2018 Alchemy Kratos
Though taking bikes on overnight adventures is far from a recent development or discovery, what the expansion of the gravel bike production means is that perhaps for the first time lots and lots of manufacturers are actually catering to those activities, thinking of ways to make bikepacking trips not only fun but the bikes specifically functional for such hardcore endeavors. And the Alchemy Kratos is a perfect example of an inventive company finding some solutions for adventure and bikepacking aficionados.
This is far from Alchemy’s first foray into the gravel and endurance sector, but it perhaps is the most pure. For one thing, the Kratos is made from titanium, which is the only choice for riders who are looking for at least as much comfort as high performance from their bikes. We all want bikes that will not noodle under us when we have to hammer up a climb, and you definitely can count on well-designed titanium frames to be responsive, but what they also are is super compliant and comfortable when the roads are rough. Nevertheless, the Enve CX flat mount fork combined with the tapered head tube ensures that front end stiffness that is so essential to feeling the confidence you need to be in complete control while railing a descent. The titanium Kratos is the equivalent of that favorite leather jacket that you can wear to the pub with your buddies but still looks slick enough for the symphony.
When we say that Alchemy has given greater thought to making the Kratos more prepared for big adventures, we mean that they have not only provided eyelets for luggage racks and extra water bottles, but that they have done things like placed the bottle eyelets low on the frame so that half bags can comfortably fit within the front triangle. Tire clearance is also a hot topic when discussing gravel and adventure bikes. The Kratos won’t disappoint either since it has been designed for a 700c wheel to take up to a 45mm tire. Combine that with the smooth and predictable ride that the titanium tubing will guarantee, and you will be able to feel unrattled even after all day epics on gravel trails. And if you really want to try taking this beauty on some harsher types of trails or looking to rage across the Dirty Kanza, for an additional $500 you can order your Kratos with a specially fitted Fox 32 adventure 40mm fork that will help you keep your traction on seriously bumpy back trails. External cable routing that is compatible with mechanical and electronic groupsets will give you any number of options to build this up to the ideal go-anywhere type of bike. The press fit BB86 will fit a wide range of cranks, and ensures the rigidity that will be the foundation of every pedal stroke.
Available in five stock sizes and in 12 colors plus raw titanium, there is surely an Alchemy Kratos out there that is perfect for you. Whether you are a roadie looking to expand your terrain opportunities, or are a mountain biker who might like to test your skills and endurance at the Lost and Found 100, the Kratos will be the type of ride that will give you all the options for all your adventures and bikepacking expeditions.
Fork: Enve CX fork (stock), Fox 32 adventure 40mm fork (optional +$500)
Rear Stay: Titanium
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Headset Included: Yes, Cane Creek
Bottom Bracket Type: BB86 Press Fit
Cable Routing: External, mechanical or electronic compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 45mm
Brake Type: Disc, post mount
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm | 61cm |
Colors: Raw Titanium, 12 stock colors available with matte or gloss finish