FIRST LOOK: EVIL EPOCALYPSE EBIKE
Evil unleashes the Epocalypse, their first ebike
The influx of ebikes is persisting and Evil has decided it’s their turn to produce one in their own very signature style. Introducing the Evil Epocalypse, an ebike capable of tackling the downhills with as much aggression as the bike it’s designed from, the Wreckoning.
Since the Epocalypse is based on the Wreckoning, there are a few things you can expect, chief among them being long travel. There are 170mm of travel in the fork and 166mm in the rear. Evil has fit a flip-chip on this bike giving it two different slack options; low, and X-low. In the low setting, the headtube angle sits at 65.3° while in the X-small sits at 64.6° and drops the bottom bracket height by 9mm.
Evil has decided to go with the Shimano EP8 motor paired with the 630W battery to give 85NM of power for as long as you need it. Carbon is the material of choice for the frame. At 442mm, Evil has tried to make the chainstays as short as possible to help keep some of the pop and flickability alive. Like with the Wreckoning, Evil has chosen to go with a super-boost 157mm rear dropout. They claim this allows them to get a stiffer spoke pattern and widens the swingarm so the added weight near the bottom bracket doesn’t turn into a “pool noodle.” They also say it can support a rear tire up to 29″ x 2.6″.
Evil brought their own ebike bar into existence with this bike with internal wire routing to clean up the cockpit from the mess of cables and wires ebikes can procure. A 35mm clamp diameter, 760-810mm width range, 5° upsweep, 8° backsweep, and 35mm of rise make this bar on par for the modern-day bike.
Evil is bringing the heat with this ebike built to send. The Epocalipse is here and waiting for the perfect moment to take you out to a trail where it’s explosive nature can be demonstrated in full.
Epocalypse: The Amplified Forest Shaker
The electrified Epocalypse is your tractor beam to the summit. This long travel overlander is prepped for
the end of days, placing direct current between your heels to turn the steepest ascents into provocative
Inspired by our beloved Wreckoning platform, the battery boosted Epocalypse rides above two 29”
wheels with 166mm of rear travel and 170mm below the bars. Posture for this genre-fluid beast closely
resembles that of the Wreckoning for a proper dance party deep in the trees. The geometry teeter
totter is well balanced across the Evil family tree and the Epocalypse drops into a cozy branch alongside
its gravity kin.
Epocalyptic lightning flows into a low-slung Shimano EP8 motor to kick out 85Nm of pedal assistance at
full throttle, backed by the brand’s burly 630Wh battery for max laps. Spin it up and let the good times
rip! The motor’s trail-hugging heft will dig those rubber lugs in deep for unshakable stability and
Between the juiced watts and the pedaling prowess of our DELTA System, few ascents will tilt too steep
for the Epocalypse. Electrified bikes are a blast whether gravity’s helping or hindering, and the engineers
at Evil worked closely with Shimano to achieve an ideal power balance. Good luck locating a slope that
the Epocalypse can’t scale. After two years of rigorous testing and perfecting we’ve created the right
machine for any rider’s version of fun.
Engage Boost mode for anti-gravity that begs your full attention, or to charge from the apex toward the
finish line. Though we only toggle the motor between Off and Boost mode around here, Eco and Trail
settings will also suit your speed and save juice on longer outings. Riders can also choose between a pair
of distinct power profiles in the Shimano dashboard to prolong the charge or jam all the watts into each
assistance setting. And if you’re up for a daylong mission the Epocalypse battery can be swapped for a
fresh cell in a matter of seconds.
A pair of sturdy carbon triangles surrounds the EP8 powerhouse, protected from front tire projectiles by
a custom skid plate beneath the motor and a shuttle shield under the downtube. As ever, chain slap is
silenced by a hefty sound mound strip on the chain stay, and there’s a second slab of ‘shut-up” inside
the seat stay.
Our refined vascular system guides housing and hoses discretely through the frame, and some massive
main-pivot bearings are ready to carry the powerful Epocalypse load all season long. A SRAM UDH
derailleur hanger dangles from our SuperBoost+ rear end, keeping those precious drivetrain bits shifty,
and hangers are available at most shops if you manage to clip a passing rock. In fact, each of the bike’s
electric and analog components can be had at your local two-wheel Evil dealer, keeping the ride rolling
and the maintenance time minimal.
We wreckon these 442mm chain stays are worth a shout. The Epocalypse boasts the shortest carbon
stays of any ebike on the market, maintaining that Evil slap-happy, side-hit slashing DNA we all know
and love. If you’re searching for a lightning-powered unicorn that’s deft at stabilizing descents and
lofting roots whenever it’s asked, you’ve found it. We’ll leave you to choose between Low and X-Low
geometry settings, and to select the standard or angle-adjust headset that best suits your style.
The potential advantages of an electric Wreckoning run deep. More laps in a day, longer rides with
friends, additional carrying capacity for dig days, and faster lunch laps when the schedule overflows.
Adding battery power to your stable will morph rest days on the couch into trail parties with friends.
We’re confident your sofa won’t mind.