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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Alchemy Ronin Carbon. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
24 reasons to buy
- Testers report that the Ronin performs capably as both a gravel and a road bike.
- The Ronin’s carbon frame is hand-built to be lightweight and compliant.
- At 17.3 lb, the Carbon Ronin does not carry any excess weight.
- The Ronin Carbon’s tubing is subtly tapered, to enhance ride quality.
- By all reports, the Ronin tackles rutted roads with poise.
- A tester contends that the Ronin Carbon is good value, even at this premium price.
- The Ronin Carbon is available in one Shimano GRX and three SRAM eTap builds.
- Alchemy’s carbon wheelset is light, fast and accelerates quickly.
- On builds with electronic drivetrains, the Ronin avoids messy gearing cables.
- Testers say the Ronin Carbon handles confidently on loose surfaces.
- The Ronin Carbon is described as being “stiff and responsive”.
- One tester says the Ronin Carbon excels on longer, fast rides.
- A tester feels that the Ronin Carbon suits short bikepacking jaunts.
- The carbon Ronin is available in four distinct colorways.
- Alchemy can build your Ronin to custom geometry and color specifications.
- All Ronin builds feature wheels using Industry Nine / Alchemy carbon rims.
- Clearance allows for a maximum tire size of 700 c x 45 c.
- The Ronin’s Carbon frame is kit out with three sets of bottle mounts.
- Eyelets are provided for fenders, on the Ronin’s Carbon frame.
- Top-tube mounts are provided, to attach a bento box to the Ronin Carbon.
- Reviewers appreciated the carbon Ronin’s “clean lines”.
- A short headtube contributes to a racy ride position on the Ronin.
- The Alchemy Ronin is made, built and designed in the United States.
- There are 4 color schemes available, each clear-coated to reveal the Ronin’s underlying carbon construction.
5 reasons not to buy
- One reviewer would appreciate a 2x drivetrain option on the Ronin Carbon.
- A tester feels that the Ronin Carbon can be fatiguing on longer rides.
- The Ronin Carbon has limited mounting points to carry cargo.
- Given the bike’s high quality, the Carbon Ronin’s starting price is not low.
- The Carbon Ronin’s maximum tire width is limited to 700 c x 45 mm.
Bottom lineAt least one tester sees the Carbon Ronin as a versatile option to fulfill your road, cyclocross and gravel-biking duties, while also being worthy of short backpacking trips. This is a lightweight and precision machine, built with a handmade attention to detail. Handling, performance, shifting and componentry are all lauded. Accordingly, the entry-point price is quite high. While one tester says the Ronin Carbon feels “planted” and well-suited to longer rides, another found distance rides could be “fatiguing”. There are no mounts on the fork or for a rear rack, though there are top-tube bolts for a bento box. Builds start from a svelte 17.3 lb. Excelsior!
Expert Reviews99/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
I believe the ideal candidate for this bike would be someone who has a bit of a competitive streak and likes to challenge themselves in events, but also has the desire to slap on framebags and lose themselves in a short bikepacking adventure. It’s perhaps the closest thing I’ve experienced to a quiver killer and would tempt me into trading out my road, cyclocross, and gravel touring bike for one Ronin Carbon.
The Best Gravel Bikes of 2021 – Alchemy Ronin
The Ronin is the thoroughbred of gravel. Carbon down to the ENVE stem, the bike is for the rider seeking speed on long day rides. Designed around a maximum 45 mm tire — our favorite tire width — the bike performs best on long backroad rides.