Rodeo Labs Spork 2.0 Builder Series: Alchemy Custom All-Road

Rodeo Labs Spork 2.0 Builder Series: Alchemy Custom All-Road
Photos by Me Fitzgerald words by Stephen Fitzgerald

When you work for a custom builder like Alchemy it must be quite a thing to stare at a blank sheet of paper and decide what sort of bike you want to create for yourself. I guess that’s why Drew went custom-custom with this bike. This Alchemy gravel bike most closely resembles the company’s ‘Chiron’ model, but there is nothing stock about it. Geometry, tubing, cable management, and even paint design were all worked over and personalized.

“Geometry and oversized tubing were designed to carry load and handle different speeds with stability and predictability. The frame is Di2 specific with internal guides for the rear brake through the downtube and chainstay and a Di2 exit port inside the rear dropout keeping external appearances super tidy. Less cable exposure = less potential problems when offroad.”

(Side note: I know John Watson doesn’t agree with that last part but see?… Diversity of ideas!)

Drew doesn’t care about competing in races or smashing the peloton in general so it’s no surprise that his personal build ended being capable of pretty much anything with a quick wheel change. My favorite aesthetic detail on Drew’s bike is the polished logo on the down tube that he added as a nod towards his life partner / doggo Nanook. The chainstay states “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me.” as a reminder to use bikes as a tool to create and engulf yourself in truly unique experiences.

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  • Charlie D

    nice!

  • tpk182

    Um did they just copy your rat rod bike?

    • Knowing Drew and his process for designing his bike I can safely say “no, he didn’t copy anything”. It’s pretty easy to look at something and say it looks similar to something else and make an accusation of copying but tread lightly. There are definitely copycats out there and in my opinion copycats are trading their own dignity for a quick solve. Drew isn’t that guy. He loved this project and wouldn’t copy anyone. You’d have to be an idiot to copy a high profile bike like the Rat Rod then pass it off as a personal passion project.

    • Jared Jerome

      The only thing that seems similar is the color and where it transitions. Even with those two things, it transitions at a different place and isn’t a fade, and the color is only really sort of, kind of similar. Kind of feels like the time that one builder accused another of copying him because he simply used racing stripes on a bike.

    • Nah, the colors are similar but everything else is different. People usually paint the front triangle and leave the rear raw. It’s called a “braggers triangle” to show off the titanium.

  • Will

    Shit hot!

  • Jim

    I was having a look at the Alchemy 10 Year Anniversary bike (https://alchemybicycles.com/10-year/). Would anyone really spend $3k on a solid 14k gold headbadge upgrade? It’s a funny old world 😂. I know it’s each to their own – it just blows my mind to imagine spending that kind of money – that upgrade alone is worth more than all 3 the cars my family owns, combined… wow – imagine buying that bike with the upgrade – it’d be too scary to ride it anywhere.

  • Karthick Muthu

    i love it and want buy it. please help me to get it.