Evil Sovereign frame review£595.00

Technical trailmaster

BikeRadar score4/5

It may be unconventional, but Evil’s Sovereign frame is a stunning ride that’s now cheaper than it’s ever been.

Tange tubing saves money over the previous Reynolds 853 steel, but it rides just as well. Same-diameter tubes form the top tube, brace tubes, down tube and wishbone rear stay stubs.

A machined plate chainstay section gives big tyre and chainring clearance without excess bending. Sliding HVS dropouts with adjuster screws for security allow for singlespeed or altered geometry options and there are ISCG tabs too.

Eight different coloured decal packs complete the custom finish. It’s not light (2,790g/6.15lb) and it’s premium priced, but every time we ride a Sovereign, its insolent responsiveness and unruly low-slung, high-strength confidence blows us away.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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