Evil Bikes The Following - first look

New aggressive trail 29er

Evil Bikes has unveiled The Following, a 120mm-travel 29er with low and slack geometry.

The Following has a full carbon frame with a claimed weight of 6lb / 2.7kg. This new 29er trail bike features internal cable routing through ports on the side of the head tube for a stealth-routed dropper seatpost and the front derailleur cable. The rear derailleur and rear brake lines are routed externally along the underside of the top tube. The rear derailleur then runs inside the drive-side seatstay, while the rear brake runs along the top of the opposing seatstay.The frame also has a Press Fit 30 bottom bracket, ISCG-05 tabs and integrated rubber frame protectors on the downtube and drive-side stays. 

Like the two other bikes currently in Evil’s line, the 150mm, 26in-wheeled Uprising and the World Cup-proven Undead gravity rig, The Following is built around Dave Weagle’s DELTA suspension system. 

The following uses dave weagle's highly-adjustable delta suspension design:
The following uses dave weagle's highly-adjustable delta suspension design:

DELTA is a tongue-in-cheek acronym that stands for Dave’s Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus

Like Weagle’s Split-Pivot suspension design, the DELTA system is a linkage-drive single pivot. What makes DELTA stand out is its adjustability. The system relies on a series of compact links to control the spring rate. Additionally, these links can be flipped to allow for changes to the head tube angle, bottom bracket height and wheelbase to be adjusted completely independent of the rear suspension, unlike other chip-based geometry adjustment systems.

On paper, the following looks like a trail shredder:
On paper, the following looks like a trail shredder:

The Following is lower and slacker than some longer-travel 29ers currently on the market

Evil will offer The Following with SRAM X1 and XO1 built kits, which will retail for US$6,599 and US$4,999, respectively, when they become available this spring. The Following will also be offered as a frame with RockShox RT3 Debonair shock for US$2,599. (UK and Australian pricing has yet to be announced.) 

For more information visit http://evil-bikes.com.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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