[Dream Bike] Evil “The Calling”

[Dream Bike] Evil “The Calling”

Ian Collins, 21/01/2017


With the introduction of Boost and Metric sizing I had a bit of an itch to jump onto a new long term test bike. Obviously I’ve gotta keep up with all the new standards, right? Joking aside, last year I spent a bit of time on board a variety of test bikes but kept Evil in particular resonated with me. I was super impressed with both the Following and the Insurgent but itching for something that met in the middle…then, along came the Calling. First off, it has a bottle cage unlike the Insurgent; but with 20mm less travel based around the same suspension platform and frame design, it should be a bit more sprightly and easier on the climbs. With 27.5″ wheels as opposed to the 29″ wheels on the Following, it should also be much more light on its feet and easier to jump.  As for the build, I chose a mix of proven parts which I tend to get along with from SRAM, Roval, Renthal and more. Full specs are below.  Enjoy.



• Size Large
• 130mm rear travel
• 140mm front travel
• 30.0 pounds with pedals, set up tubeless
• Color : Muddy Waters


SRAM Eagle XX1 drivetrain / 34 tooth X-Sync chainring / 175mm cranks


SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes / 180mm centerline rotors


RockShox Pike RCT3 fork / 140mm travel / Boost spacing / Maxle Stealth / Custom decals from SRAMnation.com


RockShox SuperDeluxe RC3 shock / Metric 185mm X 50mm / Trunnion mount


Roval Traverse Fattie SL Carbon Fiber wheelset / 35mm rims / Boost spacing/Tubeless


Renthal 35mm cockpit /Fatbar: 20mm rise, 800mm width  / Apex stem: 40mm length, 6º rise


Fox Transfer dropper seatpost / 150mm travel / 1X style lever


Michelin Wild Grip’r (F) 2.35 Advanced Reinforced casing / Magi-X compound


Michelin Wild Race’r Enduro (R) 2.35 Advanced Reinforced casing / Gum-X compound


Fizik Monte Saddle


DMR Vault Mag/Titanium pedals

Sensus Lite grips

Sensus Lite grips

A huge thanks is due to these companies for helping this build come to life:

Evil Bikes