New Evil Epocolypse gets big wheels, longer suspension travel and electric assistance

After two years of development, Evil has released its first electric mountain bike, the Epocolypse – a gravity bike designed for fun and adventure wherever you choose to steer it.

With the brand’s DELTA system suspension, stealth colorway, double-triangle frame and chunky main pivot, it’s clearly badass with its distinctive silhouette.

With its DELTA Link suspension, the Epocolypse is clearly an Evil.
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It’s not just the looks that Evil tried to transfer to the Epocolypse, the driving character is recognizable too.

Evil designed the Epocolypse to offer the playful and powerful ride the brand is known for. To that end, Evil has developed a 29” e-bike with one of the shortest carbon chainstays available at an impressively snappy 442mm.

The rest of the bike is based on Evil’s enduro bike, the Wreckoning. It’s made of carbon fiber, rolls on 29-inch wheels and pumps out a shock-absorbing 166mm of rear travel with a 170mm fork. A flip chip allows for a choice of low and extra low settings.

With its short 442mm chainstays, 166mm rear travel and 630Wh battery, the Evil Epocolypse has the potential for some serious fun.
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It looks like it will rival our 2022 Bike of the Year winner, the Nukeproof Megawatt.

As a drive unit, Evil relies on the EP8 motor from Shimano and a fully integrated 630 Wh battery. It has also produced a new handlebar, The Energy Bar, to keep everything around the cockpit clean and tidy.

Two models are available in the UK and EU – the Evil Epocolypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra for €10,899.99 / €11,999.99 and the Evil Epocolypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra £12,699.99 / €13,999.99.

Only the Evil Epocolypse Rockshox XT I9 Hydra is available in the US, priced at $11,999.

The essentials

With its hefty construction and impressive travel stats, we doubt there’s much terrain that will hold the Epocolypse back.
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Aiming to take you deep into the afterlife and seek out the most exhilarating trails, there’s no doubt the Epocolypse will see some abuse, so what’s up with Evil’s first electric bike?

The carbon fiber frame consists of two strong and chunky triangles. The unitary one-piece rear triangle uses a split-yoke design to keep the chainstays at 442mm. This design helps increase stiffness for direct handling.

The rear stays also use SuperBoost+Hub spacing (12 x 157mm) which allows for a stronger built wheel due to the wider, stiffer spoke pattern. Evil claims that this increased stiffness means the added weight of the e-bike doesn’t turn the rear end into a flexible mess.

The struts are connected to the front triangle by “solid” bearings, although we weren’t told how massive. The EP8 motor from Shimano with a torque of 85 Nm is integrated in the front triangle. Evil has two power profiles, one for maximum power and one for longer range rides. You can customize the profiles in the Shimano E-Tube Project app.

The rest of the electronic system uses Shimano’s E8000 display and assist switch. These bolt onto a custom made handlebar, Evil’s Energy Bar. The carbon bar has internal cable routing, a 35mm clamp diameter, a 35mm rise, an 8 degree backsweep and a 5 degree upsweep.

The frame’s battery cover features a Shuttle Shield to protect the down tube when the bike is hanging over the back of a pickup truck. The down tube also features a skid plate reinforced with rubber pads to ward off rock chips and punctures in the event of poor line choice/rider error. Drainage holes are designed to keep water where it should be on the trails.

The Shuttle Shield protects the battery and down tube when hooked over a pickup truck tailgate.
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The rear stays also get plenty of protection to dampen chain slaps and help keep the Epocolypse as silent as possible. They can accommodate a maximum 220mm rotor for those who want optimal braking performance, stretching to accommodate a 29×2.6″ tire.

The frame uses internal cable tubing for easy maintenance and a universal SRAM derailleur hanger for easy-to-find replacement parts.

Four sizes are available, from small to extra large. All use 29-inch wheels front and rear. Apart from the trip, no details were given about the suspension.

Your ideal epocolypse

The Epocolyopse is designed around Evil’s Wreckoning and features very similar geometry. Thanks to the bike’s low/extra low flip chip, there are two geo maps with the Epocolypse. These change the geometry, but keep the lever curve of the 166 mm spring travel of the DELTA System chassis the same.

In the default low setting, there’s a more trail-friendly 65.3-degree head tube angle and 77-degree seat tube angle.

The reach values ​​start at 445 mm for the small and increase to 462 mm, 482 mm and 502 mm for the medium to extra large frames. Seat tube lengths for the same size order are 390mm, 425mm, 465mm and 495mm.

Chainstay length is a snappy (for an e-bike) 442mm, and there’s a decent 23mm of bottom bracket drop, which helps keep the weight down.

If you’re looking for a louder setup, the extra low setting decreases the head tube angle to 64.6 degrees and the effective seat tube angle to 76.4 degrees.

This adjustment shortens the reach by 7mm, lengthens the chainstays by 2mm and lowers the bottom bracket by 9mm.

Specifications and prices of Evil Epocolpse

Evil releases two models of Epocolypse in the EU and UK, but only one model in the US. Evil tells us that a limited number of medium and large bikes should be available at launch, with small and extra-large sizes to follow later in August.

Evil Epocolypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra

The more affordable Epocolypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra is the only bike available in the US, EU and UK. When we say cheaper, it certainly isn’t cheap, but the bike features high-performance components across the board. Aside from the questionable Maxxis EXO casing tires, nothing needs an immediate upgrade.

Evil Epocolypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra.
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  • Frame: Evil Epocolypse, carbon fiber, 166mm (6.5″) travel
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate Charger 2.1 RC2, 170 mm (6.7 inch) travel
  • driving system: Shimano EP8 motor, Shimano 630Wh battery
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT (1×12)
  • wheelset: Industry 9 Enduro S Hydra wheels, Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO 29 × 2.5 inch WT tires (v. and h.).
  • Brakes: Shimano XT BR-M8120, 203mm rotors
  • Handlebar/Stem: Evil Energy Bar, 800mm / Evil 12 Gauge, 45mm
  • Seatpost/Saddle: BikeYoke Revive/WTB Volt, medium width
  • Weight: TB
  • Price: £10,899.99 / $11,999 / €11,999.99

Evil Epocolypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra

There are two changes compared to the more expensive Epocolypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra. The suspension is swapped out for Fox 38 Factory forks and a Fox Float X2 Factory shock. Industry 9 rims will be changed for Evil’s Loopholes. These are based on Industry 9 Hydra hubs.

Evil Epocolypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra.
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  • Frame: Evil Epocolypse, carbon fiber, 166mm (6.5″) travel
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 factory
  • Fork: Fox 38 Factory GRIP2, 170mm (6.7″) travel
  • driving system: Shimano EP8 motor, Shimano 630Wh battery
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT (1×12)
  • wheelset: Evil Loophole rims, Industry 9 Hydra hubs, Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO 29×2.5″ WT tires (v and h).
  • Brakes: Shimano XT BR-M8120, 203mm rotors
  • Handlebar/Stem: Evil Energy Bar, 800mm / Evil 12 Gauge, 45mm
  • Seatpost/Saddle: BikeYoke Revive/WTB Volt, medium width
  • Weight: TB
  • Price: £12,699.99 / €13,999.99

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