Interbike 2015 Bikes – Alchemy Arktos and BH Lynx 6/4.7 and Ultimate

by Brian Mullin on October 28, 2015

Alchemy is releasing the new full suspension Arktos  that utilizes the innovative Sine suspension system. BH bikes has made some minor tweaks to last years Lynx 6 and Lynx 4.8, the latter getting 27.5″ wheels and has upgrade the lightweight Ultimate frameset.

Alchemy Arktos

The new full suspension all carbon Arktos utilizes years of Alchemy’s knowledge in creating high-end carbon road, cyclocross, and hardtail bikes. Their tube shaping and layups target stiffness and strength where it’s needed the most, and it adds to the toughness and durability during use in gnarly terrain and aggressive riding. The Arktos uses suspension expert Dave Earle’s Sine Suspension system. The Sine’s shock rate changes from regressive to progressive before switching back to a regressive rate at the end of its travel. It’s supposed to provide a bottomless feel, especially compared to the ramp up that’s common on most air shock platforms.

It has 6 inches of travel, 27.5″ wheels, a 1x drivetrain design and utilizes internal routing. The frame and Fox Float X retail for $3,799 and it includes a two color stock paint scheme (15 stock colors) and comes in four sizes S, M, L, and XL.


The Arktos’ carbon front triangle is made in Denver while the carbon rear triangle is co-­designed by Alchemy and Earle, who manages the production exclusively for Alchemy. The Artkos is gorgeously hand painted at the Ethic Paint Works studio in Alchemy’s Denver headquarters.

Specs:

  • 27.5” wheels
  • 6” / 150mm Sine Suspension
  • $3,750 — frame, shock
  • Two stock colors (custom paint option available)
  • Boost 148 rear hub spacing
  • Four stock sizes — S-­‐XL

BH Bikes

BH Bikes USA, a division of Spanish bicycle manufacturer Beistegui Hermanos (BH) has a couple of mountain bike related products for this year.

Lynx 6

The Lynx 6 is their full blown 27.5″ Enduro bike with 6″ of travel. The all carbon frame uses Dave Weagle’s  Split Pivot suspension system that has the rear link concentric at the rear axle, and the BH design places the shock floating between the upper linkages and chainstays. It uses their HCIM construction, has a wildly swooping frame design, utilizes internal routing, has a press fit BB and a 12×142 rear axle. It comes as a frameset for $2899 and two different build kits, an XT for $4999 or SRAM X01 for $6999.

Lynx 4.8

This season the Lynx 4.8 is based on the 27.5″ wheel size instead of last years 29″. The all carbon frame uses Dave Weagle’s  Split Pivot suspension system, their HCIM construction, has the same swooping frame design, utilizes internal routing, has a press fit BB and a 12×142 rear axle. It comes as a frameset for $2899 and as an XT build (1x or 2x) for $6599. The slightly decreased travel will make it ideal for cross-country and All Mountain use.

Ultimate

The original Ultimate frame was ridden by Julie Bresset for a mountain bike gold in the 2012 Olympic Games. BH did a redesign on the all-new Ultimate making it a “powerhouse of kinetic XC fury”. It’s lighter and more powerful than before, making the ultimate racing and riding machine. The Ultimate frame is made by EÓN-certified fabricators that create technological wonders that are almost pieces of art. The all carbon frame is HCIM constructed and has an internal Shimano DI2 mount, a press fit BB, and a 12×142 rear axle. The frame retails for $1999.

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