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InterBIKE of the day

Alchemy Arktos Custom

Words Cam McRae
Photos Cam McRae
Date Sep 21, 2017

Alchemy bikes start off pretty. The plain black Arktos model has elegant curves and no element seems obtrusive or redundant. It's easy to look at. But add a coat of gloss La3w paint (a Volkswagen colour with pearl added) to virtually every surface and you have a bike you'd rob your grandmother for. And when I say paint I mean paint; the only decals on this frame are at the valve stems. The fork and rim graphics are stencilled and painted on and then the whole thing appears to have six clear coats for depth. It's redonkulous. And it could be yours. 

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I would live in fear of scratches on every ride. But  I'd get over it eventually. 

Alchemy has a full paint shop but the company also lays up carbon fibre frames in house. Unbelievably Alchemy also welds steel and titanium frames in Denver Co. The company is clearly committed to Made in the U.S.A. but the growth plan now includes some Asian made frames including a 'stock' Arktos. The built-in-Colorado Arktos will pull US $3800 from your wallet while the overseas Arktos is $3000. Completes start at $6200 for the Asian layup and $6950 if it's made in Colorado.

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Red isn't normally on my list but this red... 

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Painted on graphics look amazing.  This detailed work is the result of over 60 hours of painting time.   The fork looks like it was waiting to be painted like this. 

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The frame appears to be encased in liquid. 

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That is all paint. 

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The curtains match the drapes. 

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The hub was painted after the wheels were laced, just for the added challenge.

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The unseen link here does something funky to influence the leverage curve (it creates a sine wave apparently) but I can't find anything on the web that displays what's going on graphically. I have a request in to Alchemy for more info. 

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It's a shame we couldn't have taken the bike somewhere to shoot it. The Arktos deserves a beautiful setting (and a better photographer).

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The stock Arktos is a comparative bargain. The frame can be had for US $2999 and completes start at US $6200.

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I wasn't told a price on this special edition but it'll be on display in Alchemy's shop and café at 7700 Cherry Creek Drive South in Denver... and they'll sell it if you want it. 

Alchemy has recently made some high profile hires adding industry veterans Joel Smith (VP sales and marketing) and Joe Stanish (COO) so look for the company to make a bigger push in 2018. 

More info at Alchemy.bike...

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Comments

whatyouthink
+1 Vik Banerjee
whatyouthink  - Sept. 21, 2017, 7:17 a.m.

makes stupid light carbon bike. adds 6 layers of clear coat paint. hmmm

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Vikb
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Vik Banerjee  - Sept. 21, 2017, 7:48 a.m.

The Lrg Evil Following MB is 0.4lbs heavier in gloss orange than matte green. Dang. As much as I like a sweet paint job I'll take raw carbon frame to save that kind of weight. ;)

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cam@nsmb.com
+1 Shrockie
Cam McRae  - Sept. 21, 2017, 7:45 a.m.

lol. Well it was built for the show rather than a specific customer and it succeeds in showing off Alchemy's finishing abilities. But yes, it's likely a wee bit heavier.

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CoilAir
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CoilAir  - Sept. 21, 2017, 11:12 a.m.

"a comparitive bargain" - "$6,200USD"

...Okay...

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cam@nsmb.com
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Cam McRae  - Sept. 23, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

Come on CoilAir... you know the meaning of comparative! lol

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Endur-Bro
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Endur-Bro  - Sept. 22, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Are they still just repainted Yeti SBs?

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whatyouthink
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whatyouthink  - Sept. 25, 2017, 1:40 p.m.

they never were... the only two things in common are the same suspension designer and that they are brands based near denver.

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