Evil The Calling X01 Eagle first ride review

Although Evil’s bikes all share the same suspension platform and boast similar contours and curves, each maintains its own distinctive ride characteristics and feel on the trail. Evil says The Calling is The Following’s (their ferociously fast 29er) delinquent little brother. I hit the trails to find out if it really is.

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Evil The Calling X01 Eagle spec overview

  • Frame: Carbon fibre, 131mm (5.2in) travel
  • Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air, 140mm (5.5in) travel
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 DebonAir
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle (1×12)
  • Wheelset: e*thirteen TRS Race Carbon wheels
  • Tyres: e*thirteen TRSr (f) and TRS+ (r) 27.5×2.35in
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC, 180mm rotors
  • Handle: Race Face Next R Carbon 35, 780mm
  • Stem: Race Face Turbine R 35, 40mm
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm dropper
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Comp
  • Weight: 13.27kg (29.2lb), medium size with pedals

Evil The Calling X01 Eagle frame and kit

The Calling is built around 650b wheels and delivers 131mm of rear-wheel travel, courtesy of Dave Weagle’s linkage-driven single-pivot DELTA system. It comes with RockShox’s new metric, trunnion-mounted Super Deluxe RC3 shock, which has cartridge bearings in the upper eyelet to help make things even smoother.

There’s integrated protection on the down tube and driveside seatstay and chainstay to ward off trail debris and hush down chain clatter. Tidy little features include a sag meter on the non-driveside DELTA link to help with set-up and a neatly integrated upper chain guide.


The DELTA link also features a set of flippable short links, which let you switch the geometry from ‘low’ (which is already pretty low) to ‘extra low’. This gives you 8mm of bottom bracket height adjustment and alters the head and seat tube angles by 0.6 degrees. Even in the higher of the two modes, the head angle sits at 66.5 degrees, which is pretty slack for a bike with this sort of travel.

Our test bike was decked out with some seriously fancy kit. The e*thirteen TRS Race Carbon wheels were shod with the American brand’s TRSr and TRS+ tyres. SRAM’s X01 Eagle 1×12 transmission provided us with a massive gear range, while their Guide RSC brakes ensured I could stop with plenty of control. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Evil lock-on grips though, due to the big logo that stands proud on the grip surface.

Evil The Calling X01 Eagle ride impression

Evil The Calling X01 Eagle early verdict

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