The ARC8 Evolve FS is the latest addition to the brand’s lineup of lightweight cross-country mountain bikes, entering the market at the very competitive weight of 1.78 kg (frame and shock), with the top-end XX1 build weighing a claimed 9.5 kg in size medium. For an XC bike, the geometry of the Evolve is very aggressive; the head angle comes in at 65° in the slackest configuration, a relaxed setup more commonly reserved for much longer travel bikes belonging to trail or even enduro categories.
ARC8 tell us the Evolve FS is the XC Bike they had wanted to make 4 years ago, as it is the kind of bike that co-founder Jonas enjoys riding himself. They’ve held off until now as they were convinced the market simply wasn’t ready for such a progressive geometry back then. With the passing of time, a new category has emerged; Downcountry. Love it or hate it, it’s here to stay, but there’s no denying that the lines between the Downcountry and Cross-Country categories are blurring at a rate of knots. ARC8 see the Evolve FS as the embodiment of that.
The ARC8 Evolve FS has a geometry that the brand believe will be ubiquitous in the XC category in a few years’ time.
In its most race-ready configuration, the Evolve FS pairs a 100mm fork with 100mm of rear wheel travel, while the less expensive builds get slightly more suspension travel; 110mm rear with a 120mm fork. On both, the rear wheel travel is delivered […]