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Evil Bikes The Following - just in

We introduce the lesser (travelling) of three Evils

A little over a month after Evil announced its aggressive trail 29er, The Following, we’ve got our grubby mitts on one and have given it a good once over.

Big wheels, short travel and slack angles – that’s the recipe as The Following joins the ever expanding 29er trailbike segment of rides that refuse to take things too seriously.

The full carbon frame of The Following is happy to take either a 120mm or 130mm fork and offers 120mm of travel at the rear. Hugging the wide and curvaceous down tube is a linkage-activated single pivot arrangement. Essentially a scaled down and refined version of the system used on Evil’s other two full-sussers, it was devised by one of the biggest names in mountain bike suspension – Dave Weagle.

The Following also makes use of the DELTA system, comprising flippable components at the suspension linkage; it’s quite unique in that it enables riders to independently adjust geometry figures without affecting the suspension leverage rate. The linkage houses two settings – high and low. The former makes for a head angle of 67.4 degrees, while the latter brings that figure down to 66.8 degrees (with a 130mm fork as shown). This change also lowers the 13.3in bottom bracket height by 0.3in and has a very slight impact on chainstay length and wheelbase figures, which extend by just 2mm and 1mm respectively.

The Following could change a few people’s opinions on 29ers with its looks alone

The Following also makes use of RockShox’ excellent Monarch RT3 Debonair – it’s a tight fit though, so if you’re looking to run another shock then be sure to double check compatibility. Ports on the side of the head tube provide routing for a stealth-routed dropper seatpost and the front derailleur cable while the rear derailleur cable and rear brake line are routed externally along the underside of the top tube. The shift cable then tucks away inside the driveside seatstay, while the rear brake runs along the top of the opposing stay.

The frame also has a PressFit 30 bottom bracket, ISCG-05 tabs and integrated rubber frame protectors on the down tube and driveside stays. There’s also a direct mount front derailleur tab for anyone who prefers a double drivetrain.

Sizing ranges from small to extra-large. Tall people shouldn’t be disappointed with this one either – the XL is a properly big bike with a recommended rider height of 6ft 4in (193cm) and up. The test bike shown above tipped the BikeRadar scales at 29lbs (13.15kg).

The Following will soon be available in the UK through distributor Silverfish, with a complete build very similar to the one shown. The frame is now available to buy individually with a Monarch RT3 Debonair shock. It’s also worth noting that, as well as this murdered-out black finish, The Following is also available in ‘don’t shoot orange’, which is every bit as OTT as the name suggests.

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