Our MTB Podsol frame is named for a type of soil that’s found in the Aachen Forest. The "Öcher Bösch", as the forest is called in the local dialect, is one of the city's most important recreational areas. Of course, it’s also a popular riding destination for our MTB-savvy employees at bc. Podsol is a low-nutrient soil on which especially coniferous trees such as pines, spruces and larches grow abundantly. The frame’s grey-beige colour is reminiscent of the sandy Podsol, which can be found on the surface on some trails in the Öcher Bösch.
Flint Gravel Frameset
bc Bikes and Their Terrain: The Flint Gravel Frame
Flint, a very hard rock that can split easily, is the namesake of our first gravel frame. This mineral was an important raw material for cutting tools in the early history of man. It also gained great importance as a fire starter, and emits sparks when struck. Almost 5,000 years ago, flint was mined intensively at the Lousberg, one of the three mountains here in Aachen, Germany. Lousberg flint possesses a distinct colouration that has made for a well-documented history: axes made with this rock have been found from Belgium to Central Hesse and East Westphalia. Our Flint forms the raw material for a gravel bike, thus leading you down a path tracing the origins of cycling. With the Flint, everything is possible: treacherous paths or a long gravel road, minimalist or fully equipped with mudguard and a rack... it's your adventure!