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Alchemy Helios

$6,250 (frameset; stock sizes start at $5,500), AlchemyBicycles.com

Built in Denver, Colorado, the Alchemy Helios is just as comfortable climbing and descending the Rockies as it is on the open plains. The Helios uses partially aero-shaped tubing, which adds stiffness where you want it, giving it sharp steering and power transfer, while the tube-to-tube construction gives it the desired damping properties that many of it’s metal predecessors are known for. It’s this signature ride that Alchemy has built its reputation around.

Frame: Carbon; tube-to-tube construction; BB86 bottom bracket; carbon dropouts; 31.6 seat post
Fork: Enve 2.0
Component Highlights: Cane Creek headset; additional options include custom paint, disc brakes, and integrated seat mast
Weight: 1,100 grams (56cm)