2018 Alchemy Atlas
It should come as no surprise that a bike born and bred at the base of the Rocky Mountains works as an amazing bike for people who love to climb. The Alchemy Atlas offers the sort of low weight responsiveness that makes it as fun to get up the hill as it is to rail down it.
Alchemy has devoted its relatively short time in the industry to making the best possible carbon racing bikes in the USA. And looking at the recent proliferation of US-made bicycles, that is actually quite a heady goal. But once you swing a leg over the Atlas, you’ll realize that Alchemy has really nailed it. Benefiting from Alchemy’s extensive knowledge of how best to manipulate the carbon layup of their frames, the Atlas feels solid and secure on the descents, lithe and responsive when climbing, and super compliant over rough roads. What’s that you say? Doesn’t everyone claim that? Well, to a certain extent, yes, but what the Atlas does incredibly well is balance these three qualities to help you feel comfortably in control, while still feeling like you could push yourself to the edge of your abilities and be able to pull back that split second before it’s too late.
This is all possible through expert design and engineering. For example, they have 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. Keeping your line precise is essential whether you are descending in a pack of riders, or along the white line of a mountain highway. And the geometry combined with the rigidity of the frame goes a long way to ensuring you will always feel in control. The Enve carbon fork spec’d with the Atlas will also do its bit to keep the handling reliable and the ride quality plush.
The expert use of carbon can also account for the comfy 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. And since the bottom bracket has been designed around the impressively stiff PressFit 86, you won’t ever have to worry about putting out more watts than this frame can handle.
With internal cable routing and mechanical as well as electric compatibility, the Alchemy Atlas will work well with whatever setup you prefer. It is available in five sizes from 52cm to 61cm and two colorways, though Alchemy does offer semi-custom options with the Atlas if you have a mind to personalize your ride.
Fork: ENVE 2.0 tapered carbon
Rear Stay Material: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 44mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 44mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/4”
Headset Included: Yes, Cane Creek
Bottom Bracket Type: BB86 Press Fit
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical or electric
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm | 61cm |
Colors: Gloss Cool Grey, Matte Smoke