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In-depth Alchemy Atlas Review (Best Carbon Fiber Road Bike?)

Your search for the World’s best carbon fiber road bike may have just ended.

Boutique bike company, Alchemy Bikes, have been designing and hand-building some of the most beautifully crafted bicycles to be found anywhere in the world. And they’ve been doing it since 2008 from their home base in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

The team at Alchemy has made it their sole mission to create the most awesome-riding and jaw-droppingly performing bikes to be found on the planet. And, with the Atlas, they’ve achieved that goal with room to spare.

This is a road bike that will take you up steep mountains with ease before transitioning to smooth and fast-flowing descents. It’s a confident and self-assured machine that that will make you the envy of the peloton.

The Atlas is the stuff of dreams. It’s a work of art from its gorgeously flowing carbon frame to its stunning hand-painted finish.

But has it got the specification to match that beauty?

Short Answer? Yes. Longer answer? Yes, yes, yes! Let’s take a look and see why.

If you can’t wait any longer and have to dive right in and choose your Atlas, click here to go straight to Alchemy Bicycles and pick your dream road bike


The details

In the Atlas range, there are seven models to choose from, plus an option to buy just the frame.

The seven are:

  • Atlas Ultegra Mechanical Disc
  • Atlas Ultegra Mechanical Disc Enve
  • Atlas Ultegra Di2 Disc
  • Atlas Ultegra Di2 ENVE
  • Atlas Force Etap AXS Road ENVE
  • Atlas Red Etap AXS Road ENVE
  • Atlas Dura Ace Di2 Disc Enve

In each section below you’ll find the geometry and full specifications for each of these models. Just click the tabs on each model to see these.

Because Alchemy hand-build all their bikes, you have the option to get a number of bespoke features built in at no extra charge on your Atlas. These include:

Handlebar width
Stem length
Seat post offset
Crank length
Gearing

Take a look at the full range of custom options here.

It’s fair to say that the team at Alchemy goes above-and-beyond to create a bike that fits you perfectly.

Ready to feast your eyes on some of the most stunning road bikes?

Let’s take a look.

ImageSpecificationGeometry
Atlas Ultegra Mechanical Disc – Alchemy Bicycles
  • Bar = Zipp Service Corse
  • Bar Tape = Fizik Vento Solocush Tacky Black
  • Stem = Zipp Service Corse
  • Seatpost = Zipp Service Corse
  • Headset = Cane Creek 40-Series IS42/IS52
  • Saddle = Fizik Antares R7
  • Shifters = Shimano Ultegra
  • Front Derailleur = Shimano Ultegra
  • Rear Derailleur = Shimano Ultegra SS
  • Cassette = Shimano Ultegra
  • Cranks = Shimano Ultegra
  • Bottom Bracket = Shimano BB72 PF86
  • Chain = Shimano HG-701
  • Brakes = Shimano Ultegra
  • Rotor = Shimano RT800 140mm
  • Wheels = HED Ardennes Disc
  • Tires = Teravail Cannonball 700×28 tubeless

 

Atlas Ultegra Mechanical Disc – Alchemy Bicycles
Measurement5254565861
Seat Tube Length C-T470520540560575
Effective Top Tube522543560575601
Head Tube Length130150170190210
Head Tube Angle71.57373.273.573.8
Frame Stack525550572592612
Frame Reach370383390396411
Seat Tube Angle7473.873.573.272.8
Chain Stay Length415415415415415
Bottom Bracket Drop7070707070
Trail60.858.657.455.553.7
Wheelbase96597599010001015
Front Center580580590600620
Standover750770790815830
ImageSpecificationGeometry
Atlas Ultegra Mechanical Disc Enve – Alchemy Bicycles
  • Bar = Zipp Service Corse
  • Bar Tape = Fizik Vento Solocush Tacky Black
  • Stem = Zipp Service Corse
  • Seatpost = Zipp Service Corse
  • Headset = Cane Creek 40-Series IS42/IS52
  • Saddle = Fizik Antares R7
  • Shifters = Shimano Ultegra Di2
  • Front Derailleur = Shimano Ultegra Di2
  • Rear Derailleur = Shimano Ultegra SS Di2
  • Cassette = Shimano Ultegra
  • Cranks = Shimano Ultegra
  • Bottom Bracket = Shimano BB72 PF86
  • Chain = Shimano HG-701
  • Brakes = Shimano Ultegra
  • Rotor = Shimano RT800 140mm
  • Wheels = HED Ardennes Disc
  • Tires = Teravail Cannonball 700×28 tubeless
Atlas Ultegra Mechanical Disc Enve – Alchemy Bicycles
Measurement5254565861
Seat Tube Length C-T470520540560575
Effective Top Tube522543560575601
Head Tube Length130150170190210
Head Tube Angle71.57373.273.573.8
Frame Stack525550572592612
Frame Reach370383390396411
Seat Tube Angle7473.873.573.272.8
Chain Stay Length415415415415415
Bottom Bracket Drop7070707070
Trail60.858.657.455.553.7
Wheelbase96597599010001015
Front Center580580590600620
Standover750770790815830
ImageSpecificationGeometry
Atlas Ultegra Di2 Disc – Alchemy Bicycles
  • Bar = ENVE Road Compact
  • Bar Tape = Fizik Vento Solocush Tacky Black
  • Stem = ENVE Road
  • Seatpost = ENVE Road
  • Headset = Cane Creek 40-Series IS42/IS52
  • Saddle = Fizik Antares R7
  • Shifters = Shimano Ultegra
  • Front Derailleur = Shimano Ultegra
  • Rear Derailleur = Shimano Ultegra SS
  • Cassette = Shimano Ultegra
  • Cranks = Shimano Ultegra
  • Bottom Bracket = Shimano BB72 PF86
  • Chain = Shimano HG-701
  • Brakes = Shimano Ultegra
  • Rotor = Shimano RT800 140mm
  • Wheels = ENVE 3.4 SES Disc
  • Tires = Continental Grand Prix 700×28
Atlas Ultegra Di2 Disc – Alchemy Bicycles
Measurement5254565861
Seat Tube Length C-T470520540560575
Effective Top Tube522543560575601
Head Tube Length130150170190210
Head Tube Angle71.57373.273.573.8
Frame Stack525550572592612
Frame Reach370383390396411
Seat Tube Angle7473.873.573.272.8
Chain Stay Length415415415415415
Bottom Bracket Drop7070707070
Trail60.858.657.455.553.7
Wheelbase96597599010001015
Front Center580580590600620
Standover750770790815830
ImageSpecificationGeometry
Atlas Ultegra Di2 ENVE – Alchemy Bicycles
  • Bar = ENVE Road Compact
  • Bar Tape = Fizik Vento Solocush Tacky Black
  • Stem = ENVE Road
  • Seatpost = ENVE Road
  • Headset = Cane Creek 40-Series IS42/IS52
  • Saddle = Fizik Antares R7
  • Shifters = Shimano Ultegra Di2
  • Front Derailleur = Shimano Ultegra Di2
  • Rear Derailleur = Shimano Ultegra SS Di2
  • Cassette = Shimano Ultegra
  • Cranks = Shimano Ultegra
  • Bottom Bracket = Shimano BB72 PF86
  • Chain = Shimano HG-701
  • Brakes = Shimano Ultegra
  • Rotor = Shimano RT800 140mm
  • Wheels = ENVE 3.4 SES Disc
  • Tires = Continental Grand Prix 700×28
Atlas Ultegra Di2 ENVE – Alchemy Bicycles
Measurement5254565861
Seat Tube Length C-T470520540560575
Effective Top Tube522543560575601
Head Tube Length130150170190210
Head Tube Angle71.57373.273.573.8
Frame Stack525550572592612
Frame Reach370383390396411
Seat Tube Angle7473.873.573.272.8
Chain Stay Length415415415415415
Bottom Bracket Drop7070707070
Trail60.858.657.455.553.7
Wheelbase96597599010001015
Front Center580580590600620
Standover750770790815830
ImageSpecificationGeometry
Atlas Force Etap AXS Road ENVE – Alchemy Bicycles
  • Bar = ENVE Road Compact
  • Bar Tape = Fizik Vento Solocush Tacky Black
  • Stem = ENVE Road
  • Seatpost = ENVE Road
  • Headset = Cane Creek 40-Series IS42/IS52
  • Saddle = Fizik Antares R7
  • Shifters = SRAM Force Etap AXS
  • Front Derailleur = SRAM Force Etap AXS
  • Rear Derailleur = SRAM Force Etap AXS
  • Cassette = SRAM Force AXS
  • Cranks = SRAM Force AXS
  • Bottom Bracket = SRAM DUB PF86
  • Chain = SRAM Force
  • Brakes = SRAM Force AXS
  • Rotor = SRAM CenterLine 140mm
  • Wheels = ENVE 3.4 SES Disc
  • Tires = Continental Grand Prix 700×28
Atlas Force Etap AXS Road ENVE – Alchemy Bicycles
Measurement5254565861
Seat Tube Length C-T470520540560575
Effective Top Tube522543560575601
Head Tube Length130150170190210
Head Tube Angle71.57373.273.573.8
Frame Stack525550572592612
Frame Reach370383390396411
Seat Tube Angle7473.873.573.272.8
Chain Stay Length415415415415415
Bottom Bracket Drop7070707070
Trail60.858.657.455.553.7
Wheelbase96597599010001015
Front Center580580590600620
Standover750770790815830
ImageSpecificationGeometry
Atlas Red Etap AXS Road ENVE – Alchemy Bicycles
  • Bar = ENVE Road Compact
  • Bar Tape = Fizik Vento Solocush Tacky Black
  • Stem = ENVE Road
  • Seatpost = ENVE Road
  • Headset = Cane Creek 40-Series IS42/IS52
  • Saddle = Fizik Antares R7
  • Shifters = Shimano Dura Ace Di2
  • Front Derailleur = Shimano Dura Ace Di2
  • Rear Derailleur = Shimano Dura Ace Di2
  • Cassette = Shimano Dura Ace
  • Cranks = Shimano Dura Ace
  • Bottom Bracket = Shimano Dura Ace BB86
  • Chain = Shimano HG-901
  • Brakes = Shimano Dura Ace
  • Rotor = Shimano RT900 140mm
  • Wheels = ENVE 3.4 SES Disc
  • Tires = Continental Grand Prix 700×28
Atlas Red Etap AXS Road ENVE – Alchemy Bicycles
Measurement5254565861
Seat Tube Length C-T470520540560575
Effective Top Tube522543560575601
Head Tube Length130150170190210
Head Tube Angle71.57373.273.573.8
Frame Stack525550572592612
Frame Reach370383390396411
Seat Tube Angle7473.873.573.272.8
Chain Stay Length415415415415415
Bottom Bracket Drop7070707070
Trail60.858.657.455.553.7
Wheelbase96597599010001015
Front Center580580590600620
Standover750770790815830
ImageSpecificationGeometry
Atlas Dura Ace Di2 Disc Enve – Alchemy Bicycles
  • Bar = ENVE Road Compact
  • Bar Tape = Fizik Vento Solocush Tacky Black
  • Stem = ENVE Road
  • Seatpost = ENVE Road
  • Headset = Cane Creek 40-Series IS42/IS52
  • Saddle = Fizik Antares R7
  • Shifters = SRAM Red Etap AXS
  • Front Derailleur = SRAM Red Etap AXS
  • Rear Derailleur = SRAM Red Etap AXS
  • Cassette = SRAM Red AXS
  • Cranks = SRAM Red AXS
  • Bottom Bracket = SRAM DUB PF86
  • Chain = SRAM Red
  • Brakes = SRAM Red AXS
  • Rotor = SRAM CenterLine 140mm
  • Wheels = ENVE 3.4 SES Disc
  • Tires = Continental Grand Prix 700×28
Atlas Dura Ace Di2 Disc Enve – Alchemy Bicycles
Measurement5254565861
Seat Tube Length C-T470520540560575
Effective Top Tube522543560575601
Head Tube Length130150170190210
Head Tube Angle71.57373.273.573.8
Frame Stack525550572592612
Frame Reach370383390396411
Seat Tube Angle7473.873.573.272.8
Chain Stay Length415415415415415
Bottom Bracket Drop7070707070
Trail60.858.657.455.553.7
Wheelbase96597599010001015
Front Center580580590600620
Standover750770790815830

Review

Alchemy say that their mantra is “No Shortcuts Accepted” and it’s clear to see that they stand by that with the Atlas.

Do you know how carbon fiber frames are made? This is how Alchemy does it:

First up, they’re one of the US bike manufacturers that actually makes their own carbon fiber tube. The initial design is created on a 3D-modeling CAD program, then transferred to a CNC machine for cutting. The sheets of carbon fiber are then individually cut out and there can be up to 500 of them in a typical Atlas frame. Some of these are used to create the tubing, which is then mitered, butted together, and overwrapped with other carbon fiber sheets. Creating the strength with the lightness.

All of this is done in-house by Alchemy craftsmen and has won them multiple awards at the North American Handmade Bike Show for Best Carbon Bicycle and Best Carbon Layup.

Wow.

There are so many features on the Atlas that really set it apart from other road bikes.

If you take an up-close look at the downtube and top tube you’ll see that these flare beautifully. The downtube seems to melt into the bottom bracket and the top tube blends front and back. Features like this not only look stunning, but they add high levels of stiffness and responsiveness to a bike frame that is both supremely comfortable and totally capable.

Alchemy not only claim to do it all in-house, they actually do. To the extent that they even have their own in-house finishing team, known as Ethic Paint Works. These guys will literally make your new bike glow.

The finish they achieve on Alchemy bikes has to be seen to be believed. Until your new bike arrives, take a look at the images on their website and you’ll see just what lengths they go to. There are no decals to be seen here. Instead, there’s meticulous taping of various sections of the frame for each new paint layer. Paint is applied (by hand, naturally) layer upon layer until the finished bike is revealed in all its glory.

There are a couple of features common to all Alchemy bikes that you won’t actually see on any Alchemy bikes. Their ‘cooling off’ period and financing options.

Alchemy wants to make it easy for you to buy their gorgeous creations, so they offer a guarantee that if after 2 weeks you decide you’re not 100% satisfied then you can return the bike no questions asked. See their website for more details.

They’ve also joined forces with Bread to give a range of finance options so you can buy your bike now and pay it off over time. There’s more information on this here.


Conclusion

Is the Alchemy Atlas the best carbon road bike in the world? Yes, I think it is.

With the end-to-end, design to finishing process that Alchemy uses to create their bikes, they’ve managed to realize a dream with the Atlas and create the bike of your dreams.

A carbon frame road bike is amazing and the Atlas stands head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.

The hard part? Well, now you need to decide which of the seven models you’re going to choose.

Pros

  • Probably the finest carbon road bike ever made
  • Customizable components
  • Stunning hand-painted finish
  • Amazing detail

Cons

  • Not your standard ‘budget road bike’

Good luck and enjoy the journey.

For more info head to Alchemy Bicycles and choose your dream carbon road bike

**Please note that our reviews are based on customer reviews, star ratings, and online complaints. Therefore, Bicycle Volt are in no way liable**