Tadd wanted a bike to pedal up Master Link and grin down O.T.G. Was there ever any doubt? The Following v.1 was pretty damn good. Bottomless 120/120 bikes are nippy and fun. Then Evil decided to freshen it up with wider spacing and trunion-ier mounts and with plus tires it's stupid fun. With 29ers it's a stupid fast Swiss army knife and the perfect bike for Tadd.
The new matte-not-black Evil paint offerings are ridiculously cool. Subtly badass.
Tadd chose the X01 build for maximum shifting. And maximum shifting performance.
The OneUp Comp pedals are the best pedals out there, argue otherwise and you're wrong. or have a different preference for a very subjective bike component.