I’ve mentioned it several times already, but Evil’s choice to give the Epocalypse a 65.3° head angle (adjustable to 64.6°) has been very interesting to me, especially considering that Non-Motorized Parallel Wreckoning is in 64.6° in its neutral position. position and is adjustable up to 63.9°. However, even riding the Epocalypse in its steepest setting, the front end never felt incomplete because the bike felt continuously planted and stable thanks in part to the weight of the motor and battery, and the rear is short enough as to prevent the bike from feeling unbalanced.
Even without excess length, it feels better at high speeds, navigating choppy lines compared to weaving through low-speed tech. While it could hold up well in the slower, twistier spots, it didn’t feel at home there and took only a little effort to steer, as you’d expect from a 170mm electric shredder.
Despite the freight-train feel of many eMTBs, it cornered surprisingly quickly, likely thanks to a combination of a shorter rear end, moderate head angle, and well-supported but responsive rear suspension.
It feels counterintuitive to call Epocalypse’s handling “aggressively neutral,” but that’s how it feels. The bike is ready for just about any trail, but it doesn’t lean too much in either direction. It feels great pumped through compressions and pushed at higher speeds, has excellent traction without feeling dead, carries momentum and keeps lines off camber with ease, and the length is medium enough that twisty sections be fun
It’s the same story in the air: the bike stays stable and will pretty much keep going wherever you point it. He has enough energy to throw jumps and side shots, but is a calm enough handler to stay predictable.
The Shimano EP8 motor, like all previous EP8 motors, rattled a bit at times, but it seems that companies are finally figuring out how to fit it into their bikes more quietly, and the noise level was actually much lower than on some similar bikes. on hard descents.
How is compared?
Compared to our current benchmark for eMTB, the Specialized Turbo Levo, the Evil Epocalypse has 166mm of rear travel compared to 150mm on the Levo, a 630Wh battery compared to the Levo 700, and dual sport wheels of 29″ compared to the mullet setup. The Levo’s motor is noticeably quieter, and the in-frame screen is much more useful than the Shimano EP8 screen. The Epocalype’s extra travel is helpful on bigger hits, though the wide range The Turbo Levo’s geometric adjustments make it possible to give it more gravity-oriented geometry than the Mal.
For some closer comparisons in terms of travel, Epocalyp finds its home among the other long-haul auto transport platforms out there today:
The Santa Cruz Bullit has 170mm of travel front and rear and rolls on a mixed wheel setup, but it’s taller and slacker than the Epocalypse, even in the chainstays despite the smaller rear wheel, making it an aggressive package but less maneuverable than the neutral. -Management of Apocalypse.
The Specialized Kenevo SL also has 170mm of travel front and rear, but in a much lighter, less powerful package with about half the torque and battery capacity of the Epocalypse. More in line with a regular mountain bike, the Specialized is longer and slacker than the Evil, though its low weight helps maintain maneuverability.
The Yeti 160E could be one of the Epocalypse’s most direct competitors, an all-rounder with the same Shimano setup and similar purpose and specs. The 160E also features a slightly slacker front end and slightly longer rear end, and most notably a higher price tag of around $1000 for a fairly similar XT build.