Luke Dordaiwrote a review of Evil Bikes The Following XTR Complete Mountain Bike - 2016 on June 17, 2016
Got a chance to take this bike for a nice 20 mile blast, and I was completely impressed by what it was capable of. I was a bit worried to be honest, because I've ridden quite a few of the mid to long travel 29ers, and I always felt like I was trying to maneuver a boat (i'm much more a 27.5 guy normally). The short chainstays combined with the relatively short wheelbase makes for a bike that is substantially more playful than I was anticipating.
Lets get this out of the way first. This bike is not going to climb as well as a DW-link bike or a Switch bike. That being said, I found that it's seated climbing manners are actually really good, I never felt like I was fighting for traction or the suspension was bobbing excessively. Getting out of the saddle and really cranking on it did get the suspension to move more than I would like, but again, this bike is not about the climb.
Pointing it downhill however opened up a completely different animal. Point it down a straight, gnarly downhill, and it gobbles up trail so fast I found I had to look further down the trail than I was used to because I was moving so fast. I was a bit worried how it handled tighter, narrower turns, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Center or even get your weight a bit over the front of the bike, and the Following was amazingly easy to flick from turn to turn without feeling like you were muscling a way bigger bike.
One thing I did notice about the rear suspension, the first couple inches of it feel like a downhill bike. Super plush, soaks up all the smallest trail buzz, but then it ramps up so well that it feels like a bike with much more travel.
The build kit that we've made up is super killer, and an amazing value, with one caveat: the tires. I feel like the tires specced on the bike are not aggressive enough for what this bike is meant to do. Fortunately, since it is a house build, it is something we can swap out. Give me a call or email, and I would be glad to help out set up a build or answer any more questions about the bike.