650B Wheels Are Evil

Words Kaz Yamamura
Photos Kaz Yamamura
Date Sep 16, 2015

Hah, gotcha. 650B is the next wheelsize Evil is diving into. After creating the 26″ Uprising and the 29″ Following, it made sense for them to turn towards 27.5″: the Insurgent. Allegedly there are only 2 Evil Insurgents at Interbike, one at Shimano and the other an Asian dropper post company you can look for if you’d like to go on a quest. We found this Insurgent at Shimano, in disguise. It was blinged out in Shimano parts and had XT stickers on it.

The Evil Insurgent takes cues from Evil’s previous models, using the brand’s Delta System. As Shimano was using this as their show pony, it’s a custom build.

Shimano put on their XT pedals, XT cranks, and….wait, a chainguide???

The Evil Insurgent comes with a built-in carbon chainguide. It’ll pivot to let you accommodate different chainring sizes.

Ooh, new Fox X2 shock.

The link has moved forward, giving better access to the shock.

The link looks to have 2 settings, Low and X-Low. Downtube protector for those stray rocks.

Internal routing on the Insurgent.

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Some shiny XT goodies.

Is something new in the hopper at the Fox Racing Shox brewery?

A very curvy headtube at the bow of the Insurgent.

Of course, the stem comes Di2 ready.

We don’t know much, but we do know that we want it.

As mentioned, this Evil Insurgent was a show pony for Shimano, so we don’t have any info on it other than what we could see on the bike.


Damnit, I’m drooling again.

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Vikb
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Vik Banerjee  - Sept. 17, 2015, 4:20 p.m.

Tech specs =

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boomforeal
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boomforeal  - Sept. 17, 2015, 10:23 a.m.

dumbingdownthe36

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poo-stance
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Poo Stance  - Sept. 17, 2015, 11 a.m.

RC2 or bust!

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mikey
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Mikey  - Sept. 17, 2015, 9:58 a.m.

Doesn't look to be much clearance for the chain there. Hopefully it's just the angle of the photo, as otherwise the bike looks killer.

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GladePlayboy
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Rob Gretchen  - Sept. 17, 2015, 1:58 p.m.

I dont think there is much clearance… thats why they are running the massive chainstay guard…

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Vikb
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Vik Banerjee  - Sept. 17, 2015, 4:08 p.m.

Mountain bikes are going electric. You won't need a chain in 2016.

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Vikb
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Vik Banerjee  - Sept. 17, 2015, 4:34 p.m.

From Evil product page - "Why does the chain ride so close to the chain stay?

Due to progressive kinematics, tight clearances and the need for super stiff chain stays we increased the chain stay heights which gives about 2-3mm of chain clearance just like a motocross bike.. Braaap!

See more at: "

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mikey
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Mikey  - Sept. 17, 2015, 9:56 a.m.

Doesn't look like there's much chain clearance… Does is even shift into the smaller cogs without rubbing on the stay? Looks like there would be potential for crazy chain slap. Otherwise looks killer.

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