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Evil BikesThe FollowingMB Mountain Bike Frame
Item # EVB000A
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Note: Actual inseam is not the same as pant inseam.
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bike is just what i was looking for. It really is as playful as a 27.5 but you get all the advantages that come with a 29er as well. So much fun to ride.
Could Be THE Aggressive Trail Bike
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Everyone is looking for that one bikes to do MOST of what they want to do. I tend to see two schools of thought here: 1. what can make me descend like nothing affects me while I can maybe get this bike uphill in a serviceable way and 2. what can I do to turn a rig that is pretty fast uphill to almost have no limits on the down?
The Following MB looks towards the second party with 120mm of travel within its DELTA linkage and a bit more reach than the original version of the Following. What results is what could be one of the most easily approachable trail bikes on the market with just enough stability to confidently take on most conditions with ease.
One of the only tricks to it is you need to be confident yourself and push this bike to its limit to get the most out of it. The other is that the rear tire clearance isn't much as the knobbiest of compounds won't have you going higher than 2.35.
The latter is really the only down point I have found within the MB version let alone the 1st version of the Following. This frame/bike is truly one of the closest single quiver offerings out there and most folks who are looking to have a great full speed bike on the up and the down won't be disappointed.
Would the 2018 MB Large be the right size at 6'?
You are actually right in between sizes for the Medium and Large, so it really depends on what you like on a bike! I would say that if you are looking for something that is faster and you want some speed on, definitely size up to the Large. If you want something that is going to be more nimble and something that you can really control incredibly well, definitely go the Medium. So, it really up to you. If you have any questions, definitely let me know, contact details are above!
Great All Arounder
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
For having the lower travel that this bike does, it sure is easy to go fast if you point it downhill. Geometry does make a big difference! I'm coming off of a similar travel Specialized Camber Evo. The pedaling platform feels much better when climbing. The rear shock also feels more compliant over small bumps. I've yet to bottom it out. Setting sag can be a little tricky and I learned that you do need to cycle the negative air chamber before airing up. The frame is incredibly stiff and sturdy. It's not all that light for carbon, but you can see the goal of durability over lightness. Love this bike!
One thing I'd note for climbing - I have to run the stack pretty low in order to get decent traction on very steep tech climbs.
Pros: Nice climbing, great small bump compliance, quiet ride, bottomless feeling rear shock, sturdy & stiff frame, awesome matte finish, VERY comfortable descender.
Cons: Price (pay to play), weight, seat tube angle will get pretty slack if you run the saddle high above the stem, doesn't cure cancer,
Aggressive 29" Shred Rig
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Following is back! I'm 5'11" and have a 32" inseam - the demo I rode was a medium, but made me realize that even with the MB (more better)'s increased reach, I would absolutely go to the large. I'm currently riding a SB5.5 as my daily driver bike so much of this review is having it compared to that (I know its not a direct apples to apples comparison, but also a 29'er, just a bit more travel than the Evil Following). I rode this on a XC style ride putting some serious miles, in some full on shuttle DH laps, and a few rides of between the two.
What I liked About the Bike:
- I will say that Evil Bike's DELTA suspension takes a bit of getting used to. I'm coming off Yeti's Switch Infinity & DW Link bikes that are a touch more lively feeling. This is feels more like a DH bike and I'd imagine what a downhiller's trail bike would want to look like. It grows on you though, by the end I wanted more and more and was sad to return the demo back after the greater part of a week of riding.
- The climbing of the Following is decent. I wouldn't say its the most efficient bike out there, but I will say that the climbing is good enough for the downhill capability that this has.
- Going back into the DH capability - for 120mm of travel in the rear, this rig rides fantastic. While its definitely not going to ride as well as well as a full on downhill bike, it certainly can keep up as the runt of the litter. It'll eat up bumps and rock gardens (I was thankful for the 29" wheels on this) and rips on mid size jumps.
- I like the integrated chain guide, slick to have on the bike.
- (This is from my review of our own build of the Following MB item #EVB000B, but going to keep it if you're looking for an idea of what components to spec your bike with). The components were on point - this is how I'd like my own bike to be spec'd. GX Eagle really is one of the best bang for your buck drivetrains out there right now - just felt crisp and on point. The Reverb felt great, especially with the 1x lever on it. Sram Roam 50 Carbon wheels were solid - no flex as can happen with aluminum 29'er wheels and seemed burly enough for getting rowdy. I rode this with a 130mm fork and think that's what I'd do if I were to build up a Following MB from the frame up myself. I have never been a fan of Schwalbes due to slashing sidewalls & puncturing tires and lo and behold I managed to puncture both the front and tire - at least Schwalbe is consistent, right? I'd say throw on some Maxxis Minions and have no fears.
What I didn't like:
- It does take a bit of getting used to. I didn't hop on and immediately love it, which I feel like a lot of Evil Bike owners do.. I grew to love it for sure, but takes a bit of a learning curve I suppose.
- I don't think the suspension sag set tool works as well as it should. I had to fiddle with the air pressure a few times to get it actually dialed.
- Emphasizing my dislike for the the Schwalbe tires - the Nobby Nic is a trail tire (and I was excited to try out the new Addix tire compound) and it did not live up to my expectation. Luckily, I'd be happy to help out swap out the tires for you before we even ship the bike out to you!
If you are wondering if this is the bike for you or are looking to build up a custom build on the Following MB, don't hesitate giving a shout and I'd be stoked to get you on an Evil of your own! My direct line is 801.204.4547 or you can reach me at email@example.com
What is the frame weight in a medium size? Thx.
6.5 pounds with shock and rear axle installed for the medium