New Pipedream A.L.I.C.E Launched
Pipedream Cycles, a brand hailing from bonny Scotland and the brain-child of Alan Finlay, will soon be releasing its adventure bike, A.L.I.C.E. This ‘All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment’ is designed to be equally adept at gravel-grinding, bikepacking and epic trans-continental adventure – it’ll even handle the daily commute (which no doubt, some of us find much harder on the soul than a trans-continental adventure).
Pipedream has specified a custom, triple-butted, heat treated 4130 CrMo tube-set that’s been carefully and beautifully shaped. Details include subtle S-bend seat and chain stays which terminate in neat, sliding 142mm bolt-through dropouts; a horizontally ovalised top tube for vertical compliance (and comfortable shouldering); tidy cable routing; and an oversize head tube for front end stiffness. Braze-ons for bottles, guards and racks serve as a reminder of the true intentions of this bike.
The uni-crown CrMo fork has tapered legs ending in bolt through dropouts and again, a host of braze-ons will accommodate almost anything you could possibly want to fit. At 432mm, the fork is longer than a conventional ‘road’ fork but with this set-up, it’s been designed to give the bike a more relaxed geometry and the ability to accommodate 29×2.1” tyres for go-anywhere versatility and comfort. Swap it out for a shorter CX fork though and the geometry becomes more aggressive. Fitted with some skinny tyres, you’ve got yourself the ideal winter training bike or CX racer – if mayhem and mud are your thing.
Available as a frame and fork (headset and seat collar included) or as a complete bike, it is available in four sizes. The bike is kitted out with a full complement of FUNN components, including their Fantom wheelset, and uses SRAM Apex for the drivetrain.
A vintage-look metal headbadge graces the front of the bike with their signature howling wolf and Sirius constellation motifs accompanied by the Union Jack, a subtle reminder of the brand’s British Heritage. A.L.I.C.E. is finished in either British Racing Green or Wonderland Blue, both matte, for that classic and understated Scottish look.
Prices and more information available at their website at: www.pipedreamcycles.com