Alchemy's Stunning Red Arktos, Gwin's New Grips, and a Rack Extender - Interbike 2017

Sep 21, 2017
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2017

Interbike 2017


You don't need a flashy Interbike booth if you have a bike like this to show off. Alchemy's 150mm-travel Arktos is available in two flavors: the Asian-made frame that sells for $2,999 USD, and the American-made Arktos that costs $3,799 USD for the frame and Fox Float X shock. Alchemy also has an in-house paint facility at their Colorado HQ, and they're happy to do up your US-made Arktos however you want. The red bike pictured here is an example of a no-holds-barred approach, with the Fox fork, and ENVE handlebar, stem, and rims, all done up to match. Even the lock-on collars for the grips have been painted in the same glossy red finish.


Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017


How much does a paint job like this go for, you ask? If you wanted your Arktos done in the same fashion, expect to part with only a few hundred dollars less than what the frame and shock itself go for, making this thing one of the more expensive bikes inside the convention center.


Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017




Interbike 2017


ODI released the AG1 lock-on grip, designed with input from Gwin, a few years ago and now they've teamed up for a new version. Any guesses as to what it's called? Yup, the AG2. The new model is heavily revised compared to its predecessor, including moving up from the AG1's 28mm to a slightly thicker 30mm diameter. But this increased size isn't the same all the way around, with an offset design that let Gwin position the extra padding where he wanted it under his mitts. There's no right or wrong way to set them up, but a small arrow on the endcaps lets you know when the raised material is in the most commonly preferred spot.


Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017


The AG2 is built with ODI's Soft Pro Compound that feels, well, really soft, and they've also gone to a much coarser knurl pattern compared to what they used on the AG1. This is said to provide more traction for when things are sweaty or muddy, and also more vibration damping, especially when combined with the 2mm thicker diameter. The slightly raised fins on the grip surface are still present, but ODI has gone from four to two and positioned them to line up with the joints on your fingers.


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But wait, there's more. The very outboard end of the grip sports a raised and ramped section that is said to provide both extra comfort and to help keep your hands from being exposed when hanging off the end of the grip. And, finally, the differently colored inboard end of each grip has an eagle molded into it that increases both patriotism and comfort. Or maybe just comfort. The new AG2's are 135mm in length, and they retail for $35 USD.




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Bike racks usually aren't the most interesting things around, but Yakima had one of those ''why didn't I think of that'' new products in their booth: the BackSwing rack extension. The name is pretty self-explanatory, with the add-on hinged arm allowing your rack to swing way out from the vehicle, giving you a massive amount of access to the rear door or hatch. The BackSwing fits in 2'' receivers on your vehicle, and any 2'' hitch rack can be bolted onto the opposite end, not just Yakima's offerings.

The BackSwing has a 250lb load capacity, so it'll work just fine with four-bike racks, and it'll go for $299 USD when it's available this April.


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Next up is the Party Pad, aka Shuttle Sheild, real name GateKeeper. Yakima's tailgate pad will be sold in two widths to match your truck and number of bikes (five or six) that you want to carry, with each of them sitting on individual padded cradles and held in place by large hook-and-loop straps. The GateKeeper is made with heavy duty Nylon to resist tearing, but the inside face sees a much softer fabric used that's friendly to your vehicle's paint. The opening at the center of the GateKeep is so you can still reach your tailgate's handle, but it's also large enough so that you're not kept from seeing that tree that you're about to back into through the camera.

The GateKeeper will be in stores this coming February, and the five-bike model will sell for $139 USD. Another $10 USD will get you the six-bike version.


Interbike 2017
Interbike 2017





72 Comments

  • + 90
 I was really holding out for the 30.01mm diameter grips. 30mm is just a little too thin for me.
  • + 8
 Makes a big difference though. Brendog Thick and Thins are 31 and 28mm.
  • + 5
 I'm after about 38 myself.. I'll keep looking!
  • + 20
 I hear it's all about girth....
  • + 7
 More cushion for the pushin
  • + 3
 @freeriderayward: Primo Chad Degroot signature grips, had them on Standard 1" 4 piece bars and they were about the diameter of a pringles can
  • + 7
 I just wrap an old inner tube around my bars, add a couple zip ties and roll with it.
  • + 39
 Why would people waste money on buying paintings, when you can mount bikes like the Alchemy on your wall.
  • + 18
 Because it wont invoke envy from the orthodontist who doesn't ride.
  • - 12
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 22, 2017 at 1:25) (Below Threshold)
 @ecly13: I need an implant, shut up...
  • + 16
 @ecly13: Typo: You meant it won't invoke Enve.
  • + 3
 Nicest piece of ocean fill I've seen in a while!
  • + 23
 Actually someone did think of that rack idea before: RakAttach out of Utah. Looks like a direct copy, hope they are paying that guy, he's a nurse in a burn unit that came up with the idea
  • + 3
 I think rockymounts has a similar rack as well.
  • + 22
 I also had that idea. Just never did anything about it...
  • + 7
 The Backswing concept has been around for awhile, most recently appearing on the Rocky Mounts Backstage Swing and Kuat Pivot. It's also been marketed by MWE Racks as the "Bladerunner" or "Red October" and Wilco offroad produces one as the Hitchswing that does something similar, as well the nearly identical previously mentioned RakAttach. Rage Powersports even made a cheaper option intended for carrying mobility scooters around on. If you're ok with top tube attachment racks, the Sportrack Ridge Swing, Yakima Swingdaddy, Surco Swing Away are alternatives to tray type swingers.
  • + 1
 Kuat has one coming out in the fall supposedly as well
  • + 1
 @andnyleswillriot: Yes, the Kuat Pivot.
  • + 3
 Yep, I have a RakAttach, works great and I like that you can choose what side you want the hinge on.
  • + 1
 @andnyleswillriot: which was also pointed out to just be a rakattach with different stickers.
  • + 1
 @stiingya: You are correct.
  • + 3
 Swinging hitches aren.t a new thing, most boat trailers have a similar concept going on. I worry its going to be heavy, I already hate attaching my yakima holdup because its such a monster, another large piece of steel doesnt seem like fun to me.
  • + 3
 @ClaytonMarkin: The hope would be that this would allow you to leave your hitch on the vehicle more often. The only reason I remove mine is because it prevent access to my truck bed. With a swing hitch, I'm not sure I'd remove it very often.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: I left my 1up on all summer. It’’s a monster, about 45 lbs for the RakAttach on its own.
  • + 12
 Same guy who designed the SB bikes for Yeti do this bike? Nearly identical lines
  • + 4
 Yep, per the original Pinkbike write up in 2015. Good looking bike, I'd be curious to ride one sometime in comparison to my SB6c
  • + 1
 @catfish9797: Your SB6c will most likely ride a bit different due to the Switch Infinity link. The SB66 however would be almost identical
  • + 1
 Obviously Ueli Anliker designed it. The colours are a give away.
  • + 1
 David Earle is his name.
  • + 1
 @catfish9797: When they reviewed the bike it wasnt all to positive...
  • + 13
 That Arktos looks like it was custom built for Santa Claus.
  • + 5
 Santa Claus Worlds bike.
  • + 8
 $3k for the Chinese one without a shock and $3.8k for the US one with? Moral dilemma time Americanos!!
  • + 5
 Gloss paint looks great in the showroom but in the real world the bikes I've had that were matte or raw have looked in way better shape after a season or two of riding. How much weight does all that paint add btw?
  • + 9
 I remember reading somewhere that Evil painted frames were 1/2lb heavier than their raw counterparts. If there's as much clear coat on that thing as I think there is for that depth, I bet it's close to a full pound.
  • + 1
 And what does it add to the wheels more importantly...
  • + 6
 Oh look anodized ENVE rims!
  • + 4
 @BenPea: its like racing stripes on a car.Makes them go faster.
  • + 6
 Redrim redrim
  • + 1
 @weezyb downside of matte - admittedly not a hugely important factor but still - is it never really looks 'clean', even when its clean. I confess to rubbing my matte carbon frame down with Armor-All to get some kind of luster to the material, where you can get a glossy-ish look back to a gloss bike just with a rag and water.

A bike designer told me once that paint adds 300-500 grams to a frame, versus bare/matte.
  • + 1
 @twozerosix: You should get your self a can of Maxima SC1

www.maximausa.com/product/sc1-2
  • + 2
 @twozerosix: Just DON"T get it on your rotors.
  • + 5
 I don't always match my envy rims with my frame, but when I do, I case every jump.
  • + 5
 Great. Rack pivot arm extension. There's another $300 that will get stolen off the back of my vehicle.
  • + 1
 Locking hitch pins work pretty well.
  • + 3
 Love it. Would've mixed up a bit more silver to accentuate the red though.
  • + 4
 The Arktos has bass boat metal flake! Fish on!
  • + 3
 Does the red rim paint guard against cracks, flats, and broken spokes? Or just look good in the parking lot?
  • + 6
 Perfectly matches your freshly manicured fingers.
  • + 8
 @ecly13: Bike comes with "Seduction Red" nail polish. Can be used to touch up paint chips or simply worn on special occasions.
  • + 3
 Man, that red 36 looks HOT
  • + 3
 Looks like Rock Shox Judy circa 1997
  • + 3
 If you like shiney painted things that don't get used, go to a car show.
  • + 2
 F'k the bike the red 36 tho.... my oh my oh my
  • + 2
 Am I the only one who thinks Yakima new truck pad looks ridiculous?
  • + 1
 Come PB, show us some cool stuff from interbike! We already seen these somewhere else!
  • + 5
 Apparently, Yamaha said the'd have a stand and introduce some bikes....... Wink
  • + 4
 @orientdave: fuk yamaha. Kawasaki all the way!
  • - 1
 @RedRedRe: If its not Orange it's a lemon.
  • + 0
 @orientdave: if Honda releases RN01 as E-bike... I buy it.
  • + 1
 That red Akrtos i mean Arktos is really a stunning!
  • + 1
 BRING BACK CUSTOMER APPRICIATION DAY!
  • + 1
 reminds me with accoustic alchemy.
  • + 1
 More e-bike news, goddamn it.
  • + 2
 Too much red maybe?
  • + 0
 maybe.
  • + 1
 way too much red
  • + 2
 @nfa2005: Match's your legs after running through a rashberry patch.
  • + 1
 On the flip-side, it's a real mountain bike with no electric assistance and it would look better with mud all over it.
  • + 0
 Looks exactly like a 2015-17 Nomad

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