Evil has a new e-bike out today and this may be one of the last core mountain bike brands to add an electric-assisted rig. The Epocalypse (Evil loves an ominous pun in their model names) is based on their Wreckoning platform and has 166mm of rear travel and a 170mm fork up front. The bike uses 29-inch wheels and it should be a big ol’ monster truck of an e-bike.
On the motor side, the Evil Epocalypse uses a Shimano EP8 motor with 85Nm of torque and a 630Wh battery for lap after lap. There are three power modes onboard; Eco, Trail, and Boost.
Evil of course uses the patented DELTA suspension system and like the brand’s other bikes, it uses a SuperBoost rear axle. The bike has a full carbon frame.
The geometry is based on the Wreckoning’s too and should balance stability and playfulness. The Epocalypse comes in four sizes, from small to XL. In X-Low on a size medium, the bike has a 64.6° head tube angle, a 76.4° seat tube angle, a 425mm seat tube length, and snappy 442mm chainstays. The wheelbase measures 1,231mm and the reach is 462mm with a ~20mm change on each size.
Other features on the bike include a proprietary Evil handlebar with internal cable routing to clean up the cockpit, Sound Mound chainstay and seatstay protection, downtube protection, and a “skid plate” up high for shuttle laps.
Evil has one build kit available for the Epocalypse, and it’s equipped with RockShox suspension and Shimano XT brakes, along with a Shimano XT drivetrain and Industry Nine Enduro S wheels with Hydra hubs. Evil says the build weighs ~50lb.
Jeff spoke with Mike Giese about the Epocalypse and e-bike design more generally on this Singletracks podcast episode.
The MSRP for the complete build is $11,999. For more information, see the Evil website.