The EVO sets a new standard in the 6" travel category. Utilizing the patent pending FCC suspension linkage, the EVO pedals like a cross country bike, but can take hits like the worthy long travel competitor that it is. This revolutionary new combination of cross-country pedaling efficiency and downhill-inspired descending takes the trail riding experience to a whole new level.
Strengths: Strong; descends amazing; stable at high speeds; feels like it has 8" of travel; pedals awesome; beatiful when built up (with the right parts)!
Weaknesses: could lose a few lbs; ugly as just a frame; rear brake line keeps hitting my left calf; only 1 1/8" headtube
I wanted a cheapo AM frame to throw my old parts on so I could bike around Germany for a month and hit up the bike parks there. I found this gem on ebay and threw my max bid at $600. Surprisingly, I won and I'm glad I did. Out of the box, the frame had 1st rate craftsmanship, but I was apprehensive at first about how well it would perform...it looked a lot "different" than most bikes in my fleet. I threw my old parts on it and never really had a chance to ride it for its intended purpose...
Fast forward 3 months later and I'm recently back from a month at Whistler. I'm recovering from withdrawals by riding at Mammoth. My Driver 8 is in the shop getting the Totem worked on...I took out the Chumba and haven't ridden the Driver 8 at Mammoth since. It was only 3 lbs lighter than the Driver 8 (35 lbs w/ Azonic Outlaws on it), but it felt like half the weight...it was so nimble. It improved my riding style and I was actually able to ride EVERYTHING just as fast, if not faster, than I did on my Driver 8...and I love my D8! My EVO is now my favorite bike and all my high end parts went onto it. I'm debating whether I should take the Driver 8 or EVO to Whistler next summer, but if I take the Chumba I'm worried I'll have no need for my Santa Cruz (except maybe REALLY gnar stuff).
Similar Products Used: Sinister Ridge freeride hardtail; Santa Cruz Driver 8; Specialized Enduro
Bike Setup: Metallic Green EVO frame with DHX Air; Monkeylite DH bars; XTR brakes; RF Atlas AM cranks; MRP G2 Mini chain guide; 2008 Saint rear shifter; XT Shadow mid cage rear mech; XT 11-32 cassette; Deore clipless pedals; Thomson stem and post; DT EX1750 wheelset; 2011 Fox 36 Float R
a Weekend Warrior
from Cheshire, UK
Date Reviewed: June 1, 2010
Strengths: Stability, rollability, secure rear end, great in the air, breeds downhilling confidence
Weaknesses: That odd front mech, changes fine but never quite able to stop chain rubbing when on big ring except in 8th or 9th gear
I love this bike. The combination of tractor tyres and extra bulk mean this thing is no spring chicken on the ups but it's by no means a beast and you'll get there in the end if you twiddle away long enough. This thing comes into its own when you let gravity help. The relaxed angles and chunky frame, coupled with decent forks and wheels, just make for amazingly well sorted descents. Despite what is, I'm told, a relatively high BB, the thing is much more stable than my Turner in the air and far easier to negotiate hairpin corners on. Confidence in my riding ability just sky rockets when I'm on this machine, I can't wait to get it to the Alps this summer! note... got the frame for a knock down price, so amazing value too ;-)
Bike Setup: Fox Forx 36 Float RC2 2009 - 1.1/8"" 160mm, Shimano Saint discs and chainset, XTR levers and shifters, DT Swiss E2200 (20mm thru axle), XT rear mech, Hope shiny bits, DH Maxxis sticky tyres
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 12, 2010
Strengths: Stable handling at all speeds, minimal pedal bob(never used propedal). suspension balance, chumba factory service, handles the stutter bumps smoothly but can still take hard hits, strong frame with superb craftsmanship, awesome looks.
Weaknesses: chumba factory seat hurts after about 40 miles. Don't get a SRAM 971 chain on it, although a 991 works great.
The EVO is a superb handling bike and put the GF to shame. The 1st thing i noticed over the GF is the EVO's handling, its very stable and tractable at all speeds. The EVO is also very easy to pedal uphill. I use this bike consistently on 50 mile+ rides. I have had no failures except the SRAM971 chain. My primary riding is in hilly rough single track and on a poorly maintained but active railroad bed(slow moving steam engine). The EVO takes the small teeth chattering vibrations from the railroad and smooths them out nicely but can still take the hard hits from missing railroad ties and single track drops. I haven't compared the evo to other bikes in that class but i can't see how it could get any better than the evo.
Similar Products Used: GF Cake2, i know its not similar but i got the evo to supplement the Cake2, but the evo now gets used for everything including xc "style" trail riding and railroad beds
Bike Setup: Talas 36mm,DHX5.0 coil (245lb rider), SRAM X.9 rear derailleur and shifters, Elixr CR, Sunringle wheels,maxxis ignitor tires, truvativ 27" bar, truvativ stylo cranks
from Anaheim Hills, California
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2010
Strengths: Climbs great, descends even better, tough as nails, feels bottomless, gorgeous (although many think its ugly), incredible craftsmanship, the list goes on...
Weaknesses: It's a bit on the heavy side but if you're purchasing an Evo you're probably not a weight weenie. I can see the stand over being a bit tight if you have short legs.
Awesome!!! This was my first MTB purchase so I did an exorbitant amount of research. First of all I wanted something that was super fun descending. But I also wanted something that could conquer the necessary evil of climbing. The Evo was the result of my research.
This bike is absolutely confidence inspiring. It makes me believe that I'm better than I really am (which will probably get me in trouble one of these days). I was a bit hesitant at first since I'm very new to the MTB scene but once I learned to trust the bike a whole new world opened up. All I do is let go of the brakes and let the bike do all the work. I have ridden 8+ inch DH bikes in Mammoth and the Evo can easily hang with these on the DH. And better yet it climbs like a champ as well. Since I don't have a talas the front end will start to wonder a bit on super steep climbs but a slight adjustment to my weight distribution solves the problem quickly. My build weighs in at a hefty 36.7lbs and I'm only 150lbs and have no problem cranking this thing uphills.
The Evo has helped me realize a level of progression I thought unimaginable. And the CCDB makes the bike perform even better. I had an RP23 on it for a little over a month and the CCDB is night and day difference. I just couldn't get the RP23 shock dialed-in for my weight. I think a coil shock (specifically the CCDB) complements the Evo very well...and makes it super plush.
With the RP23 I never had to use propedal on climbs (with the CCDB I don't have to run much LSC). Could be the result of my light weight but this bike has no pedal bob.
All in all I would definitely recommend purchasing an Evo. I can't even put into words how much fun I have riding this bike. My only regret is I wish I stumbled upon MTB and Chumba earlier.
Bike Setup: 2009 Evo, 2010 Fox Float 36 RC2, Cane Creek Double Barrel, Elixir 5's, Atomlab wheelset, Sram X9 rear derailleur & shifters, Truvativ FireX cranks...
from Newport Beach, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: January 4, 2010
Strengths: Descends great, climbs great, machining and construction are gorgeous and awe-inspiring. Looks (yeah, plenty of people out there strongly disagree, but I think this is one hot machine and it's all about function driving form!)
Weaknesses: Standover (as everyone mentions) -- and if you're a weight weenie, most builds will come in between 34-36 lb but it's possible to get down to almost 30lb -- the stock air shock is a touch bouncy yet insufficiently plush on small bumps for my tastes
If you're looking for an AM bike, be sure to check the EVO out.
If money is no object, get an EVO and deck it out with top of the line components, keeping it light without sacrificing strength. With top of the line components and a good coil, you'll probably come in a bit north of 32 lb. You'll end up with one of the best (if not the best) AM bikes money can buy.
OTOH, if money is important to you, like it is for most of us, then you're not going to find a better deal than an EVO. Here's your opportunity to own a bike that competes with bikes in the $5000 range that can be had with decent components for about $3000. No brainer.
The Talas is sublime. If you can get a CCDB, that too is sublime.
Now what makes my review different from everyone else's: I love to climb with the EVO. You'll hear countless stories about how much fun the bike is when you point it down, about how you can equip it with a double-crown and race DH on it. But where the bile really shines for me, believe it or not, is with climbing.
I've tried various XC bikes and felt top-heavy and out of balance while climbing on them. Some I've tried had too much suspension bob and compression while climbing. Not so with the EVO. I have amazing control over my center of mass while climbing on the EVO. I can sit comfortably in the saddle and lazily spin my way to the top of moderate climbs no matter how long, and for sprinting out of the saddle, I get virtually no pedal bob or compression. The bike cooperates fully.
I've tried the GT Ruckus (freeride) and climbing was just about out of the question on that beast. The EVO, while nowhere near as heavy, is still a not a light bike, yet I don't feel the weight while climbing because it is so easy to control and every stroke of my pedaling goes toward moving me forward and is used so efficiently.
So now that I've made it to the top, I can drop the seat, extend the Talas, and just let the bike roll on down. I sometimes wish it were a little heavier going down, but that's because I'm not that good of a downhiller and anything to boost confidence is a good thing. That said, the bike is so sure-footed I've literally lost MY balance on the bike because I made a stupid mental mistake, yet the EVO didn't care. It just kept going steady, stuck to the ground, gobbling the terrain and staying stable. So for those times when I made those stupid mistakes, I didn't fall, because I held on tight and the bike took care of me. If that's not confidence-inspiring I don't know what is.
A word on standover. Some people think the EVO's standover is too high. Yes, it's going to hurt if you're a man and not at least about 5'9 and you suddenly find yourself dismounting forward onto your feet, straddling the bike. But I'd suggest that if you find yourself straddling bikes much you're doing it wrong. For 99% of the time you spend actually enjoying the bike, you're going to be seated, squatting, or climbing out of the saddle. There should never be significant time spent with your feet on the ground the toptube between your legs.
5 chillis because the EVO rules plain and simple.
5 value chilis because the EVO will save you money even though it's the best AM bike out there
a Weekend Warrior
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: November 23, 2009
Strengths: The frame is great! I thought it might be over built/over kill but after the first ride I was hooked. it's fast and plush it soaks up whatever is in the way and it will definitely boost your confidence on the downhill.
Weaknesses: after the build its a bit heavy, it's more of a downhill bike. it goes up well with some pedaling it's just the nature of the beast!
The frame is tuff and as i posted above i thought over built but after your first ride take a step back and see for your self. and the custmer help at CHUMBA was excellent, all n all the bike is great! for the downhill i've got it set up for my needs,fast,plush and rolling over everything. it's a definit confidence boster!!!
it is a bit on the heavy side due to my curent build? i think it's at 35+Lb but i only notice it on the up hill and even then not that much.
I'm going 5 out of 5 Chilis for value and 4 out of 5 overall as it's my first AM frame/bike
Bike Setup: 09 EVO, Race Face diabolus crank & seatpost, EvolveDH bar. Azonic stem & pedals, Outlaws. Maxxis Highroller rear Minion front. X9 shifter's & rear D/Rail Shimano Xtyp front D/rail. Avid Code 203fr 185r, R/shox PIKE 426 u TURN.
a Weekend Warrior
from Bozeman, MT
Date Reviewed: July 8, 2009
Strengths: Like a stealth motorcycle! Soaks up everything on the downhills, very good on the climbs. Burly yet nimble. Perfect.
Weaknesses: Inspires over-confidence. Can't get the wings to stay deployed. No rocket launchers. Feel guilty riding a bike this nice.
Holy S#*t! This thing is fun. I've been riding motorcycles in the mountains for many years, and finally got it together to buy a new mountain bike. It had been a while since I pedaled, but this bike felt great from the beginning. I can’t believe how fast I can go downhill. The climbs are much easier than I expected as well. Some reviews say the bike is a bit heavy, but I’m used to 250 pound bikes, so the Evo is like a hot rod to me. I can’t imagine I would want much less weight anyway. It seems perfectly weighted to stick to the trails and it feels really solid, so I’m not afraid I’m going to trash it when I inevitably careen off the low side. I feel like the bike compensates for my lack of finesse- I’m really a hack but when in the saddle the Evo feels sure footed and nimble. The suspension action is amazingly smooth and predictable. On my very first ride I was just letting the bike go, and man, it just went. I haven’t had that much fun on 2 wheels in a while.
The build quality is absolutely fantastic- the welds are perfect, the machining is superb, and the finish is flawless- an American made work of art. I have the anodized black model, and it looks like it’s on loan from the space program. The Evo with the cool-looking Chumba logo faceplate draws comments and envious looks everywhere.
The bike looks tall, and it is. I’m 5’10” and standover on the size medium is tight. Once in the saddle, however, I forget about that completely. I’m used to motorcycles anyway, but I definitely don’t think the height thing is an issue at all. If you set the sag and dial the suspension correctly you’ll be perfectly poised to roll over anything.
I can’t say enough about this bike and the company. I couldn’t imagine needing another bike, but if I do, my first call will be to Chumba. Brilliant.
Last year I rode this bike only on the DH trails at Timberline. The trails are man made flowing technical single track; steep, rocky, roots, drop offs. Also very fast ATV double track with bermed turns and doubles. In short every kind of riding you can find. No skinnies or wooden features.
The EVO did not fail anywhere, it is very good at all of it. Really good at pedal sections.
This spring I am riding the EVO as my only bike XC and ever day bike. I love it, just wind down the fork and climb. I have been riding for a long time (1986) and have lived out West and East. This bike is the only bike that I have owned that really can get you up and down with the down part being almost limitless.
I have a great deal of MX and MIB experience, believe me the Evo will Moto!
Bike Setup: Fow Talas 36
Chumba build kit
a Weekend Warrior
from Columbus, Ohio, USA
Date Reviewed: November 23, 2008
Strengths: Looks, weight, geometry, and all mountain performance
Weaknesses: None so far
All the other reviews pretty well cover the Evo. Just wanted to add my two cents. My first mtb was the SC Nomad. So from an all mountain performer perspective the Evo had a tough act to follow.
Height wise, I'm right between a medium and a large on most bikes, so I have my Nomad (medium) set up as slightly more of a DH and technical bike. I use the Evo (large) as more of a XC bike. However, I took the Evo down Thunder Mountain in Utah and it was flawless in DH mode even though it only had a 140mm fork.
I can't say one climbs better than the other as far as the frames go. They both have almost no pedal bob. My Chumba performs slightly better in the climb but that's probably due to the fact that the Evo has a shorter fork and a lighter buildup than my Nomad, which as a Lyrik U-Turn 115-165mm fork.
The geometry is very similar between the two despite the completely different looks. For any given top tube length, the Nomad is a degree or two more slack than the Evo. For that reason, if you lean towards DH I'd recommend the Nomad, and if you lean towards XC I'd take the Evo. Both bikes completely kill it in the AM category.
A note on the price listed above: I bought a couple of bikes that day so I don't remember exactly what I paid for the Evo.
Bike Setup: Sram x9 with triggers, Fox Talas 32, R3 w pro pedal, Mavic 321, juicy 7 discs
a Weekend Warrior
from Tucson, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: June 15, 2008
Strengths: Wow, this bike is incredible to ride!! Let's see...balance, handling (just point the bike and it goes there), price, very plush ride, climbing even though it would be considered a "heavy bike" (34lbs my build), craftsmanship (handmade frame is superb), customer support (the guys at Chumba Racing are great), rides fast like a xcountry rig on the open stretches but gives you 6 inches of travel for the rough stuff.
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness is the fact this bike handles so well, you'll try to ride things you're not ready for! So the biggest weakness is the "loose nut" behind the handlebars!
This bike is the best money I've spent on mountain bike ever. You will not be disappointed with the ride, especially for the money. I was concerned about buying a ride w/o demoing it, but most high end bike companies don't make it easy for you to demo, unless you live in a big metro area. I asked the guy at Chumba what their return policy was. He told me they've never had one returned so he wasn't sure what the policy was. I now know why. I think even the pickiest dude out there would be happy riding a Chumba!!
a Weekend Warrior
from Gloucester, MA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 22, 2008
Strengths: This thing "ROCKS!!!!" I've been riding it for less than three months and "I'm dumbfounded!!!!" This thing rolls through the rocks and roots like they weren't there! Drops..."Plushhhhhhhh!!!!" I know that the EVO isn't marketed as a climber, but hold on! If you can muster the energy to get to the top, I haven't found a climb yet that it won't outclimb any thing I've riden in the past or my buds are riding now. It makes me feel as like I've waisted the last two years on my Nomad.
Weaknesses: Hmmmmmm....Let me think.
Nope, can't think of any.
Need to read more? Check my review on the Chumba forum...
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Nomad for the last two years.(VPP hype) Cannondale Jekyl single pivot (Good sprinter) GT LTS Horst four bar (Closest to the EVO)(I've missed it til' now!)
Bike Setup: Light AM build. Duc32 fork, Syncros DS28 rims, DT/Swiss 240 rear hub with through bolt, 08 XT cranks with DX clip-in pedals, X-9 drivetrain and triggers, Hope M4s w/185mm & 160mm rotors, and finally a Speedball seatpost (Gotta Havit!!!)
a Weekend Warrior
from Calgary, Alberta
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2008
Strengths: Suspension design is very plush, Strong, burly frame, excellent pedaling characteristics for a 6" bike. Craftsmanship/machine work is top notch and as good or better than other frames that cost 500.00+ more than the Evo.
Weaknesses: Stand over. Not a deal breaker, but the tt is up there. One of the heaviest in it's class, but you won't break it. The Evo is burlier than a Turner RFX but not as portly as the Knolly DT. E-Type front derailleur is not ideal.
This is a review for the 06 Evo with the original geometry. Chumba came out and cemented a place in the very competitive am/heavy duty trail bike category with this frame. I used this frame over the past two seasons as my "one" bike and it has performed admirably in all types of riding conditions. Depending on the build, you can use this frame for everything which many companies claim, but tend to fall short on in the real world. It is strong enough for big hucks and pedals very well, exhibiting very little, if any brake jack. I was surprised how well this thing pedaled on the flats without bobbing at all. No real need for pro pedal, but it does help when you are really cranking on the steeps.
The suspension design is super plush and soaks up all manner of trail obstacles with nary a whimper. There is plenty of traction for technical climbing, but make no mistake, this is a bike that needs to be pointed downhill to get the full grin factor going. The Evo bombs the most technical lines with authority and does it better than any other 6" "do it all" bike that I have tried.
The only gripe I had with this frame was the slack seat angle and I moved my seat forward to compensate and it worked quite well. The new models have the option of more "am" geometry which helps with climbing. The TT was higher than I cared for, but the Evo rides well enough that I got over it. I loved how this bike descended and flowed the trails. An adjustable fork is a must, but the Evo climbs quite well.
If you are looking for the one bike that can handle the big stuff and trail riding, this bike should be on your radar. The customer support at Chumba is top notch and you won't be just another number.
Even with my minor gripes with this bike I have to give top marks. The Evo is offered at a price point much cheaper than many other companies, but both the ride and build quality are right there with the big boys.
Similar Products Used: Heckler, Turner 6 pack, Transition Preston.
Bike Setup: Z1 light and Pike. XM dt swiss 340 wheels. Fox DHX 5.0 air. yada.
a Weekend Warrior
from charleston, SC USA
Date Reviewed: February 1, 2008
Strengths: plush, solid, this bike is made to be ridin
Weaknesses: chumba saddle hurts me butt
all i can say is wow excelent product. this bike just screams ride me took it for its first ride today did about ten miles all xc and it ate it up peddles as good if not better than my apogee which is more of a xc bike. very solid feeling and screams around corners. cant wait to hit some trails that will match the evo. Not much in charleston for trails and the evo is probably more bike than needed here but if your going to go, go big
Similar Products Used: ibex apogee xt, klein pulse, bmc fourstroke(demo very sweet)
Bike Setup: fox float rc2, chumba wheelset, sram x-9, xt brakes, thomson post and stem, fsa afterbuner
a Weekend Warrior
from Truckee CA USA
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2007
Strengths: Unbelievably strong. Super Stiff. Handles like a Karpiel DH but only 30# uphill.
Weaknesses: Fox DHX Air 5.0 stuck closed after my 1st ride. Had to rebuild.
Well I've only had this bike for 5 days and have already put well over 200 miles on it. I can not believe how well this bike handles. I've been away from the sport for 3 years and this bike is my return! I dont know any fancy terms for what it feels like technically, but I'll just say I could crank this thing up Everest and coming down is like riding a lazy boy. Chumba Racing must know that they have put me back into the sport. I'll continue to ride these as long as they continue to make them. Nuff Said!
This is an update to my review before. First of all I apologize for my typo's I am not a very good typer. I did have some problems finding a shop that could correctly set up the E-type derailer, but Jason at Chumba hooked me up( great customer service once again).I wanted Trailhead Cyclery( best shop in the bayarea ) to do all the work but they were backed up a month on service. This bike exceeded my expectations as all mtn ride. You just feel like ripping on this bike. It pedals very well. You want to bomb any DH section as fast as you can. The weight is never an issue pedaling unless you ride with a bunch of XC guys that try to beat each other out the whole ride ( not my style of riding ).Since I have bought the bike I approached Chumba about being a sales rep and should have a demo fleet by the end of Oct. Please contact me if you are interested in riding one of these incredible bikes! email@example.com