A BIKE THAT DEFIES ALL GENRES
Evil has officially shaken things up in the world of 29" bikes - to some this may come as a surprise. Don't let Evil's background fool you though, it's their heritage that makes The Following one of the most exciting bikes that we've had the privilege to ride. If you've ridden an Evil in the past, you likely know the fun-factor is tough to beat. Simply put, an Evil bike is an absolute blast on the trail. The Following marks Evil's third full suspension bike in their lineup, offering up 120mm rear travel and wildly aggressive geometry for a 29'er. In recent years, we've come to find that it's not necessarily the amount of travel a bike has, it's the geometry that plays the most significant role in ride characteristics. So in short, if you're a go-get'er trail rider, don't let the 120mm travel and 29" wheels scare you away, this bike will impress even the most aggressive riders out there.
At the heart of The Following is a revamped version of Evil's DELTA suspension system, designed and tested closely with Dave Weagle. DELTA System is a modified single pivot design that provides a dual-leverage rate curve. In layman's terms, this gives The Following a very supple feel at the very beginning of it's travel, then ramps up in the mid-stroke for for pedaling performance. The latter half of the suspension travel is fairly linear, with just enough progression to prevent against harsh bottom-outs. The Following's DELTA System has been refined to provide improved lateral stiffness and easier maintenance. Evil designed the DELTA System and suspension kinematics around the Rock Shox Monarch RT3 Debonair rear shock, which is what comes stock on the frame. Thorough testing across several rear shock options proved that the Monarch RT3 offered the best performance. Piggyback shocks are not compatible with this frame, nor is the Cane Creek DB Inline.
Sticking true to Evil's roots, The Following provides adjustable geometry that will suit a wide variety of rider preferences. As with the rest of Evil's full suspension bikes, geometry is adjusted by flipping the left and right dog bone links in the DELTA System. In the low setting, the head angle is 67.2° with a 12.8" BB height and 17" chainstay length. In the high setting, the head angle is 67.8° with a 13.1" BB height and 16.9" chainstay. Fairly aggressive numbers for a 29'er no doubt, but trust us, the geometry plays a huge role in the fun-factor of this bike. These numbers are all based around a 120mm suspension fork. Evil recommends using either a 120mm or 130mm travel fork with a 51mm offset. A 130mm fork will slacken the head angles listed above by about 1°. You can theoretically use a 140mm fork on The Following, but it will result in a very slack head angle, and may adversely affect the handling of the bike.
As with the rest of Evil's full suspension bikes, The Following is built from uni-directional carbon with a one-piece molded construction at one of the most reputable carbon bike factories in the world (VIP for those who are curious). Take one look at the frame, and it's clear that Evil did not skimp on construction. The Following is built tough, but it's not overly heavy. We verified the medium frame weight at 6.5 lbs with rear shock and rear axle. Complete builds should come in at 27 lbs without excessive damage to the wallet.
The Following features internal cable routing for dropper posts as well as front derailleurs. The rear brake line is cleanly routed externally under the top tube, and on the top side of the seatstay. The rear derailleur line is routed next to the brake line on the top tube, then internally through the seatstay. Another nice detail is a crafty built-in sag meter, located on the non-driveside Delta Link. Just sit on your bike, and the dial will show you when you've reached the target 30% sag.
The Following is designed to utilize either 1X or 2X drivetrains, with a max 34T on a 1X, and a max 38T on a 2X. A direct mount front derailleur tab is fitted for those running a 2X drivetrain.