Well, first off the Rallon is a really good bike, and I loved how easy it was to accelerate and throw around. I had two problems with it. 1. In my hands it had a tendency to wash out the front tire in sharp corners at speed and 2. Could never get the back end to feel right. It was either too soft and affected the climbing or it was too harsh on small bumps. After about a year I switched it up to a SB 130 cause of the switch affinity hype which I regretted. Climbed a bit better then the Rallon but was worse everywhere else (I thought a lot worse, others a little YMMV). Got rid of that bike after a year and went with a 2020 Enduro. Absolutely loved the Enduro especially up in the mountains with extended downhills but its a lot of bike to push around in the flatter areas that I ride more often. So basically been looking for bike that climbs like the SB 130, descends like the Enduro, corners like the Enduro, but has that big trail bike feel of the Rallon and also is light and easy as a daily driver.Cool, thanks for that. Any other comparo to the Rallon... climbing, cornering, suspension action?
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Enter the EVO. So essentially the EVO gives very little up to the Enduro at mortal speeds. I can definitely see the benefits to the Enduro but I'm never gonna get there. If I lived in BC or somewhere similar I would go with the Enduro for big climbs and big descents but the EVO is the better all round bike for me. I think the EVO climbs a bit better then the Rallon and on par with the SB130. Compared to the Rallon, its definitely more stable in the corners and I can push a lot harder without washing the front tire. I think this has to do with the extra reach and longer chain stays which make it easier to stay centered on the bike and also adds a level of forgiveness if you get off-center. I also like the EVO better then the Rallon for the descent. Granted I think this is partially to the kinematic but partially to the improved DPX2 which is quite noticeable. Also the longer reach and longer CS play a role here along with the lower top tube so you can move around on the bike a little bit better. The wheel path that got big attention with the Enduro and was copied for the EVO is the real deal and the bike just picks up speed. For context I used single piston brakes on my Rallon and was fine. Using Hayes Dominion A4's on EVO and could not live without them.
Finally the EVO gets off the ground really well. I've been popping off a bunch of stuff that I was plowing over with the Enduro. Similar to the Rallon. Really been a f$%kload of fun past couple of rides. The bike also accelerates as well as if not better then the Rallon and I've been really happy about that. Pr'd a couple of local loops cause I was quicker in the flats. Small bump compliance in the rear is really amazing considering how well the bike descends.
So I don't think you are giving up anything going to the EVO. Despite the fact that they are two different companies I would go so far as to say that the EVO is actually a pretty sweet evolution of the Rallon. I always thought the Rallon felt more like a trail bike then a big enduro sled and I loved how well rounded it was. Similar to the EVO.
I've been running the bike in the neutral head angle/high setting. 6'2 200lbs geared. 28% sag in rear with no low speed compression and which ever spacer comes with the bike. Mezzer pro up front although thinking about switching to new FOX 36. Running standard pressures for 200lbs in IRT/Main. Rebound fully open. One click HSC from fully open, 2 Clicks LSC from fully open.