Alchemy Bikes Launches New Lycos Gravel Bike Option: Renowned boutique brand offers two models of new Lycos line: Base model price is now $2500 lower than original; will ship within 48 hours of order
Golden, Colorado (April 12, 2023) — Just months after launching their flagship gravel bike, the Lycos Au, and just in time for the Sea Otter Classic bike expo, Alchemy Bikes – a leading fabricator-to-rider boutique bike manufacturer – is proud to announce a dramatic reduction in the entry price for the Lycos family of full-carbon gravel bikes. The base-model (non-Au) price for a Lycos is now just $4999, which is $2500 less than its initial iteration, and the new bikes will ship within 48 hours of order, as compared to weeks for the previous model.
Alchemy collaborated closely with a partner manufacturer who will fabricate the new non-Au frames using Alchemy Premium Factory Carbon to Alchemy’s precise specifications, quality standards, layup schedules, etc. for a considerably lower cost-per-unit than the original frames. As a result, they’ll remain virtually identical to the original base-model frames, which Alchemy previously produced in-house in Golden, CO, with no sacrifice in weight, performance, aesthetics, etc. Au models will still be entirely fabricated in-house by hand.
The above $4999 price is for the SRAM Rival GX AXS build, with the premium SRAM Red XPLR version coming in at $7999. They will also be available as framesets, including frame, fork and headset, for $3299. Along with this substantial reduction over the original US-made model, the new model is now around $3500 lower than the premium Lycos Au model with similar spec. As with the original, they will weigh around 300g more than the ultralight, US-made Au frames.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the original iteration of the standard Lycos, and the Au model too of course, and they’ve been extremely well received by consumers and the media alike,” says Alchemy’s Founder, Ryan Cannizzaro. “But we realized we could offer the model to a much wider audience if we could find a way to lower manufacturing costs by outsourcing frames – but only if we could still use our Premium Factory Carbon, and assuming there’d be no sacrifices to the overall quality or performance. After an exhaustive process, we’re completely confident that the new frames match up in every way, and the entry price for the Lycos is considerably lower.”
The new Lycos bikes will debut at the Sea Otter Classic, April 19-23, where Alchemy will have several units on display (booth S150), along with the Au version and their other road, gravel and MTB models. Consumers will be able to pre-order the bikes beginning April 14th, and bikes begin shipping as soon as mid May. Along with the two above versions, the new Lycos will also be available in SRAM Force XPLR and Shimano GRX Di2 builds (both $6499), along with a SRAM Force/XO1 build ($6749).
The new frames will be available in two new colorways: Midnight Prism/Ivory and Evergreen/Silver. Buyers can also choose between two logo schemes: Classic, matching the current Alchemy logo scheme; or Minimalist which features smaller logos.
About Alchemy Bikes: Known for their handmade and customizable builds, Alchemy Bicycles crafts the finest gravel, road, and mountain bikes available. Alchemy holds themselves to the highest standard using cutting-edge technology, quality craftsmanship, and carbon fiber and titanium materials. Using a direct-to-rider model, customers work directly with their builder to craft a perfectly tailored ride and experience. For more information on Alchemy, please visit AlchemyBicycles.com