Shred Comes To Gravel with Chamois Hagar
Our fellow, Bellingham, Washington based Evil Bikes forgot the suspension on their new creation and have rocked into the gravel space with the introduction of the Chamois Hagar.
EVIL describe the Chamois Hagar as;
“a mountain biker’s road bike, or a roadie’s mountain bike? Regardless, it rips. Wholeheartedly. Rather than start with a squirrely road bike and relaxing things into borderline manageable, we started with a mountain bike with shred surging through its veins and created the Chamois Hagar. It brings speed, stability thanks to a 66.67 degree head angle and 430mm chainstays, and that irrefutable Evil mischief to the otherwise safe and sensible drop-bar market. Debuting with SRAM Force AXS, Shimano GRX, and frame-only. ”
REVERSE ENGINEERING STOKE
But is it a “gravel bike” per se? Well the demands the question, what is a gravel bike? Most people would would answer that with a gravel bike being something between a multi-surface road bike, and a “road-ified” cross bike. EVIL came up with something very different.
“Rather than start with a squirrely road bike and relaxing things into borderline manageable, we started with a mountain bike with shred surging through its veins and created the Chamois Hagar. It brings speed, stability, and that irrefutable Evil mischief to the otherwise safe and sensible drop bar market. Is it a gravel destroyer? It’s beyond that—whoever heard of a 66.67-degree headtube angle, 50mm stem, and a dropper post on a low-slung lightweight frame that can’t be dropped by even the most cadence-minded hammerheads? “
So, really what we have here is a drop bar, fully rigid mountain bike. Once again Tomac was ahead of his time by a few decades. Although, Johnny T’s drop bar mountain bikes from when he was splitting time between pro road and MTB racing was closer to modern gravel bike geometry than EVIL’s Chamois Hagar, which has had the influence of 25 years of mountain bike evolution.
DirtTRI will obviously be reaching out to EVIL for a demo and review of the Hagar. But, based on the 430mm chainstays, 66.67-degree headtube angle, and 80mm of BB drop, we can only assume this will be a stable handling platform on the flats, fun on the singletrack and descents, and probably just a bit sluggish on climbs and pavement.
But, you know what they say about assumptions…
The main takeaway from this launch is every rider has an individual set of preferences they are looking for. This is a vary mountain bike-y gravel bike, but so what? Lines are blurring across all of cycling, this is yet another example of a (thus far) unique creation and a niche brand taking a stab at arguably the fastest growing sector in the cycling market.
Good for EVIL.
The Chamois Hagar starts at $4,799, and just like the Model T, is available in one color – Blackout Drunk.
Find more information here: https://www.evil-bikes.com/a/bikes/chamois-hagar
Below is EVIL’s full introduction of the Chamois Hagar:
INTRODUCING THE CHAMOIS HAGAR
WTF! That’s right! You heard it correctly. Some of us here have been known to wear tighter-fitting clothes and pedal long distances to visit nature’s delights, we also saw the huge dollar signs in gravel which could fund the development of other ridiculous projects like a beer-powered jet ski. We have made what appears to be, in fact, a gravel bike—but not just any gravel bike. This gravel bike or The Hagar as we call it, has borrowed some things from its fully suspended Evil family members.
In an effort to be less terrified and have more fun we drew inspiration from the Offering which uses a longer front to center and reach, shorter stem, and 430mm chain stays to supply mountain bike stability and handling to the twitchy gravel category. We have added more trail and chainstay length for higher speeds both on and off gravel, while allowing for more party on singletrack.
In addition to aggressive geometry we added clearance for 50c tires for the most ambitious adventures. Super-low standover heights and dropper posts keep blood pressures in check when things point downward. 140-160mm Flat mount or MTB discs hold down the stopping duties.
And while shred pumps through the Chamois Hagar’s veins, versatility grounds the Hagar’s infectious energy. Seven water bottle mounts, stealth rack and fender mounts, 1x and 2x options, close ratio and wide-range builds, internal routing, Di2 provisions, and 100 x 12/142 x 12 spacing just begin to tell its story. There’s even rubber frame protection for when things get loose and rowdy. And while a 66.8 headtube angle may beckon berm-slapping daydreams, the Hagar begs to be ripped anywhere. For those wanting to tear legs off, we made sure it’s at home devouring pavement on 34mm tires. For those wheeling to work, run a flat bar and bolt on a rack. Gritting your way through a weather-ravaged rando? Weather-sealed frame plugs keep the Chamois Hagar watertight. Our builds offer 125mm droppers so you still have room for a seatbag dropper while the multi water bottle boss layout allows for full or partial frame bags with hydration to spare—bikepacker’s delight. If you’re looking to pigeon hole, the Chamois Hagar defies classification. And shamefaced as we may be about now being in the gravel market, we’re not even sure we’re in it. Maybe we’ve invaded it, a hostile takeover—alert the press, gravel’s been hijacked and the Chamois Hagar’s here to party.
Because with the Chamois Hagar, you don’t rethink riding. You board the Hagar and ride how you ride. It’s meant for that. It wants it. Enough so that you ride that way even if it wasn’t your intention, even if you’re going long chasing light, searing past bewildered dirt tourists, or making your commute not suck. It has that effect—it is what it is and it isn’t sorry about it—and that’s just what we intended.READ LESS