Evil Sovereign: a look back after one year

A lot of trails have been ridden, a lot of parts were changed and a lot of smiles were produced by the sov. So here’s the followup to my almost exactly one year old posting about my New bike: Evil Sovereign

The initial setup was more of a “let’s see what’s available in the garage” kind of build. Over the first few months the most necessary parts like a dropper post, lighter tyres, wider bars and thinner pedals were changed. In the beginning of 2013 I “found” some money in the basement by selling oldish stuff on ebay that I had forgotten about and so managed to get some more parts. So to start with, here’s an updated list of components:

  • Frame: Evil Sovereign 2012 Size M
  • Headset: FSA The Pig DH 1 1/8
  • Fork: Rock Shox Sektor Dual Position Coil 150mm
  • Wheelset: Mavic EN 521 + Veltec DH Hubs
  • Wheelset: Alexrims Supra 30 + Hope Pro 2 Evo Hubs
  • Front tyre: Maxxis Swampthing 2.5 2ply
  • Front tyre: Maxxis High Roller II 2.4 1ply
  • Rear tyre: Maxxis Minion R 2.5 2ply
  • Rear tyre: Maxxis High Roller 2.5 1ply
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore 22/36 with an FSA Bashguard
  • Crankset: FSA Gravity Light 22/32
  • Pedals: NC 17 STD I
  • Pedals: Superstar Components Nano Tech Flats
  • Bars: Nox Crook
  • Bars: Nukeproof Warhead 760mm
  • Stem: Truvativ XR
  • Grips: NC17
  • Brakes: Avid Elixir 3 2011 with 180/180 rotors
  • Seatpost: FSA Gap 420mm
  • Seatpost: Kindshock Lev dropper post with 150mm of travel
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM X7 Medium Cage
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX
  • Front Derailleur: SRAM X7
  • Shifters: front X7, rear X9
  • Saddle: WTB Pure V
  • Saddle: Selle Italia NT1
  • Chainguide: Bionicon C.Guide V.02
  • Chainstay protection: Schwalbe Nobby Nic


The first change was to mount my gravity dropper turbo post to the sov. This made the bike even more fun than it already was since lowering the seat was a matter of pushing a trigger. Unfortunately, it was a gd with 27.2 diameter, so I had to use a bushing. It quickly turned out that the sov and the gd were not meant to be together. The post slid down millimeter by millimeter which was quite annoying when climbing and also the 100mm of travel the gd offered was simply not enough for a frame with such a low top tube. I like my frames a bit smaller than what I would be suggested by a bike shop, so seat post length tends to become a bit of a problem in general. But anyway … The gd went for the initially used non-dropper post since there was no money for another dropper post.

In spring, I changed to lighter tyres and put the light and strong wheelset from my full suspension bike on the sov which made it handle noticably nippier. I changed tyres once again by the start of 2013. Especially the change from the Minion DHR to the High Roller as a rear tyre made a radical change to rolling resistance. I couldn’t believe it at first, but this really was a game changer. Accelerating and maintaining speed in changing up/down kind of terrain is incredibly easy compared to the DHR.

The latest addition to the sov is the kindshock lev dropper post. The reason for buying the gd back in the day was that it did not have the cable attached to the top of the post but to the (not moving) bottom. The new dropper post I would buy had to have this feature too, so when the lev finally became available in europe by the end of 2012, this was my buy. I bought a model with 150mm of travel and 31.6mm diameter to fit the sov without any bushings. Although many people report problems with the 150mm version, I figured I’d give it a shot and try it. I don’t ride as much as I used to and want to think that I won’t destroy it any time soon. I’ll report :)

So that is the parts story. Oher than that, there is nothing else to say but that the frame never let me down till now..Everything still works perfectly and even the rather tiny looking chainstay length adjustment screws did not make any problems.


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