New Evil Wreckoning certified for 190mm forks

Wreckoning become a single-crown DH bike
Wreckoning can now run up to 190mm at the front (Image credit: Evil)

Evil has revealed a more capable third-generation Wreckoning, designed to satisfy demand in the burgeoning 29er enduro bike market.

The Bellingham bike brand, known for its gravity bias in frame design, has reshaped and restyled the Wreckoning 29er frame. Compared to the previous Wreckoning, this new version has tidier head tube cable routing ports and features a larger front triangle.

Responding to enduro riding trends, Evil’s industrial designers opted to increase the rear suspension stroke from 161- to 166mm. Balancing the new Wreckoning’s ample shock travel is a choice of 160- or 170mm front forks, which tip the bike’s head-tube angle to 64.8 or 64.2-degrees. Evil say that the Wreckoning is capable of 190mm to satisfy the needs of those who are looking for to tackle serious terrain.

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Although the Wreckoning features comparatively short 430mm chainstays, the bike’s front triangle has stretched, with reach on a size large increasing by 6 per cent, from 452- to 482mm. Slacker than some rivals, the Wreckoning 3.0 is now on trend with regards to comparative front centre lengths.

One of the more significant mechanical changes that Evil has applied to its new Wreckoning is the evolution to SuperBoost 12 x 157mm rear hub spacing, which has also allowed a wider main pivot bearing to be used, joining the two triangles.

As you would expect from a boutique brand, clever frame details abound: such as the minimalist integrated chain guide and tri-mound chainstay protector, which does a credible job of silencing chain slap.

The new Wreckoning is available in either coral reefer or black colours. Riders who wish to execute their own build can opt for a frame and RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate shock kit, priced at $3,299.

Evil factory models are priced between $5,799 and $8,099, featuring a Rockshox’s new Zeb forks and a choice of either SRAM or Shimano drivetrains, rolling i9 wheelsets.

All new Wreckoning's are equipped with coil shocks and Evil is inarguably marketing these bikes as deeply capable long-travel 29ers, purposed for the steepest and most technical trails.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.