Alchemy Arktos

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on Alchemy Arktos. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

12 reasons to buy

  • The Arktos is a ‘Trail’ bike, and as such it has been commended for its ability to be used as an ‘all-round’ mountain-bike, performing well on downhill, cross-country and on ‘bigger-air’ trails.
  • The biggest surprise for amateurs and experts, comes in this bike’s performance as a climber. It’s efficiency uphills is lauded.
  • Componentry has not been faulted for the Arktos. Even at the lowest spec, the Shimano DX setup was trouble-free.
  • ‘Snappy’ is a term that came up again and again, when riders described the sharp responsiveness felt on technical descents and through turns.
  • Four sizes, Small to Extra Large, provide a suitable fit for all riders of all sizes from all genders.
  • The customized SINE rear suspension was almost always characterized as being easy to use and rarely required adjustment.
  • Shifting and braking were described as flawless and did not require adjustment.
  • The dropper seat-post was appreciated for its smooth action.
  • It has been described as ‘beautiful’ and received compliments for being stripped-back and uncluttered. The ability to order from 18 logo colors and 15 frame colors was seen as a boon.
  • Minion brand tires come as standard, and delivered a grippy ride.
  • Internal cable-routing kept the frame neat and riders happy.
  • It wouldn’t be a surprise to know that the full-carbon frame was loved for being lightweight.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The biggest concern for experts was that the Arktos had a relatively short reach, which found customers opting for a size up from their norm.
  • There are no chainguard tabs at all, limiting front-derailleur options.
  • Most riders experienced sufficient chain-slap, but the Arktos doesn’t feature a chainstay protector.
  • Clearances were so small in some areas, that a couple of experts were concerned that grit or mud could become trapped in poor conditions.
  • Riders over 85kg may find the shock setup less forgiving.
  • The Arktos ain’t cheap. As a performance machine, it was generally agreed by reviewers that you do get value for what you pay for. But it wont be within every mountain-biker’s reach.

Bottom line

If compromise is not your thing, then the Alchemy Arktos is probably right up your alley. In it’s lowest-cost configuration, it’s priced at half of some other expert mountain-bikes. That said, it is not aimed at a budget. Componentry was rarely faulted by any reviewer and user videos serve as testimonials to the high-speed euphoria delivered by this bike. If you are after something with a longer, more-modern geometry you may want to look elsewhere. But if you are after a beautifully-presented, precision-engineered machine – you will most-likely be delighted by the Arktos.

Expert Reviews

93/100 based on 1 expert reviews
Dirt Merchant Bikes

INTERBIKE 2016: Alchemy Arktos Review (160mm rear travel)

Level 1 expert

I had an absolutely fantastic time riding the Arktos both uphill and downhill and that fun to ride feeling is ultimately what a great bike is all about.

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Bike Magazine

Alchemy Arktos ST Review – 2019 Bible of Bike Tests

Level 4 expert

Same frame, less travel – a lazy way to add another SKU, right? Wrong. Everything good gets better with Alchemy’s down-traveled Arktos 29 ST.

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Bike Magazine

First Ride: Alchemy Arktos

Level 4 expert

Review: Alchemy Arktos

Level 4 expert

The Alchemy Arktos promises to be a high-end long travel trail bike that can track over and gobble up any imperfection it comes across. And it does all of that with aplomb.

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Mountain Bike Action

Alchemy Arktos: Colorado Chemistry Hits The Mountain

Level 1 expert

Alchemy brings its handmade carbon expertise to the aggressive suspension world with the help of one of the most well-known suspension wizards in the mountain bike community. The result is an aggressive enduro bike that handles exceptionally well…

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User Ratings

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