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    Cool-blue Rhythm Evil Calling vs sb140 vs any other

    Anyone demoíd or have the Calling? Iíve posted on similar forums in the past. Trying to find which bike I need to demo when I make the trip out West at the beginning of next season. Iím looking for fun snappy easy to get in the air. Sb140 seems like the bike for me but i need some other bikes to test when Iím out there. I definitely want 27.5Ē. Iím only 5í6Ē but very aggressive. Iíve been riding hard on a rocky Mt hardtail with 26Ē in front and back. I donít care about speed or climbability bc I know no matter what I get itíll be better than what Iím riding. My crew is all about the stump jumpers which I surely dont want. Im generally waiting for them and donít mind the exercise. Just want full sus as fun as they come in 27.5Ē. Any help or recs are greatly appreciated!

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    Yes. I've been riding the Calling for two full seasons in Colorado and a few trips overseas. It's a fantastic all-around bike, and I ride it far more than my Santa Cruz Nomad.

    I'll do my best to answer any specific questions you may have. You also might want to post on the Evil forum.

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    I have ridden the Calling and I have an Insurgent. I'm not sure why you would compare the Calling to the SB140. The SB140 has a 160mm fork and 140mm of frame travel, 65 degree head angle/77 seat vs. the Insurgent 160/150, 65.5/74. The SB140 is much more like the Insurgent than the Calling, with a steeper seat angle. If you want a rowdier bike, then so be it, but the SB140 is, at least on paper, a rowdier bike than the Calling.

    I personally found the Calling fit me a bit awkward, which is strange because the Insurgent and Offering fit me fine. Either way I wanted the big fork travel so I got the Insurgent.

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    I'd selfishly recommend trying out a Kona Process 153. I've got both the new & older versions & they are a blast. The newer design does pedal much better than the older design but they both absolutely rip on the way down and are incredibly stable in the air. Bonus is that they can be found considerably cheaper than most Evil's & Yeti's

    Straight line performance might be better with the longer wheelbases of the Evil & Yeti though. The Kona's really shine when it's time to dance, duck, dip, dive, & dodge.

    Might want to consider demoing sooner rather than later. I know there's a shop in downtown Bend OR that has all 2019 Kona's & Evils at 30% off tax free.
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    Haven't ridden a Calling, but have ridden an SB140 a couple of times. Very short experiences, though. But enough to know it didn't feel quite as "snappy" or playful as my Whyte T-130. It's actually that feel that sold me on the T-130 other bikes I tried. the SB is a great bike too.

    If your trip "out west" takes you to the west coast, you can demo Whyte's at Splitrock Tap and Wheel, right next to the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Marion county, CA. They're the only Whyte distributor in the U.S., as they are considered 'consumer direct'. From the U.K.
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    Thanks for the replies guys/gals. I scheduled to fly out to Colorado the only time I can this year. Dec 2-8th. I'm in contact with yeti and evil for demos. Worst case, weather pending, it'll only be a parking lot test. I was just in Bentonville Arkansas and saw a guy ripping it on Nukeproof reactor 27.5 that was an absolutely gorgeous bike. Ill see if any Kona Process 153 area in the area when demoing. Thanks again. Has anyone ridden the 27.5 Nukeproof reactor?

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    Since youíre going to be in CO (Golden), do yourself a favor and take a trip around the corner from Yeti to Spot. The Rollik 150 is a super fun/capable 27.5 that is currently on clearance for 2019 bikes.
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    Ill give spot a try since it'll be so close and on clearance. I initially swept them under the rug because of no internal cables. I know that shouldn't be a make or break.

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    I see that you have the Rollik which I will demo while out there. How do you like it compared to your yeti with the 27.5"? Have you ridden the sb140? Which is more playful?
    Quote Originally Posted by puckcoach3 View Post
    Since youíre going to be in CO (Golden), do yourself a favor and take a trip around the corner from Yeti to Spot. The Rollik 150 is a super fun/capable 27.5 that is currently on clearance for 2019 bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau_Do View Post
    I see that you have the Rollik which I will demo while out there. How do you like it compared to your yeti with the 27.5"? Have you ridden the sb140? Which is more playful?
    Iím only in a hundred miles so still in the ďgetting to know youĒ phase. I didnít demo the SB140 but Iím guessing itís kinda similar. It doesnít really compare to my SB5.5. As far as the SB5, ithe Rollik definitely more capable and confidence inspiring. They are similar in handling but the Spot definitely has more ďpopĒ. The living link suspension springs off stuff like crazy. Itís also a great climber. If you want a great review of the Rollik, check out the YouTube videos from Hardtail Party .

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    I'd give the Banshee Spitfire V3 a look.

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    Since you will be demoing bikes in CO, add the Guerrilla Gravity Shred Dogg to you list. It's a short travel 27.5 bike, that you can mod to other wheelsize/travel easily.
    I used to ride an Evil Calling, after I had the first gen Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail. I sold my calling after a few months and got back on a V2 megatrail. And now am on the current version of the carbon frame! Highly recommend these bikes.
    I've also ridden the Spot, other CO brand recommended above, and liked them too!

    I have a little something against Yeti, so I never demoed a "recent" one (I stopped trying then post SB95)

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    Iíve also been on a calling the last two years Iím 5 foot seven or medium, super fun bike. Iím riding it with 150 pike 35 Stem. Demo a lot of bikes. The evil was a good fit and super fun. Being short I appreciate the low stand over height. And being able to drop the seat low on the downs Iíve ridden it trails & bike parks
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    Thanks for all the comments guys and gals. So I ended up getting only parking lot tests. Had no other dates available. The spot was so sick but just didnít feels as at home on it as I did the sb140 small. Iíll have to return to get some real demos in. The calling will be a must demo as well appreciate the comments movingmountain especially sense Iím 5í6Ē. Iíll look into some of the newer bikes now that Iíll have time. That Guerrilla Gravity Shred Dogg is way pricey for a aluminum bike although it does sound fun Iím not stoked on the same frame fitting three like 135, 145, 165. Interesting though🤘🏼

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