Evil Chamois Hagar

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Evil Chamois Hagar. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • The Chamois Hagar yearns to be ridden at speed over raucous terrain.
  • It’s versatile; as a bikepacker, commuter and shredder of raw trails.
  • Even with slack geometry, the Chamois Hagar accelerates with fervor.
  • The Chamois Hagars handles expertly, when rounding bends on rough trails.
  • Considerable range is offered by the SRAM Eagle 12-speed drivetrain.
  • Seven mounting points provide for ample bags and bottles.
  • Hagar’s carbon fork comes shod with mounts for two bottle or cargo cages.
  • Noeverlap? Geometry makes toe-overlap with the front wheel impossible.
  • Tire clearance is for 700x50c tires (as a 1x ) or 700x40c (with a 2x setup). Phat.
  • A cabled or wireless dropper-post adorns the Hagar as stock.
  • A stealthy matt-black paint job stays true to the evil aesthetic.
  • Chamois Hagars accomodate a front derailleur with a double chainring.
  • A downtube frame protector insures the carbon frame against rock-strike.
  • The organic flow of the carbon frame creates a unique visual appeal.
  • WTB Venture tires offered ample traction and speed on dry trails and roads.
  • An Easton EA70 AX carbon handlebar absorbed vibration well.
  • The switchable clutch mechanism on Shimano GRX derailleurs can be turned off.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The lengthy cockpit wandered somewhat when climbing.
  • WTB Venture tires became easily glomped with mud - and didn’t shed it well.
  • Handling was less agile on tight bends or at slower speeds.
  • The Hagar was less comfortable at slower speeds and could be rough on the wrists.

Bottom line

As is the standard for Evil, the Chamois Hagar is an uncompromising experiment in pushing the edges of current design conventions to create a new experience. Like The Following and other Evil bikes, the Chamois Hagar is at home when being slammed into fast, hairy trails. But it’s less spectacular at meandering or hairpin turns. Coming from a true mountain-bike background, the Chamois Hagar sports a superslack 66.67° head angle. A stubby 50mm stem and 185mm dropper post complete the picture, along with a massive 93mm of trail to ensure no toe-overlap. If all this sounds like gobbledygook to you, what it means is that this is a gravel bike that has crossed over from the mountain bike camp. While drop bars, acceleration and seating position are all familiar to road-riders, everything else is not. This can have a downside if you’re used to road handling (some reviewers felt the Hagar’s long front-end drifted a little on climbs). A massive gear-range is offered by a 38t chainring and 12 Speed SRAM Eagle / Force eTap drivetrain. This should serve the vast majority of riders’ needs on ascents and flat-out gravel sprints. The cheaper, 11-speed GRX build had a slightly lower gear range and cabled dropper post. This presented a good value package: a cutting-edge carbon shredder with enough cargo mount-points to keep bikepackers and commuters smiling.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 rated expert review

Evil Bikes Chamois Hagar Review

You can shred it like a mountain bike or grind it all day like a gravel bike… the speed and pedaling position of an aggressive road bike… It’s about power, but it’s also primarily about fun.

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Review: Evil Chamois Hagar Gravel Bike is (No) Slacker on Road or Trail

It’s a really aggressive gravel bike… It could totally work as my only gravel bike, too… check your preconceptions at the door and get ready to have a blast.

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Gran Fondo

Evil Chamois Hagar on Review – The Borderline Gravel Bike

The faster you ride the Evil, the more confident you feel… it is the perfect bike for progressive gravel disciples, mountain bikers and everyone who wants to ride their home trails on a drop-bar bike.

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