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Big wheels, short travel, slack angles for Evil’s brand new bike

While it looks like the entire mountain bike industry has decided 650b wheels are the future, along comes Evil Bikes with its brand new The Following. It has 29in wheels. The new bike made its debut in the UK this week where to turned more than a few heads.

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“We really wanted to create a fun, versatile, yet aggressive short travel, big wheel trail bike with progressive geometry that could be at home on all day adventures, slashing trails or riding jump lines," says Evil.

There are some very good and very capable short travel 29ers, and The Following joins some good company. There’s the excellent Specialized Camber and Kona Process for instance, both proving you don’t need buckets of travel to rip up the trail. With the sort of numbers The Following is packing, I expect it to be a highly capable bike. Just don’t let the short travel fool you into thinking it’s a cross-country bike.

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The pivots all feature 15mm thru-axles to beef up the stiffness, and the position of the shock low in the frame will provide a low centre of gravity. The frame is nicely finished with internal cable routing and 12x142 rear axle. There’s also a down tube protector to ward off rocks from smashing the carbon fibre.

The Following has been designed around a 120-130mm suspension fork, and with the shorter travel fork installed you’re looking at a 67.2˚ in its slacker setting - a flip chip lets you adjust the geometry. It’s more laidback than many other 29ers of the same travel (they’re typically 68-69). It’s short out back, with 432mm chainstays.

The Following is available in four frames sizes and costs £2,399 for the frame, and complete bikes starting from £4,799. It’s available from the Silverfish website.