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Alchemy Ronin Carbon Custom Build

Alchemy Ronin Carbon Custom Build

It isn’t that often a frame constructed by hand, entirely in the USA rolls through the office and we even had the luxury of doing a custom build on it with some of the brands we work with on a regular basis. The end result was a mind-blowing ride.

Meet the Alchemy Ronin Carbon, made in Colorado, this NAHBS award-winning carbon gravel bike is designed to offer an optimal blend of vertical compliance and lateral stiffness for multi-surface, multi-purpose riding. We’ll be doing a more extensive review on it in the future, but for now, let’s just say you won’t be disappointed with the ride quality.

Alchemy Ronin Carbon
Our Alchemy Ronin Carbon build-up came to a very nice 18.3 lbs with dropper, cages, and pedals.

If you’re like most of us, a typical ‘gravel’ ride combines pavement, gravel, and even a little singletrack; this bike excels on all these surfaces. As with all Alchemy’s bikes, it’s designed to be exceptionally versatile, and we think you’ll agree it’s the quintessential ‘go-anywhere’ bike. The Alchemy Ronin Carbon is purpose-built for speed and comfort on gravel/dirt, but remains plenty efficient for long, fast paved-road efforts, even if there’s no dirt on your route.

Made in Colorado
The Alchemy Ronin is handmade in their new Golden, Colorado location. Now buyers of their bikes can spend a night in Golden and visit Alchemy as part of their DARE program.
Alchemy Ronin Carbon
The folks at Alchemy offer the Ronin in several finishes and a custom color selector. We opted for a simple light blue with unpainted carbon logos.

Alchemy Ronin Custom Build Specs:

Frame / ForkAlchemy Ronin Carbon, handmade in the U.S.A. 58cm
HeadsetCane Creek 40 Series
Handlebars ZIPP  SL-70 Aero 44cm
StemZIPP Service Course 110mm – Alloy
Bar TapeZIPP
SaddleVelo Angel Glide+
Seatpost SRAM XPLR AXS Reverb 100mm drop (27.2)
Shifters SRAM Force AXS HDR (Read our SRAM Force AXS Review)
BrakesSRAM Force
Rear DerailleurSRAM Force XPLR
CranksetSRAM Force with Quarq Powermeter. | 175mm
Chain SRAM AXS
Cassette SRAM XPLR 10-44
WheelsHunt Carbon 42 Limitless Gravel
TiresKenda Alluvium – 700x40c coffee sidewalls
Sealant Orange Seal
CagesElite Vico Carbon
ExtrasLizard Skins Bike Protection
Three bottle mounts plus a bento box mount on the top tube will keep you fueled for hours.

Made in the U.S.A. Gravel Bike

Owner Ryan Cannizzaro founded Alchemy Bicycles in Austin, Texas, in 2008 and moved the company to Denver in 2012 to be at the epicenter of the outdoor industry boom. All their carbon road and gravel bikes are made in the U.S.A. Now their offices are located in Golden, Colorado.

Our build featured the HUNT 42 Limitless Gravel wheels. This wide (25mm interior) 42mm deep wheelset is a lightweight and fast wheelset that offers lots of air volume.
Elite Carbon cages and bottles are a perfect match for the nude carbon logos on the frame.
Alchemy Ronin Carbon
Nothing mounted here, but we did decide to add in a little bling with some WTB anodized bolts throughout the bike.
SRAM AXS XPLR Dropper
We opted for the SRAM AXS XPLR dropper which integrates perfectly with the AXS XPLR 1x system. Since the group is lacking a front derailleur, a tap of both levers gives you the option to raise or lower the dropper. No cables or extra levers, and no pain in the ass routing.
Alchemy Ronin Carbon Custom Build
The cockpit is simple and clean with just a computer mount from ZIPP that replaces the Service Course stock faceplate. It really keeps with the simple and sexy theme.
The Velo Angel Glide+ cost more than my first car but is a solid saddle. Over the last few years, the brand has really begun to expand its own line while still being one of the world’s largest manufacturers for others.
Hunt Limitless 42 wheels and 40c Kenda Aluvium tires
You can never see “Handmade in Colorado” too many times. The Hunt Limitless 42 wheels and 40c Kenda Alluvium tires hold some volume but the frame handles them well.
Flat mount brakes look tight and clean, but mounts on the fork are there in case you decide to mount fenders.
Here we have a case of business up front and in the rear. More flat mount brakes and fender mounts. Axles are from the Robert Axle Project and come with the bike.

A More Traditional Frame Design

No double chainrings here. That is not by our choice or our friends at SRAM, the Alchemy Ronin Carbon is straight up single in the front. One of the most aesthetically pleasing things on this bike is the lack of a dropped chainstay. By avoiding the option for a 2x upfront they can get clearance for a 45c tire and leave the stay in place.

Alchemy Ronin Carbon
The SRAM Force 1 AXS PowerMeter provides power readings that are accurate within +/-1.5% and aren’t affected by climate conditions during a ride.

SRAM XPLR Groupset

The XPLR collection features components from SRAM and RockShox that are designed for an era of drop bar riding. Tailored to the needs of drop bar riders, SRAM’s new 1x-specific XPLR AXS wireless drivetrains target a gearing sweet spot. With a 10-44T cassette and matching derailleur you can pair with SRAM Force AXS or SRAM Red AXS,

The SRAM XPLR rear derailleur will handle up to a 44-tooth rear cassette. Want larger? You might want to go with a mullet.
With XPLR you get an enormous range for gravel climbs and tight jumps for fast riding on the road.
Alchemy Ronin Carbon
If you’ve never ridden the AXS group from SRAM, you are missing out. Shifting is fast, accurate and reliable, and handled with the touch of a button. The system is also fully customizable via their app.

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