2018 Evil Bikes The Following MB
Though for a time there seemed to be a kind of range war being fought among the different proponents of mountain bike wheel sizes, lately the argument has calmed down to the point where most people can agree that everyone should have the right to choose his or her preferred wheel size. And that ease of choice is something that Evil Bikes The Following MB facilitates beautifully since now it can accommodate either a 29 inch wheel or a 27.5+ inch wheel with seriously chunky tires.
If you are wondering what the MB stands for in the name, it is short for the already accurately succinct “More Better’er”. This is a super playful bike that really can do more and better. The Following has always been a bike that has been meant to be amazingly proficient at going downhill, while not handicapping the rider when the climbing section starts. And this balanced quality will only be enhanced by the fact that you can choose whether you want to mate a 29 inch wheel with 2.4 inch tires to it, or a 27.5 inch wheel with honking 2.8 inch tires. You can go for the dominating DH slayer or the playful ride, depending on what you choose to match to the 120mm rear travel. Was that a gasp we heard? That’s no misprint; the Following is an amazing bike going downhill, even if 120 sounds a little too little. That’s because this rear suspension design comes from the verdant mind of suspension guru Dave Weagle, so you can expect the plushest 120 you’ve probably ever felt.
The beauty of the design means too that you won’t feel like your power is being absorbed as you climb up some longer ridges; on the contrary, you will immediately be able to tell just how well balanced this bike is by how much you are slashing your PRs on the climbs. Then when you hit the descent, you will really be able to make the most of The Following’s ability to rail a technical downhill trail. You’ll get a supple ride in the early portion of the travel, ensuring the traction will keep you effectively plowing your line, while you’ll enjoy the bottomless ramp at the end of the travel. This isn’t just great suspension, it’s a great system. That’s because every part of the system, from the damper to the geometry, to the intended use of the bike has been taken into account and developed with each feature in mind.
With a 20mm increased reach than the previous version, this updated Following is longer and stiffer, but does not go lower or slacker. Then making it possible to mount a metric piggy-back shock, in addition to the Boost spacing will turn this hummer into a slayer at the bike park. The geometry works in unison with the suspension to make sure you will be able to sail through in the roughest corners. Add to that, Weagle’s DELTA Link system for the suspension with its Flip Chip gives you the chance to tune the geometry exactly to suit your needs. As the name implies, the Flip Chip allows you to change the BB height and head angle by flipping around the chip. It may sound a touch unwieldy, but really it will be a breeze once you get the hang of it, and will make it possible to find the perfect setup according to the demands of your toughest trails. Aggressive XC to all-mountain style of trails will all be within easy reach of The Following. And a SAG meter on the non-drivetrain side will make it easy for you to customize your suspension setup.
The frame itself has been made from Uni Directional Carbon with One Piece Molded construction to keep it lightweight and fantastically durable. The internal cable routing for stealth dropper posts offers functionality and clean lines. Also adding to the clean look is the fact this is a 1X dedicated frame, so you won’t have the clutter of a front derailleur mount around that busy area of the crank/bottom bracket interface. Integrated rubber protection comes on the chainstay, seat stay and downtube to keep the trail debris from damaging your gorgeous carbon machine. Available in four sizes and two color options, Evil Bikes The Following will quickly encourage you to test your limits and find new challenges in your all-mountain adventures.
Rear Triangle: Carbon
Suspension: DELTA link
Shock Option(s): RockShox Super Deluxe RCT Debonair, 165x45 (+2 Token), Trunion / 20x8 DB TT LL1 380
Rear Travel: 120mm
Shock SAG: 30%
Fork Travel Range: 120mm - 140mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 62mm
Headset Included: Yes, FSA No. 57/68 integrated
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Bottom Bracket Type: 73mm | Mountain threaded
ISCG Tabs: ISCG 05
Cable Routing Brake: External
Cable Routing Shifter: External
Cable Routing Dropper Seatpost: Internal
Front Derailleur Mount: Single ring only
Wheel Size: 29er, 27.5+
Brake Mount Type: Post mount, 185mm max rotor size
Seatpost Diameter: 30.9mm
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 148mm BOOST
Sizes: 15” SM | 17” MD | 18.5” LG | 20” XL |
Colors: Drunken Olive, Smashing Pumpkin