The Insurgent LB X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike
So you haven't quite jumped on the 29er bandwagon and you're seeking something a touch burlier that Evil's Calling, well, we hope you packed your party pants in your hydration pack, cause The Insurgent LB X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is sending out invitations for a good time in the woods and you made the cut. Behold, a highly technological machine that's ready to propel you right into a rip-roaring good time with its long and slack geometry and low-slung six-inches of travel. Dressed up with SRAM's excellent X01 componentry and shod with house favorite Industry Nine Enduro S wheels, The Insurgent is ready to pounce on all-mountain trails, enduro stage races, and park terrain like a Great Dane on a Porterhouse. New on the Insurgent LB or "little better’er" as Evil calls it, is the long-awaited move to stiffness enhancing Boost spacing, water bottle mounts in the medium through x-large sizes, a new, lighter carbon layup responsible for the half-pound weight reduction while actually improving lateral stiffness, and of course, some fresh paint.
One thing that didn't change on this new Insurgent, and frankly, didn't need to change was a departure from the numbers and angles that have given it such universal acclaim. Having a look at the linkage reveals flip chips that alter the bottom bracket height and head tube angle. When dropped to the XLow setting, the bottom bracket hovers a mere 13in above the ground, while the head tube kicks back to a slack 65.2 degrees. Yes, those numbers were commonplace on freeride and DH bikes not too long ago, however, this is a bike that’s also at home pedaling and cornering as if its job depended on it, as evidence of its stubby 17in chainstays, so it's not a chore getting to the choice sections of trail, and you'll be glad you're on it when things head downhill.
In contrast to more complicated, multi-pivot suspensions that populate the market, on The Insurgent, Evil uses its own linkage driven single pivot suspension design, dubbed Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus, or DELTA for short. Dave is in Weagle, also of DW-Link and Split-Pivot fame, worked closely with Evil to create a platform that checked off every ride attribute it sought to achieve in a suspension design. When put to the test in real-world conditions, DELTA is amazingly capable. Looking back at our own field notes reveal words like "supportive cornering, excellent big-hit management, playful pop, and wonderful pedaling efficiency". So versatile is the ride provided from the wonderful suspension package that we wouldn't hesitate pulling it off the rack and subjecting it to any known or unknown trail networks.
The DELTA suspension design was originally a platform meant for testing different suspension curves, and it's most basic, defining attribute is it's virtually limitless adjustability. Given this evidence, it becomes apparent that The Insurgent's shock setup is far more important than on a non-DELTA frame. Lucky for us, Evil worked closely with its suspension suppliers for the proper tune and it includes a built-in sag meter to facilitate easy tuning without needing an abacus or slide ruler. Simply reset the dial, mount the machine, and add or relieve air pressure as needed to achieve the prescribed 30% number. Once tuned, DELTA allows for a supple off the top feel with a supportive mid stroke for wallow free cruising and pedaling efficiency before ramping up and preventing harsh bottom outs during park shenanigans and on shuttle laps.
Evil didn't waste this excellent suspension platform to some substandard frame construction process and on all of its newer frames, it invested in building new molds in a new factory that also happens to service most of the high-end manufacturers on the market. Given the logistics of carbon construction, this wasn't a simple process; however, anyone familiar with Evil's history will agree that it was necessary, and the frames we've handled definitely occupy the sharp end of the industry's quality curve.
The LB enjoys a lighter weight carbon layup that helps improve the overall ride quality, which correlates to more compliance without sacrificing stiffness where it's needed. Most impressively, it managed to drop nearly half a pound from the overall frame weight while still retaining the desired ride characteristics. This marvel of unidirectional carbon and one-piece molded construction is able to withstand the hardest hits on the most demanding trail and keep coming back for more.
Evil's website and its copy lead you to believe that it doesn't take itself too seriously and indeed it does have a more lighthearted approach than other staunch and stuffy brands, however, it's no less committed to the highest end manufacturing. Every frame's life begins with EPS and silicone molds. The carbon is laid up around these and then compacted from inside and out, resulting in uniform wall thickness and eliminating excess resin pooling and the kind of imperfections and structural weaknesses that might later lead to frame failures.
- An all-mountain rig that always deduces the best lines
- DELTA platform affords 150mm of plush DW DNA
- Adjustable geometry slackens the head tube into DH territory
- Includes a sag meter to make shock set up a breeze
- New lighter carbon layup drops a 1/2 pound
- Water bottle mounts keep you hydrated on hot laps
- Boost spacing afford greater lateral stiffness
- Evil Bikes isn't serious most of the time unless it's crafting good riding bikes