THE XC SPEED DEMON
Like you, we love all-mountain-style events like the Downieville Classic, BC Bike Race, trans-whateveria, etc., where descending prowess and climbing efficiency share equal value on the podium steps. The SID XX build ushers the Following into this world, with components and geometry optimized for the grindhouse climbs and white-knuckle descents of race day.
We chose a feathery SID Ultimate fork and the latest SID shock to smooth out the track, with a twist-grip full frame lockout for the home stretch sprints on smoother terrain. Shaving just 10mm off the fork travel tips the geometry needle towards nimble efficiency, while maintaining composure on modern XC gnar. The XX kit is the choice of World Cup racers, where acceleration, cadence control and efficiency are king, a natural fit for the Following SID XX. The SRAM XX Transmission is a revelation for spandex-stretchers, as it moves the chain with zero hesitation in the face of torque numbers that make lesser drivetrains skip and slip. It was the easy choice for our dedicated race rig, where a single botched shift can make or break the day.
On the trail, a pair of Level Ultimate four-piston brakes guarantee Evil level control perched above a svelte ENVE carbon stem and M6 bar. Why four-pistons for XC? Because more control IS more speed. When a bike packs the braking traction of the Following, you quickly learn that a trimmed braking zone is more valuable on race day than trimming the bike’s weight by another few grams. More stopping power = you get to ride faster.
To further featherize the SID XX, and put more snap in your attack, we’re trusting Industry Nine’s lightest carbon wheels shod with some fast-rolling WTB Ranger tires. The frames are on dietary restriction, clad with minimalist rubber armor in the name of ascending speed, and the build is capped off with a WTB Silverado saddle, all gussied up in carbon-rail trim.
FOLLOW NO ONE.
This bike kicked off the shred-trail 29er movement, and we haven’t hit the mute button on loud, fast, and fun times. We need to let the volume roar and this bike needs to claw after every extra-credit popportunity. Oh, and it drifts uphill too.
Riding is far better than wrenching, and our engineers aim to reduce your garage time. We’ve heard the battle cries over trunnion shock spacers and responded by capturing them in the linkage, so you no longer have to fiddle and fumble when installing shocks. To polish this shiny knife, Evil will offer lifetime bearing warranty for Offering LS frames. Original owners can register their bikes on the Evil website. See our warranty site for more details to keep those pivots silky smooth.
While updating the Following LS, we’ve maintained what makes it so special: lightning handling, shameless pop, and that uncanny ability to be there before you’ve decided to go there. We ratcheted that die-hard XC determination with an over-the-pedals 77° seat tube angle. It’ll climb, and climb, and climb. Then, just like the Following we love, it’s first to the beer cooler at the bottom. Always.