New Evil Epocolypse gets big wheels, longer travel and electric assist

After two years of development, Evil has released its first electric mountain bike, the Epocolypse – a gravity-based bike designed for fun and adventure wherever you want to ride it.

With the brand’s DELTA system suspension, stealth livery, twin-triangle frame and sturdy main hinge, it’s clearly an Evil with its signature silhouette.

With its DELTA Link suspension, the Epocolypse is clearly evil.
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It’s not just the looks that Evil has tried to transfer to the Epocolypse, the driving character is also recognizable.

Evil designed the Epocolypse to give the playful and powerful ride feel the brand is known for. To do this, Evil created a 29-wheel ebike with one of the shortest carbon chainstays available at an impressively snappy 442mm.

The rest of the bike is based on Evil’s enduro bike, the Wreckoning. It’s made of carbon fiber, rolls on 29-inch wheels and pumps out a 166mm shock-absorbing rear suspension with a 170mm fork. A flip chip lets you choose between low and extra low settings.

With its short 442mm chainstays, 166mm of rear travel and a 630Wh battery, the Evil Epocolypse has the potential for some serious fun.
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This looks set to take on our 2022 Bike of the Year winner, the Nukeproof Megawatt.

Evil has used Shimano’s EP8 motor for the drive unit and a fully integrated 630Wh battery. It has also produced a new handlebar, The Energy Bar, to keep everything around the cockpit neat and tidy.

There are two models available in the UK and EU: the Evil Epocolypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra for £10,899.99 / €11,999.99 and the Evil Epocolypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra, cost £12,699.99 / €13,999.99.

Only the Evil Epocolypse Rockshox XT I9 Hydra is available in the US, priced at: $11,999.

The Nitty Gritty

With its sturdy build and impressive travel stats, we doubt there’s much ground to hold back the Epocolypse.
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The Epocolypse aims to take you deep into the backcountry and seek out the most exciting trails. There’s no doubt the Epocolypse will see some abuse, so what’s up with Evil’s first electric bike?

The carbon fiber frame is made up of two solid and sturdy triangles. The unified one-piece rear triangle uses a split-yoke design to keep chainstays at a short 442mm. This design helps increase rigidity for direct actuation.

The rear forks also use SuperBoost+ rearhub spacing (12x157mm), making for a stronger built wheel thanks to the wider, stiffer spoke pattern. Evil claims this increased stiffness means the extra weight of the ebike won’t turn the rear end into a flexible mess.

The mounts are connected to the front triangle by ‘solid’ bearings, although we weren’t told how massive. The front triangle integrates Shimano’s EP8 motor with 85 Nm of torque. Evil has two power profiles, one for maximum power and one for more range-oriented rides. You can customize the profiles in the Shimano E-Tube Project app.

The rest of the electronic system uses Shimano’s E8000 display and Assist Switch. These are bolted to a custom handlebar, Evil’s Energy Bar. The carbon bar features internal cable routing, 35mm clamp diameter, 35mm rise, 8 degree backsweep and 5 degree upsweep.

The frame’s battery door features a Shuttle Shield to protect the down tube when the bike hangs over the back of a pickup. The down tube also has a skid plate reinforced with rubber pads to fend off rock attacks and any bad line choice/rider mistakes. Drainage holes are designed to keep water in the paths where it should be.

The Shuttle Shield keeps the battery and down tube secure when hooked over a pickup tailgate.
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The chainstays also get enough protection to dampen chain slap and keep the Epocolypse as quiet as possible. They can have a rotor of up to 220mm for those wanting optimal braking performance, and can be stretched to accommodate a 29×2.6-inch tire.

The frame uses internal conduit tubes for easy maintenance and a SRAM universal derailleur hanger for easy-to-find replacements.

Four sizes are available, from small to extra large. All use 29in wheels front and rear. No information was provided about the suspension apart from the trip.

Your ideal Epocolypse

The Epocolyopse is designed around Evil’s Wreckoning and has a very similar geometry. There are two geographic maps featuring the Epocolypse, thanks to the bike’s low/extra-low flip chip. These change the geometry, but keep the leverage curve of the 166mm travel of the DELTA system suspension the same.

In the standard low setting, there’s a more trail-friendly head tube angle of 65.3 degrees and a seat tube angle of 77 degrees.

Range values ​​start at 445mm for the small size and increase to 462mm, 482mm and 502mm respectively for the medium to extra large frames. Seat tube lengths for the same order are 390mm, 425mm, 465mm and 495mm.

Chainstay lengths are a snappy (for an ebike) 442mm, and there’s a decent 23mm bottom bracket that helps keep weight down.

If you’re looking for a rougher setup, the extra low setting reduces the head tube angle to 64.6 degrees and the effective seat tube angle to 76.4 degrees.

This setting shortens the range numbers by 7mm, lengthens the chainstays by 2mm, and lowers the bottom bracket by 9mm.

Evil Epocolpse specs and prices

Evil is releasing two models of the Epocolypse in the EU and UK, but only one model in the US. Evil tells us it should have a limited number of medium and large bikes available at launch, with small and extra-large sizes later in August.

Evil Epocolypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra

The cheaper Epocolypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra is the only bike available in the US, EU and UK. When we say cheaper, it certainly isn’t cheap, but the bike is equipped with quality components across the board. Aside from the questionable Maxxis EXO tires, nothing needs an immediate upgrade.

Evil Epocolypse RockShox XT I9 Hydra.
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  • Frame: Evil Epocolypse, carbon fiber, 166mm (6.5in) travel
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate Coil
  • Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate Charger 2.1 RC2, 170mm (6.7in) travel
  • Drive System: Shimano EP8 motor, Shimano 630Wh battery
  • Drive: Shimano XT (1×12)
  • Wheelset: Industry 9 Enduro S Hydra wheels, Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO 29×2.5 inch WT (f and r) tires
  • Brakes: Shimano XT BR-M8120, 203mm disc brakes
  • Bar/stem: Evil Energy Bar, 800mm/Evil 12 Gauge, 45mm
  • Seatpost/saddle: BikeYoke Revive/WTB Volt, Medium Width
  • Weight: TB
  • Price: £10,899.99 / $11,999 / €11,999.99

Evil Epocolypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra

There are two changes to the more expensive Epocolypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra. The suspension was swapped out for Fox 38 Factory forks and a Fox Float X2 Factory shock. The Industry 9 rims have been replaced with Evil’s Loopholes. These are built on Industry 9 Hydra hubs.

Evil Epocolypse Fox XT Loopholes Hydra.
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  • Frame: Evil Epocolypse, carbon fiber, 166mm (6.5in) travel
  • Shock: Fox Float X2 Factory
  • Fork: Fox 38 Factory GRIP2, 170mm (6.7in) travel
  • Drive System: Shimano EP8 motor, Shimano 630Wh battery
  • Drive: Shimano XT (1×12)
  • Wheelset: Evil Loophole rims, Industry 9 Hydra hubs, Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO 29×2.5in WT (f and r) tires
  • Brakes: Shimano XT BR-M8120, 203mm disc brakes
  • Bar/stem: Evil Energy Bar, 800mm/Evil 12 Gauge, 45mm
  • Seatpost/saddle: BikeYoke Revive/WTB Volt, Medium Width
  • Weight: TB
  • Price: £12,699.99 / €13,999.99

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