I've always wondered why people choose monocoque aero carbon bikes that in actuality ride like brick shit-houses. While certain ubiquitous TdF-ridden bikes shall remain nameless, let me just say that at Blacksmith we believe there is a better way...
The answer began as a project code-named Alchemy Aero, now called the Arion in its finished state: http://www.alchemybicycles.com/bikes/arion-carbon-aero-road
For a quick run-down, let me just say that the Arion offers...
- Full stock and custom geometry build options, for only a $400 upcharge;
- Staggering stiffness with even more insane weights, as light as 820 grams;
- In-house-designed Alchemy tubing with ENVE tapered fork;
- NACA-inspried aerofoil design for maximum aerodynamics.
But why did the Arion win Best Carbon Bike in the North American Handbuilt Show for two years running? It is more than just stiffness and aerodynamics, but also the amazing degree of comfort and smoothness that can be tailored towards an individual rider's needs. No longer must you choose stiff OR smooth. Choose both with the Alchemy Arion.
This Arion, built for Bill F., features SRAM Red, ENVE 3.4 tubular wheels, FMB Competition CX tires, ENVE carbon cockpit, and Fizik Aliante saddle. Oh baby!
And if that's not enough to get you excited, check out the new semi-aero even-lighter Alchemy Helios, coming in July and pre-order yours today. http://www.alchemybicycles.com/bikes/helios-carbon-road