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The Following X01

We took the most playful bike ever to manual the earth and poured Pop Rocks into a mouthful of Mountain Dew. And an inline shock makes sure the pop don’t stop. Bantam frame and build weights, plus a tyrannically steep 77-degree seat tube angle mean the Following is even faster up than it is down… even if that flat out seems impossible.

Too many bikes are chasing the same Reach horizon as everything gets numbed into aircraft-carrier lengths, and every bike uses the same 65-degree headtube angle—XC to Enduro+, hardtails included. You might as well just pick by color. Not us.

For the bike that started the entire shred-trail 29 movement, we can’t hit the mute button on loud, fast, and fun times. We need to let the volume roar and the rally car needs to claw after every extra-credit popportunity it can’t help but hit. And now, the rally car drifts uphill too.

In updating the Following, we’ve kept what makes it so special: lightning handling, shameless pop, and that uncanny ability to be there before you’ve even decided to go there. But we added in that die-hard XC determination with an over-the-pedals 77-degree seat tube angle. It’ll climb, and climb, and climb. And just like the Following we love, it’s first to the beer cooler. Always.

To do this, we actually kept the wheelbase somewhat reasonable—1,177mm for a size medium. But we still needed to add to the Following’s bounce off the walls enthusiasm so we’re spec'ing inline rear shocks. Fear not, you can run piggyback shocks, but inlines are full of shamelessly pop. Yes, we’ve said pop a lot. We like pop. We spec RockShox Deluxe Ultimate RC Debonairs and Fox Float DPS Factory EVOLs and the ramp is irresistible—dig deep, engage boost, gap farther.

In designing around SuperBoost+, it didn’t just stiffen things at speed, it allowed us to oversize each cohesive piece within the structural assembly. With everything bigger, and Evil’s renowned time and weather defying dual row, Klüberplex filled, angular contact bearings, it’s a sustainable ecosystem designed to withstand the rainforest. It also kept our feverishly fast 430mm chainstays and strengthened the rear wheel’s bracing angle. We did not shy away from the hammerheads—this is, after all, Evil’s trail bike and we don’t do anything halfass here. There’s full-on lockout routing for the rear shock, you can run a zero-stack headset, and we offer 120mm true lightweight fork option—a Fox 34 Step-Cast.

We went fully internal, tube-in-tube for tidy housings and seamless set up and we shrank the direct-injection carbon chainguide into a svelte modern design wonder. Those who want lighter still—yep, you can take it off.

This puts it in full in Strava-seek-and-destroy, overly fit pedaler territory, but this is a Following we’re talking about, and we made sure the Following is every bit the skateboard of the skinny dirt, slasher of the hidden line, defier of categorization destroyer. It’s the king of pop, more so than ever with an inline rear shock, now just with an additional 18mm of wheelbase and 25mm reach stability. It lost weight and gained strength—who doesn’t want that? And just like the original Following, it can’t be compared to anything, it’s too far ahead—not even in sight—up and down.


Evil Bikes Tech - Bolt On Axle

Excels with both reduced & traditional offset forks.

Evil Bikes Tech - Sound Mounds

Rubber sound-cancelling chainstay mounds keep you bounding in peace.

Evil Bikes Tech - Silence of the Linkage

Dual-row, angular-contact, Klüberplex-filled bearings + oversized pivot hardware = lifetime.

Evil Bikes Tech - 157mm Superboost+

Wider spacing makes for faster, stiffer handling.

Evil Bikes Tech - Direct Injection Chainguide

As light as it gets—and removable for those who want even lighter.

Evil Bikes Tech - Pedal Forward Positioning

77-degree seat tube angle puts you over the pedals, powerfully cranking uphill.

Evil Bikes Tech - Miracle grow main pivot

Wider pivot, oversized hardware, and a systematic wholehearted linkage approach = flex-free durability.

Evil Bikes Tech - Fully Internal

Integrated rubber protection for the chainstay and seat stay to keep things peaceful and quiet in the woods.

Evil Bikes Tech - Rally Car Wheelbase

1,177mm (size MD) for stability, driftability, rowdy behaviour, and predictability.

Evil Bikes Tech - Piggyback Rides

Reservoir-shock compatible for the over builders out there.

XO1 I9 Hydra spec

Available Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large

Frame: Following 120mm Travel, UD Carbon, Full Internal Cable Routing, SB+ 157, Integrated Chain Guide, Threaded BB

Shock: Rockshox Deluxe Ultimate RCT Debonair, Trunnion 165x45, ML1 380 2 Tokens

Headset: FSA Integrated Tapered No.57/68 Upper Bearing 30.2x41x6.5 36˚/45˚ Lower Bearing 40×51.8×8 36˚/45˚

Headset Spacers: Poly Spacers 5mm black

Fork: Rockshox Pike Ultimate Charger 2 RC2, Debonair 130mm Travel, 51mm Offset

Handlebar: Raceface NEXT R Carbon 35, Rise: 35mm Width: 780mm

Stem: Raceface Turbine R 35, Length: 40mm

Grips: Evil Palmela Handerson lock-on

Brake - Front: SRAM Code RSC - Rear: SRAM Code RSC

Rotor - Front: SRAM Center Line, 200mm - Rear: SRAM Center Line, 180mm

Brake Adapter: 20mm PM

Shifter: SRAM X01 Eagle, 12sp

Rear Derailleur: SRAM X01 Eagle, 12sp

Cassette: SRAM XG-1295 Eagle, 10-52T:10,12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32,36,42,52

Chain: SRAM X01 Eagle w/Powerlock

Crankset: SRAM X01 Eagle DUB, SUPERBOOST+, 170mm, Direct Mount 32t, 56.5mm Chainline, Lunar

Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB 73mm BSA

Wheelset - Front: Industry Nine Enduro S Hydra Internal Width: 30.5mm, Hub: 110x15mm - Rear: Industry Nine Enduro S Hydra Internal Width: 30.5mm, Hub: 157x12mm

Tyres - Front: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, 29x2.5 - Rear: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR, 29x2.3

Tubes: Stan's No Tubes Tubeless Sealant

Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb Stealth 30.9mm, S: 125mm(390mm), M: 150mm(440mm), L/XL: 175mm(480mm)

Saddle: WTB SL8 Pro


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