Evil Insurgent LB Park first ride review

Evil bucks the trend with this bike park ripper

Evil Insurgent LB Park

Our review

Endless amounts of freeride fun, but at the expense of uphill efficiency and downhill speed
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By bolting a triple-clamp fork and a coil shock onto its 151mm-travel, 650b-wheeled enduro frame, Evil has built the park rat’s dream ride. The LB Park is a fusion of trail bike playfulness and downhill rig confidence.

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Evil Insurgent LB Park frame

The Insurgent follows the instantly recognisable Evil Bikes silhouette, with a one-piece moulded carbon front end that swoops down from a massively oversized head tube into the low-slung belly of the bike, where Dave Weagle’s DELTA System suspension sits.

A single large pivot connects the solid rear triangle to the mainframe, and the shock is driven by dog-bone links and a rocker.

Evil Insurgent LB Park
The Push Elevensix shock is very tunable, with masses of external adjustment.
Andy Lloyd

Remove the dog bones and flip over the forged bosses connecting these to the swingarm, and you can drop the bottom bracket from 354mm to an extra-low 340mm. In combination with the dual-crown fork, this rakes the head angle out to a stable 63.6 degrees.

Prioritising playful ‘flickability’, Evil has kept the chainstays fairly short, at 432mm, and the reach isn’t long either, at 449mm on my large test bike (the XL size only adds 17mm to this).

At 6ft tall, Evil’s size chart recommended me a medium or large, but I’d have preferred the extra length of the XL – although then, the rather tall 495mm seat tube could have become an issue.

Evil Insurgent LB Park kit

A 180mm fork may seem like a disproportionate match to the rear travel, but Evil has made it work, and the suppleness of RockShox’ air-sprung and Charger 2-damped BoXXer can’t be faulted.

The Push Elevensix shock is impressive too, with two fully-independent compression circuits, which can be used to give a tunable pedal platform, but here let you change the bike’s descending characteristics with the flick of a lever. I had to run a 25lb-lighter spring than advised to achieve the recommended 30 per cent sag.

The main issue I have with the Insurgent’s spec is that, while all the parts are great, they limit the bike’s versatility. Unless you’ve got access to uplifts every weekend, you’ll wish it had a bigger gear range and a dropper post because, at 14.75kg, it’s plenty light enough to be pedalled uphill.

Evil Insurgent LB Park ride impressions

Evil Insurgent LB Park
The Evil Insurgent LB Park is about jibbing and dancing your way down hill, eking out maximum fun along the way.
Andy Lloyd

Pedalling isn’t really what this park rat is all about though. It’s about jibbing and dancing your way back down the hill, eking out maximum fun along the way. And in that respect, this bike is incredible.

The suspension, while still managing to hug the ground through rock gardens, gives loads of pop off jumps and plenty of bottom-out resistance in case you get too excited. Factor in the compact, easy-to-manoeuvre geometry, and it’s hard to resist chucking whips off everything in sight.

This does come at the cost of high-speed control, though, and I found myself getting pitched forward on steeper, rougher terrain, without the stability of a longer wheelbase to back me up.

Evil has got the stiffness of the rear-end bang on too. Neither rigidly harsh nor wishy-washy, it just eggs you on to slap the bike between the turns and send it flying.

I’d love to be able to justify owning a bike like this, but can’t help feeling that, in the UK at least, its niche is rather small and its price tag rather large.

Evil Insurgent LB Park geometry

Based on ‘Extra low’ setting:

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  • Seat angle: 70.7 degrees
  • Head angle: 63.9 degrees
  • Chainstay: 43cm / 16.93in
  • Seat tube: 46cm / 18.11in
  • Top tube: 64cm / 25.18in
  • Head tube: 12.7cm / 5in
  • Fork offset: 4.6cm / 1.81in
  • Bottom bracket height: 34cm / 13.39in
  • Wheelbase: 1,205cm / 47.44in
  • Stack: 58.2cm / 22.91in
  • Reach: 44.9cm / 17.68in

Product Specifications

Product

Price EUR €6000.00
Weight 14.75kg (L) – Without pedals
Brand Evil bikes

Features

Available sizes S, M, L, XL
Brakes SRAM Code RSC, 200mm rotors
Cranks Truvativ Descendant DH cranks (1x7)
Fork RockShox BoXXer World Cup, 180mm (7in) travel
Frame Carbon fibre, 151mm (5.95in) travel
Handlebar Chromag OSX35, 800mm
Rear derailleur SRAM X01 DH
Rear shock Push Elevensix coil shock
Saddle Chromag Overture
Seatpost Chromag Dolomite
Shifter SRAM X01 DH
Stem Chromag BZA, 50mm
Tyres Maxxis Minion DHF 3C Maxx Grip Double Down 29x2.5in (f) and Minion DHR II 3C Maxx Grip DH 29x2.4in (r)
Wheels e*thirteen LG1