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Reader Story: Introducing Arid Bikes - Designed & Made in Oregon

Jun 17, 2024 at 11:50
by Ethan Eggert  


My name is Ethan Eggertand some of you might remember the 19-year-old who made a CNC mountain bike. About a year later the project has come a long way. I've learned a lot from making these frames and even more from breaking them. I wanted to document the project along the way as my friends and I make the best bikes we can so I'd like to introduce you to the Building Bikes video series.

This series will be about the startup brand Arid Cycles in Bend, Oregon, developing and prototyping the Spade. The Spade is a modular enduro bike that can be set up in many different configurations. Throughout the episodes, the crew which consists of Ethan Eggert, Tyler Winans, Tanner Barclay, and Elijah Krause will be testing different setups of the bike and explaining how it works along the way. Similar to Neko Mulally's Frameworks videos the Building Bikes Series will cover detailed aspects of creating a frame from start to finish.

After spending lots of time on the V1 Spade frame from last year we decided we could do better and are now on the 3rd version with a new linkage. Our new linkage design, the Orbit Bar is a 6-bar that uses a large bearing as the 6th bar. In the beginning, after struggling to find a suitable name for the brand we named it Angeles Bikes but after careful consideration we have rebranded as Arid Cycles to fit nicely with the dry and dusty climate of Bend, Oregon.


The goal is to make the best bikes we possibly can and show as much of the process every step of the way. If something goes wrong we’ll show it. We want to put these frames into production and show people everything it takes to get there. This Series is a way of letting people watch the brand grow and develop an identity. Using the brand to support athletes and eventually have a factory race team is an important goal for Arid's future.


We are working hard to make something better and different. No gimmicks, a great bike that pushes the industry forward with everything people want and nothing they don't need. Performance and quality are the most important factors.

"Having ridden a wide range of the current crop of enduro bikes, the Spade has characteristics that align with aspects of some, but it creates a whole different, very confidence-inspiring experience on the trail. The long chain stays, balanced reach, and head tube angle allow it to turn with minimal input. Through flat, chattery corners you can just lean it over and it tracks the ground while maintaining a consistent grip in the front and rear." -Elijah Krause

Episodes 1 and 2 will be introduction/first impression videos and will be relatively broad. The following episodes will dive into more specific details of the bike. If anyone is interested in geometry and kinematic details, look for that in the episode titled “The Details”. This is our first take at a video project so we are open to suggestions if there's anything you want to see in the episodes.

We are super excited to be working closely with SRAM and RockShox using their components and doing suspension setup with the custom-tuned shocks they have made just for the Spade.

Huge thanks to the amazing brands supporting the Building Bikes videos and Arid:

Maxxis Tires
Project Bike Bend Oregon

If more brands or people would like to help support the videos you can contact us by emailing Ethaneggert42@gmail.com

Photo/Video credits:
Tyler Winans @Tylerwinans1
Tanner Barclay @Tanner.b.outthere

Design, engineering, and kinematics
Ethan Eggert @_ethaneggert
Arid Cycles

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Member since Mar 19, 2020
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  • 58 0
 Pretty sick looking bike.

1 tip would be linking other articles within your articles so people can follow the story easily. I'd like to read more.

On a purely business perspective, I'd get an @arid.com business email domain.
  • 49 3
 No revenue = no room for non-critical expenses. Keep the @gmail for a while boys, don’t spend on anything unless you absolutely have to (custom domains are pretty cheap, I know). Use your personal phone, don’t buy another line. Those things will come in time. It’s too easy to create unnecessary overhead. Run lean. You can do it.
  • 88 4
 @joecrosby: Get on LinkedIn, post about the grind, if you have kids, you know what you do next? Slap the toys out of their hands and replace them with plastic money so they can learn about that hustle early. It's never to late to start. Refinance your car and open up a side hustle on Etsy to fund your main gig, no coffee, no meals out, no more 4 week las vegas benders, none of the stuff the others have. Sell your house and live in your car for a month. Walk into a hotel as if you stay there and order breakfast. Learn to code. Get good at b2b sales. Google what b2b sales is, and while your at it Google op costs and capex. Get Xero accounts, and also a free trial of QuickBooks, then hire and intern and get them to use both. Then fire the intern and make a sad post about it on LinkedIn. Then repeat.
  • 6 1
 @browner: hahahaha
  • 15 0
 @joecrosby: custom domain is like $10/mo. That and website are low cost non-negotiable start up expenses IMO. Sure some won't care with an @gmail but plenty will. They won't tell you of course but it does have an effect.
  • 3 0
 @browner: More Uncles, More Tap Water. Few will understand. Write that down.
  • 1 0
 Gorgeous Bike! I just hope they do a raw aluminum option
  • 2 2
 @browner: Quickbooks is a trap
  • 3 0
 @tom666: rare fish sales
  • 13 0
 @browner: Somewhat serious question. As someone who has basically been in blue collar industries their entire life, does anyone actually take linkedin seriously? Or is it just Facebook for Patrick Bateman.
  • 1 0
 @browner: Excellerent
  • 11 0
 @grnmachine02: are you kidding me? LinkedIn is life. Everything else is just potential content not yet posted to LinkedIn
  • 1 0
 @browner: this is f*cking brilliant!
  • 3 1
 @ryanridessc: you are totally right that it’s only about $10 a month. Make two coffees at home and there you go, you got $10 back. It’s really easy to say “it’s only $10” 50 times over, and suddenly you’ve got an actual chunk of change going out. Everything is a cheap add-on subscription these days…
  • 2 2
 @joecrosby: How do you get $10 back from making 2 coffees at home, What am I doing wrong?

Having an @arid.com email addy goes quite a long way to legitimizing what youre doing. Sometimes its important to others, and as noted, you'll never know otherwise.

to @Ethaneggert
This is great, bike looks great, hope you get all the success youre looking for. Looking forward to seeing Arid bikes out on the trail.
  • 3 0
 @browner: This sounded so much like the famous line in Trainspotting, that I thought I was back in 1996, watching the movie again, for the first time... well done sir: “Choose a life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a f_cking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers... Choose DYI and wondering who the f_ck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit crushing game shows, sticking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away in the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, f_cked up brats you spawned to replace yourself, choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that?”
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: I meant that making two coffees at home instead of buying them at a coffee shop would get you $10 back. Because a coffee at home costs almost nothing, and one at a coffee shop costs $5-6.

But I like where you’re going with it- I’d also like to get paid $5 per coffee when I just make them and drink them at home. Maybe an only fans to watch me drink coffee? Is there a niche for that…?
  • 1 3
 @joecrosby: Is that what they call boy/girl math?
Like youve somehow "made" $10 cause you simply didnt buy yourself 2 coffees?
  • 2 0
 @browner: ...Now get Taj to draw this in an MTB context!
  • 2 0
 @browner: That's all fine and dandy but, I can't and wont ever give up my 4 week Vegas benders. I could probably cut out 2 or 10 a year though and still survive.
  • 2 0
 @onawalk: I think you’re missing the point here. And I am completely missing the point on what you mean by “boy/girl math”, so you might have to explain that one to me lol

If you need to come up $10 for your domain, you could change your personal choices and budget. My easy example was that people commonly buy a couple coffees from a coffee shop each month. Instead of that, just make some coffee at home, and because you’re now spending less on coffee, you can then spend that $10 that you didn’t spend on coffee shop coffee for your domain. The $10 never magically appeared. You didn’t “make” $10. Idk how else to describe this. Spend less money on frivolous shit so you can put your money to work. That’s the point.
  • 1 0
 @grnmachine02: I've got greg minnaar on linkedin. might be a bit confusing for people looking at my account for what job im actually doing though
  • 2 0
 @AppleJack76: and such a good remix on the soundtrack too
  • 1 0
 Looks like arid.com is being domain squatted (as you would expect of a four letter domain. But Aridbikes or arid-bikes etc is probably available.
  • 1 0
 @joecrosby: Maybe italics would work well as a sarcasm font...
  • 1 0
 @ryanridessc: you can customize your Gmail email really cheaply
  • 25 0
 big ass bearing, dropper insertion length deep enough to get Knolly's lawyers drooling, tons of config options, sign me UP
  • 19 0
 Only one D away from Ari bikes
  • 11 0
 Huh huh, only one D away. Maybe we're all just one D away from something
  • 1 0
 @c1olin: The voice at the end is one D away from Super 'ave Osborne.
  • 1 1
 @c1olin: 'Spades typically have a D at the top for gripping'
  • 13 0
 so sick dude! can't wait to see where the journey goes!!!
  • 5 0
 Well done young folk! That orbital bearing link is very cool—super satisfying just to watch it move in the video. I hope Arid works out well but if it doesn't this video almost certainly landed you a decent engineering job in the bike industry somewhere. Y'all got the vision, go for it!
  • 5 0
 Been watching your journey on ig. Adore my current bike but would love to hop on one of these.
  • 4 0
 Thanks for letting me briefly pedal the prototype in the parking lot at Post Canyon. I thought this bike would be heavy af but but it wasn't!
  • 2 0
 Happy this bike exists - you guys tick all the boxes!
Local manufacturing, great homegrown story
Function over form, and form still looks great
Raw alloy
Innovative suspension
External brake hose!!!
Super adjustable - Enduro/trail/park capable, mullet/29, progression chip, reach adjust (?)
Eager to see your company blossom
  • 1 0
 I try be like a Ethan at 15 to today with never stop the design new and frames, new engineerings, new production techniques and new more than more now Im 18 but nobody support me but I continue to More Stronger More Lighter More Smoother. I designed Dual Stroke (rocker arm) Carbon and Athernon Style Metal Tubing (Lung), Single Stroke 5 and more different type FS and 2 Road Bike (This only Modeled a lot of technical skech and Thinks From my notebooks). HOW CAN I GET BE LIKE A ETHAN AND SEE MY DESIGNS AND MODEL FROM REAL LIFE ANYONE HELP ME ITS IMPORTANT ! If want to look my designs from Arcadex (instagram only) here (but only few ones)
  • 4 0
 Shout out to Ministry Cycles…
  • 2 1
 Cool looking bike! I’m confident the finished product will be quality, but the name…. It sounds like a deodorant and we already have Ari bikes, I see another rebrand on the horizon…
  • 3 2
 Frameworks meet Fezzari/Ari/ meet Pole meet Transition meet Cybertruck ... Lots of different strong influences.. Super cool project. It would be rad if the brand would find its own unique voice...
  • 1 0
 I'm sure someone hit on this, but am I alone in seeing the irony in naming a bike brand Arid in one of the wettest states in the lower 48? Although the eastern part of the state is quite dry.
  • 2 0
 I like the orbital pivot! Makes me think or the GT I Drive. Think that could also come back in a frame design...
  • 3 0
 Yes. Also give me Outland VPP5 vibes: https://www.mtbr.com/attachments/img_0797-jpg.632093/
  • 2 0
 Looks great. Keep up the good work!
  • 2 0
 The bike is Looking good.
  • 1 0
 This looks pretty cool-best of luck. I'll be looking at Arid when I need a new big bike!!
  • 2 0
 Great looking bike guys. Love to ride one.
  • 1 0
 Stoked for you guys. Very cool to see what the next gen of kids in Bend are doing!
  • 2 0
 Is Singel Crown a Frenchier version of a Single Crown?
  • 3 0
 Spade, I dig it.
  • 2 2
 100% Pole technology with robotic looking frames and borrowed/adapted suspension designs. Interested to see how it goes. Thank you Leo Kokkonen!
  • 1 0
 son, I say son, turn that MOTORHEAD UP
  • 1 0
 I heard this in Foghorn Leghorn's voice in my head.
  • 2 0
 Squarely beautiful Smile
  • 2 0
 Would have/10
  • 1 0
 Impressive. Keep pushing, great to see...
  • 1 0
 Yes dude! Strong work following your dream. Those frames look sick.
  • 1 0
 I’ll definitely be following this guy!
  • 2 1
 So impressive.
  • 1 0
 So good
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