Evil Imperial Freeride Hardtail

4.83/5 (12 Reviews)
Weight : 6.1 lbs MSRP : $775.00


Product Description

  • Actual ST length: 13.5 inches
  • BB shell: 73mm, spindle 113mm
  • Seat post: 31.6mm
  • Derailleur post: 31.8mm
  • Tire compatiblility: 24" AND 26" Compatible


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 0Levi0 a Downhiller from B.C.

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2010

Strengths:    Crazy strong, not too heavy, low center of gravity, great geometry, everything else.

Weaknesses:    Paint chips easily, hard to find.

Bottom Line:   
Buy this. There is no excuse not to.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Balfa Minuteman

Bike Setup:   Manitou Sherman, Hope C2s, X7 Shifter, X9 Derailleur, Sun Rims Double Tracks, Bontrager Big Earls, FSA The Pig, Race Face Evolve DH, Blackspire Crankset/sandwich guard.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by liljumper a Downhiller from libery lake washington

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2009

Strengths:    super strong great geometry smooth when i say super strong i mean indestructable!

Weaknesses:    a little heavy expensive

Bottom Line:   
if you want to ride the strongest most well made strongest frames in the world get one!

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Favorite Trail:   a line dirt merch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   none!

Bike Setup:   bb7s dmr trail blade 2/marzocchi 66 atomlab gi hub khe geisha freecoaster

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shreddi nar from Super Chill

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2007

Strengths:    3 rear wheel drop-out positions.
Stiff.
Will accept any fork with 1 1/8" or 1.5" steerer.


Bottom Line:   
This bike can be set up for all styles of riding. A little on the heavy side, but the short chainstay will make up for weighty frame. With a 7" single crown, bottom bracket somewhat tall, but it tracks over the rough stuff with great precision. It takes drops with ease and with the compression cranked up it dirt jumps great. Very raked geometry.
Find an old frame with horizontal drop-outs and run single speed!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Bike Setup:   sram drivetrain, 66 rc2 eta, raceface evolve, hadley 10mm through axle / mavic 321, 2.5" dhr and 2.35" kinetics.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by crankburger a Downhiller from cavedwelling

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2006

Strengths:    stong beefcake of a hardtail! can take anything but an extended climb.

Weaknesses:    beats you up, doesnt make it easy to climb because of the seat tube angle....stiff as hell...but its built to a purpose. comfort is not one of them...

Bottom Line:   
i liked this bike but decided it was too stiff for me. I'm waiting to get a steel frame to take the edge off hits.

Its the burliest frame out there and it looks damn cooler than any other hardtail i have ever seen.

Banshee morphine eat dust.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   plenty other hardtails.

Bike Setup:   pike, mavic rims. race face bits, urban/dj

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ted a Downhiller from Connecticut

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2005

Strengths:    Strong, a good geometry

Weaknesses:    a little heavy, have to use a chain tensioner

Bottom Line:   
A good bike, I am becoming more and more convinced that it is geared towards freeride not urban(i know its listed as freeride but it is commonly used for urban) Im planning on getting a dna mainly because of the sliding rear dropouts, that way i can run a bmx chain. If you plan on buying one I would probobly pass, there are equally good bikes you can get for a much cheaper price. ex- black market- gimp if you want to spend an equal amount of money to the evil you should get a dna- they are in my opinion the best hardtail on the market.

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Favorite Trail:   Mtn Creek, Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   dna, blk market mob, .243, gimp

Bike Setup:   evil, ss, hayes r break, holy rollers, dj2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig 2 a Weekend Warrior from PG, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2005

Strengths:    everything, tought as hell, amazing geometry, makes you want to huck bigger

Weaknesses:    pedals worse up hill then my BB7 did.. haha.. but who rides up these days.. just sully but hes a tropper.. shuttle for life

Bottom Line:   
basically.. i use to ride a BB7 and then i swapped out frames hoping to chill my riding back a bit after nearly killing myself on my BB7... but it didn't work out like that.. i feel WAY more confident on the evil then on my BB7 dropping larger, hucking bigger, decending faster, jumping higher... i rode whistler and was the only HT in teh pack.. was teh only one that didn't get a flat, hucked everything we came across, and kept up to the fullys.

buy one.. if you want a chairlift/(shuttle)freeride HT frame!!

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Favorite Trail:   my dixie wrecked

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   MBracing

Similar Products Used:   none.. there are no frames similar

Bike Setup:   2002 boxxer, 26" 321's, 243 racing bars and stem, michillin 2.5's, 3 piece azonic cranks- its a pig around 40ish pounds

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Imperial13 from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2005

Strengths:    Solid, stiff, versitile, take anything you can throw at.

Weaknesses:    none so far. Other than my 2004 sherman's crown is ovalized.

Bottom Line:   
I've done 15 foot drops to 20 foot gaps and this bike feels rock solid in the air. Also at home on stair sets to halfpipes. Best frame ever built!!! Highly recommended!! The last bike you'll ever need!!

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Favorite Trail:   Backyard

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   East Side Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Norco 4hun, 125; Giant stp1; trek bruiser; Rocky mountain flow

Bike Setup:   Sherman Fireflyplus with titanium coil, 26' doubletracks, hookworms, azonic bars and stem, avid discs, titec seat post, holzfeller crank, Rennen singlespeed conversion, Fsa headst, DK seat, raceface BB

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JJ a Downhiller from constantly traveling all over the U.S.A

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2005

Strengths:    this is the only bike on this whole site where someone should be aloud to say EVERYTHING!!! its so beefy, strong, quick, looks like a monster!

Weaknesses:    the only thing i could say would be that im not a fan of the super laidback seattube

Bottom Line:   
By far the most versitile bike ever made! it can handle anything you throw at it! I revently broke my leg attempting a 17 foot tall drop to a hard packed landing, my bottom bracket snapped and i smashed my heal/ ankle into the ground, i am now not riding due to a broken ankle but will be back shorty so that i can test this beast again.

IT WILL OUTLAST YOU AND EVERY PART ON YOUR BIKE!!!

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Favorite Trail:   anything that will push my limits

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Similar Products Used:   banshee morphine, 24 letoy3, clifcat tankass

Bike Setup:   UPS brown imperial, 170mm boxxer WC, black mag30's on hope hubs, hope M4 brakes, full truvative hozefeller set.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by man tor a Downhiller from grand rapids, mi, usa

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2005

Strengths:    EVERYTHING

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
This frame rocks! It really enhanced my riding. Am doing drops I never would of tried before, with ease. Big Jumper, Big Dropper.

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Favorite Trail:   225

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8500, not really the same breed, but luckily i sold it before i broke the 8500

Bike Setup:   2001 Z1 bomber, Avid mech. brakes, 26" Atomlab trailpimps

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve a Downhiller from b.c.

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2005

Strengths:    this is the stiffest frame ever!! truley a peice of art. the geometry is crazy fun.

Weaknesses:    none!!

Bottom Line:   
this bike is just so much fun. it weighs in at a 40 lbs. even, but unless i have to pick it up i never give it a thought. amazing with a tripple clamp. its a wheelie machine. supper stiff.very good climber, with that much bike under me i feel bullit proof. ride whistler every week, and this imperial makes me giggle like a little boy! and let me tell ya shes a looker, ya the laddies really dig evil.

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Favorite Trail:   a line

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   katmandu whistler

Similar Products Used:   i lookes at a banshee morphine, but it pailed in comparisson to something this evil

Bike Setup:   DH style. a 03 jr T. complete saint components. with axiom peds, a pair of minions, and sram rocket levers connected to that dreamy saint rear derailier.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben Thompson a Weekend Warrior from Slc

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2005

Strengths:    Super stable, strong, not to heavy, it rocks. Rides very well, my first time on it I was hitting 10 to 15 foot drops on it, that's pretty cool cause the last time I rode was three years ago. The bike is light! I can pedal it anywhere

Weaknesses:    seat tube Has a crack in it. The sl has fixed that problem though. And it's probably not a problem if you only weigh 160 or so.

Bottom Line:   
Bike rocks, I sold my bighit in the fall of 2001 and went to Spain for a while. In 2004 I finally was able to go biking again. I went way bigger on the evil than on the bighit. Bike is very stable in the air. Doubles are simple and drops are super easy on this bike. Only bad thing is the seat tube. Kinda sucks for trail riding, but then again I used to trail ride with a bmx so it really isn't that bad. The bike's strong I'm 5'9" and 240 lbs and the bike has held up to everything that I've done to it.

Bottom line is that this bike kicks A. At 37 pounds this bike is perfect. If you want a good bike that you can flick around like a rag doll and stay in complete control this is your bike. If you want to hit huge gaps and big drops and like the hardtail life this is the ride. If you don't like a super stiff ride and go up hill as fast as you go down stay away.

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Favorite Trail:   crest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   go ride.com

Similar Products Used:   last bike rode was a bighit comp 2001

Bike Setup:   dj 1, arrows 24", 909 2.5, evil srs, fsa stuff.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob DeMao a Weekend Warrior from Greenville S.C.

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2005

Strengths:    This frame is super stiff ! Love the geo. of it , Make you feel like superman he he he....

Weaknesses:    You got to be joking !!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
This bike has taken every bit of my abuse & it begs for more , EVIL IS GOOD

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Favorite Trail:   anything that's fast

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Pink Bike add

Similar Products Used:   nothing compares

Bike Setup:   arrow DHX 24's hope hubs gazzi 2.8 single speed true single speed bmx chain e thirteen ring & bash gaurd 16/36 gear profile racing cranks hayes 9's 8" f / 6" r camo manitou fire fly diob stem & strickly D T bars

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