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ARC8 Essential - A Light and Aggressive trailbike

Pinkbike takes a first look at the ARC8 Essential II

ARC8 have been around for a few years now, but they're still a relatively small brand. That didn't stop them from raising some eyebrows back in May with the launch of their Evolve FS, a bike that blended a very low weight with properly aggressive geometry for the bike's short travel. It didn't take a clairvoyant to see that the Evolve FS heralded a new direction for the brand and that their other bikes might just follow suit. The next bike to receive a makeover? The Essential. The original Essential was the bike that launched ARC8 and was developed way back in 2016 as an aggressive trail bike for the time. But it also saw a lot of time in XC races thanks to its low weight. Read the full writeup here


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