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I have posted my personal tester reviews and lots of pics of the bike (becuase everyone loves pics):thumbsup:

Now most of my bikes have been Specialized, but that does not mean that I am stuck with that brand. I am always the one to keep an eye out for better and more innovative bikes that come out, and for the most part I have demo'ed other brands and did not like one thing or another about the way it handled or rode. Maybe I'm just picky who knows:yesnod:

A while bike I saw that Chumba Wumba was in need of product testers/reviewers so I said that would to see what the upcoming brand had to offer. Until recently I have never heard of that brand until I started seeing them at the Fontana races, but even then didn't think anything of it besides it's just another bike brand.

Well I have riding the Evo for about a week now and must say that it is a well built bike. From the initial look at the bike it seemed like your average 38 pound all mountain bike, because of what seems to be extra plates that were welded at what some would consider weaker or possible cracking points on the frame. That was not the case it was roughly around 32 pounds and the only thing that made the bike that heavy was the Marzocchi all mountain 2 fork.

The one thing that I noticed the most was the way it handled and cornered. Surprisingly I would almost say that it cornered way better than all of my Specialized bikes I have ever owned. I don't know exactly what it was, but it made my local trails a hell of a lot more enjoyable. The bike was setup with a Marzocchi all mountain II fork and a fox DHX 5.0 air in the rear. Which I thought it complimented the frame well. Most of the trails I would normally ride with my Demo 9 were about the same in comfort level with the EVO. Meaning that the suspension design was very compliant when going over things like rock gardens, ruts, and things of that nature. It basically did everything I wanted it to do without hesitation from the all mountain aspect.

I also took it on some XC rides just to see how well it would climb and if everything was balanced out when I rode out side of the seat. Now like I mentioned before most people would not want to do long rides on a all mountain bike just because of the weight factor. To me it wasn't a really big deal because it was only 32 pounds which was lighter than my P.2 and especially lighter than my Demo. So I took it out on a 19 mile XC terrain ride and did a lot of climbing and in and out of my seat. Now I think Chumba says that their frame design has a good center of gravity, which now I can really say that it does. There were quite a few people around so I how some of them would react when climbing on their bike. For the most part they would have to get out of their seat, because of loss of balance and things of that nature. For me I felt pretty comfortable when sitting or standing on climbs depending on how steep it was. So for the most part it did well in that category also.

In conclusion I really liked the bike and it's probably be the first time this has happened on a demo ride, but at the same time I haven't tested out all the type of bike out there either. Now a few things that I was not really to happy about the bike were some of the components, but since I am not really focusing on those things I am not to really worried about it. Besides it just a demo bike and usually people would spec it out better.
Overall I would recommend this bike and if you're looking for all mountain bike that handles well, corners well and climbs well you should consider it. Actually if I had the money right now I would buy it and sell my P.2, because I would see myself riding it more than my P.2.

I am not sure but think they are still looking for demo riders I guess that would be the best way to see what I was talking about. If so then I would talk to Allen or even the Path bike shop in Tustin (I think they are doing the demo thing). Anyways He's a really cool dude and by no means do they pressure you to bring the bike back immediately. All they want it to make sure that you get plenty of riding time so you can see and feel the facts yourself. Which to me tells me that they really back their products and are confident with their frame.
 

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always liked the cat logo.......nice write up....I am really interested about that bike....thanks for the review
 

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Thanks for the review.

I just picked mine up from Fed-EX tonight. No, I dont have pics. No digi cam at the moment. I got the white Zoke Z1 light for a fork. I also have a Pike, so one of the forks will be sold, after I get some riding in.

I wasn't into the looks of the Evo, at all, at first, but it looks nice in person. A lot of machining went into this frame and it is burly. The only thing I am worried about is the size. Damn, the tt is short. The effective tt length increases as the seat post is extended. I am wondering if I got the wrong size or not. I measured an effective tt length of 22" center to center and a five inch head tube. I wanted the medium/large. Hopefully it works out. I want to ride this thing.
 

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i like chumba wumba's but i dunno if i like the downtube on that. nice review
 

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My review of the Chumba is not so rosey. The first thing you will notice on the Chumba, is the super slack seat tube angle. The higher up you put the seat, the further your torso gets from the handlebars, and vice versa. Not a big deal if you rarely lower your seat, but for some, the difference makes for awkward geometry. The next problem you will find is the amount of chain growth experienced upon full compression of the rear suspension. What this means is that in certain gear combos, you run the risk of ripping off your rear der. on bigger hits. The build on the frame is burly. I have no doubt that this bike can survive some serious abuse. It climbs very well, but the rear end is a bit flexy, despite the burly stays, and rocker arms. I think Chumba would have done well to use larger bearings to remedy the lateral flex in the swingarm.
 

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My review of the Chumba is not so rosey. The first thing you will notice on the Chumba, is the super slack seat tube angle. The higher up you put the seat, the further your torso gets from the handlebars, and vice versa. Not a big deal if you rarely lower your seat, but for some, the difference makes for awkward geometry. The next problem you will find is the amount of chain growth experienced upon full compression of the rear suspension. What this means is that in certain gear combos, you run the risk of ripping off your rear der. on bigger hits. The build on the frame is burly. I have no doubt that this bike can survive some serious abuse. It climbs very well, but the rear end is a bit flexy, despite the burly stays, and rocker arms. I think Chumba would have done well to use larger bearings to remedy the lateral flex in the swingarm.
El Chingon: I just ordered an EVO, so I have done a lot of homework on this bike, and talked the ears off of the staff over at Chumba with a million and one questions. I think some of your descriptions aren't quite accurate.

First, there is almost no chain growth at all, one of the staff, I believe the manager, who's worked at several other high-end manufacturers told me the axle path is near parallel, meaning the growth should only be a link or two max. Second, larger bearings in terms of surface don't increase lateral stiffness as much as the width of bearings do. And you will find that the EVO's dual bearings are some of the widest in the market. Honestly, from all the people I've talked to, including the people who were at the demo, the bike shops, and the staff at Chumba, say this is one of the stiffest bikes they've ever rode. About the seat tube angle, I can see that being a mild irritant, but I don't really put my seat down more than two inches so its not a big deal for me. Anyway, not sure if your review of the evo is really fair. Plus, I don't want you talking crap about my new to-be bike. = )
 

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El Chingon said:
notice on the Chumba, is the super slack seat tube angle. The higher up you put the seat, the further your torso gets from the handlebars, and vice versa. Not a big deal if you rarely lower your seat, but for some, the difference makes for awkward geometry. The next problem you will find is the amount of chain growth experienced upon full compression of the rear suspension. What this means is that in certain gear combos, you run the risk of ripping off your rear der. on bigger hits. The build on the frame is burly. I have no doubt that this bike can survive some serious abuse. It climbs very well, but the rear end is a bit flexy, despite the burly stays, and rocker arms. I think Chumba would have done well to use larger bearings to remedy the lateral flex in the swingarm.
Hey Chingon here is my take on some characteristics you pointed out:

I LOVE the slack ST angle. Pop it up high and it extends your arm and torso....better for breathing and climb. A lot of XC racer have 120mm or longer stem plus bar ends to "stretch" out their arm and torso to increase their lung volume. Drop the seat it literally changes into DH geometry. Notice all full DH bikes have supper short TT? that way the seat is WAY out of the way and you can huck and drop at will. Few times I drop the seat all the way down the seat was almost in between my knees on some drops...and the drop felt like nothing. No more seat get stuck on my shorts and push me for a superman flight, definitely confidence inspiring.

I weight 210lbs and could not flex the bike much but I don't ride it that hard either. I was told that the frame does have small amount of flex designed into it. If the frame is too stiff then it would start breaking other parts of your bike like your wheels(it's designed around AM components and purpose). Too little flex it will not be able to absorb harsh hits especially when cornering therefore traction would suffer.

As far chain growth goes I really have not noticed on my bike at all. But I didn't pay attention to that either. I run all 3 rings and everything seems to be working great for me. But I assume the longer the rear wheel travels the longer the chain growth will be.

Just my $0.02
 

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well, never ridden one, but they are UGLY.
Beauty is in the eyes of beer holder........:thumbsup:

Ops....sorry kid, you can't drink beer yet......well I guess you can hold it.:D
 

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ibanezrg520kid said:
well, never ridden one, but they are UGLY.
well at least they are different, not the same seat tube rocker design used on the xc bikes all the way to long travel bikes by ellsworth, turner, kona, trek, khs, with just different paint ...
 

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"well, atleast they are different" is a nice way of putting it down. different isn't always good... and im going to be shallow and judge by looks. you wouldn't get with an ugly chick even if she was an undercover freak.... same for a bike. i wouldn't get it if it's ugly even if it rides well.
 

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Beauty is in the eyes of beer holder........:thumbsup:

Ops....sorry kid, you can't drink beer yet......well I guess you can hold it.:D
hahaha :smilewinkgrin:
 

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ibanezrg520kid said:
" i wouldn't get it if it's ugly even if it rides well.
I am assuming that you do not do any serious mountain biking, because anyone here can tell that you cannot base your bike purchases on looks before performance like bikes, clothing and anything else bike related.

Who in the hell want a nice looking blinging bike if it rides like sh!t. :nono: Unless your just using it to cruising around the lake, beach or places of that nature where performance will not be an issue.
 

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ibanezrg520kid said:
"well, atleast they are different" is a nice way of putting it down. different isn't always good... and im going to be shallow and judge by looks. you wouldn't get with an ugly chick even if she was an undercover freak.... same for a bike. i wouldn't get it if it's ugly even if it rides well.
No, "at least its different" is a way to say that I admire innovation and companies that do something different - rather than always looking at cookie cutter walking beam designs(not that i have anything against them - their fine bikes, ive owned several) that just have different ranges of travel. i think the evo is gorgeous, and you really have to see it in person to appreciate the level of detail and machining that went into this bike - but to each their own.:thumbsup:
 

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Duke,

I call em like I ride em. I actually like the looks of the Chumba, and aside from the fact that the bike fit me kind of small (See 6'2) I was considering this as my next trail bike. I like Chumba as a company, and like the burliness built into the frames. Good for big guys like me(225 lbs), but in all fairness, my review is 100% accurate according to the test riding I did. When it comes to chaingrowth, you will need to wait until your bike is built up. Let all the air out of your DHX air, and cycle the suspension. It grows more than a link or two. Just my .02. Like I said, Chumba is a great company.
 

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I am assuming that you do not do any serious mountain biking, because anyone here can tell that you cannot base your bike purchases on looks before performance like bikes, clothing and anything else bike related.

Who in the hell want a nice looking blinging bike if it rides like sh!t. :nono: Unless your just using it to cruising around the lake, beach or places of that nature where performance will not be an issue.
are you kidding? you are pretty stupid to think i don't ride just becasue i won't buy something i don't like the looks of. I'm NOT going to spend money on something that isn't appealing to me. looks aren't everything, but to say the shouldn't play a part is just silly, but you are right... i don't ride. i'm only into the bling factor...

a "bling" bike usually performs really well too... "bling" parts are usually high end and perform well. If you aren't into trick parts good for you, but guess what... LOOKS SELL and companies know this and they use looks to sell. you're just sad cause you fell inlove with an ugly bike.

i never said that i would choose a bike JUST on looks, but when stuck in a toss up on bikes/parts... looks come into play. if looks didn't matter things would still be like it was back when Ford first went into mass production. "you can have it in any color you want as long as it is black."

i'm going to go sit around and look at my bike and wish i could ride.

one final woman anology.

looks do matter. like getting with an ugly chick and putting a paper bag on her face. they ride nice, but aren't easy on the eyes. I'm sure this bike rides well, but sadly looks are important and i wouldn't fork out money on something i don't like and the paper bag idea won't work for the bike...
 
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