Video: Evil Following Dream Build - A Little Big Bike

May 17, 2022 at 16:02
by Beta MTB  


We’re back in Ryan Palmer’s corrugated metal lair for another installment of Dream Builds; this time with Beta Video Editor Satchel Cronk’s overachieving Evil Following. With an ambition to turn short-travel bones into a longer-travel personality, this bike is a genre-bending, category-confusing looker.

The full breakdown and parts list is available to Beta and Outside+ members here.

Video and build photos by Satchel Cronk.
Studio photo by Anthony Smith.


Photo Satchel Cronk










150 Comments

  • 267 3
 This is literally exactly how I build my bikes, except that I have all the parts balanced on other bikes, or upturned buckets, and I repeatedly drop things on the filthy floor of the garage, and the tool I want is always the wrong side of the workstand and I can't get to it because there are ten other bikes in the way and I have to take the part assembled bike at least three times because I forgot to put a washer in, or have misrouted a cable or in some other way haven't followed a YouTube video properly. But apart from that, literally exactly the same.
  • 39 0
 So true. I'm servicing my suspension today and I know I'm going to screw something up. I just haven't figured out what it is yet.
  • 108 0
 @WestwardHo: You will forget to put the travel o-ring on. I know this because mine is on the desk in front of me instead of on my bike where it belongs.
  • 7 1
 @Woody25: zip ties look cool.
  • 12 0
 @Woody25: just paint it on with nail varnish. This also works for missing brake olives
  • 19 1
 @Woody25: Just let the dust marks be your guide.
  • 7 0
 Darn- I forgot to arrange my spray cans by size when I left the shop yesterday!
  • 17 0
 ...and every tiny part you drop hits the concrete floor and rockets off under the shelves like there's a portal to The Planet of Lost Parts under there. I think I need a dirtier floor so things stick where they fall.
  • 3 0
 and also I think it'll be fun after 5 beers, but it just makes it 3 times as hard
  • 2 1
 @Woody25: You really don’t need it anyway!
  • 2 0
 @WestwardHo: This one guy I know put his lowers on backwards. Remember that all the dials go on the same side.
  • 1 1
 Comment of the year contender right here.
  • 16 1
 Oh, and I forgot: After I finally have it all together, probably at 2am when I'm due to drive to the trail four hours later, I'll realise I've mounted the rear tyre the wrong way round. Even though I checked that 37 times before spending an hour getting the f*cking thing to seat.

So then I'll take it off, and very carefully do the whole thing a second time. Including mounting it the wrong way round.
  • 15 0
 My last brake bleed went perfectly. I stood back to admire my own awesomeness and knocked over all my tools and the bottle of brake fluid that I obviously hadn't put the cap back on. The clean up to so much longer than the brake bleed. But I count it as a perfect bleed.
  • 8 0
 This is my first ever comment on PB despite being a regular daily user for over 10 years. I am actually LOL-ing.
  • 2 0
 @upcyclebikes: Me too - first time laughing out loud and first time commenting!
  • 37 14
 the kashima uppers look terrible on this build!
  • 58 1
 Klashima
  • 12 1
 One of the few times I'd agree. All match or no match. P-Elite would have been a better choice.
  • 12 15
 they always look terrible and by terrible I mean 2012.
  • 20 2
 The original preference was for the black Performance uppers, actually, but you take what you can find these days...(and it's hard to complain when that's Kashima!) I'd still be keen to see what it'd look like all-black, but luckily for me the Kashima looks a lot better than terrible.
  • 4 3
 Needs some nice alugold Renthals to tie it all together.
  • 1 0
 Is it the video exposure or are these one of those light colored variances?
  • 1 0
 Agree they look rough, and also black stanchions would look awesome… what if they also made more a raw metal colored kashima, black is the way to go on this following, so much pop on the rest of the build, black stanchions matter
  • 1 0
 I’d also say go with all black saddle, no red needed there, sounds crazy but need some lowlights to go with those highlights… pro black saddle for this one
  • 3 1
 Needs a Rock-shox Lyrik.
  • 1 1
 eeeeeewww the colorway is just eeeeewwwwww
  • 12 0
 Should spray paint the PVC pipe green and write "Abbey Tools" on it.
  • 10 3
 Wasn’t Evil a brand that Pinkbike never had any reviews/content on? Is this therefore the ultimate Beta troll/bait they need to get you to go sign up for Outside+? Well played.
  • 7 0
 @mikekazimer said it in a podcast that evil doesn't give bikes to reviewers for extended amounts of time so they are not listed since all the pinkbike tests were done over a longer period of time.
  • 5 3
 @Muggsly: Yeah, all good, but you missed the point. Beta has the access to Evil, apparently. You know you wanna subscription now…
  • 8 0
 Wait long enough and everything is free. Outside plus doing that bad we get recycled articles now. Again way pay if the material shows up a couple of weeks later.
  • 7 0
 These videos are so meditative, guilty pleasure Big Grin
  • 4 1
 I had a similar build for the last couple years. Following/Push/Fox 34 140mm. I used a lighter EVO+ casing and cushcore. Probably my fav bike ever. Super poppy, capable on everything from park days to big days in the hills. Only bummer was total bike weight around 31-32lbs, but only on paper. On the trail, it was perfect.
  • 1 0
 is it still worth it to buy a used following frame (with 2 yrs warranty left on it) as per the seller. just wondering if its still worth buying and building this bike vs buying a new SC 5010
  • 3 1
 @kawkaw: those are two pretty different bikes. One thing: the Following V3 has a lifetime warranty. Not sure what the transferability is on that. That said, this bike pretty much makes every trail super fun. Def one of the best platforms out there.
  • 2 0
 @bonjurns: I have a similar setup, 140mm 36, -1 deg angle set, exo+ with cushcore, it rips, best bike ive ever had. Havent touched my ripmo since I built it
  • 3 0
 During my hypnotic trance, I couldn't help but notice that the tiny bit of rim tape that extends up onto the inner wall of the rim at 30:21 is going to cause the tire to be unbalanced because the bead will be uneven against the rim. Rookie mistake
  • 5 0
 I just want to know what weight synthetic oil hes using in that screamer of a hub.
  • 2 1
 You also can use Chris king ring grease, or a heavy motor oil.
  • 2 1
 I believe it was 10W30. Hand scribbled though, so it may or may not be true. Will have to give a try and see / hear Smile
  • 3 1
 10w-30. It went by quick on camera.
  • 1 1
 It's supposed to be Dumonde Tech Freehub Oil.
  • 4 2
 I overbuilt a V3 following while I waited 10 months for a wreckoning to never arrive.130 mm air sprung bomber z1 with a dsd runt, DT560's, saint brakes, etc. It was fun, but just a temporary solution. I don't understand the appeal to do this when you can just buy an offering that already has a more suitable HTA for shredding the downs with 20 mil more travel to add some versatility. My insurgent pedals just as good as the following did. I will say that the following was razor sharp when I was focused, but obviously not very forgiving.
  • 2 0
 I find that a big bike with faster tires feels better than a little bike with burly tires. I rode a friends Spur with DD maxxggrip asseggai and DHR and it felt like the bike lost its spark. My spire with faster trail tires feels great though on medium terrain. Still able to shrug big hits off but also can carry so much speed in rolling terrain
  • 2 0
 @mtb-thetown: I don't disagree. There is definitely merit to the poppy nature of a shorter travel bike. I think the offering and sentinel type bikes are a great middle ground, but I prefer a little extra squish..

I ran some onza porcupine tires (sub 800 grams) with tannus armour on my insurgent with a 190 dual crown bomber 58 and an ext storia coil out back. It was really fast and fun until I hit a sharp pointed rock on the landing of a jump at silver mtn. Since then, I've found a pretty nice compromise between durability, rolling resistance and weight in the hutchinson griffus tires (930g in 27.5 and 1080g in 29).
  • 2 0
 @Muchogusto: I mean, I just managed to wreck a flow mk4 rim on a rock through a Vittoria agarro trail and xc Cushcore, which made my front wheel washout and otb into a broken clavicle. So I definitely see there is a benefit to bigger tires when riding truly hard and fast. But at that point I want the extra suspension too.

Once I've healed I'll have an extra wheelset so I can easily swap from trail Vittorias to Michelin wild enduros as appropriate.
  • 5 0
 What's up with the BB tooling around 6 min? Converting a PF to threaded?
  • 14 1
 Chase and Face tool.

Chasing the threaded BB inserts (cleaning the machines threads for perfect thread engagement with BB), then uses a tool to face the BB insert (essentially machines the BB insert face flat for a perfect flush fit BB itself). Truly a top level mechanic that’s detailed oriented treatment.

This tool is chess, not checkers.
  • 4 13
flag gravitybass (May 18, 2022 at 12:54) (Below Threshold)
 @h20-50: the fact he did that makes me wary of Evil tbh. No frame I have ever owned needed to have the threads chased, and I will not buy a bike that ever needs that.
  • 10 0
 @gravitybass: It's standard practice for a lot of people. You can even here Ryan say "nice job, Evil" in the video because the threads were already well cut. I've never done it on one of my bikes.
  • 4 0
 @alexpistachio: props Alex! Exactly this @gravitybass the fact that he did this displays his pure attention to the most minute of details. Every bottom bracket insert should be verified with a Chase and Face tool , regardless of OEM .
  • 7 0
 @gravitybass: I’d argue, every bike you bought needed it. Every mechanic that built your bike that didn’t use one, didn’t know better.

Machines aren’t perfect and leave minute inconsistencies in threads. These inconsistencies (tolerances) can lead to creaking, looseness, wear and tear, and overall bad fit. A chase and face tool fixes that. A mechanic that uses one every time, is a mechanic that should be your sole mechanic. Their attention to detail speaks for itself in this department.
  • 2 0
 @h20-50: I wax surprised after he did that that he didn't check the brake mounts too. On a recent cyclingtips podcast they estimated that half of new frames don't have perfect brake mount facing which makes it hard to eliminate all rubbing
  • 2 0
 @h20-50: Thanks for the explanation! I never considered that the OEM BB shell might need retooling.
  • 1 0
 @bknorris: It shouldn't. The bike manufacturers are making the LBS do their work. No modern frame should come needing any tooling. If the frame does, it's in fact defective. Machinists get paid a lot of money to do this kind of work. Why are we asking someone making less than $20/hr to do the work that the frame company should have done? These are not hand made custom frames from the '80's built on a jig and then needing heat treatment. They are modern carbon mtbs that come perfectly aligned from the mold. There is absolutely no excuse for pawning this job off to the LBS. Remember, the LBS gets zero dollars from building the bike. Having to do machine work on a modern mtb cuts into the already paltry profits of the LBS.
  • 5 0
 Wait, an Evil on Pinkbike? This can't be real.
  • 2 0
 How do you take time to face the bottom bracket and then not use a torque wrench on the bottom bracket? I see these builds on YouTube all the time and most aren’t using a torque wrench. Kinda ruins the build for me.
  • 1 1
 Given the option I’d face the BB and muscle it down over using a torque wrench on an unfaced BB and day of the week.
  • 1 0
 That’s a boring dream!
Mine would have a super duper long travel action tech fork, Browning shifting upfront and a Campagnolo super record grouppo that works perfect for mountain biking.
Oh yeah, and white Onza porcupines!
If you’re going to dream do it all the way.
  • 1 0
 Sometimes, I get a bit irritated with some of the silly spec choices product managers put on complete builds. It gives me the urge to build a bike just like I want it from the frame up. Then, I watch one of these videos and realize I lack the specialty tools, patience, and organization to do something like this. Those silly spec choices don't seem so silly after that.
  • 3 2
 I both love and don't understand this bike. It looks cool as shit, I bet it rides super well too. But I've had short travel bikes with coils and they just don't feel right for the application IMO.
  • 2 3
 You must have the wrong frame. It’s the same gain in traction on climbs and small bump absorption on descents as with long travel.
  • 2 0
 I like the fact he's using an allen key to hold the wheel in the jig while having the actual thru axle adaptors also on the jig Smile
  • 2 0
 I can't stop watching this... Between the build and the music it's total Zen. I'm going set it to infinite loop on my TV and only leave my house to ride.
  • 1 0
 Why is it then when I build a bike the tool Ive just used and put back in the rack Fs off to another dimension only to re appear after Ive been to a mates to borrow theirs and swear lots .
  • 2 0
 Not sure what nipple driver bit that was but just found this and gonna buy it: uniorusa.com/products/speed-nipple-bit
  • 2 0
 Wheel Fanatyk sells an even fancier version, not sure if actually better
  • 3 0
 Through what Faustian bargain were you able to obtain Magic Mary’s???
  • 2 0
 Jenson has them.
  • 13 14
 Side note: Evil is such a fantastically stupid brand name. And on top of that, they take themselves and their core freeride attitude weirdly serious in their marketing. Like, it's not even with a sense of self-irony, like Transition does it.
  • 11 3
 I want one of their bikes. I bet they ride awesome, but I won't ever own one because I can't handle their schtick. Bleed black, die evil, bro
  • 13 3
 Because "Trek" and "Specialized" are way cooler, eh
  • 11 2
 @grnmachine02: if you rode one, you’d want one! For real- awesome bikes for the down
  • 3 1
 @nsteele: Oh, I don't doubt that at all. It could be the best bike in the world, but their branding would stop me from owning one. I'm not trying to insult anyone that owns one, it's just not for me.
  • 4 0
 @bonjurns: It's not really a matter of "cool" as it's more a matter of taste. Their branding is just a little silly to me, that's all.

But no, I don't like Trek or Specialized all that much either. I did own a 2020 enduro for a while, and it was a good bike. I will also admit that I currently own the two ugliest bikes in the world according to the internet. A Pole and an Ibis
  • 2 0
 Easy, just peel off the decals.
  • 5 1
 @bonjurns: "Trek" is definitley a less obnoxious and more fitting name for a cycling brand than "Evil". But now that you're saying it "Specialized" seems a bit pretentious aswell.
  • 4 0
 @grnmachine02: it’s bleed black die evil, f*ck yea
  • 7 2
 @grnmachine02: so you would avoid riding any bike that is really good because of their branding? I thought people rode bikes because they were good bikes not because they appeal to some odd higher sense of status. I do not understand this mindset at all. Give me the best bike and let me fly.
  • 2 0
 @grnmachine02: You do. My offering is amazing
  • 2 0
 @Muggsly: again, I’m not trying to offend anyone, and it’s absolutely not a matter of “status.” I just personally find the branding obnoxious, that’s all. I’m not saying my opinion isn’t stupid, but it is what it is.
  • 3 0
 The music put me to sleep within 3 minutes- it was a real dream build!
  • 2 0
 Never seen rim tape cut like that @30:00. Keeps the corners from peeling up?
  • 1 0
 So relaxing to watch….. I did phone LBS right after for a service, not sure why…..guilt maybe, I wonder if there’s a subliminal message in here ?
  • 1 0
 I enjoyed this quite a lot. One minor quibble - I would have preferred matte finish decals. But then it’s not my bike or my build.
  • 1 1
 I would have just taken the decals off and kept it stealth
  • 2 0
 It takes me about 40 minutes just to set up my dropper. That reverb. BOOM. Done.
  • 3 4
 Fingerprint smudges on frame, no plugs in the empty holes for internal cable routing, no valve stem caps.

42 min of "dream build" and then ruin it with 30 seconds of showing it off and its not even finished!

Do a dream build without AXS for once, lets see some Shimano love for people that actually love performance!
  • 1 0
 I wasn't looking at my computer when I heard that first crack of Ryan splitting the firewood. I assumed it was a clip of the Evil on the huck to flat.
  • 2 0
 That thing looks......Evil
  • 3 0
 Pinkbeta
  • 1 0
 Can someone explain to me why bike builds are interesting to watch? (This is not rhetorical. I'm struggling to understand.)
  • 3 0
 For me its the precision and detail someone goes to to put together anything. I also appreciate the way Ryan Palmer does things as each mechanic is different. It great for picking up tips when I have put together bikes on the rare occasion that happens.
  • 2 0
 This video has a bit of an Old Shovel vibe but with music.
  • 3 2
 looked at the video intro for a sec and noticed 42 minutes long. went to comment section...
  • 4 2
 People are paying to watch someone assemble a bike?...
  • 2 1
 Still miss my v1 following, w the chromed chromag bars. That was a fun ride.
  • 1 0
 looks like a party ! not my dream build but sweet none the less. Great attention to detail.
  • 1 2
 What was wrong with the original lowers that they needed to be changed? On a personal level Im not sure how dream build and SRAM can be in the same sentence. Full XTR with Magura MT7 for me.
  • 1 0
 @RyanRPalmer please explain the "twisty" trick for tightening the stem cap... what's going on here?
  • 7 6
 Evil makes the best looking bikes out there, change my mind
  • 11 10
 I can't change your mind but will politely comment that I disagree. The linkage/shock area is a visually crowded mess, and even if the bulging head tube is functional, it looks weird to me.
  • 9 0
 Antidote.
  • 6 0
 @chaoscacca: this guy gets it. Stunning bikes
  • 2 0
 @AndrewHornor: Aesthetically it doesn’t bother me but the linkage does require an extra 5 mins of work when cleaning up the bike.
  • 1 1
 Old boy planning on junking the frame when that BB wears out? He cranked them suckers in there.
  • 1 8
flag jeffreysendit (May 18, 2022 at 12:38) (Below Threshold)
 Its funny how in a dream build people always go for the most expensive parts. We all know the reverb sucks and one hit to your derailleur will cost you $500.
  • 1 0
 Is that a Vice Grip Garage Beanie?!
  • 3 0
 Looks like it. Great channel.
  • 2 1
 HELP ME UNDERSTAND
  • 2 2
 Must be pretty good being Gee Milner watching the whole bike industry try to copy you and do a worse job of it
  • 1 0
 the next years bike will be out by the time its built
  • 1 0
 What are those hex keys? i need a new set
  • 1 1
 How many weeks does this guy take to build a bike? Stop using unnecessary tools and hurry up for FFS.
  • 1 0
 Gee Milner called, he wants his video back
  • 1 0
 Having to retap the bottom bracket out of the box? Thanks evil
  • 1 0
 Dream toolbox is more like it!
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what headset press he was using
  • 1 0
 Where is the tape player??
  • 1 0
 I’ve literally never seen someone put in tires with such ease.
  • 1 0
 Man, everyone’s hoping on the Gee Milner “Dream Bike” now.
  • 2 2
 How long is the seattube on this one? Looks really loooong.
  • 2 0
 Only Beta knows...
  • 1 0
 Well, I'll be dipped
  • 3 4
 I prefer Kashima Lowers for sure!
  • 1 0
 You mean uppers?
  • 4 5
 Would’ve been better as a bike check with pictures. (:
  • 7 1
 Gotta pay for that man
  • 2 5
 this is so much worse than the gee milner version you're ripping off of editing and music is way over done. chill it out.
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