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2017 Evil Bikes The Calling X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike


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2017 Evil Bikes The Calling X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike


Considering Evil Bikes’ legacy of perfecting long-travel sleds with a ravenous appetite for gravity-fueled gluttony, it’s almost blasphemous to announce the arrival of a mid-travel option that pairs climbing competency with downhill delinquency in a decidedly unholy alliance. The Calling X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike is here to sway your preconceived notions of what an Evil is capable of, boasting the same low-slung, slackened DNA of its burlier brethren, but in a sprightly trail package with 27.5-inch wheels and “only” five inches of travel. Its go-fast, have-fun mentality is similar to Evil’s other rigs, yet it offers a unique way of playing across tight, technical terrain that’s simply not conceivable on bikes with longer travel or bigger wheels.

We hooked the frame up with our own, cherry-picked build kit, which starts with Industry Nine’s stout Enduro 305 wheels and ends with the extra low-end of SRAM’s Eagle X01 drivetrain. These choices make The Calling adeptly suited for conquering climbs for the joyous reward of turbulent descents, slaloming berms, and flowing jumps that follow. Industry Nine’s Torch hubs provide 3-degrees of near-instantaneous engagement with their 6-pawl mechanism, allowing you to get up and over trail impediments standing in your way. Maxxis Aggressor tires further aide in The Calling’s trail supremacy, with reinforced side knobs lending plentiful traction for cornering at high speeds. And when your trail bravado exceeds the limits of comfort, Shimano XT brakes serve as a reliable stopping force to be reckoned with. We often find ourselves turning to XT brakes because, pound-for-pound, it’s difficult to imagine a better braking system.

But the bike’s emphasis is on going, not stopping, and the key is Evil’s unique take on linkage design. It’s clearly the source of The Calling’s category-defying heresy, and it includes flip chips that alter its bottom bracket height and head tube angle, catering the bike to your preferred trail ecosystem. Under the Low setting, The Calling features a low-slung, slack geometry with a head tube angle of 66.4-degrees and bottom bracket height of 13.3-inches, respectively. Dropping the bike even closer to the ground, the X-Low setting features a downhill-devouring head tube angle of 65.8-degrees and a sports car-like bottom bracket height of only 13-inches. And unlike other bikes with flip chips, The Calling’s adjustable geometry settings won’t change the praised kinematics of its DELTA suspension. Regardless of flip chip settings, DELTA is always ready to party.

Where other full-suspension machines have a living, beating heart, The Calling possesses a wicked soul in the form of DELTA, or Dave’s Extra Legitimate Trail Apparatus. Designed by suspension sorcerer Dave Weagle, the DELTA system is a linkage-driven single pivot that achieves a spellbinding level of adjustability not allowed on four-bar systems. DELTA’s original purpose was to tinker with highly complex leverage rate curves in the lab, so—once released into the wild—it lets Evil take full advantage of the included shock’s valving and speed-sensitive damper. Since the shock tune is so important on the DELTA system, Evil integrates a sag measurement system for quick set-up. Simply reset the tiny toggle, hop aboard to check the sag, and adjust air pressure accordingly.

DELTA’s main pivot location was consciously placed for an optimal balance between quick acceleration and pleasant braking attributes. This careful placement reduces the reliance on shock damping, allowing you to run the RockShox Super Deluxe Debonair fully open—even when you’re muscling up punchy climbs laced with rock and root impediments. Ultimately, DELTA hits the sweet spot between light suppleness off-the-top with predictable traction through the mid-stroke when you’re pedaling. For bigger hits and steep descents, the travel arc ramps up as you approach the business end of its 131mm of travel. This bottomless sensation lends the descending capabilities of bikes packing greater travel.

The Calling’s DELTA suspension works seamlessly with the new metric standards recently introduced by RockShox, an effort to get frame manufacturers and shock designers on board with a single set of metric sizes. This makes the frame all the more future-proof should you upgrade the shock in the future. Just as importantly, the provided Super Deluxe shock uses a Trunnion mount that decreases its eye-to-eye length by 25mm yet increases internal real estate to fit an all-new damper. Moreover, the upper shock bolts are now mounted to bearings instead of bushings, reducing friction and creating a smoother, more supple feel than RockShox’s previous Monarch.

It’s worth mentioning that each frame is laid-up with a blend of T700 and T800 carbon, which are both high-modulus, uni-directional fibers from Toray. This targeted blend of carbon achieves an optimal degree of stiffness while keeping the frame relatively lightweight. Despite all that, The Calling never takes itself too seriously, staying true to Evil’s rowdy, fun-loving nature on the trail. Think roosting around berms, popping off rock outcroppings, and throwing whips on park jumps for The Calling’s preferred use.


2017 Evil Bikes The Calling X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Evil’s most playful and poppy trail machine

5in of responsive-yet-plush DELTA suspension

Low-slung, slack geometry keeps you glued to the trail

Flip chips adjust the geometry to your riding style

Sag switch helps get the perfect shock tune

Toray carbon frame balances stiffness with low weight

Spec’d with our in-house build of SRAM Eagle and I9 wheels

Evil Bikes brings a high-tech party to the trails


2017 Evil Bikes The Calling X01 Eagle Complete Mountain Bike

Frame Material:

carbon fiber



Rear Shock:

Rockshox Super Deluxe Debonair, ML380, 185×50 (+1 Token)

Rear Travel:



RockShox Pike RCT3 Solo Air

Front Travel:



FSA Integrated Tapered No.58/68


SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed Trigger

Rear Derailleur:

SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed

ISCG Tabs:

yes, custom


30t, SRAM Descendant Carbon

Bottom Bracket:

73mm threaded

Crank Arm Length:



10 – 50t


SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed


Shimano XT M8000

Brake Type:

hydraulic disc


[front] 180mm, [rear] 160mm


Race Face Next Riser

Handlebar Rise:


Handlebar Sweep:

Handlebar Width:



Lizard Skin Moab


Race Face Aeffect 35

Stem Length:



Fi’zi:k Tundra M7


Fox Transfer Performance 125mm dropper

Seatpost Diameter:



Industry Nine Enduro 305 27.5


Industry Nine Torch

Front Axle:

15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle

Rear Axle:

12 x 148m Boost thru-axle


Maxxis Aggressor EXO TR

Tire Size:

27.5 x 2.3in


not included

Recommended Use:


Manufacturer Warranty:

3 years limited on frame



The Calling
140mm Travel Fork
  Seat Tube


Effective Top Tube






Stand Over Head Tube


Head Tube Angle


Seat Tube Angle


Bottom Bracket Height




S 15.4in 22.9in 23.2in 16.7in 27.2in 4.2in 66.4° 74.8° 13.3in 16.9in 45.2in
M 16.7in 23.7in 23.7in 17.3in 27.7in 4.7in 66.4° 74.8° 13.3in 16.9in 46.1in
L 18.1in 24.6in 24.1in 18in 28.1in 5.2in 66.4° 74.8° 13.3in 16.9in 47in
XL 19.5in 25.4in 24.7in 18.7in 28.6in 5.8in 66.4° 74.8° 13.3in 16.9in 47.9in


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