- 26 ain't dead it's evil!
I already quite fancied one…Posted 4 years ago
I still can’t afford one…
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!Posted 4 years agomattjgSubscriber
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.”Posted 4 years ago
True – but nobody has seen a 2014 version.Posted 4 years ago
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?GotamaMember
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….Posted 4 years ago
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).Posted 4 years ago
Did you ride one? How does the new Tracer compare?buzz-lightyearMember
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”Posted 4 years ago
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.Posted 4 years ago
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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