just slightly longer and definitely MORE BETTER'ER
Everybody’s favorite 120mm of fun just got more better’er. Evil picked up right where the original Following left off and decided to make the party between your legs a little longer and stiffer, but not slacker or lower. The Following is back and more better’er with a trunnion mounted metric piggy-back shock, boost and an integrated chain guide. Now you can have all that big bike fun in a shorter travel package. Sometimes less really is more. Now you can tell everyone your 120mm rides way bigger than it looks and rarely bottoms out.
Launching the original Following a few years ago, people thought Evil were crazy. The idea of releasing a 120mm 29" trail bike when the world was obsessed with longer travel 27.5" enduro bikes was crazy for them too, but they knew from the first time they rode that platform, they were on to something fun. And the more fun they had, they realized they could make the Following better, even more better'er.
The original Following was designed as a short travel playful trail bike, but to Evil's surprise you all thought it was a mini DH bike, so they decided to add a trunnion mounted metric piggy-back shock, boost spacing and a few other things to handle higher speeds and bike park style riding. Moving to 148 x 12 spacing and a 1x drivetrain allowed them to follow what they have done with the Calling, Wreckoning, and Insurgent, adding stiffness in key areas while maintaining the compliance necessary to make this thing track in the roughest corners.
The trunnion mount allows the shock to run on two of their linkage bearings, which not only makes the initial stroke smoother but allows the suspension to be more active throughout the travel. Geometry stayed very similar with the exception of an additional 20mm in reach, which opens up the cockpit a bit and provides a longer more stable wheelbase while maintaining our signature berm slashing 430mm chainstays. The leverage rate curve has been slightly updated to handle those days when landings are an oversight. We have also added support for various piggy-back, coil and inline shocks so you can build a lightweight XC/Trail slayer or a Pacific Northwest shredder. *Check Evil's website for compatibility or call us at Evo Cycles.
Many of you also asked for these odd size tires that were reminiscent of Nokian Gazzalodis from the late 90's. At first, Evil tried to reserve judgement, but they chalked this up to yet another industry ploy to sell more bikes, but after some serious time on these tires/wheels they found they definitely have a place. Evil don't see plus replacing conventional tire sizes anytime soon, but they are a lot of fun in the right conditions. So, for those of you who want rock crawling climbing traction coupled with the ability to reshape gravel into a berm then go ahead and wedge a set of balloons in this bad boy! You will not be disappointed.
Four bikes, one frame... The Following MB can really span categories, with adjustable geometry designed around 120-140mm forks and piggy-back shocks. You can build a lightweight 120mm x 120mm trail bike with an inline shock or opt for a light duty enduro rig with a 140mm fork and a piggy-back shock. As if this wasn't enough options, you can throw some plus balloons on there and get a fast bike that rides on rails and can virtually pull itself up anything.
Build Your Following MB - Frame only also available
The Following MB is the same same but different, metric, piggy-back shock capable, boost compatible, rock-crawling, berm destroying 29" and 27.5+ wild child that makes slashing trails, riding jump line and crushing descents more better.
3 BUILDKITS AVAILABLE
Evil are currently offering three buildkit options on this bike at the moment, all of which we believe offer amazing value for money on a top flight carbon frameset from a premium brand.
1. GX Eagle with Rockshox Pike Ultimate RCT3 fork and Super Deluxe RCT rear shock, E13 alloy wheels, Reverb dropper post, Sram Guide RE brakes and WTB Vigilante tyres..
2. XO1 Eagle Ltd - a new limited offer from May 2020 - for less than £250 more than the GX eagle buildkit this upgrades you to XO1 eagle drivetrain with Sram Descendant 7k alloy cranks, Sram Guide RSC brakes and Maxxis Minion 3C EXO tyres. The rest of the kit is the same great performing kit as GX Eagle.
3. XO1 Eagle - Same top flight Rockshox suspension as GX Eagle spec but with full XO1 eagle drivetrain including carbon crankset. Other upgrades are RaceFace SixC carbon bar, Turbine R stem, Maxxis Minion 3C EXO tyres and Sram G2 RSC brakeset.
Bolt On Axle - new axle bolts directly into the derailleur hanger for stiff hassle free operation.
ISCG05 Mounts - Custom ISCG05 Mounts to accommodate the lower guide collaboration with e13 components.
Delta System - Newly designed Trunnion mount to work flawlessly with the new metric shock standard. Upper shock bolts run on bearings for the smoothest feel.
Downtube Protector - Molded Rubber Downtube Protector keeps rocks and debris off the plastic and quiets the ride.
e13 Chainguide - Lower chainguide and bash guard compatible.
Integrated Upper Chainguide - Fully integrated carbon chainguide to keep that chain on.
Internal Routing - Internal routing for stealth dropper posts. Rear derailleur and brake routing is cleanly routed under the toptube and the rear derailleur cable is internally routed through the swingarm to keep things tidy.
unidirectional carbon - Plastic Fantastic. Uni Directional Carbon with One Piece Molded construction from one of the best factories in the business.
Rubber Protection - Integrated rubber protection for the chainstay and seat stay to keep things peaceful and quiet in the woods.
Evil Bikes Tech - Sag Meter -We added a fancy integrated SAG meter into the non-drive side Delta Link to make suspension set up easy. Push it forward, sit on your bike, adjust air pressure to 30%, then shred.
Rockshox Super Deluxe RCT Debonair, 165x45 (+2 Token), Trunion / 20x8 DB TT LL1 380
Trunion Upper, 20x8mm Lower
Fork Axle to Crown
520.8mm, Fox 120mm
Tapered 1 1/8" - 1 1/2"
FSA Integrated Tapered No. 57/68 Upper 44mm Lower 62mm Tapered OD
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
Maximum Chainring Size
36T Single Ring
Minimum Chainring Size
30T Single Ring / 32T Oval
Rear Wheel Spacing
148mm x 12mm
Single Ring Only
Brake Mount Type
Post Mount 180mm
Maximum Rear Rotor Size