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  • Safety|Maintenance

    Correct inspection and maintenance of your bicycle is essential to your safety. Inspect your bicycle frequently and follow the maintenance schedules in this manual. If your inspection discovers any issue, do not ride the bicycle until you have corrected the issue. If you do not have the skills or tools for the required repair or corrective work, take your bicycle to your retailer for repair. If you feel uncomfortable inspecting and maintaining your bicycle, take the bicycle to your retailer for service.

    Bicycles are not designed to withstand every situation. In a crash or impact, it is not uncommon for the bicycle to have damage and for you to fall. If you fall, your bicycle cannot prevent injury. Cars have bumpers, seat belts, air bags, and crumple zones. Bicycles do not, so even a small crash at slow speed can cause injury or death. At relatively slow speeds, a bicycle can tip over sideways or pitch you over the front wheel. Higher speeds and larger impacts will only be worse.

    Although bicycles are built for extreme riding, they are not indestructible. This type of riding is extremely hazardous and puts unpredictable forces on a bicycle that may overload the frame, fork, or parts. If you choose to ride in rugged terrain, you should take appropriate safety precautions such as more frequent bicycle inspections and replacement of equipment. You should also wear comprehensive safety equipment such as a full-face helmet, pads, and body armor.

    How frequently you service your bicycle depends on how much you ride and the kind of weather conditions you ride in. Obviously, riding 100% in muddy and wet conditions will mean your Arktos will require far more maintenance than an Arktos ridden in dry conditions. But, assuming the machine is in good working order and that you ride sensibly (i.e. don’t abuse your bike) and not in nasty weather a lot you can use the following guidelines to keep your Arktos in tip-top shape.

    Using solvents or harsh abrasives to clean your carbon bike could damage the finish or even compromise its structural integrity. To care for your Arktos, simply wash with warm sudsy water, using a soft cloth, sponge or soft bristle brush to clean off heavier buildup. Rinse thoroughly (if you use a hose, don’t direct high-pressure spray at your bike). Dry with a soft towel and apply a coating of wax or other surface protectant, followed by a gentle buffing. Be careful not to get any overspray on the brake surfaces.

    Now that the frame is clean, it’s a good time to check your frame thoroughly for any signs of carbon damage that may impact the frame’s integrity. If you suspect your frame may have damage affecting the structural integrity, take your bike to a bike shop or call Alchemy immediately.

  • Unpacking Your Bike

  • Suspension Set Up

    The Arktos features Alchemy’s patented dual-linkage platform called the Sine Suspension. The name Sine derives from the way the shock rate, when graphed, resembles a sine wave: It’s regressive through the first part of the travel to absorb small bumps and provide climbing traction, progressive mid-stoke to avoid wallowing on big hits, then slightly regressive in the last 15 percent of the stroke to enable the bike to use all 6 inches of travel. Sine is also designed to minimize chain growth when the bike is moving, which improves pedaling efficiency and keeps the suspension active under braking. The Sine suspension system is optimized at 30% overall sag.

    Setting Sag

    Sag is the amount of travel the shock compresses under normal rider weight. We recommend that you set the sag on at 30%, but personal preference and riding conditions are also factors influencing the amount of sag needed.

    Rear sag setup:

    Get all of your gear on, so you start with an accurate rider weight.
    With someone holding the bike, stand up on the pedals and get in your normal riding position on the bike.
    Bounce up and down on the bike, compressing the rear end of the bike and the shock, and when you are steady again, have someone push the travel ring up the shock against the wiper seal.
    Dismount the bike gently (so you don’t move the travel ring).
    The amount of stanchion shown between the wiper and travel ring is your sag. 30% is the correct sag percentage.
    For fork sag, follow the recommended instructions on the backside of the fork leg.

  • Pre-Ride Checklist

    Checklist

    • Make sure all frame surfaces in contact with cables are protected. Cable housing rubbing on carbon can wear over time.
    • Check to make sure axles are tight and holding wheel in position without any play.
    • Make sure brake levers, handlebar and the fork crown do not contact the frame at full rotation.
    • Spin the wheels to see that they don’t wobble and that the brake pads do not rub.
    • Check the air pressure of your tires with a pressure gauge and compare it with the recommended pressure listed on the sidewall.
    • Give the brake levers a strong squeeze to ensure that the brakes firmly grip the wheels.
    • Straddle the front wheel, pinching it between your thighs, grip the handlebars, and try to twist side to side to make sure handlebars and stem are held tightly.
    • Confirm that the pedals spin freely but that you can’t pull them away from the cranks.

    Caution

    • Never clamp any part of a carbon frame in a bike stand or car-rack.
    • Never tighten a seat post clamp without a post in the frame.
    • Always inspect your frame if you experience any chain suck.
    • Always inspect your frame in full after a crash to be sure there is no damage. Look for cracks, dents or loose fibers. Any direct impact to the frame can cause serious
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Road

  • Safety|Maintenance

    Correct inspection and maintenance of your bicycle is essential to your safety. Inspect your bicycle frequently and follow the maintenance schedules in this manual. If your inspection discovers any issue, do not ride the bicycle until you have corrected the issue. If you do not have the skills or tools for the required repair or corrective work, take your bicycle to your retailer for repair. If you feel uncomfortable inspecting and maintaining your bicycle, take the bicycle to your retailer for service.

    Bicycles are not designed to withstand every situation. In a crash or impact, it is not uncommon for the bicycle to have damage and for you to fall. If you fall, your bicycle cannot prevent injury. Cars have bumpers, seat belts, air bags, and crumple zones. Bicycles do not, so even a small crash at slow speed can cause injury or death. At relatively slow speeds, a bicycle can tip over sideways or pitch you over the front wheel. Higher speeds and larger impacts will only be worse.

    Although bicycles are built for extreme riding, they are not indestructible. This type of riding is extremely hazardous and puts unpredictable forces on a bicycle that may overload the frame, fork, or parts. If you choose to ride in rugged terrain, you should take appropriate safety precautions such as more frequent bicycle inspections and replacement of equipment. You should also wear comprehensive safety equipment such as a full-face helmet, pads, and body armor.

    How frequently you service your bicycle depends on how much you ride and the kind of weather conditions you ride in. Obviously, riding 100% in muddy and wet conditions will mean your Arktos will require far more maintenance than an Arktos ridden in dry conditions. But, assuming the machine is in good working order and that you ride sensibly (i.e. don’t abuse your bike) and not in nasty weather a lot you can use the following guidelines to keep your Arktos in tip-top shape.

    Using solvents or harsh abrasives to clean your carbon bike could damage the finish or even compromise its structural integrity. To care for your Arktos, simply wash with warm sudsy water, using a soft cloth, sponge or soft bristle brush to clean off heavier buildup. Rinse thoroughly (if you use a hose, don’t direct high-pressure spray at your bike). Dry with a soft towel and apply a coating of wax or other surface protectant, followed by a gentle buffing. Be careful not to get any overspray on the brake surfaces.

    Now that the frame is clean, it’s a good time to check your frame thoroughly for any signs of carbon damage that may impact the frame’s integrity. If you suspect your frame may have damage affecting the structural integrity, take your bike to a bike shop or call Alchemy immediately.

  • Unpacking Your Bike

  • Pre-Ride Checklist

    Checklist

    • Make sure all frame surfaces in contact with cables are protected. Cable housing rubbing on carbon can wear over time.
    • Check to make sure axles are tight and holding wheel in position without any play.
    • Make sure brake levers, handlebar and the fork crown do not contact the frame at full rotation.
    • Spin the wheels to see that they don’t wobble and that the brake pads do not rub.
    • Check the air pressure of your tires with a pressure gauge and compare it with the recommended pressure listed on the sidewall.
    • Give the brake levers a strong squeeze to ensure that the brakes firmly grip the wheels.
    • Straddle the front wheel, pinching it between your thighs, grip the handlebars, and try to twist side to side to make sure handlebars and stem are held tightly.
    • Confirm that the pedals spin freely but that you can’t pull them away from the cranks.

    Caution

    • Never clamp any part of a carbon frame in a bike stand or car-rack.
    • Never tighten a seat post clamp without a post in the frame.
    • Always inspect your frame if you experience any chain suck.
    • Always inspect your frame in full after a crash to be sure there is no damage. Look for cracks, dents or loose fibers. Any direct impact to the frame can cause serious
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