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    Post your Alchemy Arktos build 27.5 and 29

    I'll be putting my 27.5 together next week and I'd love to see some other builds.

    I haven't seen one of these threads for Alchemy so I figured I'd start it!

    Lets see how everyone built theirs up!

    Teaser pic, updates below!

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    Nautilus....mine SHOULD be here next week...it's been a LONG wait!

    It's a 29er...very excited.

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    Here it is, getting ready to get shipped....

    Sexy!

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    Nice Fox 2019 Fox 36....

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    Of course a little Enve Bar/Stem action (got the old RSR bar because I like the rise/sweep)

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    I was drooling all over my iPwn when the white 29er came out. Congrats.

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    I finally have it tuned in, it was a lot of work getting to this point but I'm really enjoying the way this bike rides.

    It's basically the XT enve M630 build.

    - Brakes,I had some Formula T1 203 F/R rotors laying around in the parts bin so I threw those on and sold the XT brakes.
    -Pedals are one up.
    -Tires are Minion DHF 2.5 F/R (plenty of clearence) while I warrant this DHR 2.4
    -Frame Bag Black Burn outpost corner bag with a 3m clear bra and velcro mount. (crash tested on the first ride)
    - Shrink tube on the cables


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    Frame bag install.






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    Loving my build so far too!
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    Nice build dark horse. What size frame and do you know the max seat post insertion? I'm trying to work out how long a dropper I can use on an XL frame.

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    Any further follow up reports on these bikes? Iím quite interested in the 29 ST.

    How is rear tire clearance? I love the 2.6 tires (Maxxis and bontrager) Iíve been running. 2.6 is not officially supported, but Iím curious if it will fit. I ride in a mostly dry climate.
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    Just received new Arktos ST this afternoon. Got to take it on small loop of some mild single track this evening. It rides great and excellent customer services from Alchemy team....

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    Very nice. Looking forward to hearing more. Its hard to get a good read on the frame colors from Alchemy's website, pics here help a bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdrunk View Post
    Very nice. Looking forward to hearing more. Its hard to get a good read on the frame colors from Alchemy's website, pics here help a bunch.
    My initial order was the grey, but had to ship it back due to shipping damage to the swing arm. The grey was clean too.

    Once I have more seat time on more technical terrain... I'll give feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dc40 View Post
    My initial order was the grey, but had to ship it back due to shipping damage to the swing arm. The grey was clean too.

    Once I have more seat time on more technical terrain... I'll give feedback.
    Looking forward to hearing more. Do you have pictures that would show the color of the grey bike?

    What size is your bike? Is that a stock build from Alchemy, if so which one.


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    Sorry didn't take any pics of the grey... Size medium, stock XO build. I am 5' 8" with short reach... the medium feels perfect for me.

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    Post your Alchemy Arktos build 27.5 and 29

    Here is my 29 ST:

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    4 or 5 rides in and I'm digging it.
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    Alchemy Arktos 29

    Here is my Arktos 29, fresh out of the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GimliGlider View Post
    Here is my Arktos 29, fresh out of the box.

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    I have a 27.5 frame in green coming soon. It will replace my Ibis HD3 which I really like. (my 2nd Ibis-first was a 2012) I'm very curious how they will compare. This is actually the bike I'd originally wanted when I bought the Ibis. Pics to follow.

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    Inaugural ride in the N Ga mtns yesterday on my Arktos ST. Iím amazed at how good this bike is - the total package is excellent. Standouts are the suspension, stiffness of the frame and... the XT 12-sp group w/4-piston XT brakes. Iíve been riding XX1/X01 Eagle and even AXS on my tandem and I have to say this XT 12-sp is better than SRAMís mechanical Eagle and just shy of the speed and precision of AXS.

    The shock is setup pretty close with a bit more work to do on the fork setup - mostly because there is so much adjustability to it.

    I canít wait to get some more time/miles on this rig.




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    Post your Alchemy Arktos build 27.5 and 29

    Iíve notice that in the short time Iíve had my 29ST some little rocks have settled in the gap between the seat tube and the rear triangle. A little suspension action and the result are gouges in the frame. A little ugly but likely not meaningful.

    Have any owners devised a flap or fender to keep debris out of this area? Of course the ďdamageĒ occurred just below where my tape job ended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reamer41 View Post
    Iíve notice that in the short time Iíve had my 29ST some little rockís have settled in the gap between the seat tube and the rear triangle. A little suspension action and the result are gouges in the frame. A little ugly but likely not meaningful.

    Have any owners devised a flap or fender to keep debris out of this area? Of course the ďdamageĒ occurred just below where my tape job ended.

    Dang... that stinks for sure. Pivot makes a nifty little stick on ďguardĒ that covers their linkage in that same post. It might be worth buying a couple, they come in different sizes for $4 each, and seeing if one fits. Perhaps it might work as a template to make something similar.

    https://www.pivotcycles.com/en/dw-link-protector

    Itís possible that Alchemy sells something similar also.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mthopton View Post
    Dang... that stinks for sure. Pivot makes a nifty little stick on ďguardĒ that covers their linkage in that same post. It might be worth buying a couple, they come in different sizes for $4 each, and seeing if one fits. Perhaps it might work as a template to make something similar.

    https://www.pivotcycles.com/en/dw-link-protector

    Itís possible that Alchemy sells something similar also.


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    Thanks for the heads up. Iíll check with the local Pivot dealer and see if they have any in stock I can try on.
    Otherwise Iím sure I can come up with something.

    If the bike looked dirty in the shot above you should see it now! . A full-on wet winter weather ride. Canít even see that part of the frame, much less the minor scrapes.... after all I bought to ride it not to look at it!

    Such a sweet riding bike!
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    Just finished the build, have yet to ride it for real. (27.5)

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    Yikes. I will keep an eye on mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by reamer41 View Post
    Iíve notice that in the short time Iíve had my 29ST some little rocks have settled in the gap between the seat tube and the rear triangle. A little suspension action and the result are gouges in the frame. A little ugly but likely not meaningful.

    Have any owners devised a flap or fender to keep debris out of this area? Of course the ďdamageĒ occurred just below where my tape job ended.


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    Love that color.

    Quote Originally Posted by Musicguy View Post
    Just finished the build, have yet to ride it for real. (27.5)

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    Thanks, me too. It was hard to tell on their website what it would look like in person since photos are pretty limited. I like that I haven't seen other bikes around that are the same color, also it's close to a British Racing Green which I really like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musicguy View Post
    Thanks, me too. It was hard to tell on their website what it would look like in person since photos are pretty limited. I like that I haven't seen other bikes around that are the same color, also it's close to a British Racing Green which I really like.
    The tan seat and grips really set the color off. Looks awesome.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdrunk View Post
    Love that color.
    +1.
    That green is really nice.
    I had a Santa Cruz circa 1997 that was a similar color.
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    Have really enjoyed my first few rides on the Arktos. Iím surprised at how much more I feel my hip flexors with the steeper seat angle vs the more relaxed XC geometry Iím used to.

    Great climbing bike that absolutely rips the downhills.



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    The Arktos is a sleeper! Having had mine for a few months now I still cannot think of anything I would change at this point, and that says a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdrunk View Post
    The Arktos is a sleeper! Having had mine for a few months now I still cannot think of anything I would change at this point, and that says a lot.
    I love mine as well. Great bike.
    But, I do have a short list for Alchemy:
    A touch more rear tire clearance . Cable/hose routing that clears larger rear tire. Lower top tube (brake levers will hit if bars are turned all the way). A fender or something to keep debris from gap between frame and rear triangle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reamer41 View Post
    I love mine as well. Great bike.
    But, I do have a short list for Alchemy:
    A touch more rear tire clearance . Cable/hose routing that clears larger rear tire. Lower top tube (brake levers will hit if bars are turned all the way). A fender or something to keep debris from gap between frame and rear triangle.
    Of your list, my only concern is a fender to close off the gap in the swingarm and frame. My brake levers clear no problem and Iím happy with the 2.4 rear tire clearance. My only ďissueĒ is solving the housing rattle Iíve got when going downhill. Makes all kind or racket banging around in the downtube.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mthopton View Post
    Of your list, my only concern is a fender to close off the gap in the swingarm and frame. My brake levers clear no problem and Iím happy with the 2.4 rear tire clearance. My only ďissueĒ is solving the housing rattle Iíve got when going downhill. Makes all kind or racket banging around in the downtube.


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    Yeah - that noise is bad! I solved per Alchemy by dropping the fork and stuffing a couple lengths of bubble wrap into the down tube. Rather primitive, but it worked like a charm.
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    I haven't experienced that yet. Another trick is a few zip ties on the housing inside.

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    For those of you talking about a rear fender I installed one using some 3m clear bra, 4 zip ties and the generic "marshguard" fender. It's not perfect but it dramatically reduces the amound of crap that ends up on the upper linkage, lower linkage, and my shoes! It has to be installed just right (test placement by cycling the linkage with the shock deflated or removed) or it could rub at the end of your travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YamaLink View Post
    Do you guys know if Alchemy regularly runs promotions like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourThreeSix View Post
    Do you guys know if Alchemy regularly runs promotions like this?
    Iíve seen several different promotions in the past 6 months or so. Some great deals!
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    I bought my frame on sale in December and since then I've seen different sales pop in and out. If you're interested I would definitely keep an eye out for one.

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    Just got my frame and build kit, cant wait to put this thing together !

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    Got a question for everyone. I'm 6'1" tall with a 31" inseam. What size Arktos 29 ST would you think I should be on? I believe a Large would work better than an Xtra Large. I rode an XL for a very short distance an felt like it was to big but I'm not sure because I am coming off of a very different bike with old geometry numbers. I am going to ride it again but there is no way I can ride a Large in the area I live in. No one has ever heard of Alchemy much less seen one.

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    Im 6í1Ē with a 32Ē pants inseem and ride an XL. No way i could run a large. Think i may even be on a 70mm stem.


    Quote Originally Posted by hemi9673 View Post
    Got a question for everyone. I'm 6'1" tall with a 31" inseam. What size Arktos 29 ST would you think I should be on? I believe a Large would work better than an Xtra Large. I rode an XL for a very short distance an felt like it was to big but I'm not sure because I am coming off of a very different bike with old geometry numbers. I am going to ride it again but there is no way I can ride a Large in the area I live in. No one has ever heard of Alchemy much less seen one.

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    Have you been on a large and if so what was it that felt wrong?

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    No, it was easy for me to look at the geometry of the large and know it will be too small. Also, there are some people who are on the tall side of manufacture size recommendations and those on the short side. I am on the short side. For the large to work i would be running more headset spacers and a 1990ís length XC stem to get it to fit.


    Quote Originally Posted by hemi9673 View Post
    Have you been on a large and if so what was it that felt wrong?

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    I'm on a 27.5 riding a L. I'm 5'9"/30" inseam and it fits great. I'm at the bottom of what's suggested for a L. My Ibis HD3 was a L which was a step up from my usual M. It felt big at first, but felt fine after getting used to it. It sounds like an XL would be the right idea for you and might just feel odd at first since it's different geo. Have you talked to Alchemy, their customer service is very good, maybe they could help size you?

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    Alchemy suggested the XL. I rode a friend's XL this weekend and something just feels off. It very well could be that it so different. I'm gonna go around to a few LBS and ride a couple of bikes and see if anything strikes me. It's just I love what you get for the money from Alchemy. It's very hard to find a bike with Fox Suspension and Shimano 12 speed drivetrains.

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    That would be my size guess. Depending on what you're coming from it could just feel really different. My HD3 felt like that at first. The sales now are hard to beat. You do get a 2 week test period. I know bikes are all pretty great these days, but for me this ticks all the boxes. Looks great, climbs and descends really well, and it's unique. I'm in the northeast and terrain can be pretty rough. I feel it's very efficient and has def improved my riding-that being said, I'll never be as good as the bike.

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    Need a quick favor from someone with an ST version Arktos (140/120). Can you please measure the fully extended length of exposed stanchion? Im trying to confirm that my ST came with a 140 air shaft and not a 160.

    Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mthopton View Post
    Need a quick favor from someone with an ST version Arktos (140/120). Can you please measure the fully extended length of exposed stanchion? Im trying to confirm that my ST came with a 140 air shaft and not a 160.

    Thanks!


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    Here you go.
    This is the fork on my 29ST. The bottom of the tape is on top of the wiper seal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reamer41 View Post
    Here you go.
    This is the fork on my 29ST. The bottom of the tape is on top of the wiper seal.

    Perfect! Thanks.


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    Nice Bikes.

    I will be building a 29 up in about a month and am in parts gathering phase, surprisingly not a lot of info about Super Boost Cranksets. I am in between GX eagle and XT with a SRAM XD cassette. I already ordered the wheelset with XD.

    Anyone running the XT crankset with super boost, parts dont seem widely available like they do for SRAM?

    For those running GX Eagle are using a 3mm or 0mm offset chanring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HEMIjer View Post
    Nice Bikes.

    I will be building a 29 up in about a month and am in parts gathering phase, surprisingly not a lot of info about Super Boost Cranksets. I am in between GX eagle and XT with a SRAM XD cassette. I already ordered the wheelset with XD.

    Anyone running the XT crankset with super boost, parts dont seem widely available like they do for SRAM?

    For those running GX Eagle are using a 3mm or 0mm offset chanring?
    Good question.
    This is partly why I ordered a semi-complete build with deletions and substitutions from The Bike Co. Iíve got an XO crankset as speced (I think) by Alchemy. It is the DUB BSA73 SB+. SRAM claims a chain line of 56.5mm and thatís seems consistent with my setup. It works fine, so far, but there are a lot of spacers out board of the bearings (drive and NdS). Doesnít seem ideal - though just a gut response. It works fine.
    To answer your question I have a 3mm offset SRAM ring, and have also installed a Wolftooth CAMO spider that I think is -5. It works fine, as well. Iím running a 30t elliptical. I got the CAMO for a song, so I figured Iíd give it a try.

    With the stock SRAM setup the chain line was perfect in the 7th cog (with the 50t being the first cog). I do a lot of grinding in the bigger cogs, so moving the chain in a bit was appealing. I havenít really measured since installing the CAMO ring.


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    Arktos 29

    Initial Build-Still missing my dropper due to original order being canceled because company I ordered from claimed was in stock but was not, found another vendor and now dealing with UPS loosing it and for whatever reason when located turned over to USPS Now I have no idea when I will receive it.

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    Some notes review will come later:
    - You may need a shim over the compression ring for top bearing of the headset on this bike. If headset doesn't feel right call Alchmey they will help. I took off the top cap of headset for now until Alchmey gets me the right shim.
    - Alchemy in general has been awesome quick answers back on my little questions.
    - Weight is not by primary concern building a bike but with a rigid seatpost, old heavy bontrager saddle, XTR pedals and a Garmin 530 mounted it weighs 29 pounds on the nose, should be easily under 30 when I add the OneUp 150mm Dropper.
    - Cable Routing - Common complaint on the minimal reviews that are out there, Alchemy widened the exit holes and seems to do the trick, will see how fairs in wild. I still might tape them to the stays with clear tape not sure yet. Getting the routing through the frame was not easy but wasn't overly hard even with fat fingers, Alchemy does ship the frame with plastic tubing already in the frame to help you out if need to do from scratch I would route exit back with bottom bracket and headset removed. I put the foam covering supplied with frame on the derailleur and dropper cable not the brake hose. No rattle in my initial testing, which was 4 miles and included lots of bunny hops rock rolls, short tight switchbacks I have setup in the yard. Should be good on rocky singletrack
    - Suspension I have no doubt will be right on, just initial seting up with best guess got a me a little under sagged and it feels good on my backyard trails. Will take soome time and riding a bunch of different types of terrain to get right, some bob with standing climbing but really unless looking down at the shock dont notice it, seated pedaling feels just as good a 120mm DW link bike which means reallly good, Wil see how that changes as everything gets dialed in,.
    - Too early to give insight in the geo but feels good initially, feel like on top of the bike in a good way, I didnt want full out enduro geo, more something that worked as long travel trail bike, looks like might be spot on. The tall head tube and longish seatpost are a complete non issue even with my short legs long torso. I did but 3M protective tape on top tube because brake levers and shifter will hit bar at full lock if you go over. Most bikes I have ridden are this way. This is with 10mm of spacer under stem.
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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    Just wanted to let you know we have worked with Alchemy and Arktos owners to dial in a rear shock needle bearing kit that will increase small bump sensitivity and overall smoothness of the shock stroke.

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