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    Question for Evil riders

    Im interested in getting an evil the calling or insurgent for trail riding in Ma but cant tell which would be better for riding east coast tech ie nam and ntf. Based on geo alone a med calling looks like it would work for me (im 5'6") but the insurgent might be too big. Any locals ride either of those bikes? Also, im curious what tires and width youve run.

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    Do they sell Evil?

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    I have a Following with a 140 mm fork, and it handles Nam just fine. Sounds like your not looking for a 29r though. The 140/130 travel on the Calling should be plenty for trail riding around here, especially if you like a poppier/snappier ride. You probably would only need the extra travel of the Insurgent if you plan on doing a lot of park riding or get into enduro racing.

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    Also, the Calling has a water bottle mount inside the frame but the Insurgent does not, if that is important to you.

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    I have a Following and I agree with what quasi_shawn wrote. Evil's delta suspension performs really well and makes the most out of the available travel. I think a Calling would be best for NE trail riding.

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    So i ended up ordering a Insurgent. I got a frame on closeout which made a significant difference in price vs a calling saving me about 1k. Also, it looked like the geo on the insurgent suited my proportions better. I asked Evil what they thought and they said the calling is better for pedally stuff ie trail riding. Im guessing the Insurgent can be used for trail riding too but maybe with a bit more work to pedal. I could also hit up a bike park if i ever do that.

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    Congrats on your new rig! The Insurgent is definitely workable as a trail bike; it still really pedals well as it shares the same basic suspension. It's just a little more on the 'blunt instrument' side of the trail bike personality spectrum, while the Calling is a little more on the 'precision instrument' side. I ride Nam all the time; maybe I'll see you out there sometime. My following is the 'Toxic Green' color, so I'm hard to miss; I'm pretty sure it can be seen from space.

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    Haha, thanks. The slime yellow looks pretty bright too. I may change the decal color to something else. I actually prefer 'blunt instrument' riding so thats good to hear. I havent been to Nam in a while. Too much dam rain. I get there some friday afternoons. If i see you ill give a shout

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    Evil Bikes will be at NEMBAFest with demos this year if you can get up there

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmo View Post
    So i ended up ordering a Insurgent. I got a frame on closeout which made a significant difference in price vs a calling saving me about 1k. Also, it looked like the geo on the insurgent suited my proportions better. I asked Evil what they thought and they said the calling is better for pedally stuff ie trail riding. Im guessing the Insurgent can be used for trail riding too but maybe with a bit more work to pedal. I could also hit up a bike park if i ever do that.

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    Just ordered an insurgent after demoing one at NEMBAFEST. I had no intention of getting a new bike until I got on the evil, needless to say I was impressed. Btw what size did you get? I'm the exact same height as you (5'6" ) and ordered a small but was curious about the medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKnowYouRider View Post
    Just ordered an insurgent after demoing one at NEMBAFEST. I had no intention of getting a new bike until I got on the evil, needless to say I was impressed. Btw what size did you get? I'm the exact same height as you (5'6" ) and ordered a small but was curious about the medium.
    I got a small based on evils sizing. I coulve gone with a medium but think id be too streched out.

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