2018 Alchemy Atlas Disc
Once you ride an Alchemy Atlas Disc road bike, it becomes clear that it is a child of its environment. Developed at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Atlas Disc is a bike the climbs with ease, descends like a demon and absorbs the vibrations of road surfaces made rough by harsh winters and seemingly endless summer sunlight.
Though Alchemy is a relatively young company, they have carved a place in the industry for themselves because they are making extremely high quality carbon frames entirely in house. That is special if you like the idea of keeping your own carbon footprint to a minimum when you are buying your next carbon bike, but also special because it allows them to be in complete control of every step of the process from the development through the design phase and all the way until the bike rolls out for its first test ride.
So the Atlas can benefit from Alchemy’s deep knowledge of how they want to layup the carbon of the frame, and what that will do to different aspects of the ride quality. For instance, they had included their specially shaped down tube with buttresses at the bottom bracket and head tube to add rigidity, which will account for the snappy acceleration and precise handling when descending. If you have had a climbing bike that has been a little unwieldy on the way back down the mountain, then you will really appreciate the effortless descending the Atlas Disc will offer. No wrestling the bars here, trying to get the bike to stay in line. After all, those Rocky Mountain descents can get dangerously gusty, the last thing you want is your bike to be unfit for the job. The Enve carbon fork will go a long way to keeping the handling both supple and responsive.
The expert use of carbon can also account for the plush ride you’ll enjoy over rough roads. For the rear triangle, Alchemy has woven tubes together that will remain stiff and responsive when accelerating, and keep that buttery ride quality that will save your rear end from having fatiguing vibrations rattle up the seat post. You can also easily slip some 28mm tires onto this road bike to soak up the regular road vibrations, and even feel comfortable taking it on your local Paris-Roubaix-esque courses. And the addition of the disc brakes with their through axle will tighten up the rear triangle even more. And since the bottom bracket has been designed around the impressively stiff PressFit 86, you won’t have to worry about ever putting out more watts than this frame can handle.
With internal cable routing and mechanical as well as electric compatibility, the Alchemy Atlas Disc can be built up to be the ultimate all-round machine. You’ll understand why they called it Atlas since you’ll feel like you can take it all over the map.
Fork: ENVE carbon disc 1 1/4" taper
Rear Stay Material: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 44mm
Headset Included: Yes, Cane Creek
Bottom Bracket Type: PF86
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical or electronic
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Disc, flat mount
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm | 61cm |