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    Cool-blue Rhythm Evil Uprising - review

    PRELUDE
    Over the last few years, I have been looking for an aggressive trail/AM bike to complement my Knolly Delirium. My Delirium has been my go to bike, it works well in so many riding environments. The Delirium has made me a better rider. I have built it for heavy duty for the parks/jumping and lighter duties for all day epics in Moab and Santa Cruz. However, in the end it is a burly bike and with everyone switching to lighter bikes, I too needed to match the riding group.

    The problem is that every trail/AM bike that I have ever tried or purchased, never seemed worthy to the Delirium. In many cases, the Delirium's pedal performance was nearly as good or just a tad less, but never enough to warrant enough separation for when turning the bike downhills (this is why we go uphill).

    I made a list of things I wanted...trail-am bike that can handle abuse, slack head angle, longish wheelbase, iscg tabs, 26 inch wheels, progressive suspension curve, pedal well going uphill, and shred going downhill, separation from my Delirium, and it had to be a bike that had that "it" factor that makes you just want to ride it every chance you get.

    These requirements eliminated many bikes, for example Santa Cruz bikes, Pivot Carbon Mach 5.7. There were other bikes that could replace my Delirium in a lighter form - Specialized Sworks Enduro, the Knolly Chilcotin, or the Ibis Mojo HD. Trust me I considered a lot of bikes - I have a spreadsheet of numbers with likes and dislikes, etc.

    Along this journey, I came across the Evil Uprising. I followed the drama of Evil Bikes on Ridemonkey, the interesting write-up by Seb Kemp. Even with this drama, people continued to rave about the Revolt. Revolt customers were given their warranty Undead carbon frame. To me, this said a lot about the company and the man behind it - Kevin! I gained a lot of respect for him, as most people would walk away.

    One of the things that supporters of Evil bikes continuously said was send Kevin (Evil Bikes owner) an email and he will promptly answer your questions. After seeing the basic geometry numbers for Uprising, I sent Kevin an email and I got a quick response answering my questions. The email exchange occurred over the next month to point that I wanted the Uprising. I was now on the list for getting an Uprising. Kevin kept me updated with the schedule and then one of day, I got an email that said " the eagle has landed" and within a few days I had an Uprising frame

    REVIEW
    The frame is beautiful and super solid - you know it can handle abuse. It is carbon fiber, but it has this unique quasi-rubberized finished (no scratches yet). It has a number of cable guides as part of the frame. It comes with a headset, seat clamp, maxle thru-axle, cable guide clips, and some extra stickers. It come with lower external downtube plastic protector. The headset cups are designed into the frame. I found my existing CaneCreek race on my fork fitted the lower bearing. All of the bolts have printed directions and torque specs on them. All of the bolts, even the rear post mount disc brake, have metal inserts on the back end. Only the ISCG tabs and water bottle nuts are build directly into the frame. I got the frame with the new Fox Float X CTD because Kevin said this makes the bike into a mini-DH machine.

    Lastly - the bike just looks bada$$!

    The build - I used many of the existing parts from my previous trail/AM bike attempts.
    Uprising Medium
    Fox Float X CTD shock
    Fox Float 36 150mm RC2 (540mm axle to crown)
    Industry Nine wheels (20mm front, 142mm rear)
    XT brakes - 203mm front, 180mm rear
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 rear
    Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 front
    Chromag bars
    Chromag stem
    Chromag grips
    170mm Saint Cranks
    Point One Pedals
    SRAM clutch rear der
    1x10 set-up
    RaceFace Narrow/ride ring
    MRP XCG bashguard
    KS LEV seat dropper

    Resulting geometry - 66 head tube, 71 seat tube, 13.75 bottom bracket, 44.5 wheelbase.

    Suspension is a high - slightly forward single pivot with a progressive leverage. This results in good pedaler in the saddle and when out of the saddle the suspension is active. Once I dialed in the correct air pressure for the shock, the bike feels amazing - a nice combination of plushness, traction, and good pedaling. I have knocked the o-ring off the shock but never had a harsh bottom out.

    To me, this bike has a huge fun factor - it is just a blast to ride. It pedals uphill so well and then turn it downhill and I am blown away. It eats up roots and spits them out. The geometry is great! Does the suspension brake squat - yes but not overly bad. Is there some monkey motion when out of the saddle in the very easy gears - yes, but not too bad. For the total package, this bike just rips and is so much fun that these negatives are just not that bad.

    Every ride I am going faster and faster, and faster than I normally ride. I have hit jumps, flown through rock gardens, and railed corners. I have been completely comfortable with the bike since day 1, but because it rides so much different than my Delirium, I am figuring out how to operate it the best, when to skip, when to plow, etc.

    I tend to keep the shock in the descend mode, as it provides the most traction when climbing and plushness for everything else. I use trail mode for jumping. For cheating on the fire roads, the climb position is quasi-lock out.

    I am still tinkering with a few things (i.e. front fork) and still learning the subtle behaviors. I highly recommend this frame for anyone who is looking for a similar bike with a huge fun factor.

    Thank you Kevin for answering all of my endless questions and helping me out! I want also thank Chad at Redbarn for the parts.

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    Evil Uprising - review

    Great looking whip

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    Nice review ...how tall are you using the Medium frame size ? which size stem do you use and how does it fit you ?

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    Thanks Incubus and kodo28

    I am 5' 8.5 inches with slightly longer torso. I am running 50mm stem with 30inch bars. The frame cockpit fits great. I am in the attack position (over the front) on the downhills. On the climbs, I have good amount of room with no issues. Everything feels natural.

    A buddy of mine who is taller than me was surprised that the frame size felt good to him as well.

    There is a medium-large tweener frame size for folks that generally fall between a medium and a large. i considered the tweener size but I am glad I got the medium.

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    Thanks for the feedback Dude

    I was asking you cause , I'm one of the folks between sizing

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    nice writeup & even nicer bike. evil has always sparked my interest and i kick myself for recently letting a sovereign frame slip through my fingers, but this frame may be the answer why i was slow on scooping it up. whats the weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    nice writeup & even nicer bike. evil has always sparked my interest and i kick myself for recently letting a sovereign frame slip through my fingers, but this frame may be the answer why i was slow on scooping it up. whats the weight?
    Thanks. Bike weighs 30.5lbs. Granted I have a pretty burly build which could be reduced in many areas. Since I had most of these parts, I just used them. I wanted to get a feel for the bike and its capabilities before swapping parts. I am on the fence as to reducing weight for two reasons. First, it rides lighter than it is and everything on it now works so well I just don't need to! As mentioned the frame is awesome, so I will end up tinkering with the parts around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kodo28 View Post
    Thanks for the feedback Dude

    I was asking you cause , I'm one of the folks between sizing
    Haha - good luck with your purchase! Frame size was discussion point with Kevin and he thought I was perfect for a medium and he was correct.

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    So whats a frame like this go for nowadays?

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    Awesome Evil, great to see another Evil on the forums. Enjoy it =)

    +192381237 on Kevin being a stand up guy... minus the fact that he prefers Bourbon to Irish Whiskey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude! View Post
    PRELUDE... and it had to be a bike that had that "it" factor that makes you just want to ride it every chance you get.
    To me, this is so important, and the uprising is the very definition of "it factor". your bike is totally glorious.

    I'm interested to know if you ever drop the chain with your narrow/wide chainring and clutch der setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan View Post
    Awesome Evil, great to see another Evil on the forums. Enjoy it =)

    +192381237 on Kevin being a stand up guy... minus the fact that he prefers Bourbon to Irish Whiskey.
    Yeah he has been super cool and helpful. He always is ready to help and is into it - no BS - just funny, informative replies

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    Quote Originally Posted by ride the biscuit View Post
    To me, this is so important, and the uprising is the very definition of "it factor". your bike is totally glorious.

    I'm interested to know if you ever drop the chain with your narrow/wide chainring and clutch der setup.
    No chain drops at all - very impressive. It is set-up as 1x10. I was considering the 1x11 but the bike pedals so well - it doesn't need it, at least for my trails. However, 1x11 will let you go almost anywhere with this bike. The 11spd cassette has better use of range than the 10 spd cassette.

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    Cool bike! I like that it looks like the Undead.

    I ride a Sovereign so by the time I'm seriously thinking of moving onto a fs bike, the 140mm version will be out and all the bugs worked out (if any) as it'll be another 1-2 years from now.

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    nice bike! congratulations!

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    Evil Uprising - review

    I don't get how someone can review a bike without comparing it to similar bikes they've ridden, magazines included. It might as well just be marketing fluff. Waiting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindahl View Post
    I don't get how someone can review a bike without comparing it to similar bikes they've ridden, magazines included. It might as well just be marketing fluff. Waiting...
    I guess you just have to trust me - haha! But that's the reality - you never know what to believe regardless if it is printed in magazine. Hopeful my description provides a data point that others can use and with more comments, folks can determine if this is the right bike for them.

    I am just providing an update on a bike with relatively limited information. There are a lot of good bikes out there. However, the list is reduced for my riding style and preference, which I stated in my want list. I agree reviews are hard because the entire behavior of a frame can be modified by the fork and its setup, tires, rear shock - shock pressure, even hub engagement has an influence.

    For example, my buddies have been asking me about the Fox Float X CTD shock. I can't comment because I don't have anything to compare it against. All I can say is it works well as I have no issues.

    I recognize experience is useful in evaluating the "truthfulness" of the review
    Other bikes I have owned or ridden - Santa Cruz Blur TRC, Nomad, Blur, Butcher, V10, Bronson, Superlight, Knolly Delirium, Podium, Endorphin, Canfield One, Jedi, Ibis Mojo, Mojo HD, Turner 5 Spot (various versions), Yeti ASR, SB66, Specialized Enduro, SX, Stumpy Evo, Banshee Spitfire, Rune, Pivot Mach 5.7 and carbon, amongst others.

    I could have probably made most of these frames work well for me. Your riding can adapt to bike behavior - i.e. most of us started on hardtails and moved to full suspension. Yes, there are some I completely dislike and others I don't prefer. Through my experience, I prefer to discuss what I like. If I don't write about it, i don't like it.

    My flight is boarding....gotta go

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    Evil Uprising - review

    Yeah, but what I was really asking about, was, what do you like and don't about this bike compared to others you've tried. I've found just about every bike has its pros, cons, nuances, quirks, and glorified fluff of 'i like or don't like this bike' is pretty damn useless while relative comparisons are amazingly helpful for those that have ever tried more than one bike. I don't really care what bikes you've been on, I care about how this bike is different or similar to bikes you've been on. I won't ever see an Evil bike, much less ride one, unless I bought one, but I have ridden a bunch of other bikes that you likely have as well. A review is much more useful to the community if there's points of comparison.

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    So Dude! , how would you compare it against the Pivot Mach 5.7 and the Spec Enduro ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    So Dude! , how would you compare it against the Pivot Mach 5.7 and the Spec Enduro ?
    As mentioned, I am not ready to give up my Knolly Delirium. I look at the Specialized Sworks Enduro as a carbon version of the Delirium - off course with some difference. My good buddy that I ride with all the time got a Sworks Enduro and loves it. He has it dialed and the way I would set-up. It rides a bit different more off the back than Knolly bikes. It feels really good - plush suspension - standard FSR pedaling, etc. He thinks the Delirium pedals better. It is hard to tell because the weight difference between the 2 bikes is about 6-7lbs. I feel the Enduro pedals well. It can handle abuse - he has hit 30 footers, step down, step ups and railed rock gardens. You loose a bit of confidence owing to the lighter setup.

    The Sworks Enduro has good geometry, suspension, 26 inch, good wheel clearance - almost everything I like. I don't like the limited shock options, but that is a minor issue. That frame is very expensive - at $3500. For me it is hard to justify this price - it is beyond my reasonable limit for a frame to cost. I spend a lot of coin on biking, but you have to draw a line. I also wouldn't buy one used as I would be afraid to break it and be out money.

    I wanted something different that 4-bar, FSR considering that I have the Delirium.

    Both Uprising and Enduro can handle similar terrains. We ride together and both hit the same things at the same speeds. The difference is more FSR/4-bar versus Single-pivot/DW-link - pick your pleasure!

    Carbon Mach 5.7 carbon was a consideration - it felt great but without ISGS tabs and the press in bottom bracket - you can't install a chain guide - this stopped me there. I like hopping over big trees that are down in the trail, flying through rock gardens. I need a chain ring protection. The Mach 5.7 carbon felt a tad more trailish, but nothing overly bad. Some folks seem to build this bike aggressive and rail with it. The new Mach 6 looks awesome with ISGS tabs, but not interested in 27.5 inch wheels.

    Uprising has ISCG tabs and a geometry is similar, Uprising has steeper seat angle relative to head angle and slightly longer wheelbase.

    I hope this helps. Next flight is boarding....I am out for a few days due to work.

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    Great review and awesome bike dude!

    I can offer some input on narrow/wide chainring and clutch derailleur setup. I ride a slayer 70 (probably a rougher ride than that AWESOME evil) and I have never dropped a chain with the following combos.
    32t wolftooth with non clutch x9 medium cage
    32t wolftooth with clutch x9 medium cage
    32t wolftooth with clutch x9 short cage
    30t raceface direct mount with clutch x9 short cage

    Every ride I go on is very rocky and rooty and includes anywhere from 5 to 25 rock gardens that I hit at 15-35 mph and plenty of high speed small jumps and numerous drops to flat. I use 95% of my 165mm of travel every ride.
    Prior to the first time I actually used my wolftooth narrow wide with no chainguide I was 100% convinced there was no way my chain wouldn't fall off. Months later and I haven't lost my chain or even come close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredjekyll View Post
    Great review and awesome bike dude!

    I can offer some input on narrow/wide chainring and clutch derailleur setup.
    assuming this is all 10 speed cassette, chain, other DT stuff?

    i think the ultimate test would be on one of the bastardized setups like i have on my FS bike: 9 speed sram shifter, 9 speed chain & cassette, 10 speed shimano shadow plus derailleur

    i wonder how critical the chain width relative to chainring is? i would guess very

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    it is funny/ sad these days you have to stipulate you want and look for a 26'' bike.

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    Evil Uprising - review-evil3.jpgHello,

    Have the same bike , Evil Uprising , and agree with your opinion . This bike is the bike if you are looking for a fun bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawey View Post
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    Have the same bike , Evil Uprising , and agree with your opinion . This bike is the bike if you are looking for a fun bike.
    Those are sweet looking bikes. How you liking that BOS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1 View Post
    Those are sweet looking bikes. How you liking that BOS?
    The Bos is what I call "ride and forget" , put on your bike and focus only on ride your trail.

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    Hmm 3k for just the frame is steep but I love the geo numbers and adjustability it provides..Reminds me of the Onolly Chilcotin I had ... How does the warranty work for the carbon frame tho? I would be worried about that especially dropping 3k on a frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    Hmm 3k for just the frame is steep but I love the geo numbers and adjustability it provides..Reminds me of the Onolly Chilcotin I had ... How does the warranty work for the carbon frame tho? I would be worried about that especially dropping 3k on a frame.
    3k? Are you talking about Undead? Uprising costs 2,3 K (in Europe)

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    I dunno , maybe im looking at the wrong thing. So where can this frame be purchased ? Im in the states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ride the biscuit View Post
    assuming this is all 10 speed cassette, chain, other DT stuff?

    i think the ultimate test would be on one of the bastardized setups like i have on my FS bike: 9 speed sram shifter, 9 speed chain & cassette, 10 speed shimano shadow plus derailleur

    i wonder how critical the chain width relative to chainring is? i would guess very
    Yeah 10 speed SRAM cassette and chain. Optimal chain length definitely increases performance of narrow wide and makes everything silent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawey View Post
    The Bos is what I call "ride and forget" , put on your bike and focus only on ride your trail.
    I might have looked at one of those for the Mach if it came in a 150 version. I'm really loving the Pike though so it all worked out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    I dunno , maybe im looking at the wrong thing. So where can this frame be purchased ? Im in the states.
    Email Kevin directly and get your first taste of his one-on-one customer service.

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    The Evil website was last updated in 2009. Can anyone here explain that?

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    too much smokin' n chokin'? jus sayin'. i know if i had a successful bike company i'd be doin' the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    The Evil website was last updated in 2009. Can anyone here explain that?
    He has been VERY busy running Evil by himself and his other work.
    Still, prompt replies.

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    With the issues of breakage with the Revolts. I'd be worried about this one as well.

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    A good review!

    Wasn't the revolt made out of aluminum? Didn't he promise to get everyone a new frame and did so by replacing the Revolts with a Carbon Undead. I think it took him some time, but he fulfilled his promise. Solid dude!

    This version was put through several testing sessions and it is made of carbon. There was so much testing put into this bike that it forced me to go in another direction. I had a small window of opportunity for which the CFO was allowing for the purchase of a new bike. If he had released these in June I'd be on one as well.

    I, like Dude!, conversed with Kevin about this bike and what it would be like. He is very open and super optimistic about it's performance. From what Dude! has been saying about it so far, it's living up to the hype.

    Dude! has reviewed several bikes before and tries to remain open in his opinion and never gives too much positive or negative comments due to the knowledge that he is his own rider and everyone is different. He is a scientist and bases a lot of his observations upon graphs and experimentation...it's what he does for a living. For those of you who are interested in this bike you should know that he really does his homework before purchasing a bike, especially when it's not made by a Canadian that goes by the name Noel. I'm sure he'll be giving updates as he continues to tinker with the new bike.
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    Im debating in this frame or the Mach 6 frame from Pivot ....

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    The Revolt was carbon as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dominator13 View Post
    Wasn't the revolt made out of aluminum? Didn't he promise to get everyone a new frame and did so by replacing the Revolts with a Carbon Undead. I think it took him some time, but he fulfilled his promise. Solid dude!

    This version was put through several testing sessions and it is made of carbon. There was so much testing put into this bike that it forced me to go in another direction. I had a small window of opportunity for which the CFO was allowing for the purchase of a new bike. If he had released these in June I'd be on one as well.

    I, like Dude!, conversed with Kevin about this bike and what it would be like. He is very open and super optimistic about it's performance. From what Dude! has been saying about it so far, it's living up to the hype.

    Dude! has reviewed several bikes before and tries to remain open in his opinion and never gives too much positive or negative comments due to the knowledge that he is his own rider and everyone is different. He is a scientist and bases a lot of his observations upon graphs and experimentation...it's what he does for a living. For those of you who are interested in this bike you should know that he really does his homework before purchasing a bike, especially when it's not made by a Canadian that goes by the name Noel. I'm sure he'll be giving updates as he continues to tinker with the new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronsondude View Post
    The Revolt was carbon as well.
    Sorry, but the Revolt was aluminum. Undead and Uprising are carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude! View Post
    Sorry, but the Revolt was aluminum. Undead and Uprising are carbon.

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    I stand corrected. Thanks Dude! The Revolts that were so common of breakage were actually aluminum. Def makes me want to buy a carbon bike from them. (Him) lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronsondude View Post
    I stand corrected. Thanks Dude! The Revolts that were so common of breakage were actually aluminum. Def makes me want to buy a carbon bike from them. (Him) lol
    I understand the caution. But do you really think companies want to sell riders a frame that will break. We always want the new stuff and beg for it to be released and then when things go south, we get pissed off that they didn't do enough testing. I am surprised companies put up with us.

    I see by your name - Bronsondude that you are a Santa Cruz rider. Santa Cruz has a big issue with carbon disbonding - it is a huge issue. My friends have had to get new frames. The only good thing is that we live in Santa Cruz so it isn't too much down time, but you you have to tear your bike apart and rebuild it. It sucks for Santa Cruz - they don't want this but it happened. Santa Cruz will be okay and they will get it right and some folks will deal without being on a bike while waiting for a replacement. It doesn't mean all the hard work that Santa Cruz did is crap - it is just unfortunate. It does stink for the potential Santa Cruz owner who wants to sell their frame because it lost value owing to this. If you don't sell, then there are no issues.

    Yes, Evil Revolts broke. I know lots of bikes that broke. However, if the company makes things right, then you have to give them a fair second chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    Im debating in this frame or the Mach 6 frame from Pivot ....
    I know it is marketing but it is one of the best marketing videos that I have seen. I have to admit I was lured in by it.
    Video: An Evil Uprising - Pinkbike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude! View Post
    I know it is marketing but it is one of the best marketing videos that I have seen. I have to admit I was lured in by it.
    Video: An Evil Uprising - Pinkbike
    hahah yeah i think im sold too .. shit was sick !

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    Wow!!!

    All I can say is, wow! I got the chance to throw a leg over this bike for the first time today. On our local DH track, nonetheless. I was a bit tentative at first due to it being a "trail bike", that quickly dissipated. This thing is a bump eating speed machine that just rails and you don't feel limited by the travel whatsoever.

    The track has smooth turns on the top and then quickly turns steep and rocky. The bike was unbelievable in the turns and the chunky rocky stuff. It was a bit limited in the steeps, but that should be expected with the geometry. It was in the steep setting, so it should be even better in the slacker setting. I was amazed with how quiet and solid the bike felt. It was truly an eye opening ride. Only one point in the trail did I feel a bit underbiked, and I do mean just a bit.

    Kevin - A job well done with this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominator13 View Post
    All I can say is, wow! I got the chance to throw a leg over this bike for the first time today. On our local DH track, nonetheless. I was a bit tentative at first due to it being a "trail bike", that quickly dissipated. This thing is a bump eating speed machine that just rails and you don't feel limited by the travel whatsoever.

    The track has smooth turns on the top and then quickly turns steep and rocky. The bike was unbelievable in the turns and the chunky rocky stuff. It was a bit limited in the steeps, but that should be expected with the geometry. It was in the steep setting, so it should be even better in the slacker setting. I was amazed with how quiet and solid the bike felt. It was truly an eye opening ride. Only one point in the trail did I feel a bit underbiked, and I do mean just a bit.

    Kevin - A job well done with this one.
    Too funny A follow-up...

    The Uprising is simply amazing. Today we were going to shuttle our DH bikes, but I really wanted to ride the Uprising so I changed tire on the rear to Maxxis DHF. When I showed up, I could tell my buddies were like what is he thinking. However, I was blown away by how well the bike rode today. It just ate up the trail and handled everything so well. My gut told me it would work well but not this well.

    Because it worked so well, I insisted that Dominic ride my bike when I had to be shuttle b!tch. Well, this was a mistake for Dominic - haha. This is his quote - After Dom finished riding the Uprising, he said who needs a DH bike when an AM bike rides that well.

    It is a quasi-secret trail, but lots of videos are shot on it – Xfusion, Fox, Specialized, etc. This will give you an idea of the trail.

    Pivot WC Team?s First Ride on X-Fusion?s RV1 DH Fork - maxshralp - Mountain Biking Videos - Vital MTB

    The Uprising was nimble and let me pop over rock sections and drops. It was playful and fun, and remained confident inspiring. I hit every feature on the first run and then went faster and farther on each additional run. As Dom said, on the super steeps - you had to check up a tad. I think more of this is being use to riding sections on more burly DH bikes.

    An other guy also tried it out as well, as he couldn't believe that a 150mm front and rear felt that good. He said he felt less fatigued on Uprising than his DH bike.
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    I did drop a chain today going fast through the rocky section - I didm't like that at all, a bit bummed by it. Oh well chain guides aren't that bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude! View Post
    I did drop a chain today going fast through the rocky section - I didm't like that at all, a bit bummed by it. Oh well chain guides aren't that bad.
    Thx for that feedback. When I'm ready to do this to my DT I'll prob go with something like mrp amg. Its light, protects the ring, and drag free since there is now lower tensioner. Before I never cared about tension ...it may not be an issue but with the high amount of pull from zee with shadow plus I do feel a lot of tension in my tallest gear while bike in stand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude!
    I recognize experience is useful in evaluating the "truthfulness" of the review
    Other bikes I have owned or ridden - Canfield One, Jedi
    How did The One not fill the role your Uprising is playing?

    OT but how does the Jedi compare to the Delirium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpre View Post
    How did The One not fill the role your Uprising is playing?

    OT but how does the Jedi compare to the Delirium?
    The Uprising is a trail/AM bike that excels in the DH portions of the ride. The Uprising is 150mm of travel front and rear. The 7-8 inch travel One is more matched to the 7in Delirium. My experience with the One is the most limited. When the Jedi is set-up correctly (i.e. Avalanche Suspension) that bike is a blast to ride. It is just fun DH bike that eats up the trail but remains livelily. If anything, I would say the Uprising is the trail version of the Jedi.

    Owing to the fun we had with the Jedi we convinced our buddy to get the ONE. He had the ONE for several months and didn't care for it. Owing to his displeasure, we told him to switch bikes and take the financial loss, and get a Delirium. First run on his Delirium, he hit every feature and just loves it. His Delirium has become his everything bike - pedal, DH, blackrock, etc! He says the Delirium was more balanced and comfortable than the One. Every time I rode his bike, it didn't have that same magic as the Jedi.

    I still have my Delirium - there is no need for the One. The One's geometry is really for 180mm front fork. I actually prefer riding my Delirium in 160mm of travel. I like the geometry for AM and the 180 for Freeride/DH. For a freeride/AM bike, the Delirium handles it all well. However, they don't make the Delirium any more. May be in the future though

    The Uprising continues to surprise me in its capabilities both pedaling and downhill performance.

    One of my buddies after riding my bike is now getting an Uprising. Another one is looking to get one as well.

    Cheers!

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