Cody Kelley's Patriotic Alchemy Arktos 29 Bike Check - Sea Otter 2018

Apr 19, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  

Cody Kelley is one person whose name has popped up more and more for the last few years in the "who's who" of mountain biking. From his "Manual Monday" social media posts as a elite level DH racer to competing with the world's best on the EWS circuit with a full factory ride, he's certainly making his mark as a talented American racer. With smooth style - it's been called "dancing" more than once - and effortless flow, combined with raw speed, Cody is one person that a lot of people are watching this season. Cody's Alchemy Arktos is one of the more patriotic and eye catching bike's we've seen in some time. We caught up with him as he was getting it dialed in for the Sea Otter Classic dual slalom race- one of the more patriotic events you'll find in the United States and the kickoff to the season.

Cody is riding a special edition Alchemy Arktos 29. The Arktos has been available in 27.5 but Cody's is a new 29'er frame with 140mm of travel and a fully custom, fully American paint scheme. For slalom, Cody will be riding the 29" frame with 27.5" wheels to keep the everything low as possible. The custom painted Fox 36 fork (shown at 150mm) is going to be reduced to 130mm. As the bike is a new frame and has just been built up, suspension pressures are yet to be determined but Cody says they're going to be fairly high to keep everything stiff as possible. His guesstimate puts the shock around 210psi and the fork around 100psi.

Alchemy 2018 EWS Team
Photo: Justin Olsen

Cody Kelley // Alchemy Bicycles/Giro Cycling
Age: 25
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 165lb / 75kg
Instagram: @kelleymtb

Alchemy Arktos Cody Kelley
The fully American paint on Cody's bike is complemented by ENVE's new 35mm bar and stem.

Alchemy Arktos Cody Kelley
The Crank Bros seatpost and Fizik seat are slammed for slalom.
Arktos 29 Details
Frame: Alchemy Arktos 29
Shock: Fox EVOL
Fork: Fox 36 (130mm travel)
Wheels: Custom painted ENVE rims, Chris King hubs
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF, DHR. EXO casing
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR
Brakes: Shimano XT 4-piston
Cockpit: ENVE M7 bar/stem, Crank Bros post, Fizik saddle
Weight: Unknown
More info:

Alchemy Arktos Cody Kelley
Alchemy Arktos Cody Kelley
Tight gearing mounted to Chris King hubs on ENVE rims.

Alchemy Arktos Cody Kelley
Alchemy Arktos Cody Kelley
XTR drivetrain with Shimano's new 4-piston XT brakes.

Alchemy Arktos Cody Kelley
Red, white, and blue. And gold...maybe Cody will add a little more to that this weekend.

MENTIONS: @kelleymtb / @foxracingshox / @shimano / @Maxxis @SeaOtterClassic

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  • 132 0
 I want to see Cody jump 14 Greyhound buses now.
  • 8 0
 Some promoter needs to make this happen quickly! Big Grin
  • 7 1
 I bet he could manual 14 buses and make it look good with the hair flowing in the wind.
  • 74 0
 That's pretty Evel Knievel style. His team mate Anneke already has been rocking wooden shoes back when she was riding for Specialized and riding orange kit and forks now for Alchemy. I can see this become a contest between the two. They won't stop until Anneke looks like a windmill and Cody like the statue of liberty.
  • 5 0
 hahahahahah! Best evah!
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Shimano Brakes
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 and drivetrain
  • 86 7
 Always. Throwing Avid brakes in the garbage as american as apple pie.
  • 8 12
flag easyslorider FL (Apr 19, 2018 at 7:22) (Below Threshold)
 My xt brakes seem to have own mind, sometimes they work perfectly and sometimes they don't work, the lever doesn't return, im getting a pair of something more reliable asap
  • 12 3
 @Levin192 The sentence was “fully American PAINT,” but you seem to have omitted that last word. You don’t happen to work in news, do you?
  • 1 1
 @DARKSTAR63: Sram HQ has a fire after that one.
  • 1 1
 @easyslorider: except his are the m8020 4 piston..
  • 1 5
flag romkaind (Apr 20, 2018 at 5:58) (Below Threshold)
 Maybe it's to say sorry for Hiroshima?
  • 3 2
 @b-wicked: No youre suppose to ship them sun screen. Im going to get down voted like hell.
  • 1 0
 @chillrider199: down votes mean nothing!
  • 91 40
 "Alchemy: Because sometimes an Ellsworth just isn't ugly enough."
  • 26 4
 Looks actually quite good if you remove the ugly oversized Alchemy logo.
  • 13 31
flag Patrick584 (Apr 19, 2018 at 3:13) (Below Threshold)
 that's one ugly ass bike (no matter which colorway)!
  • 9 0
 Same guy who designed the Yeti. I think the bike looks fine. It's their logo that is horrible.
  • 10 2
it looks 100% the same as a Yeti, and I see no one complaining of Yetis....
  • 2 0
 @ismasan: maybe they should paint it green
  • 1 0
 @Patrick584: very true !!
  • 40 2
 Where's the Gun holster?
  • 78 1
 in his Giro helmet
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  • 6 2
 Now that's hilarious.
  • 5 0
 BWAHAHAHAHAHA Well played sir.
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 Chest mount or IWB
  • 9 24
flag bigbird (Apr 19, 2018 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 whereever we want it to be. unless we are carrying one of those "assult rifles"......which of course, don't exist. so we just 3 point sling our AR-15's. #2ndamendment #shallnotbeinfringedupon
  • 2 3
 @bigbird: tell us how you really feel
  • 4 5
 @webermtb: says the Mexican with all that gun violence over there.
  • 4 2
 @pipomax: something comes to mind about a pot and kettle.
  • 4 2
 @cuban-b & @pipomax : LOL. It was intended as a joke dude, but now that you started, let's check three things:

1) How do you know my nationality (nationalities)? The flag in pinkbike (as I understand it) depicts where are you writing from, first and most. I might be your fellow-citizen that happens to live here (or I might not) 2) The gun violence in Mexico is real, fair enough. But it is a well-known FACT that 99% of the guns in Mexico come from north of the border; so it is, in fact, a binational issue: you guys consume the sh@t, Mexico help to provide it & pass it, and the cost is dead people down south (from gun violence) and up north (from drugs). Very sad stuff indeed: Lose-lose situation. Finally; 3) It was a JOKE dude!... a joke! (you guys know the word and the meaning right?) and a good one (I think). Take it easy! Not everything has got to be Trump-related kind of sh@t these days men! Chill out.
  • 2 1
 @webermtb: i was backing you up. but ok.
  • 1 1
 @cuban-b: whoops! Thanks @cuban-b. I understood wrong the pot and kettle (el comal y la olla) metaphor.
  • 23 1
 Fox couldn't spare a Factory level shock for a one-off build?
  • 2 2
 I could see the Kashima on a factory shock not matching the fork coating or the Alchemy logo so they went with that one because...looks
  • 1 1
Fox has Performance Elite level shocks too. Check em out.
  • 4 1
 Cheap shocks are better at being super stiff?
  • 12 3
 The only one thing is missing. Captain's Murica shield and circus tent.
  • 8 1
 Every time I see 4 pot Shimano XT I'm butt hurt, because they made them 4 pot like a month after I bought my 2 pot, and was all happy with it.
  • 14 2
 Your ass only needs one pot ;-)

Sorry, it was low-hanging fruit to pick. Shame emoti.
  • 6 0
 They're repainted Zee. You could have bought Zee if you wanted them.
  • 2 1
 @lelandjt: except Zee doesn't say xt!
  • 13 4
 You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.
  • 10 2
 Yup, our you can shine a turd but it's still a turd
  • 11 0
 @demo-dood: you can't polish a turd but, you can roll it in glitter.
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 @Kickmehard: Actually you can.
  • 4 1
 To be honest I'd say the lipstick is more of the problem here than the pig. Difficult to add stars to a paint job without it looking tacky. Looks like a pair of pyjamas.
  • 10 4
 'Murica f**k yeah
  • 3 0
 Cody is the man. I got to see this in person yesterday and chat with him about it. It looks even better in person. Cody is such a great guy and an even better rider.
  • 3 0
 Any way?? Sharpie'd HT Pedals? Why? Those could of had angold time axel or nice ano... curious why they cheap black out, conflicts w/Shimano?
  • 4 0
 That Fox fork is Foorking SICK!!!
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  • 2 1
 I'm curious to see what the geometry numbers are for this 29er model. The geo on the standard 27.5 is very conservative if not dated. Also, like the Yeti it looks like no usable water bottle mount. Frown
  • 2 1
 The bike looks pretty cool. I wish my ENVE wheels were a different color than black! Sheeiiiiit, i want white with black lettering. Hoping Cody does well out there. He's a super cool dude.
  • 2 0
 Could it be, that the lower pivot of the rear triangle is mounted to the frame by a concentric pivot thus making a sort of VPP?
  • 3 2
 Land of the free and home of the frickin’ brave like nothin’ you’ve ever seen.
  • 3 0
 Anneke's looks better.
  • 1 0
 Nice custom paint and high end build, king hubs and throw a cane creek 40 garbage headset?!?!
  • 1 0
 If only Shmano were American would be a true American rock star...sick bike though!
  • 1 0
 Fox forks in that colour!! Very nice!
  • 26 25
 USA USA USA.... all other nations laugh and puke a little
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flag TheOriginalTwoTone (Apr 19, 2018 at 4:48) (Below Threshold)
 Easy to spout that shit now, you'd all be goose stepin without us.
  • 20 23
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: You do realize it was the Russians that took care of the Nazi's, right? Otherwise we'd all be 'goose steppin'

But keep spoutin your shit.
  • 14 4
 @m1dg3t: and if it wasn’t for us we would all be drinking vodka... in any case it’s a stupid argument.
  • 11 0
 @m1dg3t: If it wasn't for the US National Guard we'd all be speakin Canadian and eatin back bacon right now. You want to go? 5440 or fight!!!
  • 20 11
 @m1dg3t: Holy crap thanks for correcting me. I thought we fought Germans on D-Day, must have been some other country.

Oh and lets not forget WW1 those brave Russian that caved and bowed out of the war.
  • 5 3
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: You can recognize the Russian sacrifices on the Eastern Front without taking away from the same on the Western Front. D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge can be mentioned along with Stalingrad. Nevertheless, the Russians made it to Berlin first and definitely didn't bow out of the war.
  • 8 3
 So that is the first thing you are inclined to post? Ill just assume your friends, family, and countrymen have the class, obviously not every Irishman does.
  • 6 5
 @OriginalDonk: Point is m1dg3t and you are making it sound like the victory had nothing to do with us being involved.

Russian was defeated in WW1 and let Germany concentrate on the Western front.

So you and m1dg3t are saying Germany would have been defeated without us in WW2?

You two act like it was a race not a war. Russia made to Berlin first so they won the war.
  • 12 1
 Whoever of you two nations saved us - i‘m happy you did. Maybe together?@TheOriginalTwoTone:
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 @TheOriginalTwoTone: I hate this shit on these forums as much as anyone, but the fact is your first post made it sound like an “Allied” victory in WW2 would have happened regardless of who the allies were, as long as the USA was one of them. The fact is all countries involved contributed to the effort. Knock the rhetoric down a peg or two.
  • 2 5
 @TheOriginalTwoTone , @OriginalDonk, @m1dg3t

Okay, let's all agree: France took the Nid d'aigle first the 5th of may 1945, so France win the war.
  • 1 1
 Why? Serious question.
  • 2 0
 @pipomax: I was chatting with cody about the paintjob. He had no idea how they painted it until he saw it. It was a total surprise for him.
  • 1 1
 @sixstringsteve: thank you! I meant why to the first post. “All other nations laugh and puke a little when chanting USA”. That is my question. Why would other nations laugh and puke a little when USA people chant USA?!
  • 1 0
 @coachvernon: No class here coach. Just good taste. ????
  • 1 0
 Now that somebody finally had the balls to stand up and say, “Italy, Italy, Italy!” it can become bigger and better for it instead of paying homage to a dictator in Brussels that couldn’t care less for the quality of your lives. We won’t be puking over it either. We’ll be respecting and cheering for you on it all the way.
  • 1 0
 @kylesligo: sorry, it’s Ireland; your country flag color was slightly misinterpreted. Well I pray that you stand up for yourselves someday. There’s nothing wrong with having national pride. Don’t overlook the fact that your country is smaller than one of our states here. A large and mighty nation is going to come off different than a small and humble country no matter how reserved it may or may not be. We’re not under UK rule paying homage to the Monarchy for a reason.
  • 1 0
 Wasn’t aware they made 4 pot XT brakes. Why not just go with saints?
  • 2 1
 Weight in kg.. Thanks
But i dont know how tall he is what is that 6,1?
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 1 inch = 2.54 cm or 25.4 mm. I foot = 12 inches. He is 6 feet, 1 inch. Therefore 185 cm tall. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 He looks like a baby young Tippie with long hair. Smile
  • 2 1
 Look at that ankle mobility
  • 1 0
 D Sapp. Great article man!
  • 2 2
 Pretty sure the Kelly family writes their name without the second e...
  • 2 2
 Pretty sure they can spell there own name correctly (ie with the second e)
  • 6 1
 @eBike: their*
  • 4 1
 @eBike: was supposed to be a joke on the kelly family (the band) where he would blend in perfectly...
  • 4 1
 @eBike: speaking of names, you might have the worst one...

J/K feeling bad once again
  • 2 2
 What the hell is in your pocket mate? Jeez...
  • 9 0
 Whatever you want it to be sailor..
  • 14 17
 Merica! Looks good. Way to represent the country. Love when others spew their negative ignorant 2 cents on our country. Stick to trying to ride your bike. Less politics. Just a tip.
  • 15 3
 Politically, at the moment, we shouldn’t be bringing up politics.
  • 1 0
 Wait! that's a Yeti
  • 2 1
 if trump had a bike...
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 Fugly bike but the chick ain't have bad...

J/K I feel kind a bad now.
  • 1 1
 * half and I said I was kidding! Ummm Sort of..
  • 2 2
 Looks like an SB-66.
  • 1 1
 Same designer for both the Yeti and Alchemy
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 What a pretty chick
  • 1 2
 Hey look an SB5.5c
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  • 5 1
 Dude you live here, spell it right!!
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  • 3 2
 i'm assuming you're suggesting this looks like a ripmo? perhaps you need to get your eyes checked. i don't see any resemblance of a DW link on this bike, do you?
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