First Look: Alchemy’s $16,000 Helios

Celebrating 10 years with a special carbon bike

While recently conversing with the lads over at Alchemy Bicycles about a new gravel test bike, they  made mention of a limited edition carbon bike they were releasing to celebrate their ten years in the frame building business. The asking price? $16,000.

The Helios was their first carbon  road frame and in addition to the beautiful paint, the anniversary bikes are individually numbered and, for the added cost of $3000, you can score a 14k gold plated head badge. A nice touch is that all the finishing parts are painted to match the frame in a combination of Cherrybomb tint, Gunmetal, and Black.

Handmade in their Denver, Colorado factory, the Helios 10 is built with a smattering of high-end components including a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain and wheels and cockpit from Enve Composites. For the $16k asking price, you also get a custom travel case and riding kit from Eliel. Oh wait, for another $2500 you can have an SRM power meter crank included.

FRAME FEATURES
• Alchemy’s award-winning carbon layup
• Custom geometry based on your fit needs
• Alchemy shaped top tube
• Shaped down tube with flares at bottom bracket and head tube for added rigidity
• Alchemy carbon dropouts for Speed Release flat mount disc brakes
• IS41-IS47 tapered head tube
• Enve 1 1/4” fork
• Chris King Dropset headset
• Di2 specific frame routing
• 31.6 mm seatpost
• PF86 bottom bracket

THE BUILD
HANDLEBAR
ENVE Road Compact
STEM
ENVE Road
SEATPOST
ENVE Road 31.6 25mm Setback
SHIFTERS
Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
REAR DERAILLEUR
Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 w/ Ceramic Speed Pulleys
FRONT DERAILLEUR
Shimano Dura-Ace R9150
CRANKSET
Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 52/36
CASSETTE
Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 11-30
CHAIN
Shimano HG900
WHEELS
ENVE SES 3.4 Disc
BRAKES
Shimano Dura-Ace R9170
ROTORS
Shimano RT900 140mm
SADDLE
Fizik Antares 00
BAR TAPE
Brooks Cambium
TIRES
Continental GP5000 Tubeless

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