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The price of admission just got lower.
It seems like every new mountain bike to hit the market is an aggressive 29er now that everyone from seasoned trail riders to enduro pros is on board with wagon wheels. And while the rest of the industry is playing catchup, brands like Evil Bikes have been ahead of the curve with its Following for a few years now. It's progressive geometry and suspension kinematics turned the industry on its head and redefined everyone's expectations of how a big wheel bike should ride and the type of terrain it could excel on. Trail bike words like "fun" and "playful" replaced XC terms like "efficient" and "lightweight" usually reserved for 29ers and riders were quickly realizing the big wheels roll fast and let you get by with less travel while still getting rowdy on black diamond trails. While many brands are just now launching their versions of a trail 29ers, Evil has already updated the Following to the latest MB version adding boost rear spacing, a threaded bottom bracket, and a slightly longer reach to the bars, and while these changes undoubtedly stiffen things up, allow the ability to go with plus wheels and tires, and swaps the PF92 shell over to our preferred BB standard, the lion's share of the details between the V1 and MB such as travel, angles, chainstay length, and BB height remain identical so for the most part, both versions of The Following ride very similar. You've been hearing about The Following's glowing reviews for a while now and have been wanting to get one of your very own but the funds just didn't allow, we have a great deal going on the 2017 version of The Following GX Complete Mountain Bike so you can finally add it to the stable with plenty left in the bank to check off those mountain bike meccas on your to-do list.
No one knows your local terrain and riding style better than you and Evil offers ups adjustable geometry so you can dial the bike in for your preferred riding locals. The frame's linkage includes flip chips that alter the bottom bracket height and head tube angle. When dropped to the Low setting, the bottom bracket sits a scant 12.83in off the ground, and the head tube slacks out to as low as 66.8 degrees. These heights and angles create a bike that corners like it's on rails and takes the opportunity to get some airtime off any lip, over roots, or down drops, while the big wheels maintain momentum over technical terrain. Riding the Following is confidence inspiring and will have you going faster and unlocking lines you've never seen or thought about riding. That long, low stance is finished off with 17in chainstays (16.8in in the High setting) for agile handling on tight singletrack and its handling chops go a long way in quelling the banter from forum jockeys about how 29ers are "supposed to handle".
All of the full-suspension frames from Evil, this Following included, rely on a suspension platform known as Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus, which the brand abbreviates with the acronym DELTA. DELTA is the brainchild of suspension genius Dave Weagle also of DW-Link and Split-Pivot fame and this particular design are unique and exclusive to just Evil at the moment. It offers amazing plushness and efficiency while governing the 4.7-inches of travel from the RockShox Monarch shock. It's equally at home on multi-hour backcountry exploration pedal fests as it is in the park or other shuttle assisted rides.
Evil's decision to use a linkage driven single pivot design stems from its ability to achieve a level of adjustability not afforded on DW-link's multi-link design. The origins of the DELTA platform began as a design for testing different suspension curves, so naturally, it affords Evil the ability to exactly manipulate the kinematics that it desired on the Following. The beefy linkages pivot on dual row angular contact bearings and a 15mm thru axle injects a ton of stiffness into the frame and allows for its built-in sag measurement indicator letting you quickly check your air pressure settings at the trailhead parking lot before embarking on a singletrack session. Just reset the little toggle dial, hop on the saddle, and add or remove air until your sag is in the proper range.
The Following's DELTA pivot location reduces the need for excessive shock platform damping, so you'll likely run the included RockShox Monarch fully open 24/7 even while ascending root-latticed treescapes and rocky switchbacks and enjoy the added benefit of a more stable chassis with increased traction. And since the shock doesn't have to prevent bobbing with a ton of compression damping, DELTA provides a supple, and very light-off-the-top early stroke and mid-stroke support that keeps the tires glued to the trail. As it approaches the triple-digit end of its 120mm of travel, the leverage ramps up to maintain composure and keep a little bit of stroke in reserve for those oh crap moments. There are some pretty hard-hitters riding Evils and even with their skill set, it takes a lot to find the DELTA's limits.
The DELTA platform gets a lot of credit for the way the bike rides, but its carbon construction is literally a supporting member too, and those with a good memory might remember that Evil has somewhat of a checkered past with carbon manufacturing, but with its new molds and the move to a different factory a few years ago, the current crop is some of the most beautiful, and more importantly, strong and durable, one-piece molded frames in the industry. Each frame is laid-up with a targeted blend of T700 and T800 carbon, which are both high-modulus, unidirectional fibers from Toray. Toray is a name that we'd expect to see associated with a lightweight climber's road frame, not a brutally aggressive trail ogre that refuses to die. Every frame's life begins with EPS and silicone molds. The black stuff is laid up around these and then compacted from inside and out, resulting in uniform wall thickness and eliminating excess resin pooling and the kind of imperfections and structural weaknesses that impertinent trail gremlins exploit to cause frame failures. The insistence on using this material and layup technique ensures that even though Evil the brand doesn't take itself too seriously, it absolutely insists that its frames are built to an exacting standard that meets its QC and safety checks.
This custom in-house build gets the excellent RockShox Pike RCT3 fork guiding the front end and matching the supple stroke of the frame's Monarch rear shock. SRAM's Eagle GX workhorse group offers plenty of range up and down the mountain and when it's time to pull in the reins, the Guide R Discs do a great job of scrubbing off speed. Rolling stock consists of an e*thirteen TRS wheelset and Michelin's Force AM tires handling a variety of trail conditions with grip and rolling ease. Cockpit duties are handled by Race Face's Aeffect lineup of 35mm bar and stem and its Turbine dropper post, getting the WTB Volt saddle, an office favorite, out of the way when the trail gets steep. This build gives you everything you need in one package to hit the trails and you'll be singing the praises of 29-inch wheels soon.
- Evil's fun and playful trail bike just got wallet friendly
- 4.3in of efficient and plush DELTA suspension
- Progressive geometry sparked a movement
- Flip chips adjust the geometry to your riding style
- Sag meter helps dial in the ride height
- The Toray carbon fiber builds up a lightweight and durable frame
- Spec'd with our in-house build of SRAM GX Eagle
- Evil Bikes wants to get rowdy in the woods with you
- Item #EVB000D
- Q & A
Awesome all around
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bike just eats up the trail. I have been so impressed with the ability of this frame to keep traction on climbs. I knew this bike would make downhills easier. I am thoroughly impressed that I can take lines and approaches up hills I would not have taken before.
This is a ridiculous deal for this build. I am extremely happy and I have to give big kudos to the shop that assembled my bike at Competitive Cyclist. Everything came perfectly tuned and ready to go. I have never received a bike purchased over the internet so perfectly assembled. Top notch service and quality control to boot with an awesome bike and even better deal.