alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

Alchemy Unveils Kratos Gravel Bike With Fox Suspension Fork

If you hadn’t heard already, the 2017 North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) is being held this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. With loads of custom bike builders set to show off their gorgeous works of art, the show serves to be the ultimate bikeporn fest for those who appreciate the finer details of bespoke two-wheeled machines.

While there’s sure to be many new bikes and components being given the spotlight during NAHBS, we’ve gotten the jump on one brand and it’s brand new gravel/adventure bike. Called the Kratos, this lovely looking thing from Colorado-based Alchemy Bicycle features titanium tubing, huge 700c tyre clearance, and geometry that’s ideal for all-day riding. While the frame is primarily designed around an ENVE CX fork, this particular prototype is sporting a rather interesting fork…

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Alchemy’s brand new Kratos adventure wagon.

This particular bike belongs to Logan VonBokel, who runs PR for Alchemy, alongside other brands such as Praxis Works and Ergon. Alchemy will offer stock builds for the new Kratos gravel bike, but VonBokel wanted to build a more unique showstopper – and chances are this machine will gather a considerable amount of attention.

Before going into details of the build, lets get the word straight from Alchemy about the brand new Kratos;

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork Suspension and drop bars – a combination we’re expecting to see a lot more of in the near future…

Press Release

“The adventure worthy Kratos is Alchemy’s newest platform. It boasts massive 700c tires, bottle cages strategically placed to accommodate half-frame bags and titanium tubing hand-selected for the long haul. Kratos is purpose-built for variable terrain including gravel, brevets and endurance riding.

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

Brushed titanium finish on the Alchemy Kratos.

Inspiration for Kratos sprung from Alchemy riders desiring more range and versatility from the Chiron cyclocross platform. Retaining handling and ride characteristics demanded by the Alchemy consumer, Kratos incorporates leading edge geometry ideally suited for big days on the saddle on the road, trail, and remote access routes.

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

The Kratos fills a gap in the current Alchemy lineup, while appealing to the growing gravel/adventure/all-road market.

Titanium tubing delivers a smooth and predictable ride while still offering point and shoot handling with the stock Enve CX flat mount fork augmenting the stiff front-end. (The Fox fork on the model in photos is 32 Step Cast 27.5” chassis that has been cut down for this application.)

Available as a stock-only offering, the Kratos is also available in 14 different colors from Ethic Paint Works.

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

The Kratos will be a stock frameset, but customers can choose to build it up any way they want.

Kratos Specifications

  • Frameset cost: $3,999 USD
  • MADE IN THE USA (Denver, Colorado)
  • Size-specific titanium tubes
  • 45mm tire clearance
  • Flat mount, thru-axle rear dropouts
  • 31.6mm seatpost offering a large diameter surface for securing heavy seat bags
  • 14 Ethic Paint Works color options
  • ENVE CX Flat Mount Fork
  • Electronic and mechanical shifting friendly
  • Internal brake routing available
  • Rack mountsand third bottle cage options

*End of press release*

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

The Fox fork on the front of the Alchemy Kratos is a modified 32 SC fork that’s normally designed for 27.5in mountain bike wheels.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

Thru-axle lowers to match up to a Praxis Works RC21 carbon wheelset.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

In a similar vein to the Lefty Oliver fork used on Cannondale’s Slate gravel bike, the Fox 32 Float is setup with 40mm of travel to add comfort to the front of the Alchemy Kratos. Note that stock Kratos models will come with an ENVE CX carbon rigid fork.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

Plenty of clearance there! It’s kind of like when people first started trying to squeeze 29in wheels into 26in forks…

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

Built from gorgeous titanium tubes, the Kratos features a lovely tapered head tube with internal headset cups.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

Like most other Alchemy frames, the Kratos will be build in the company’s Colorodo factory.

 

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VonBokel has chosen a Praxis Works Zayante hollow-forged crankset with the new 48/32 Micro Compact gear ratio.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

Shifting is taken care of by a SRAM Red 22 groupset, which is equipped with a WiFli gearing setup on the rear.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

To increase strength and stiffness for loaded touring, the rear seatstays feature a reinforcing bridge.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

The Kratos frame features lugs-galore for mounting nearly every type of bikepacking accessory you can think of.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

Tidy welds around the press-fit BB86.5 bottom bracket. Note the external cable routing that’s been chosen for ease of maintenance.

 

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Tanwall rubber has been provided by a set of 700x38c Teravail Cannonball tyres.

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

The brushed graphics look absolutely stunning!

 

alchemy kratos titanium gravel adventure bike fox float suspension fork

The Kratos looks set to blur the lines – and particularly on this model with the prototype Fox 32 SC gravel fork.

If you’re heading to NAHBS this weekend, you’ll be able to see the new Kratos in the flesh, and Alchemy will also have two new road models on show also.

For more information on Alchemy, head to the Alchemy.bike website.

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