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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Alchemy Arktos. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- The Arktos is commended for its versatility; performing well on enduro trails, downhill runs, and longer/cross-country runs.
- Alchemy's Arktos is available in 120, 135 and 150mm rear-shock travel configurations. Each is available in 3 builds; SRAM GX, Shimano XT or SRAM X01.
- The Arktos is available with two 29" wheels or in a mullet (MX) setup, with a front 29" and rear 27.5" wheel.
- On the Arktos 150 MX build, a reviewer describes shifting on SRAM’s Eagle XO1 drivetrain as 'flawless'.
- Amateurs and experts are impressed by the Arktos's performance as a climber. Its efficiency up hills is lauded.
- Componentry is rarely faulted for the Arktos. Even at the lowest spec, reviewers say the SRAM GX build is trouble-free.
- ‘Snappy’ is a term that comes up again and again, when riders described the Arktos's sharp responsiveness on technical descents and through turns.
- Three sizes: M, L and XL, provide a suitable fit for riders of all sizes.
- The customized SINE rear suspension is characterized as being easy to tune and rarely requiring adjustment.
- Fox Transfer dropper seat-posts are appreciated for their smooth action.
- The Arktos receives compliments for being stripped-back and uncluttered.
- Maxxis Minion, Assegai or Dissector tires come as stock, delivering a grippy ride.
- Internal cable routing keeps the Arktos's frame neat.
- The Arktos's full-carbon frame is loved for its light weight.
- The Arktos now features integrated chainstay protection, guarding the frame against chain-slap.
2 reasons not to buy
- Some builds feature SRAM G2 R brakes. More than one reviewer is unimpressed by their stopping power.
- The Arktos isn’t cheap. But as a performance machine, it is generally agreed by reviewers that you get value for what you pay for.
Expert Reviews89/100 based on 7 rated expert reviews
2020 Alchemy Arktos 29 X01 Eagle Bike
Alchemy Bicycles is clearly a brand that goes above and beyond… The exclusive Sine Suspension System works extremely well in every situation. It is active enough for technical climbing, supportive and playful on modest terrain, and uses its travel efficiently when trails get faster and rougher.
The Beta Tests: Alchemy Arktos 135
Today’s Arktos, which was reinvented in early 2021, offers a full range of ride experiences. The Arktos’s mixture of support and sensitivity is what every other do-it-all bike should be aiming for. Remarkable small-bump compliance, confidence-inspiring lateral stiffness. There was a nagging amount of bob while climbing.
The Alchemy Arktos 120 Rides Like a Bigger Bike, Because It Can Be [Review]
The Alchemy Arktos 120 stands out thanks to its ability to chameleon between short-travel, trail, and all-mountain with a single frame. I was having a little too much fun launching the bike into the air over every root and grade reversal in sight.
Review: Alchemy Arktos ST – The Enduro Trail Bike
The Arktos ST felt confident and in control hitting rougher lines as long as you didn’t let the rear slam into things too hard. I believe its aimed towards the trail rider who needs an efficient pedaling bike to get them deep into the backcountry.
TGR Tested: The Alchemy Arktos 150 Is a Party on the Trails
Overall, the Arktos 150 and 135 are incredibly capable machines that cater towards riders with an active riding style. While the 150 might scream “enduro race bike,” I think it’s better suited for long backcountry adventures.
Tested: Alchemy Arktos 29 150F/135R
I’ll always remember Mary Lou. We did everything together: long, slow miles; hard, fast downhills; laid-back, flowy fun. She was as versatile as they come. Just be sure to keep your mitts off Mary Lou. To me, she was almost perfect.
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