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Evil BikesThe CallingMountain Bike Frame
Item # EVB0008
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July 6, 2018
My Pissed off Porpoise (Pops)
First - Before I tell you how awesome this bike is (and it is)... Competitive Cyclist is/was an absolute amazing company to do business with. They worked with me on swapping out parts that were out of stock, allowed me to swap out a remote last minute - and most of all put up with me checking on the order about 100 times before delivery day. I have recommended and will continue to recommend CC every time I talk about my bike - which is way too much - sorry not sorry) Now the bike: This is by far the most slacked trail bike I have had - I don't race, have ZERO KOM's - but let me tell you - I have put 100+ miles on the bike and handles like a FRIGGEN DREAM!!!!!! I can keep up with some pretty strong climbers and put er' in party mode and am rubbing knobbies on the way back down. SMILES FOR MILES BROTHER!!!!! I do notice a few more pedal strikes than on my old Rocky Mountain Altitude 970 but I haven't lost any sleep over it and again - i'm not racing - I'm out in the woods to smile and do some wheelies - BRAAAAP Stop looking at other bikes - just put this in your cart and fahgettaboud the rest of em!!! PEACE!
January 19, 2021
Seriously good review! I’m sold
April 20, 2018
I bought this bike last October. Iâve absolutely loved it. This bike corners amazingly well. Almost like itâs on rails. It handles air time very well and soaks up the landings great. It pedals up hill pretty good. Itâs not the best trail bike on the market for climbing, but leta face it it doesnât matter. Youâll have a giant grin plastered on your face whenever you throw a leg over this bike. By far m
June 29, 2017
- I've put it through the wringer
If you are looking for a feathery XC machine, you are looking in the wrong place. Lets just get it out of the way. Is this the most efficient bike out there? No. Is it the best pedaler? No. This bike was never intended to be those things. It was build to have a real good time. Iv'e had this bike everywhere from swoopy Park City Single track, to trails as tech and difficult as Captain Ahab and The Whole Enchilada in Moab. And let me tell you, this bike is fun. Like, really fun. I felt like I could push it harder into corners than any other bike I've ridden, and it felt at home sending it off of a vert lip. It is the best jumping full suspension bike I have ever ridden. I didn't notice any extra pedal strikes over my Bronson or Hightower, but I have gotten used to lower Bottom Brackets over the years, and it may just have been body memory. This bike is for the aggressive rider who wants the most smiles per mile possible. Its fast, its fun, and its calling you. Email me or give me call if you have questions about this bike or any other mountain bikes or gear.
August 3, 2017
How does the calling compare to Bronson v2 with pedaling efficiency and climbing?
August 3, 2017
Hey Eric. It is much less efficient than the Bronson. It is heavier as well
April 24, 2017
Just Out For A Rip, Are Ya Bud?
- I've used it several times
I'm 5'11" and generally in between a medium and large, though tend to run larger frames, especially when paired with a shorter stem. I was fortunate enough to get a demo bike (EVB0009 is the build spec I rode) for a weekend and put it to good use - rode ~70 miles in Moab; Whole Enchilada from Kokapelli down, Mag 7 (Photo is mid way through Portal), Captain Ahab and more. I rode the medium, though if I were to buy one for myself, I would likely go with the large size frame. I'm coming off an Ibis Mojo 3 so pretty cool to see a relatively similar travel bike that rides very differently. I rode this in the "low" setting. What I liked about the bike: - Mid travel, uber capable bike. For the amount of travel it does have, it pedals well and feels quick. - It climbed surprisingly well. I cleaned technical climbs and sustained, stout uphill bits. - The suspension design did take a little getting used to. I didn't feel that the rear wheel felt as lively when popping off stuff, but tracks to the ground really well. You learn how to pop, but does seem to have a different feel than some other bikes. By the end of the weekend, I was thoroughly impressed how it ate up chunder and could send it off ledges and doubles. What I didn't like about this bike: - Pedal strikes galore. I would love to see what this looks like in the X-LOW setting as I was scraping left and right even in the LOW setting. Granted, I was riding in technical terrain that is the land of pedal strikes, but one thing that would worry me about this bike. - If compared to other bikes with similar travel, probably going to be heavier than them. But lets be real, if thats a concern, this bike isn't for you as its a trail smashing mid-travel monster. Overall, if you're looking for a mid travel, aggressive trail bike, this is going to be right up your alley. This can handle pedaling up to your favorite DH trail and just rail on down! If you have any questions on the bike or would like help building out a custom build, feel free to reach me at my direct line 801.204.4547 or my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 17, 2017
Hey, I'm kind of on the fence between this and the Mojo 3. You mentioned they were very different; how would you compare and contrast the two?
May 17, 2017
Hey Matthew, Thanks for the question, both are super fun bikes and you wouldn't go wrong with either. The Mojo 3 is a bit more lively & poppy of a bike. Its nimble and climbs more efficiently in my opinion. The Calling on the other hand is the sort of bike that smashes descents and feels like more travel than it is. The Calling is just asking to open up on the trail and go faster and faster. Feel free to give a shout to my direct line 801.204.4547 or email me at email@example.com if you have any other questions too! Cheers, Connor
July 1, 2017
I like your review, what other bikes have you ridden that you could compare vs the calling? ever ride a 5010,Troy,sb5?
July 3, 2017
Hey Scott, I appreciate the positive feedback on the review! I've ridden the 5010 (see Backcountry Item #SNZ00A4 for my review on that) and the 2016 SB5 (unfortunately haven't had the chance to get on the updated 2017 version as of this response). The 5010 is going to be somewhat in the middle between the two. Not quite as "snappy" felling as the Mojo 3 is, but not quite as aggressive as the Calling. I'd be happy to chat more to see if we can get you dialed with the best bike for you! Give a shout at my direct line 801.204.4547 or my email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers, Connor
April 15, 2017
- I've put it through the wringer
Wow. Just wow. I've always wanted an Evil, and when they announced they were doing a 5 inch travel 27.5 wheeled bike, I didn't even need to wait for reviews, I was in. I've taken this bike on a variety different trails, from local stuff up here in Salt Lake City and down in south Utah riding the Bar M and Mag 7 trail systems. The bike ate it all up and asked for more. It really demands to be pushed harder, and rides really like a downhill bike with less travel, a combination of the super slack head angle and low bottom bracket. I felt like I didn't have to be as careful as I needed to be about line choice, since it was so easy to move the bike if my sub par handling skills picked the wrong line. It also wants to jump, wants to get airborne. The rear end is a good balance of lively and stable, and it's incredibly easy to get the rear end of the bike unweighted transferring corner to corner or setting up for a double or drop. Climbing is as good as I expected it to be. I think other bikes in this category climb just a bit better, but this guy is no slouch. At 28.8 pounds with pedals, it is a bit on the portly side with the build I have done, but it really doesn't feel like it out on the trail. The steep seat angle puts you at a good position over the front end of the bike, and I didn't find the front end lifting or wandering at all. Efficiency was good, but I did find myself switching the (extremely good) Super Deluxe rear shock into the climb mode for longer fire road slogs. Bottom line is, this bike is for the person who is not chasing seconds. It is the bike for someone who loves riding, and is out there to have fun, get rowdy, and find playful side elements that would otherwise be overlooked. I love it and look forward to riding it every day.