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Eli Bingham 08-12-2020 11:36 PM

Evil Following 3 (MTB content)
After spending a year riding the very capable Mosaic MT-1 that will soon be in Clean39T's hands, I decided I really needed to go full squish. The pandemic changed my riding from twice-daily commutes into San Francisco to three to four trail rides a week with an occasional mixed surface ride on the all-road bike. With all that trail riding, my sore ankles and I really felt like I was at the limit of what I could do with a hardtail.

I've established a pretty firm n=2 rule, but fortunately, the new Following 3 is intended to work well built up with 120 travel lightweight fork, and given the reports I've heard about how good these things are for almost all trail riding that I'd ever do, I couldn't resist pulling the trigger on a new frame. Almost everything came over from the Mosaic, with the exception of the rear hub, since these frames use SuperBoost 157 spacing. Also switched from a 70mm stem to 50mm to manage the fit (500mm reach bruh).

After one ride, could not be happier with the decision. The hype about these frames is real. Really. And by some good fortune, the black happens to look really good with the custom painted fork that I got for the Mosaic.

Frame: Evil Following 3 XL

Groupset: XTR 12 speed with 9120 crankset, 32T chainring, 10-51 cassette, 4 piston brakes, 180mm rotors front and back

Wheels: Custom build with Shimano hubs, SC Reserve 27 carbon rims, Sapim CX-Ray spokes - front hub is XTR, rear hub is XT as Shimano doesn't make a XTR 157 hub and the XT was an incredibly good deal

Tires: Front Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35" Addix Soft / Rear Nobby Nic 2.35" Addix Speedgrip

Fork: Fox 34 Stepcast Factory, custom painted lowers by Velocolour

Shock: Fox Float DPS Factory

Grips: ODI Elite Flow

Handlebars: Raceface Next R 35 800mm 20mm rise, cut to 780mm

Stem: Raceface Turbine R 35 50mm

Seatpost: KS Lev CI 150mm (will likely go for more drop at some point, works great for now)

Saddle: WTB Silverado Team

Pedals: XTR Trail

superbowlpats 08-13-2020 06:03 AM

Awesome looking rig and that painted fork is perfection!:hello::hello::hello::banana::banana:

Lionel 08-13-2020 06:46 AM

Awesome !

Jaybee 08-13-2020 08:23 AM


or277 08-13-2020 10:47 AM

very nice ride!

PaMtbRider 08-13-2020 11:23 AM

That looks fantastic. Hopefully there will be a new mountain bike in my near future. It's a shame demo rides are currently pretty much non-existent.

72gmc 08-13-2020 01:45 PM

Always good to have Velocolour involved.

What are your typical trail conditions? I'm curious about those tires.

Eli Bingham 08-13-2020 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by 72gmc (Post 2775528)
Always good to have Velocolour involved.

What are your typical trail conditions? I'm curious about those tires.

We live at the base of Mt. Tam in Marin County. Marin dirt is notorious for not being ideal for any kind of tire, and swings from sandy, sticky peanut butter mud in the winter to a super-dry mixture of loose rock, gravel, and moondust in the summer. Combine this with lots of steep pitches, and inevitable pavement traverses, and you have a recipe for all tires sucking some of the time.

Hans Dampf/Nobby Nic is a bit of a 'tweener' combo that seems (so far) to offer grip in the dry without tons of rolling resistance, without having to make the bike into a truck with something like a Minion DHF/Aggressor combo.

72gmc 08-13-2020 04:13 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I demo'ed a FS trail bike (Giant Trance 29) last week. Conditions were rock, gravel, and moon dust and the bike had a DHF/DHR combo. While they felt pretty good pointed downhill, they felt like too much tire the rest of the time.

I've also seen your tire combo on Kristofer Henry's bike so I figure it must be a solid choice.

scoobydrew 08-13-2020 05:07 PM

Sweet ride! I was wondering what was next after seeing the Mosaic in the Classifieds.

Any particular reason(s) why you switched from your old Maxxis setup to the Schwalbes?

Eli Bingham 08-13-2020 06:09 PM

Good question. Rekon/Ardent Race was getting a bit worn out, and braking (especially) felt sketchy on the dry and loose stuff. We had an especially dry winter in the Bay Area, with a record-setting drought in February, and the dust is strong right now.

Might try Ardents also. They get a lot of hate on the Internets, but three friends have strongly recommended them.

DrSpoke 08-14-2020 07:37 PM

Your post prompted me to look up one of my favorite mtn bike videos which features the first Evil - the Uprising.

Eli Bingham 08-21-2020 02:55 PM

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From a few days ago, before the skies filled with smoke. Have not done a drop-bar ride since I got it... best bike ever.

72gmc 08-21-2020 06:51 PM


Originally Posted by Eli Bingham (Post 2780867)
Have not done a drop-bar ride since I got it... best bike ever.

I've just refreshed my drop bar bike in a way I really like, but still I'm dreaming of a mountain bike that distracts me from riding it.

Eli Bingham 09-05-2020 12:11 PM

Upgraded from the 120mm Fox 34 Stepcast to the new 130mm Fox 34 with the GRIP2 damper, which totally transformed the handling in the rough stuff. Also switched out the 150mm KS Lev CI (which I never really got along with and can't really recommend unless light weight is paramount) to a 175mm Fox Transfer.

Custom painted 34 SC on its way to a great new home in Australia...

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