I’ve talked about it just a few instances earlier than, however Evil’s selection to offer the Epocalypse a 65.3° head angle (adjustable to 64.6°) was actually attention-grabbing to me, particularly contemplating that the parallel non-motorized Wreckoning sits at 64.6° in its within the impartial place, the place is adjustable as much as 63.9°. Nonetheless, even when driving the Epocalypse in its steeper environment, the entrance finish by no means felt washed out, because the bike constantly felt planted and steady because of the burden of the motor and battery, and the rear finish is brief sufficient to stop the bike from feeling unbalanced.
Even with out the extreme size, it feels greatest at excessive speeds, cruising by uneven traces in comparison with breaking by low-speed know-how. Whereas it may maintain its personal simply wonderful within the slower, twisty spots, it did not really feel at dwelling there and simply took a little bit of effort to experience – as you’d anticipate from a 170mm e-crusher.
Regardless of the freight-train really feel of many eMTBs, it turned in surprisingly shortly, possible because of a mixture of a brief rear finish, average head angle and well-supported however responsive rear suspension.
It feels oxymoronic to name Apocalypse’s dealing with “aggressively impartial,” however that is the way it feels. The bike is prepared for nearly any path, however would not lean an excessive amount of in any course. It feels nice when pumped by compressions and pushed at greater speeds, has glorious traction with out feeling useless, carries momentum and simply holds traces off the financial institution, and the size is medium sufficient to maintain the twisty bits enjoyable.
It is the identical story within the air: the bike stays steady and can just about preserve going wherever it is pointed. He has sufficient vitality to pop off lips and facet kicks, however is calm sufficient to stay predictable.
The Shimano EP8 motor, like all EP8 motors earlier than it, was a bit clattery at instances, however evidently firms are lastly determining methods to match it into their bikes in a quieter method, and the noise stage was really a lot decrease than some related bikes on tough descents .
How does it evaluate?
In comparison with our present benchmark for eMTBs – the Specialised Turbo Levo – the Evil Epocalipse has 166mm of rear journey to the Levo’s 150mm, a 630Wh battery for the Levo 700 and sports activities twin 29in wheels in comparison with a mullet motor setup. is noticeably quieter, and the display within the body is far more helpful than the Shimano EP8 show. The Epocalipe’s further motion is helpful for greater hits, although the Turbo Lev’s wide selection of geometry settings permit it to be given a extra gravity-oriented geometry than the Evil.
For some nearer comparisons when it comes to journey, the Epocalipse finds its dwelling amongst different units discovered on lengthy journeys at this time:
The Santa Cruz Bullit has 170mm of entrance and rear journey and rolls on compound wheels, nevertheless it’s longer and slower than the Epocalypse – even chainring regardless of the smaller rear wheel – making it an aggressive however much less dealing with bundle than the neutral-handling Epocalypse.
The Specialised Kenevo SL additionally has 170mm of journey entrance and rear, however in a a lot lighter, much less highly effective bundle with roughly half the torque and battery capability of the Epocalypse. Extra in keeping with a traditional mountain bike, the Specialised is longer and extra relaxed than the Evil, though its gentle weight helps preserve maneuverability.
The Yeti 160E may very well be probably the most direct rivals of the Epocalypse, a multi-purpose motor with the identical Shimano setup and related goal and specs. The 160E additionally has a barely slacker entrance finish and a barely longer rear finish, and most notably the next price ticket of about $1000 for a reasonably related KST construct.