Considering Evil Bikes' legacy of perfecting long-travel sleds with a ravenous appetite for gravity-fueled gluttony, it's almost blasphemous to announce the arrival of a mid-travel option that pairs climbing competency with downhill delinquency in a decidedly unholy alliance. The Calling X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is here to sway your preconceived notions of what an Evil is capable of, boasting the same low-slung, slackened DNA of its burlier brethren, but in a sprightly trail package with 27.5-inch wheels and "only" five inches of travel. Its go-fast, have-fun mentality is similar to Evil's other rigs, yet it offers a unique way of playing across tight, technical terrain that's simply not conceivable on bikes with longer travel or bigger wheels.
We hooked the frame up with our own, cherry-picked build kit, which starts with Industry Nine's stout Enduro 305 wheels and ends with the extra low-end of SRAM's Eagle X01 drivetrain. These choices make The Calling adeptly suited for conquering climbs for the joyous reward of turbulent descents, slaloming berms, and flowing jumps that follow. Industry Nine's Torch hubs provide 3-degrees of near-instantaneous engagement with their 6-pawl mechanism, allowing you to get up and over trail impediments standing in your way. Maxxis Aggressor tires further aide in The Calling's trail supremacy, with reinforced side knobs lending plentiful traction for cornering at high speeds. And when your trail bravado exceeds the limits of comfort, Shimano XT brakes serve as a reliable stopping force to be reckoned with. We often find ourselves turning to XT brakes because, pound-for-pound, it's difficult to imagine a better braking system.
But the bike's emphasis is on going, not stopping, and the key is Evil's unique take on linkage design. It's clearly the source of The Calling's category-defying heresy, and it includes flip chips that alter its bottom bracket height and head tube angle, catering the bike to your preferred trail ecosystem. Under the Low setting, The Calling features a low-slung, slack geometry with a head tube angle of 66.4-degrees and bottom bracket height of 13.3-inches, respectively. Dropping the bike even closer to the ground, the X-Low setting features a downhill-devouring head tube angle of 65.8-degrees and a sports car-like bottom bracket height of only 13-inches. And unlike other bikes with flip chips, The Calling's adjustable geometry settings won't change the praised kinematics of its DELTA suspension. Regardless of flip chip settings, DELTA is always ready to party.
Where other full-suspension machines have a living, beating heart, The Calling possesses a wicked soul in the form of DELTA, or Dave's Extra Legitimate Trail Apparatus. Designed by suspension sorcerer Dave Weagle, the DELTA system is a linkage-driven single pivot that achieves a spellbinding level of adjustability not allowed on four-bar systems. DELTA's original purpose was to tinker with highly complex leverage rate curves in the lab, so—once released into the wild—it lets Evil take full advantage of the included shock's valving and speed-sensitive damper. Since the shock tune is so important on the DELTA system, Evil integrates a sag measurement system for quick set-up. Simply reset the tiny toggle, hop aboard to check the sag, and adjust air pressure accordingly.
DELTA's main pivot location was consciously placed for an optimal balance between quick acceleration and pleasant braking attributes. This careful placement reduces the reliance on shock damping, allowing you to run the RockShox Super Deluxe Debonair fully open—even when you're muscling up punchy climbs laced with rock and root impediments. Ultimately, DELTA hits the sweet spot between light suppleness off-the-top with predictable traction through the mid-stroke when you're pedaling. For bigger hits and steep descents, the travel arc ramps up as you approach the business end of its 131mm of travel. This bottomless sensation lends the descending capabilities of bikes packing greater travel.
The Calling's DELTA suspension works seamlessly with the new metric standards recently introduced by RockShox, an effort to get frame manufacturers and shock designers on board with a single set of metric sizes. This makes the frame all the more future-proof should you upgrade the shock in the future. Just as importantly, the provided Super Deluxe shock uses a Trunnion mount that decreases its eye-to-eye length by 25mm yet increases internal real estate to fit an all-new damper. Moreover, the upper shock bolts are now mounted to bearings instead of bushings, reducing friction and creating a smoother, more supple feel than RockShox's previous Monarch.
It's worth mentioning that each frame is laid-up with a blend of T700 and T800 carbon, which are both high-modulus, uni-directional fibers from Toray. This targeted blend of carbon achieves an optimal degree of stiffness while keeping the frame relatively lightweight. Despite all that, The Calling never takes itself too seriously, staying true to Evil's rowdy, fun-loving nature on the trail. Think roosting around berms, popping off rock outcroppings, and throwing whips on park jumps for The Calling's preferred use.
- Evil's most playful and poppy trail machine
- 5in of responsive-yet-plush DELTA suspension
- Low-slung, slack geometry keeps you glued to the trail
- Flip chips adjust the geometry to your riding style
- Sag switch helps get the perfect shock tune
- Toray carbon frame balances stiffness with low weight
- Spec'd with our in-house build of SRAM Eagle and I9 wheels
- Evil Bikes brings a high-tech party to the trails
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Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: 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.
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- Familiarity: 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 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.
- The build spec on this bike is bad ass. I9 Enduro 305 wheelset are burly and wide, the Eagle X01 basically guarantees that you can climb a vertical wall, the Pike paired with the Super Deluxe Debonair rear shock means you can mob down just about any terrain. I hadn't been on Aggressor tires before, pretty impressed though. I might look at getting a DHF or something a bit more hefty to throw up front, but pretty impressed with them for looser, dry dirt. Fox Transfer dropper is reliable and does exactly what you need it to do.
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! The build spec is pretty on point too. If you have any questions on this bike or would like help placing an order, feel free to reach me at my direct line 801.204.4547 or my email email@example.com
- Familiarity: 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.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This bike loves to eat up technical terrain and thrives at high speeds.
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What is the build weight of a small Evil Calling?
Anyone knows the build weight of a small?
Will this be available in the muddy waters color as well ? Also, do you know the weight on this build ? Nice spec on this build. I would probably go 34t chainring since it has an eagle drivetrain, 30t seems a little low for that kind of gear ratio.
This bike is a package build where all the parts are picked by us, so I could swap the frame color out for you no problem. I could easily swap the chainring out for you at the same price as well. I actually own the same bike in the Muddy Waters color. Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call in at 801.736.6396 x2344 and we can talk more about the bike and get you one built up.
I can hear it calling.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Calling is a super confidence inspiring trail bike that can handle just about any terrain you throw at it. It's definitely a bike that takes away your hesitation when approaching techy and rough descents, but handles climbs like a champ.
I spent a week in Moab throwing the Calling around on all sorts of trails, from mellow rides with my pup to techy climbs up on Gemini Bridges and Navajo Rocks, the Calling handled everything. It wants to charge, and the faster you ride it the more playful and fun the bike becomes.
Delta link does a great job stabilizing pedal bob, and the slack angles make for incredibly smooth drops and descents. For a bike that runs so large, and has such a long wheelbase, it climbs really well, but it isn't a cross country bike, so if techy climbs is where you get your fix, it probably isn't the bike for you. If drops, rocky descents, and speed are your friend, this bike will be a perfect playful ride.