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The New Evil Insurgent: Everything We Love and One Thing We Don't

By Bruce Lin


New Evil Insurgent MX Mullet mountain bike reviewThanks to its heavy metal attitude Evil Bikes quickly fell in with the cool clique of downhillers, freeriders, and park rats. Now, Evil’s much-loved 27.5” Insurgent has been updated to shred harder than ever.

If your dream ride includes boosting lips, getting sideways, and smashing gnarly downhills, the new Insurgent is the bike for you, but it’s not perfect. Here are five things I love about the latest Insurgent, and one thing I don't.


Five things I love about the new Evil Insurgent

New Evil Insurgent MX mullet mountain bike29”/27.5” Mullet option

The standard Insurgent keeps bike park riders happy with playful 27.5” wheels. But for those who want to race enduro or just straight-line everything on the trail, the new Insurgent MX gives you a speedy mullet option with a 29” front wheel. Read why mullet bikes might be the future.

More suspension travel

The new Insurgent has even more suspension travel to soak up the biggest hits. The rear has a plush, bump-devouring 168mm of travel. Upfront you get a massive 180mm fork for 27.5” models and 170mm fork for the MX. It’s even dual-crown compatible.

Longer reach and wheelbase

Longer is better. The cockpit has been stretched out to keep the new Insurgent stable at ludicrous speeds. Reach and wheelbase have grown 20-40mm (depending on the flip-chip position and fork/front wheel), putting you in the middle of the bike so you can confidently let off the brakes.

New Evil Insurgent MX mullet mountain bikeSlacker head angle

Thanks to the bigger 170mm fork and Works Components angle headset, the mulleted Insurgent MX can become a mini downhill bike with an ultra-slack, confidence-inspiring 63.5-degree head angle (in the X-low position) that will rival many dedicated DH bikes.

Better climbing position

Most of us still pedal up to earn our turns. The efficient DELTA suspension system is paired with a steeper 76.2-78.2 degree seat tube that keeps you centered over the BB so you’ll have the traction to crawl up steep climbs.

One thing I don’t like about the new Evil Insurgent

New Evil Insurgent MX mountain bike superboost plus rear axleSuperboost rear axle

The 12x157mm Superboost Plus axle is wider for better rear wheel stiffness, but since fewer bikes use this standard it’ll limit your options for aftermarket wheels. It not an issue unless you already have some nice Boost wheels. If you do you’ll either need adapters or a whole new set.


The Insurgent has always been a bike built for shredders. For my riding style I’d pick the Insurgent MX to get the extra rollover and traction of the 29” front wheel and use it for hitting the biggest jumps at the bike park and tackling gnarly DH trails that scare the crap out of me.



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