We were lucky enough to be invited over to Mountain Bike Connection Winter in Massa Marittima, Tuscany to check out the latest products and technology from a handful of exciting European cycling companies, and to actually ride some of it on the beautiful, well-maintained singletrack of the Trail Brothers’ network . This first-look, first-ride on the new Arc8 Essential is one of a number of reviews from the event. All photos are credited to Rupert Fowler – Bike Connection Agency, unless otherwise stated.
Arc8 started out as a brand selling open-mold frames, but there’s a bit more to their story than that. They weren’t simply ordering from a catalog and slapping the Arc8 logo on with a fancy paint-job; their co-founder, Jonas Mueller, was in fact the original designer of those open-mold frames. The first mountain bikes to carry the Arc8 name; the Evolve, Essential and Enduro Extra, were all open-mold designs. However, as of 2022, Arc8 is on a mission to distinguish itself, with two all-new framesets that are specific to Arc8 and Arc8 alone. Again, designed by Jonas, but with an all-new suspension platform that has resulted in some seriously lightweight and drop dead gorgeous short-travel mountain bikes. Jonas Mueller presenting the two new Arc8 full suspension mountain bike frames at the 2022 Winter Bike Connection. Jonas previously designed carbon frames in Taiwan for BMC and Bicycle.Engineering, gaining an important understanding of how design needs to consider the practicalities of frame manufacturing. The Evolve FS , released […]