Colorado chemistry hits the mountain
Alchemy is a Colorado-based company that’s long been known for building perfectly engineered carbon road bikes—finely crafted machines that are true works of art.
The Alchemy crew has been building bikes for over 10 years but
had yet to make a big leap into the mountain bike world—until
now. Alchemy decided not to make that leap with a hardtail
cross-country machine, one that was close in construction to the
roadie speed machines it already made; instead, the company
decided to go all in and design one of the toughest bikes there is
to build: an enduro bike.
To tackle this lofty goal, Alchemy employed the help of one of
the best suspension designers in the business, David Earle. Dave
has been responsible for some of the most iconic designs in the
sport. In fact, if you’ve ever ridden a Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) bike,
you’ve experienced David Earle’s magic. This new Arktos comes
to the trail with the carbon mastery of Alchemy and the suspension wizardry of David Earle. We simply couldn’t resist bringing
one in to test out on our SoCal trails.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
This is a purebred enduro bike in every sense. It sports enough
travel to hit everything—up to and including rocky downhill
trails—but keeps the weight down with full-carbon construction
and the efficiency high with the unique Sine suspension platform.
This is a bike for the rider who wants to have his or her cake and
eat it too. The relatively slack geometry is stable on steep and
rough trails, and the suspension is built to gobble up any rocks or
chunder that might get in the way. It also doesn’t need the help of
a chairlift to find the top of the mountain.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Alchemy bikes are all built in-house at the company’s Boulder,
Colorado, facility. That sets these bikes apart from nearly every
other carbon bike, almost all of which are imported from Asia.
The hand-laid frames are meticulously constructed with tube
shapes that put strength where it’s needed to handle the rigors a
6-inch-travel bike will be put through.
The Sine suspension design is unique to Alchemy and is exclusively licensed from suspension wizard David Earle. It’s called
“Sine” because the shock rate resembles a sine wave and is
designed to feel different as the bike goes through its travel. In
the first portion of the stroke the suspension is soft and supple to
absorb small bumps and improve climbing traction. In the middle