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Dirt know a thing or two about aggressive bikes which like to be ridden and they really liked the fact that the Evil Insurgent like to party, is snappy and has low, slack geometry.

Dirtmountainbike.com / June 2016

Verdict.

Without doubt visually one of the stand out bikes of the bike world. It comes with marketing attitude, good looks and a weighty price to go with its lightweight build.

But looks alone would count for shit if it failed to deliver.

On the flat we found ourselves over the back and on the real steep found slightly too much weight being placed forwards. In other words it's a bike that takes a while to adapt to. There's still some rattle, and a knocking deep into the stroke which is a touch distracting. Noise was certainly not evident on our Airdrop 150mm bike which we rode side by side during the test period. As much as the Lyric delivers in big terrain a Fox 36 would take the bike a small step further as would a silent set of wheels further still for that full deadly feel. The loudness kind of goes against the stealth vibe.

Overall though? We really like the feel of this bike, the low swooping frame, the powerful rear suspension character, the banging angles and just the right amount of flex in its bones. It's under the radar looks rather than loud, garish colour gives it a modesty many garish carbon bikes could learn a lesson from. It's very much a stand out bike, certainly one of the more impressive carbon bikes and definitely a bike that you'd be proud to own. We're liking this bike a lot.

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