Alchemy Nine7Five First Thoughts
BikeCo.com owner Joe Binatena is rocking a mullet. We went for a pedal to go through his Alchemy Nine7Five First thoughts.
“Mullet” bikes are 29″ front and 27.5″ rear setups. If you’ve looked closely on this year’s EWS photos you’ve seen them under a wide range of riders.
Let’s take a quick look at the concept. Continue reading Alchemy Nine7Five First Thoughts
Alchemy Arktos 29 First Ride Impressions
After the first two EWS rounds Joe came back to the shop with his fresh Alchemy. Which, of course, means I stole it from him for a couple days. So here are my Alchemy Arktos 29 First Ride Impressions…
The Important Non-Trail Issues, ie First, First Impressions
Colors: Working with Cody Kelley we’ve had a ton of the Arktos 29’s in the shop since their launch. Still to this day, I’m not sure which color I would choose. Both the gray / red as well as the vanilla / brown / orange color combos look great. And like an adult designed them… Both colorways offer a variety of build options that would look good without dating your build.
Lines: The Arktos 29 balances hard edge lines with softer radius tubes. The low mount of the rear triangle creates a long, low look to the chassis. This is a bike that looks elegant. And fast. And that’s important.
(Bikes should pass the eye test… Just watch PinkBike or Vital for the “new” brands that simply do not pass the eye test hahaha…) Continue reading Alchemy Arktos 29 First Ride Impressions
Cody Kelley’s Alchemy Arktos 29
BikeCo is excited to start another year working with Alchemy Bicycles and Cody Kelley. This Arktos 29″ is headed to New Zealand for the first EWS round as well as Crankworx Rotorua!
Keep an eye on Cody, Alchemy, TheBikeCompany and BikeCo owner Joe Binatena on Instagram and facebook for more on these adventures. Continue reading Cody Kelley’s Alchemy Arktos 29
Alchemy Arktos29 Frame Detail Pics
Enjoy some shots of the new Alchemy Arktos 29 Frame. 140mm of Sine Suspension paired with 160mm fork, this is an Enduro ready 29er.
The Grey / Red / Silver color option really comes alive in person. The attention to detail is clear. Alchemy’s branding is crisp with great accent colors as well as proper amounts of accent colors for a clean look. Continue reading Alchemy Arktos29 Frame Detail Pics
Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setups
The Anatomic Differences:
The latest issue of [R]evolution MTB features this write-up on Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setups from BikeCo.com
This season BikeCo.com is supporting Enduro racing at all levels: Grassroot clients all over the world, the Ibis US Enduro Team captained by Brian Lopes, as well as Alchemy Factory Racing with Anneke Beerten and Cody Kelley.
Enduro’s multi-stage events with minimal, if any, in-race mechanical support have shifted the emphasis points on bike build and setup.
Unlike a one and done format (say a standard DH race) teams are asking equipment to take a ton of abuse across a wider range of terrain over a longer period of time.
Riders are faced with multiple, often quite long stages which one might “acclimatize” to through practice and footage review but are very hard to put every twist, turn and hole into the mental hard drive for race day. Continue reading Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setups
Alchemy Racing Mechanic: A Day in the Life of Joe Binatena
Check out an awesome blog from Alchemy Bicycles about BikeCo’s Joe Binatena’s role as Factory Team Mechanic: Continue reading Alchemy Racing Mechanic: A Day in the Life of Joe Binatena