It was just a matter of time. This latest “Offering” from Evil Bikes is going to come as a surprise to no one. The aggressive-trailbike-building crew from Washington state already had rowdy 130 mm and 151 mm rippers of the 27.5” variety (The Calling and The Insurgent)—in the 29” flavor, they offered the 120 mm Following (it was “Downcountry” before Downcountry was cool); and they also had the 161 mm monster truck known as The Wreckoning (this is the big-wheeled trail crusher that is responsible for leading the movement to make DH bikes irrelevant). But… even though the Following is more capable than any sub-five-inch trail bike has any right to be, and the Wreckoning isn’t afraid to let you skip the lift and earn your turns… we can probably all agree that there was a space that needed to be filled… Adding a 140 mm-travel 29er wasn’t just good business (landing in the hottest segment of the market: 140-150 mm wagon-wheel bikes), it was about rounding out Evil’s range to have the right bike for pretty much every single style of riding that doesn’t require adding a number plate.

Check out our Jenson USA Exclusive bike check of the new Evil Offering.

Filling in the Blanks

Undeniably Evil.

It would be easy for this review to turn into a “this is what happened when Following and Wreckoning mated” spiel. It would sound logical to say that Evil took some of the playful agility of the Following, and a helping of plush stability of the Wreckoning, and made one bike that caused birds to sing. While this wouldn’t be far from true, it would really miss the point. It may be nearly impossible to pick one Evil model from another in a dimly lit room, and the new Offering may slot neatly between two proven bikes… but this thing marches to its own beat. It has a D.E.L.T.A. link, and it shares Evil’s design language, but this is a whole new Offering!

Charging tech lines is no biggie aboard the Offering.

Just What Is Being Offered Here?

I am often guilty of gushing about how we are living in the Golden Age of Trail Bikes. Suspension engineers are perfecting the balance between efficient pedaling platform, and reactive travel. The D.E.L.T.A. link’s advancements are no exception; this bike has the most versatile characteristics of any Evil to date (D.E.L.T.A. = Dave’s Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus—the Evil minions aren’t afraid to poke a little fun at themselves). D.E.L.T.A. works by noticeably changing the leverage ratio throughout the shock stroke. Early in the travel, the bike is supple—it has the magic carpet feel. As you get into the mid-stroke the kinematics shift to providing the kind of platform that allows you to put power to the pedals and retain a lively feel. The final third of the travel sees a progressive ramp up that gives the Offering the bottom-less feel that Evil is known for.

Our Jenson USA Exclusive build is oh-so nice!

The suspension story on the Offering is one of evolution, but the geometry is more of a revolution. Evil was one of the first bike builders to design a 120 mm bike that was ready for riding the chunky stuff—some of the folks that helped change that segment. Now that longer-legged 29ers are getting lighter and more efficient, designers are looking for ways to make them do it all. With a steep seat angle (77* in “low”, 76* in “lower”, when paired to a 140 mm fork), the Offering is will really fly up seated climbs, and it still responds to inputs out of the saddle as well. The head angle (66.6* in “low”, 66* in “lower”) is just about right for being able to charge rock gardens, but it still retains the ability to navigate a tight switchback. The key to making this new modern-steep-seat-tube-geometry work is pairing the forward position with a long enough top tube to keep your weight centered between the wheels—it also accentuates the in-the-bike feel that 29ers are known for (on the ground and in the air). The short chain stays (430 mm), also play a large role in making the Offering’s attack position work.

Calm and composed on climbs in and out of the saddle.

Is this Offer Enough?

I should share my bias—I own an Evil Wreckoning, and it is my first choice for bike park and shuttle riding. When the going gets rough, it’s nice knowing that the Wrecker will soak up my mistakes and do its best to keep me upright. The downside is that the plush feel sometimes lacks in playfulness—so it gets left at home for any rides that don’t involve knee and elbow pads; I forsake it for one that is lighter, but more importantly, livelier. I originally thought that Evil had a problem on their hands; that there would be riders who couldn’t decide between the new 140-mm Offering and the 160-mm Wreckoning (are they too similar?). In practice, the Offering is separated by more than 20 mm; the new geometry is what adds to the newfound versatility. For me, the Offering competes more with the 120 mm Following—similar in weight, also a great climber, and more of that bottom-less travel. I’ll keep my Wreckoning, but this new Offering is that one bike that you could go for every day.

This bike likes to fly… a lot!

I was stoked to spend a week riding the Offering exclusively. If I had one word to describe it, that word would be “refined”. The suspension has been dialed perfectly for this 140 mm application. Throughout the design process, Evil’s engineering talent Dave Weagle (yes that Dave Weagle—as in “DW Link”, “Split Pivot”, et al) went back to the drawing board on the geometry. This meant that the Offering made it to market a little bit behind schedule, but with measurements that are right on time. I really dig how the new geo performs, but I will caution Offering buyers on size selection. This monster is long! For reference, the reach measurement on my large Wreckoning is 452 mm, the reach on a MEDIUM Offering is 462 mm! So, at 5’11 ¼”, I am planning to size down and park a medium Offering in my quiver. I’m looking forward to more Evil days ahead…

We’d say this bike corners well!

Recommended rider:

We’ve become possessed by Evil’s range of bikes and knew that a bike like this had to be in the works.  Honestly, this bike is for most trail riders.  This is a bike that you can push your progression on, take on increasingly challenging terrain, and keep up with your fast friends.  As always, if you’re looking for the fastest pedal machine or the hardest charging bike, this is not the bike.  But, if you want a bike that let’s you dip your toes deep into most types of riding, add this to your short list of options.

What we loved:

  • Climbs so well that I don’t have to fumble around for the climb switch.
  • The “Low” and “Lower” settings on the flip chip (as well as fork choice) allow you to fine tune the geometry to fit your style.
  • Dave’s Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus provides supple suspension, while still providing good anti-squat properties and no bottom-out.
  • Creative design—it just looks “Evil”

What we didn’t like:

  • They fit on the big side, so look twice at the geo specs.
  • The external cable routing detracts from otherwise beautiful lines.
  • Sell a kidney… cost of admission is north of $5k.

Jenson Exclusive Evil Offering - Build Specs and Geometry

SPECIFICATIONS
Frame Carbon Fiber
Fork Fox Performance Elite, 140mm Travel, Boost
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe RCT
Headset -
Shifters Shimano SLX SL-M7000 11-Speed
Front Derailleur -
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT M8000
Crankset Race Face Aeffect Cinch 1x, 32t
Crank Arm Lengths 175mm
Bottom Bracket Race Face Race XC 68/73
Pedals -
Chain Shimano 105/SLX CN-HG601
Cassette Shimano SLX CS-M7000 11-46t
Brakes Shimano SLX BR-M7000
Rotor Size 180mm Front and Rear
Wheelset E*Thirteen TRS Alloy Boost
Tires E*Thirteen TRS Race All Terrain, 29x2.35"
Handlebar Race Face Aeffect 20mm Rise
Handlebar Widths 780mm
Stem Race Face Aeffect 35mm Clamp, 6° Rise
Stem Lengths 60mm
Grips SDG Slater Lock-On
Seatpost SDG Tellis Dropper, 31.6mm, 150mm Travel
Seatclamp -
Saddle SDG Falcon Black
Intended Use Trail, All-Mountain
Weight -

Note: Components are subject to change without notice.

”GeometryChart”/

Size Chart
Size Small Medium Large Extra Large
A: Seat Tube Length 381 432 470 508
B: Effective Top Tube 588 611 633 655
C: Stack 612 621 629 639
D: Reach 441 462 482 502
E: BB Height 343 343 343 343
F: BB Drop - - - -
G: Head Tube Length 104 114 124 134
H: Head Tube Angle 66.6 ° 66.6 ° 66.6 ° 66.6 °
I: Seat Tube Angle 77 ° 77 ° 77 ° 77 °
J: Standover Height 698 707 717 733
K: Chainstay Length 432 432 432 432
L: Wheelbase 1176 1201 1225 1249
Crank Arm Length 175 mm 175 mm 175 mm 175 mm
Stem Length 60 mm 60 mm 60 mm 60 mm
Handlebar Width 780 mm 780 mm 780 mm 780 mm
Suggested Rider Height
Frame Size Small Medium Large Extra Large
Rider Height 5'3" - 5'8" 5'8" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'4" 6'4"+
Size Chart
Size Small Medium Large Extra Large
A: Seat Tube Length 15.0 17.0 18.5 20.0
B: Effective Top Tube 23.1 24.1 24.9 25.8
C: Stack 24.1 24.4 24.8 25.2
D: Reach 17.4 18.2 19.0 19.8
E: BB Height 13.5 13.5 13.5 13.5
F: BB Drop - - - -
G: Head Tube Length 4.1 4.5 4.9 5.3
H: Head Tube Angle 66.6 ° 66.6 ° 66.6 ° 66.6 °
I: Seat Tube Angle 77.0 ° 77.0 ° 77.0 ° 77.0 °
J: Standover Height 27.5 27.8 28.2 28.9
K: Chainstay Length 16.9 16.9 16.9 16.9
L: Wheelbase 46.3 47.3 48.2 49.2
Crank Arm Length 175 mm 175 mm 175 mm 175 mm
Stem Length 60 mm 60 mm 60 mm 60 mm
Handlebar Width 780 mm 780 mm 780 mm 780 mm
Suggested Rider Height
Frame Size Small Medium Large Extra Large
Rider Height 5'3" - 5'8" 5'8" - 6'0" 6'0" - 6'4" 6'4"+