- Frame Material: Carbon
- Suspension: Sine
- Rear Shock: FOX Performance Elite DPX2
- Rear Travel: 152mm
- Fork: FOX Performance 36
Details: We get you; we know you enjoy the finer things in life and sometimes like to march to the beat of a different drummer. And while it's never fun seeing someone riding the same bike as you on the trail, there aren't a ton of great options if you want to roll on a boutique brand with suspension on both ends. Well that all changes with the Arktos 27. 5 GX Eagle Complete Mountain Bike from Alchemy, a bike designed to efficiently get you up and down the mountain with an innovative suspension platform and a smart mix of parts that'll have you on something a little more special than the cookie-cutter bikes for a lot less than you might think. Alchemy is a tight-knit group of designers, engineers, machinists, and painters. The company got its start in Austin, TX a decade ago but the call of the Rocky Mountains proved too much and the brand relocated to Denver, CO. All of its bikes are equal part art and technology and designed to last the long haul. Consistently in the mix as award-winning bikes, Alchemy quickly made a name for itself as a brand that caters to the most discerning cyclists. The construction processes and techniques on its frames are unique and are simply unachievable in typical mass-market manufacturing. The Arktos 27. 5 is a handmade in the USA carbon frame, an industry first and a favorite of cycling editors, people's choice, and shows awards internationally. To achieve this, it requires premium raw materials and the work of highly skilled craftsman to lay-up and cure the carbon fiber over several days. The frames start life as carbon pre-preg sheets that are precisely cut on a CNC plotter of up to 500 pieces for a single frame. These pieces, specific weaving strands, and its dedicated lay-up process yield the bike's ride quality which obviously maximizes stiffness and minimizes weight. Those pieces are meticulously placed in CNC-machined molds that form the frame's individual tubes where bladders are placed within the carbon sheets and pressure is incre...