Evil The Following

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28.30, 29.25, 30.93, 28 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Evil The Following. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • This is a bike that yearns for fast, aggressive riding on trails.
  • When thrown into bends this rig excelled, due to a very low bottom bracket.
  • Reviewers agreed that The Following delivered a fun and lively ride.
  • Owners raved about the “Smashing Pumpkin” color option.
  • More than one expert felt that The Following climbed like a frightened squirrel.
  • Consensus held that The Following absolutely hammered on descents.
  • The DELTA suspension was capable of subtle shifts throughout its progression.
  • This rig was nimble and efficient, being capable of cross-country singletrack.
  • Rubber protective guards are included on the chainstay and down tube.
  • A flip-chip allows selection between ‘low’ and ‘extra-low’ geometry options.
  • The Following’s carbon-rich diet fed the frame, bars, crankset and chainstay.

8 reasons not to buy

  • The Following is not heavy, but neither is it lightweight.
  • A slack seat-tube angle seemed somewhat dated to some reviewers.
  • The laidback riding position felt a little cramped for bigger riders.
  • One expert said that pedal-scrape was a risk if attention waned on climbs.
  • The Following demands a high price for high quality.
  • The multi-link pivot suspension system required detailed maintenance.
  • Some folk were underwhelmed by mud clearance on older models.
  • The complicated DELTA suspension system could be fiddly to adjust.

Bottom line

Even with a restrained 120mm of travel, The Following gives mo’ hucks for full-suspension conventions. Almost every reviewer said that this bike felt like a rig with much longer travel. It wanted to ride everything except superchunky rock gardens and full-strength downhill. The Following delivered more speed than a frightened mule and cornered like a hollywood producer, but by drifting more than turning. The adjectives ‘Fun’ and ‘Lively’ were worn thin by experts describing the Evil. This bike climbed as efficiently as could be expected from a full-suspension rig. On the downside, the DELTA suspension system was seen as complicated and maintenance-thirsty, which is a small price to pay for impressively progressive suspension that defies convention. See no, hear no, speak no... but if you have the coin, ride Evil.

Expert Reviews

85/100 based on 5 expert reviews
Level 5 expert

Evil The Following MB X01 Eagle review

Level 5 expert

The DELTA linkage… doesn’t feel like suspension in the normal, reactive sense, but some sort of velocity-generation engine that converts normally choking impacts and chunder into extra speed.

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Level 3 expert

Evil Following MB Review

Level 3 expert

…nothing matches this bike for what it is — a uniquely versatile, hugely fun experience… be forewarned: If you neglect this bike, you face epic fails…

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Level 5 expert

Evil Following MB GX Eagle Fox Factory Review

Level 5 expert

One of the most exciting 29er trail bikes on the market, balancing speed and fun perfectly.

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Vital MTB
Level 1 expert

Evil The Following X1

Level 1 expert

There’s a soft, supple initial feel that transitions into a firm, yet smooth, deep, supportive end stroke.

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Outdoor Gear Lab
Level 3 expert

Evil Following MB 2018 Review

Level 3 expert

The Following is a blast when its in its element. Charging down flow trails, railing berms, and pumping rolls in the trail is very fun. …Riders of slower, technical or rough trails should consider other bikes.

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User Ratings

90/100 based on 2 ratings
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