BIKE OF THE YEAR - 2015 Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 13

Our testers ride a lot of different bikes here at Vital MTB and Evil Bikes' The Following 29er stood out as the most fun, relevant and capable MTB of 2015.

Evil The Following highlights

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You don't need to see where you're going. Just feel it, The Following is with you Luke!....in my best Obi-Wan Kenobi voice.

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How do you say it pedals compared to other trail bikes? None of the glamour shots show any sort of pedaling, which might turn off some of those into 3hr rides with buddies going both up and down mountains and backcountry stuff.

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Compared to my VPP bikes I've been able to climb at the same level of difficulty on the Following but the VPP might be a little better seated climbing over real chunky rock stretches. The DELTA is definitely more efficient when climbing out of the saddle and actually encourages that type of climbing in certain terrain, like on steeper slabs and hardback. I like the feeling of getting up and moving around on the bike to goose it up and over stuff. I feel it's a great pedaling bike overall.
I recently installed an RWC needle bearing top shock bearing, this really livened up the suspension making it more supple and active. It feels even more playful now and it should handle the hi speed chunky rock garden descents better than it did before. Which I felt was the one area where it was not as good as other bikes like the VPP and DW Link bikes. I was contemplating retuning the Monarch but after installing the RWC kit up top I'm going to hold off on that mod and just ride it as it is now.
It's the most playful FS bike that I've owned because of the DELTA suspension, the short chain stays and great overall geometry. Love it!

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Seated it feels more efficient that horst link, but not quite as efficient as VPP.
Standing and mashing on the pedals its very very firm - amazing efficiency - best bike I have ridden for standing climbing/peddling -if you are a rider who puts in a turn in at every opportunity when descending, the platform makes this bike very fast.

Descending it feels more like 140mm travel, very plush, the only time you realise you've only got 120mm is on repetitive hits like a rock garder.

However the best thing about this bike is the insane shock pressure - you need to run about 100psi more than most bikes - it makes it unbelievably grippy on climbs and poppy off features.

Its a worty winner in my opinion.

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It pedals pretty well. The suspension platform is very firm I was using 3 rings or so in ours. I did 14 mile loops fine with it. During lunch I could do 10 miles and close to 900 feet up pretty easily. I am not in the best shape BTW....

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i think, yuck, a 29er for bike of the year. but this bike seems to be getting good press. look forward to all the reviews.

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