ve been looking at this for a while.
    I love they way they describe the rear suspension – everyone talks about it popping and egging you on. That’s what I like in a bike.

    I have been put off by the rear tyre clearance issues though. I’m keeping an eye on how that develops. Not being able to fit some common tyres does seem a little daft.

    It’s difficult to find out how many other bikes ride in a similar manner though – there must be some!

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    I have been put off by the rear tyre clearance issues though.

    presumably not an issue with the beautiful desert riding in the vid.

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    Don’t they say that the rear tyre clearance is fixed for 2014 and it can take a 2.35 Hans Dampf, which is pretty big.

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    to be fair, yeah

    “For one, the rear tire clearance sucks. There’s barely room for a 2.25 Schwalbe Nobby Nic. This didn’t bother us on Sedona’s dry singletrack, but if we were riding muddy trails, we’d be banging our heads against the handlebars. Evil’s owner, Kevin Walsh, says that 2014 versions will fit a 2.35 Hans Dampf.”

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    True – but nobody has seen a 2014 version.
    There’s also a paint cracking problem between the aluminium and carbon parts of the swingarm (which I can understand).
    There was a rumour that a 100% carbon swingarm was being worked on, but does anyone know if that’s done for the same ‘2014’ frame?

    Gotama
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    A mate has one and it is a fast bike, certainly fires you out of the berms and doesn’t seem to get hung up on roots etc. However his headset bearings were knackered in a little over 2 months (come as part of the frame) and the rear tyre clearance is absolutely shocking, albeit the original version. Be interesting to see how long the frame bearings last….

    If I hadn’t got my lovely Tracer, this would be what I would have got.

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    Talking of a Tracer – does that ‘pop’. The last Intense I rode was the 5.5 and it was really really playful (I rode the Singletrack review bike). But it also had really bad pedal chain growth which put me off it. (completely took your pedals from under you when going over a uphill rock).
    Did you ride one? How does the new Tracer compare?

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    The area they were riding in that video looked amazing! The bike sounds great too!

    soobalias
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    its crabon, but its a 7.2lb frame
    its got naff all tyre clearance
    and its shock is buried so if it arrives poppy, it has to stay poppy

    It’s not a soggy bike and likes to power out of corners where you can get a bit unstuck with the low BB! Mine in the 275 variant built fairly light as an all day all mountain bike rather than winch and plummet. It’s a wicked climber built like this too. You have test ride one as it’s a big ” investment”

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    soobalias – Member
    its crabon, but its a 7.2lb frame
    its got naff all tyre clearance
    and its shock is buried so if it arrives poppy, it has to stay poppy

    I guess that’s one less we’ll see out on the trails.

    1) True, it’s not light. Similar to the Cotic Rocket in steel. I wonder if the extra material has contributed to the fun. The Kona process is also heavy but many really seem to like that too.
    2) Not if you buy the 2014 – it’s the price for really short chainstays I guess. Not everyone wants short chainstays, but at least this suits those that do.
    3) Or takes you an extra couple of mins to adjust

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    Thanks Buzz – I’m definitely going to ride some bikes. It’s been a while because I’ve been trying not to tempt myself!

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    You’ve probably all seen this but just in case:
    [video]http://vimeo.com/61450977[/video]

    Amazing video with Luke Strobel and amazing music from Rodriguez.

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    Sedona rules.

    One day I’ll take a Rocket there…

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    Luke Strobel just posted a new video.
    I’ve no idea whether this is sped up or not (I had my suspicions about that one above, but it’s unbelievably quick.

    [video]http://vimeo.com/84548980[/video]

    29erduude
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    Well that ^ got me stoked !

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    Chest cam footage is so much better than helmet cam isn’t it?

    29erduude
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    More realistic of speed if that’s what you mean plus it’s in it’s rawest form of filming.

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