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 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 the XX model. Shaving just 10mm off the fork from its Following LS cousin 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, while the SID GX spec maintains a more lightweight adventure vibe.
On the trail, a pair of Level Ultimate four-piston brakes guarantee Evil level control perched above a svelte carbon bar and shorty stem. 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 build and add snap to your attack, we’re offering some of Industry Nine’s lightest carbon wheels as an upgrade. The frames for XX builds 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. Our GX build retains the slightly burlier saddle, longer dropper travel, and the full-frame armor that's found on our Following LS.
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 Following 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.