[First Look] Evil “The Calling”


We’ve had the itch lately to get aboard a bit of a shorter travel daily driver. We’ve had a good bit of fun on short travel 29″ bikes and longer travel bikes with 27.5″ wheels, but truth be told we haven’t had a ton of time on bread and butter 130-140mm travel 27.5 bikes.  Then along came something that was quite a bit more aggressive than most of its kin; at least most of its kin in terms of travel. The Calling is the latest creation from the Pacific Northwest brand, Evil Bikes. Boasting an angry geometry set and all the latest updates (Boost spacing, Metric shock sizing and a threaded BB) we knew it wouldn’t be outdated any time soon and it would make for a good platform to do carry out testing on new products.




• 131 mm travel via D.E.L.T.A. system
• Metric sized RockShox Super Deluxe w/trunnion mount
• Unidirectional carbon fiber
• Boost 148mm spacing
• Threaded bottom bracket
• Integrated chain guide w/ custom ISCG05 mounts
• Partial internal hose/cable routing
• +/- 1º and +/- 2º headset cups available
• Bolt-on axle
• Integrated chain/seatstay protection
• Integrated sag meter
• 7lbs 7 ounces with axle on our scale
• $2899 (US)

D.E.L.T.A. System allows for geometry settings to be adjusted independently of suspension.
A BURLY head tube is adjustable via FSA’s latest cup system. Integrated routing for seatpost starts here as well.
Trunnion style mount on the new Metric sized RockShox Super Deluxe. The upper mount rolls on bearings instead of bushings and the shock has far more volume and bushing overlap. Rebound adjustments have never been easier to access as well (via the big round knob on top of the shock)
Integrated chainguide and a custom ISCGO05 which gives you the option to run an E.13 basguard.
Improved tire clearance thanks to the Boost spacing amongst other things.
Clearance for 30-36T chainrings…threaded BB. Back to the future.
Integrated frame protection at the drive side keeps it quiet.
13.3″ or 13″ are your bottom bracket choices with a 140mm fork. Low or X-Low. This bike is not for the faint of heart.


You wouldn’t expect a 131mm travel bike to boast a 13″ bottom bracket and a sub 66º head angle, but then again, Evil’s owner Kevin Walsh has never been known for playing it safe.  We should have this nasty little toy all built up in a few days so we’ll keep you posted on how she goes.Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 10.24.21 PMScreen Shot 2017-01-15 at 10.23.56 PM


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