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  • #225076

    Hi Everyone,

    I am a long time reader but first time posting on this site.
    Soon I will be buying a new bike and I have been looking at Evil’s Calling & Following MB.
    What I would like to know from other Evil owners of these bikes is which would work better for New England Trails, Rhode Island in particular.
    I am currently riding a 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon 6fattie which has 150mm of travel, but I think it is too much for most of the terrain.
    I think I am an aggressive rider that likes to find fun lines and likes to ride fast and have fun. All the bikes I have own up to this point have been in the same travel range as the Stumpy.
    Is the Following MB (120mm) too much of a drop in travel that I’d regret it ?
    Also, I haven’t owned a 29er before, although the Stumpy is close with the 3″ tires.
    Would the Calling be snappier, more nimble ?
    I keep going back and forth between these two bikes, any input would be helpful.

  • #225077

    You should be able to fit 29er wheels on your Stumpy if you want to try that first. You may find that livens up the ride enough for you without buying a whole new bike.

    If you’re dead set on getting a new bike, I think you’d be really happy with a bike like the Calling. It’s not just about the amount of travel on a bike, it’s the whole package. You’ve got to take into account the suspension platform, the geometry, and the components. As always, it’s best to try before you buy if possible.

    • #225078

      I have been looking into Evil’s bikes for awhile now and as you mentioned, I like the suspension platform, the geometry, and the components that Evil offers.  Since there is no place in my area where I can demo the bikes, the decision of chosen one of them becomes that much more important. This is why I wanted to get feedback from people who own the Calling or Following MB (or V1) that live in my area.

  • #225124

    I’ve ridden every bike Evil offers up to this time as my friend is their Georgia dealer. I have not ridden in RI in particular, but I can provide some perspective having been to Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and many other locales up and down the East coast to ride. I will speak of each bike and perhaps that can help you.

    • The Calling: This is by far the rowdiest trail bike on the market today, period (yes, I’ve demoed pretty much everything comparable). In the “X-Low” geometry position (I have no idea why anyone would ride it in the “Low” position) it is insane. It rallies like mad and pushes you to jib off of everything on the trail, no f*cks given. Even with only 130mm of travel it out-rides bikes with far more travel and allows you a crazy amount of confidence. It is the bike I’d own if I was going to buy a 27.5 rig.
    • The Following MB: This is very similar to the The Calling however it has a dare I say slightly more composed demeanor. The Calling is the pissed off jagged hardcore band whereas The Following is has incorporated some more post punk angular nuances into it’s repertoire while still being to crush as needed. The big wheels roll faster and allow for more float as big wheels do, but this is one of the few 29er’s that carves like mad and allows you to pop it around when you get the itch to leave terra firma. It’s a great bike, but not the 29er I’d get…

    …I own a Wreckoning. The Wreckoning is bananas with 160mm of travel and is probably more bike than you’d want to deal with, but it combines the nuances of having the big wheel roll-over of the Following with the hell bent for leather riding chaos of the Calling. The Wrecker (again in the X-Low setting) is flat out crazed as nothing out there rides like it. It is a do-everything bike for me, being equally at home on my local Georgia trails, the nastiest stuff in Pisgah, double black DH runs at Trestle Bike park and blazing down the Whole Enchilada in Moab. I’ve never felt out-gunned or like it was overkill as it handled everything with aplomb. You could say I’m a fan of Evil bikes and the Wreckoning and the Calling are my favs. Feel free to ask all you want as I’m basically my buddy’s go to when it comes to details on the bikes and I do most of the demos for him.

    • #225218

      Thanks for your fantastic information, Doc !!  For where I live the Wreckening is too much bike, but the info of the Calling and Following I will definitely take into consideration, thanks again!  Of what length forks were on these bikes?

  • #225224

    Both the Following and the Calling were decked out with 140mm travel forks and this puts them at almost the exact same geometry. If you get a chance to ride them (come to Georgia and we’ll set you up), look carefully at the top tube/reach numbers. Normally I’ve ridden a medium, but I actually preferred the Calling in a size large running a 35mm stem. This is equivalent to a medium Wreckoning, which is a longer bike. One thing that no reviewers seem to mention is that Evil bikes contrast to every other bike manufacturer of late by having longer top tube/reach measurements with shorter wheelbases. Most companies bikes top tubes are shorter size to size compared to Evil, but their wheelbases have become huge. I think this has a lot to do with why Evils handle so well. Their 29er bikes blow away every other one I’ve demoed. The two closest in fun factor to any Evils I’ve ridden were the Santa Cruz Hightower and the Ibis Ripley LS.

    • #229425

      I like your comparison of The Following MB to the other brands.  Have you ridden the new Norco Sight 29″ for comparison?  I’m torn between the 2 but am leaning toward the Sight for a little extra travel.  And they seem to be a bit burlier for DH than other brands (not sure how it compares to Evil)

  • #229428

    @ScottGillis: “I like your comparison of The Following MB to the other brands.  Have you ridden the new Norco Sight 29? for comparison?  I’m torn between the 2 but am leaning toward the Sight for a little extra travel.  And they seem to be a bit burlier for DH than other brands (not sure how it compares to Evil)”

    Personally, I have never liked Horst-link (FSR) suspension bikes. I realize they are ubiquitous as they can be scaled to handle many styles of riding. Since Speshy’s patent ran out a few years ago everyone and their brother has one including the Norco you mention. FSR’s require typically quite a bit of shock damping (think Specialized Epic on the far end of it) to make them not feel mushy when pedaling and most people I know that ride them routinely use a lock out lever on their shocks for climbing/pedaling efforts. That’s something I don’t want to putz with.

    As far as burly, goes Evils are built like tanks. We’ve seen only a couple of them have any issues and these were 1st run frames where a rider did not have the shock hardware torqued properly resulting in some cracks around the mount. Evil quickly warrantied them and that was nearly two years ago. We’ve seen no failures since.

    Finally, for out and out down hill performance absolutely nothing I’ve ridden comes close to how well Evils ride. This is particularly true on the Wreckoning. I demoed the new Orbea Rallon back to back with my Wrecker last weekend. The Rallon is maybe the closest in numbers on paper to the Wreckoning, but the reality is quite different. The Orbea is much more upright (dare I say XC) in feel and the suspension doesn’t feel as bottomless as the Evil. It’s a nice bike, but the Wreckoning is in another league. This is cliche, but Evils really position you down in the bike versus on top of it. Several people at the demo last week actually rode my bike around and immediately noted the difference in position versus the Orbea. The Wrecker is my daily driver and I never feel over nor under biked aboard it.

     

  • #229469

    Re Evils, I generally echo what Dr. Sweets has said, though I no doubt have less experience than him.   I own a Following and love it as an all-around trail bike.  I have briefly demo’d a Wreckoning as well, and it was unbelievable going downhill.  (I know you are asking about the Calling, and I also demo’d one, but it was the wrong size…) One thing – if you do much technical climbing, the Following definitely climbs more easily than the Wreckoning in some scenarios.  That Wreckoning front wheel is way out there, and a little harder to tame when aimed upward.  But downhill, going over rough terrain and chunk and on steeps, the Wreckoning is a dream.  I should say that I’m a bit conservative going downhill and don’t aim for max speed.  The Following needs a little more care making its way down steep challenging stuff, but does well for me, and the big wheels really make it easier to keep up your mo’ (strong recommendation for good light and *wide* carbon rims if you can afford them). Whereas, the Wreckoning felt to me like “a lotta bike.”   Given my style of riding, the Following gives the better balance, and it’s stout yet can be built quite light (mine is a hair under 28 lb).  I agree with the Doc that the Evil suspensions  are amazing given their travel – they really feel different than other geometries – and that “in the bike” feel is for real.  I do get just a few more pedal strikes with those super-low bottom brackets, but that’s more a comment on my skill and the rocky terrain, and the tradeoff for that low position is well worth it.  You can leave the suspensions open and still pedal and climb on a firm platform, and even with 120 mm rear travel they never seem to feel bottomed out.  I don’t know the terrain where you live, but maybe you can figure out how to apply these comments.

    (BTW, I have 130 mm front travel – he mentions 140 mm, which seems to propped-up and raked-out to me, and I don’t think is standard on that frame (it’s 120 or 130 typically). Also to keep in mind – mine is a Gen 1 Following.  The new ones have Boost and some minor tweaks, but the overall ride feel is largely unchanged according to the descriptions I’ve seen online.  Finally, be sure to get the right frame size.  If you go too small with an Evil you ned to extend the seat post, which with their raked-back angles can put your butt a little to the back.  But mine is positioned perfectly.)

    For more on the Calling, take a look at Skills With Phil (Phil Kmetz on YT): as he has great videos doing everything on his Calling, from Whistler to pump tracks to outback trail rides.  (Of course, he’s a super-human rider…)

    If I felt like trying more bikes I’d revisit the Calling and a Yeti 5.5C.  But I am totally happy with the Following.

  • #229475

    @KenBabcock: “Re Evils, I generally echo what Dr. Sweets has said, though I no doubt have less experience than him.   I own a Following and love it as an all-around trail bike.  I have briefly demo’d a Wreckoning as well, and it was unbelievable going downhill.  (I know you are asking about the Calling, and I also demo’d one, but it was the wrong size…) One thing – if you do much technical climbing, the Following definitely climbs more easily than the Wreckoning in some scenarios.  That Wreckoning front wheel is way out there, and a little harder to tame when aimed upward.  But downhill, going over rough terrain and chunk and on steeps, the Wreckoning is a dream.  I should say that I’m a bit conservative going downhill and don’t aim for max speed.  The Following needs a little more care making its way down steep challenging stuff, but does well for me, and the big wheels really make it easier to keep up your mo’ (strong recommendation for good light and *wide* carbon rims if you can afford them). Whereas, the Wreckoning felt to me like “a lotta bike.”   Given my style of riding, the Following gives the better balance, and it’s stout yet can be built quite light (mine is a hair under 28 lb).  I agree with the Doc that the Evil suspensions  are amazing given their travel – they really feel different than other geometries – and that “in the bike” feel is for real.  I do get just a few more pedal strikes with those super-low bottom brackets, but that’s more a comment on my skill and the rocky terrain, and the tradeoff for that low position is well worth it.  You can leave the suspensions open and still pedal and climb on a firm platform, and even with 120 mm rear travel they never seem to feel bottomed out.  I don’t know the terrain where you live, but maybe you can figure out how to apply these comments.

    (BTW, I have 130 mm front travel – he mentions 140 mm, which seems to propped-up and raked-out to me, and I don’t think is standard on that frame (it’s 120 or 130 typically). Also to keep in mind – mine is a Gen 1 Following.  The new ones have Boost and some minor tweaks, but the overall ride feel is largely unchanged according to the descriptions I’ve seen online.  Finally, be sure to get the right frame size.  If you go too small with an Evil you ned to extend the seat post, which with their raked-back angles can put your butt a little to the back.  But mine is positioned perfectly.)

    For more on the Calling, take a look at Skills With Phil (Phil Kmetz on YT): as he has great videos doing everything on his Calling, from Whistler to pump tracks to outback trail rides.  (Of course, he’s a super-human rider…)

    If I felt like trying more bikes I’d revisit the Calling and a Yeti 5.5C.  But I am totally happy with the Following.”

    See, I’m not completely full of crap. Mostly, but that maintains some degree of mystery. In the December issue of Bike are the editors “dream builds”. Anthony Smith does basically what I would do with a Calling if I was to build one. Having spent over a month riding a Calling building one was/is something I’ve thought about many times even though I’ve zero regrets with my Wreckoning. Mr Smith went with a coil over Super Deluxe out back and a new 150mm travel Pike up front and obviously running it in the X-low position. That bike cannot be anything, but insane in it’s ability. The demo Calling I rode which had the most base level kit (it was a frame built up with NX, Raceface wheels, a Yari 140mm fork and random controls my pal had) and even with this somewhat “spartan” build absolutely shredded like mad.

    Back to the matter at hand; if you want the best “climber” in Evil’s range get the new Following. If you want to jibe and play on/off of even the most mundane trail detritus then the Calling is your bike. If you want the Calling’s aforementioned attributes plus a bit more, dare I say Enduro-ness then the Insurgent is the ticket. Finally, if you want to demolish everything in your path, take lines that would otherwise scare the pee out of you and still have the bulk of the previous descriptors the Wreckoning is the one. All of them have similar DNA with a suspension and geometry that is like nothing else. They all also have quite a bit of overlap despite maintaining their individuality. Big fun no matter the model. Party.

  • #229699

    Thanks guys for all your input.  Since I ride mostly my local trails and there are no huge downhill sections, just short ups and downs, I went with the Following MB (frame only). I am transferring much of my previous bikes components over to save some cash.  I am really looking forward to hitting the trails with this bike !

  • #229714

    dr sweets,   how is the Evil Insurgent? That is the one I’m interested in. And I live in Florida, where in Georgia do I need to go to test ride one? I don’t remember ever seeing Evil at Santos fat tire festival.

  • #229723

    @AlvinMullen: “dr sweets,   how is the Evil Insurgent? That is the one I’m interested in. And I live in Florida, where in Georgia do I need to go to test ride one? I don’t remember ever seeing Evil at Santos fat tire festival.”

    The Insurgent is pretty much this: “If you want the Calling’s aforementioned attributes plus a bit more, dare I say Enduro-ness then the Insurgent is the ticket.”

    A few things to be aware of. First, new Insurgents are on the way. The original model which came out at the end of ’14 is a killer bike, but it is likely that Evil will be moving the design to mirror the more recent changes on their bikes namely a 148 dropout (original has a 142), more rear tire clearance and a trunnion mounted shock. Now, if you already have a bike with a 142 rear dropout and you simply want to move parts now is a great time to do so as the existing Insurgent frame are on sale.

    Second, b/t the Insurgent and the Calling, I like the Calling better. There is not much that will overwhelm it and as much as I dig the monster truck ability of the Wreckoning, I’d be perfectly happy on a Calling with a 150mm fork. The bike absolutely rips and if your terrain is not as mountainous, it is the one to get. I think it would be better suited to Florida.

    Finally, no we weren’t at Santos, but are located in the Atlanta metro area, Roswell to be exact. We have pretty much everything available for demo and would just need some advanced notice if you are coming up for a ride. Demos are $75 for the day if you take the bike or nothing for a couple of hours if we go with you. Call Mike who owns the dealership through Blue Mountain Bikes for details and tell him the Dr sent ya. 404-314-1641. Party.

    • #232294

      I’m totally torn on this as well.  I’m set on buying an Evil.  I have an Intense Tracer 160mm travel bike.  I’ll probably keep thay for parks and rowdier stuff.

      I demoed a Calling in Pisgah and absolutely loved it.  I have not been on a Following,  it seems like it may compliment the Tracer better.  Selling the Tracer is an option, but Im iffy on the Calling as a park bike.

      Any thoughts from anyone???? I want to build it up over the winter.

    • #232301

      @Bodohiolax: “I’m totally torn on this as well.  I’m set on buying an Evil.  I have an Intense Tracer 160mm travel bike.  I’ll probably keep thay for parks and rowdier stuff.

      I demoed a Calling in Pisgah and absolutely loved it.  I have not been on a Following,  it seems like it may compliment the Tracer better.  Selling the Tracer is an option, but Im iffy on the Calling as a park bike.

      Any thoughts from anyone???? I want to build it up over the winter.”

      The new Following would be a great compliment to using your existing bike for a “park”.  The Calling could in fact, be your only bike and in my experience could handle all but the most gnar of double black stuff in a park as well. I spent over a month riding one and was blown away with it’s capabilities as my previous bike had 20 and 30mm more travel and the Calling out rode it everywhere. In the end, I chose a Wreckoning. Most would think it to be too much for a daily driver, but it manages everything I ride well. I would be equally happy with a Calling, however I’d put a 150mm travel fork on it not unlike this build. If you’ve any questions on builds, costs, details ask away.

       

    • #234340

      Hey Doc, be careful with that beast the Wreckoning. It will dumb you down making you think you are Aaron Gwinn. Thus, resulting in thinking you can jump back on the following and rip the same way…thus resulting a trip to the “real Doc”…lol

    • #237893

      I’d like to hear how you guys are liking your new evils!!

      Dr Sweets I’m 5’5”, I live in Florida, I’m coming from a 26er with 150 mm of travel and I like the cushion and being able to plow over and pop off of stuff in general. I don’t care so much about going fast as I do about being comfortable and having fun. Do you have an opinion for an evil bike best suited for me? I’d really appreciate your input.. Thanks!

  • #229747

    Thanks for the info. If I don’t pull the trigger soon, I may set up a demo this coming summer. We are planning a possible trip to Mulberry Gap in June or July. But I am considering getting an Insurgent soon as the GX build direct from Evil, shipped is now $4300, about a $1000 less than the Calling. I like more suspension than I need, I ride mostly technical trails, and with the adjust ability of the Insurgent I figure it would work for me on anything from easy trails to downhill lift parks.

  • #229751

    @AlvinMullen: “Thanks for the info. If I don’t pull the trigger soon, I may set up a demo this coming summer. We are planning a possible trip to Mulberry Gap in June or July. But I am considering getting an Insurgent soon as the GX build direct from Evil, shipped is now $4300, about a $1000 less than the Calling. I like more suspension than I need, I ride mostly technical trails, and with the adjust ability of the Insurgent I figure it would work for me on anything from easy trails to downhill lift parks.”

    I get ya on the Insurgent. We can likely hook you up even better than going direct. Let us know how we can help. Mulberry Gap is fun, but there are lots of options for riding around.

  • #229820

    Dr. when I go to the blue mountain bike shop website is shows it is in Blue Ridge GA, not Roswell, and has a 706 area code. Are there two shops, or do I have the wrong bike shop?

  • #229823

    @AlvinMullin: “Dr. when I go to the blue mountain bike shop website is shows it is in Blue Ridge GA, not Roswell, and has a 706 area code. Are there two shops, or do I have the wrong bike shop?”

    No you have the right shop. However  Mike, the owner of the Evil dealership is down in Roswell and keeps most of the bikes at his house. He runs the business through that shop. The number above is direct to him. More often than not if you do a short demo as noted it will be me that meets you usually with a couple of different Evil bikes.

  • #230004

    OK, I got with Mike and ordered a medium Evil Insurgent in Slime Green.

  • #230006

    Awesome! I think you’ll dig it.

  • #230239

    The excitement is starting to build…

    I just got my Following MB (orange) delivered!!!

    Over the next few months I will be transferring components over from my previous bike and ordering some new parts to complete this build.

    Can’t wait to hit the trails on this machine!!

  • #232298

    I’ve been following this forum quietly and with envy. =)  Congrats to Phanton and Alvin.  Good times ahead obviously.

  • #234513

    @Trailjunkie62: “Hey Doc, be careful with that beast the Wreckoning. It will dumb you down making you think you are Aaron Gwinn. Thus, resulting in thinking you can jump back on the following and rip the same way…thus resulting a trip to the “real Doc”…lol”

    Hmmmmmm…okay, it’s probably not possible to “dumb me down” too much more as I am already fairly moronic. As for dumbing the trails down I haven’t found that to be a problem. The Wrecker has been surprisingly nimble for a complete trail destroyer and does not have the tugboat-like handling traits that most 29ers possess. Instead, I find that it provides me way more confidence to get in over my head, but also the mettle to save me from myself as well. As for riding like AG, I am not a fan of his anyway. I prefer the style of Sam Hill, Wade Simmons and Chris Akrigg, but realize I am nowhere near their skill level. No bike will change that for me or anyone else, but in the meantime I have fun regardless. Party.

  • #237896

    @Chendy20: “I’d like to hear how you guys are liking your new evils!!

    Dr Sweets I’m 5’5”, I live in Florida, I’m coming from a 26er with 150 mm of travel and I like the cushion and being able to plow over and pop off of stuff in general. I don’t care so much about going fast as I do about being comfortable and having fun. Do you have an opinion for an evil bike best suited for me? I’d really appreciate your input.. Thanks!”

    I think a Calling in a size medium (maybe a small)* would suit you well. The Calling is, IMHO the most badass of all trail bikes on the market. Riding it makes you want to rally every section, look for bonus lines, turn every undulation on the ride into a launch and basically do bad things constantly. Now, the same can be said in some degree about every Evil bike however each have slight different variations on the theme. They are made for fun before anything else, but different riders will define fun in different ways. I will promise you that anything you can do on you yr current 150mm travel bike you’ll be able to do on a Calling and have more fun while you are at it. As far as end point capability, if you’ve any doubts watch any of the Skills with Phil videos of the last year. The Calling I rode for a month plus last year was set up with a 140mm fork. I had come off of a 160 frt/rr travel bike that I was very fond of. The Calling not only did everything that bike could do, but was faster and more playful yet confident all around. I liked it so much I nearly canceled my order for my Wreckoning. Now  you won’t get the Wrecker out from under me unless you pry it from my cold dead fingers. However, I still think the Calling rules and would be ideal for you. Also if you found you wanted a little more crush everything capability you could simply increase the fork travel to 150mm. This is simple and inexpensive to do with any Rock Shox fork. Don’t hesitate to ask anything you wish.

    *I’m 5’9″ and normally would ride a medium on most bikes. The demo Calling we have is a large and while I was waiting for my Wreck to arrive I could ride that, my CX bike or nothing since I had sold my old bike. I put a 35mm length stem, slammed the seatpost, slid the saddle forward and was blown away at how well it rode despite it’s vastly different measurements than my older bike. The top tube was almost two inches longer!!! I ended up absolutely loving the geometry and when my Wreckoning arrived I set it up to match the Calling. The Wreckoning is a bigger bike and the medium Wreck’s numbers matched the large Calling. What I am getting at is that while you might think a small would be best for you, a medium Calling with a short stem might change your mind. Study the geometry of your current bike and whatever bikes you are looking at. If you happen to be up in the Atlanta area we can arrange a demo with some advanced notice. We don’t have any smalls, but you’d get a pretty good idea on a medium of what the bikes are like.

     

     

    • #238028

      @DrSweets thanks so much for your take! The calling def looks rad!

      Three quick questions do you think the 650b is a better choice due to my height or you have more reasoning for that? And do you think this is the best bike (brand) overall to go with for what I’m looking for? And lastly, if I were to build the bike frame up should I start with a 150 mm fork?

      Thanks again!

       

  • #238041

    “@Chendy20:  @DrSweets thanks so much for your take! The calling def looks rad!

    Three quick questions do you think the 650b is a better choice due to my height or you have more reasoning for that? And do you think this is the best bike (brand) overall to go with for what I’m looking for? And lastly, if I were to build the bike frame up should I start with a 150 mm fork?

    Thanks again!”

    I believe that the Calling will work best for you because of your height, the kind of riding you are looking to do and location you are currently doing it in. As far as being the best brand for your desires, that is a very subjective question. I believe that for what you are looking for Evil’s The Calling will suit you exceptionally well. There are however many great bikes out there with nuances that may appeal to you more or less. I highly recommend doing your research as you have here and much more on any bike you are considering and then go demo anything and everything you can. Finally regarding the fork, I have said for years that if you have the travel you’ll use it. I think the Calling would rule with a 150mm fork on it and Bike’s Anthony Smith agrees.  Again though, worst case scenario Rock Shox forks can be changed in travel easily and for not much money. The demo we have/I rode has a 140mm fork and it never felt like too little. Good luck!

    Temet nosce.

    • #238052

      Awesome Doc!! That was extremely helpful.. thanks so much!!

  • #238836

    Can any Following MB owners comment on how poppy and boostable it feels agains the V1 Following?

    Having breifly tried both a privately owned V1 and demo model MB at a bike shop, the MB felt rather dead and missing the keen bounce exhibited in the V1. This may well be a set up issue, however the sag looked about right and I tried the rebound in various settings to try and replicate the feeling of the V1.

     

  • #238843

    @konaben: “Can any Following MB owners comment on how poppy and boostable it feels agains the V1 Following?

    Having breifly tried both a privately owned V1 and demo model MB at a bike shop, the MB felt rather dead and missing the keen bounce exhibited in the V1. This may well be a set up issue, however the sag looked about right and I tried the rebound in various settings to try and replicate the feeling of the V1.”

    This sounds like a set up issue. We don’t have our Following MB demos in yet so I have not personally ridden one, but we have a few customers that have and have not had any issues. I can promise you that the one rider we know personally certainly was not having any such issues as I was behind him on a jump line as he threw cross ups all over the place.

    • #242811

      @dr Sweets

      Thanks for all your super helpful nuggets of information. Talked to the guys at Evil and they mentioned that the Following and Calling are basically the same bike just different wheel sizes. Since you’re around my size and have actively ridden both, I would love your opinion on what you would choose personally if you could only choose one now that you have had some time to try the Following MB. Which one is easier to climb and spin up for us smaller guys? Looking for a fun ripping capable all around trail bike that rips flow XC trails to rougher stuff. I’m planning on running the Following in 140mm and the Calling in 150mm. Already have the Wreckoning setup more as a bigger aggressive enduro / park bike. Looking to add a second Evil to complement it and use more as a daily driver. Thoughts?

  • #242990

    @MichaelDorianBach: “Thanks for all your super helpful nuggets of information. Talked to the guys at Evil and they mentioned that the Following and Calling are basically the same bike just different wheel sizes. Since you’re around my size and have actively ridden both, I would love your opinion on what you would choose personally if you could only choose one now that you have had some time to try the Following MB. Which one is easier to climb and spin up for us smaller guys? Looking for a fun ripping capable all around trail bike that rips flow XC trails to rougher stuff. I’m planning on running the Following in 140mm and the Calling in 150mm. Already have the Wreckoning setup more as a bigger aggressive enduro / park bike. Looking to add a second Evil to complement it and use more as a daily driver. Thoughts?”

    Short answer: Following MB.

    Slightly less short answer: I haven’t had much time on the MB yet, but we’ve two demos (L,XL) that are nearly ready to ride. However, two of our racer boi clients have them. These are freaks of nature that podium in Enduro and XC races. The most recent message we got was that one of them who had been a diehard fan of his Santa Cruz HT LT said it blew it away and that he not only blew out some of his harder PR’s with the Following, but also captured a climbing KOM with it. Furthermore if you’ve already a Wrecker (Insane bike!) I say keep it simple and stick with something that you can swap parts/wheels with. The Calling is a smoking fun bike, but I believe you’d be better off with the Following.

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