Evil Bikes is a rider-owned operation out of Seattle, WA. In the past 7 years, the company has been resurrected and has achieved much success in the downhill and long-travel trailbike market. Utilizing Dave Weagle’s DELTA suspension design, Evil bikes have a trademark look to them and, those that ride them, say the suspension is extremely supple and a ton of fun to ride.
For 2015, Evil is branching out to the 29er crowd, but not with an XC racer. Instead, they are launching The Following 29er with a playful and fun personality. With 120mm travel, The Following sits right smack in the middle of the myriad of 29er trailbikes, but has some unique selling points that the others do not.
For starters, the low and slack angles are meant for aggressive maneuvers — not something common with 29ers. With short, 17″ chainstays, The Following promises responsiveness and the adjustable head angle and bottom bracket drop ensure the right feel for every rider’s needs.
Evil The Following 29er Features:
- 120mm travel via DELTA suspension
- Full carbon frameset
- RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair shock
- Adjustable head angle and bottom bracket drop
- PF92 bottom bracket
- 120 or 130mm fork recommended
- Internal dropper post routing
- Weight: Approx 6 lbs (frame)
- Colors: Murder Black, Don’t Shoot Orange
- Price: $2599 (frame), $4999 (X1) or $6599 (X01)
The Bottom Line
Definitely a unique player in the market, The Following 29er should find a home in garages of 29er naysayers who never thought the big hoops could be so fun. Fast on the up, but especially fun on the downhill — that’s what I expect from this new bike.