Win up. Win down. Follow no one.
This was the bike that made people realize 29ers don’t suck. The bike that inhales trails, hunts for mischief, rewards deviously rowdy behavior. It took naysayers and made slaysayers. It slashed and burned a category only thought fit for naptime. It redefined short-is-big, support-is-necessary, progression-is-key, pop-is-king. The Following started an entire genre of bikes.
And while the Following is as far from everybody else’s bike as it could be—it’s currently bucking the nebulous-reach trend while scrubbing the long gap at the same time—it’s still the bike that wastes nothing in any challenge. Uphill, then egregiously descending through every opportunity while decimating every pump and undulation the trail has to give—and then some. Slash-XC, shred-country, hard both ways, TAll Mountain—call it what you want, the Following will follow no bike.
Which is why the Evil Following will always be the King of Pop.
More Pop Less Filling
We took the most playful bike ever to manual the earth and poured Pop Rocks into a mouthful of Mountain Dew. And an inline shock makes sure the pop don’t stop. Bantam frame and build weights, plus a tyrannically steep 77-degree seat tube angle mean the Following is even faster up than it is down… even if that flat out seems impossible.
Attacking the climb without sacrificing the shred.
Too many bikes are chasing the same Reach horizon as everything gets numbed into aircraft-carrier lengths, and every bike uses the same 65-degree headtube angle—XC to Enduro+, hardtails included. You might as well just pick by color. Not us.
For the bike that started the entire shred-trail 29 movement, we can’t hit the mute button on loud, fast, and fun times. We need to let the volume roar and the rally car needs to claw after every extra-credit popportunity it can’t help but hit. And now, the rally car drifts uphill too.
In updating the Following, we’ve kept what makes it so special: lightning handling, shameless pop, and that uncanny ability to be there before you’ve even decided to go there. But we added in that die-hard XC determination with an over-the-pedals 77-degree seat tube angle. It’ll climb, and climb, and climb. And just like the Following we love, it’s first to the beer cooler. Always.
To do this, we actually kept the wheelbase somewhat reasonable—1,177mm for a size medium. But we still needed to add to the Following’s bounce off the walls enthusiasm so we’re spec'ing inline rear shocks. Fear not, you can run piggyback shocks, but inlines are full of shamelessly pop. Yes, we’ve said pop a lot. We like pop. We spec RockShox Deluxe Ultimate RC Debonairs and Fox Float DPS Factory EVOLs and the ramp is irresistible—dig deep, engage boost, gap farther.
In designing around SuperBoost+, it didn’t just stiffen things at speed, it allowed us to oversize each cohesive piece within the structural assembly. With everything bigger, and Evil’s renowned time and weather defying dual row, Klüberplex filled, angular contact bearings, it’s a sustainable ecosystem designed to withstand the rainforest. It also kept our feverishly fast 430mm chainstays and strengthened the rear wheel’s bracing angle. We did not shy away from the hammerheads—this is, after all, Evil’s trail bike and we don’t do anything halfass here. There’s full-on lockout routing for the rear shock, you can run a zero-stack headset, and we offer 120mm true lightweight fork option—a Fox 34 Step-Cast.
We went fully internal, tube-in-tube for tidy housings and seamless set up and we shrank the direct-injection carbon chainguide into a svelte modern design wonder. Those who want lighter still—yep, you can take it off.
This puts it in full in Strava-seek-and-destroy, overly fit pedaler territory, but this is a Following we’re talking about, and we made sure the Following is every bit the skateboard of the skinny dirt, slasher of the hidden line, defier of categorization destroyer. It’s the king of pop, more so than ever with an inline rear shock, now just with an additional 18mm of wheelbase and 25mm reach stability. It lost weight and gained strength—who doesn’t want that? And just like the original Following, it can’t be compared to anything, it’s too far ahead—not even in sight—up and down.
Sender Neutral - Excels with both reduced & traditional offset forks.
Sound Mounds - Rubber sound-cancelling chainstay mounds keep you bounding in peace.
Silence of the Linkage - Dual-row, angular-contact, Klüberplex-filled bearings + oversized pivot hardware = lifetime.
157mm Superboost+04 - Wider spacing makes for faster, stiffer handling.
Direct Injection Chainguide - As light as it gets—and removable for those who want even lighter.
Pedal Forward Positioning - 77-degree seat tube angle puts you over the pedals, powerfully cranking uphill.
Miracle grow main pivot - Wider pivot, oversized hardware, and a systematic wholehearted linkage approach = flex-free durability.
Fully Internal - Integrated rubber protection for the chainstay and seat stay to keep things peaceful and quiet in the woods.
Rally Car Wheelbase - 1,177mm (size MD) for stability, driftability, rowdy behaviour, and predictability.
Piggyback Rides - Reservoir-shock compatible for the over builders out there.
Following 120mm Travel, UD Carbon, Full Internal Cable Routing, Super boost+ 157, Integrated Chain Guide, Threaded BB
Rockshox Deluxe Ultimate RCT Debonair, Trunnion 165x45, ML1 380 2 Tokens
Fox Float DPS, Factory, EVOL, 165x4
Available Sizes - Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
Available Colors - Protein Powder, Black Out Drunk
Wheel Travel - 120mm
Rear Shock - Rockshox Deluxe Ultimate RCT Debonair, Trunnion 165x45, ML1 380 2 Tokens
Shock Hardware - Trunion Upper, 20x8mm Lower
Fork Axle to Crown - 520.8mm, Fox 120mm
Fork Offset -51mm
Headtube - Tapered 1 1/8" - 1 1/2"
Headset - FSA Integrated Tapered No. 57/68 Upper 44mm Lower 62mm Tapered OD
Seatpost Diameter - 30.9mm
Seatclamp Diameter - 34.9mm
Rear Wheel Diameter - 29" or 27.5+
Maximum Rear Tire Size - 29" x 2.4" (Varies By Brand) / 27.5+" x 2.8"
Bottom Bracket Shell - 73mm Threaded
Chainline - 51mm
Chainguide Mount - ISCG05 Lower
Maximum Chainring Size - 36T Single Ring
Minimum Chainring Size - 30T Single Ring
Rear Wheel Spacing - 157mm x 12mm
Front Derailleur - Single Ring Only
Brake Mount Type - Post Mount 180mm
Maximum Rear Rotor Size - 203mm