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As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Wreckoning was so far ahead of it's time when it was released, it left many other bike companies scrambling to develop bikes that could compete. Two years later, the Wreckoning is still a very relevant bike, and while the folks at Evil could have given it a full overhaul, they decided it really didn't need it. It is still one of the most wickedly fun monster-truck 29'ers out there. The Wreckoning LB (Little Better'er) has been updated with some fresh new colors, frame sizes medium through extra-large now come with water bottle mounts and the lighter layup improves the overall ride quality, maximizing compliance where it's wanted and stiffness where it's needed it. Evil also dropped about a quarter pound off the overall frame weight while retaining the original ride characteristics. The Wreckoning LB is back and it’s a Little Better’er, but we think you’ll agree that sometimes a little better’er is all you need.
The quick specs
- New frame layup style for improved stiffness and reduced weight
- Compatible with air and coil shocks
- Boost 12x148mm rear dropout spacing
- Compatible with 29” tires up to 2.5"
- Threaded 73mm BB shell
- Molded rubber frame protection
- 160mm Delta System rear suspension
- Designed around 160 - 180mm fork compatibility
- Integrated carbon upper chainguide
- Water bottle cage mount on all sizes
With the original Following, Evil Bikes gave the world a taste of what a 29er was capable of when developed by a small company whose agenda was to have fun on bikes. This was soon followed by the Insurgent, a 27.5” machine that is aimed more at the clientele that Evil originally became popular with - a crowd who won’t shy away from pedaling to the top of the mountain, but who really come alive on the way down. It would be trivial to say that the Wreckoning is the love child of these two bikes, because it is certainly more than that. The madmen over at Evil have once again scrutinized the boundaries of mountain biking today and decided they could simply roll right over them, on stiff new 29” wheels powered by Boost 148, and 161mm of DELTA suspension.
Where other companies have been timidly approaching the sorts of numbers that many of us now feel make for the ultimate all mountain ride, Evil pounced on them. The Insurgent’s long top tube, reach, and wheelbase have translated almost exactly over to the Wreckoning, while minor tweaks have been made to accommodate taller riders. The seat tube angle has been steepened up to 74.8 degrees in the high setting (when running a 160mm fork) and 73.9 degrees in the low setting. This seat angle is in the same range that many of the most capable enduro style bikes sit, and quite a bit steeper than that of the Insurgent. It allows for taller riders to comfortably fit this bike without shifting their weight too far back. For the average trail, the Wreckoning is most at home running a 160mm fork, but for those looking for a 29” downhill monster truck, this bike has been tested with forks running all the way up to 180mm. Be forewarned, going this route will push the Wreckoning into downhill bike territory. Granted, it can still be pedaled up the hill, but it will require a bit of extra effort.
Evil scored a homerun with Dave’s Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus (D.E.L.T.A.), and it has been scaled/tuned up for the Wreckoning. This frame sports a 8.5”x2.5” (length x stroke) Monarch Plus RC3+ Debonair, versus the 7.875”x2.25” version found on the 10mm shorter travel Insurgent. For those heavy hitting riders out there, we do offer upgraded shock options, including the Fox Float X2, Push ElevenSix, and more. While slightly heavier, the added plushness of the the ElevenSix shock is definitely welcome during a day of pounding brake bumps at your favorite lift-accessed bike park. If you are primarily pedaling to the top of the hill to enjoy the descent, the Monarch or Float X2 are more than enough shock. While we’ve found that we tend to leave the compression switch in the open position on D.E.L.T.A. equipped bikes, it can be nice to have for extended pushes up fire roads.
The newest crop of full suspension bikes from Evil Bikes are all built using a unidirectional carbon layup with a one-piece molded construction at one of the most reputable carbon bike factories in the world, VIP Composites. Stiffness and durability are backbones of Evil’s commitment to quality, and after riding the Insurgent for six months and putting the Wreckoning through it’s paces, we can attest to that. Having sold a record number of Followings and Insurgents, we can speak to the high standard of QC that these bikes adhere to. The single pivot frame design is intrinsically stiff, stable, and reliable, and we have had virtually no warranty issues with Evil’s other current models. We expect the same to be true with the Wreckoning.
In the past, bike companies have often struggled with frame stiffness on 29’ers. With the advent of Boost 148, it is now possible to make a 29” wheel that approximates the similar strength and stiffness to it’s smaller siblings. This bike does not compromise when it comes to straight line speed, and this is largely due to the roll-over capabilities of the large wheel paired with increased stiffness resulting from this new hub standard, the beefy single pivot swingarm, and carbon fiber construction. Other features carry over from the Insurgent, such as the integrated carbon chainguide, the built in sag indicator, a threaded BB, and the option to run a custom E13 or MRP lower guide/bash guard.
The Wreckoning features internal cable routing for the dropper post, and external routing for the rear shifter and rear brake lines. The rear derailleur line is routed next to the brake line underneath the top tube, then internally through the seatstay. All sizes (except for small) are equipped with one water bottle cage mount inside the front triangle.
The Wreckoning frame comes stock with a Rock Shox Monarch RC3+ Debonair rear shock (with the Fox Float X2, Fox Float DPX2, and Push ElevenSix available as upgrades), FSA sealed bearing headset, a 12x148mm axle, and rubber downtube/chainstay/seatstay protectors. The frame is backed up by Evil's three year warranty. Evil bikes and frames may only be shipped within the United States.
|Rear Shock:||Your Choice - Make a Selection|
|Rear Suspension Travel:||161mm|
|Rear Shock Size:||216mm x 63mm|
|Rear Shock Hardware:||Top and Bottom 8mm x 22mm|
|Rear Axle Width:||12x148mm Boost|
|Included Headset:||FSA Orbit Tapered No.57/68|
|BB Standard:||73mm BSA|
|ISCG Tabs:||ISCG '05 2-Bolt|
|Brake Mount Type:||Post-Mount 180mm|
|Max Rear Rotor Size:||203mm|
|Minimum Chainring Size:||30T Round / 32T Oval|
|Maximum Chainring Size:||36T Round / 34T Oval|
|Seat Post Diameter:||34.9mm|
|Seat Clamp Diameter:||39mm|
|Water Bottle Cage Mounts:||One|
cm / ft
|Rider Height (cm)||163 - 173||173 - 183||183 - 193||188 - 198|