Announcing the release of the new Pipedream A.L.I.C.E., the latest dropbar adventure/gravel-grinder rig from Scotland…

Posted by Logan Watts

Pipedream Cycles, a wonderfully named brand hailing from Bonny Scotland, has released their aptly-named adventure bike, A.L.I.C.E. This ‘All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment’ is designed to be equally adept at gravel-grinding, bikepacking and epic trans-continental adventure – it’ll even handle the daily commute.

Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles

Pipedream have specified a custom, triple-butted, heat treated 4130 CrMo tube-set that’s been carefully and beautifully shaped. Details include subtle S-bend seat and chain stays which terminate in neat, sliding 142mm bolt-through dropouts; a horizontally ovalized top tube for vertical compliance (and comfortable shouldering); tidy cable routing; and an oversize head tube for front end stiffness. Braze-ons for bottles, guards and racks serve as a reminder of the true intentions of this bike.

  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles
  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles
  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles
  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles
  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles

The uni-crown CrMo fork has tapered legs ending in bolt through dropouts and again, a host of braze-ons will accommodate almost anything you could possibly want to fit. At 432mm, the fork is longer than a conventional ‘road’ fork but with this set-up, it’s been designed to give the bike a more relaxed geometry and the ability to accommodate 29×2.1” tires for go-anywhere versatility and comfort. Swap it out for a shorter CX fork though and the geometry becomes more aggressive. Fitted with some skinny tires, you’ve got yourself the ideal winter training bike or CX racer – if mayhem and mud are your thing.

Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles

  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles
  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles

Offered in four sizes (S/47cm, M/49.5cm, L/52cm, XL/54cm), the Pipedream ALICE is available as a frame and fork (headset and seat collar included) or as a complete bike. The bike is kitted out with a SRAM Apex drivetrain and a full-compliment of FUNN components, including their Fantom wheelset. A vintage-look metal headbadge graces the front of the bike with Pipedream’s signature howling wolf and Sirius constellation motifs accompanied by the Union Jack, a subtle reminder of the brand’s British Heritage. A.L.I.C.E. is finished in either British Racing Green or Wonderland Blue, both matte, for that classic and understated Scottish look.

  • Headset FUNN Descend
  • Spacers Alloy
  • Top Cap FUNN
  • Stem FUNN Tron
  • Handlebar Easton EA30 C-C : 46cm
  • Grips/Bar Tape Performer
  • Seatpost FUNN Arrow
  • Saddle FUNN Adlib
  • Seatpost Clamp FUNN Frodon
  • Brake / Shifter – Right SRAM Apex Hydraulic Disc, front caliper
  • Brake / Shifter – Left SRAM Apex Hydraulic Disc, rear caliper
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM Apex, Long Cage
  • B.B. FUNN
  • Crankset FUNN Ridge
  • Cassette Powerglide 1130 11-42
  • F/R wheelset FUNN Fantom
  • Axles PD
  • Disc Rotors 160mm
  • Tyres Maxxis 29″ x 2.1″
  • Tubes Rubber
  • Rim Tape 29″
  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles
  • Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles

Pipedream ALICE, A.L.I.C.E. Adventure bike Pipedream Cycles

The Pipedream A.L.I.C.E. frame and fork is Taiwanese-made and priced for pre-order at £585 ($735 USD). Complete bikes start at £1,795 ($2,250 USD). More information on pricing, geometry and details available at their website at: www.pipedreamcycles.com

  • Dr J

    Very, very nice. But that very high BB is something I don’t understand.

  • For reference, it has a 55mm BB drop… and for comparison, the Salsa Cutthroat has a 70mm BB drop.

  • Javier Garrido Rodríguez

    in the specs says the handlebar is a easton ea30…. but in the picture of the front of the bike says funn… i want that handlebar but i cant find it … help please. sorry for the english

  • Dr J

    Wait, maybe I do understand. From their website:

    “Geometry is calculated using a 432mm rigid fork (axle to crown).
    If a 395mm CX-style fork is used, head angle and seat angle will steepen
    by approximately +2 degrees, BB drop will be 70mm and trail will be
    58mm.”

    So it looks like they designed it for a long fork with very high BB and slack seat tube angle (71deg) and head angle (70deg) only to allow using a standard fork, which would make the geometry more “normal” (73deg seat tube angle, 72deg head angle, 70mm BB drop).

    No…, I still don’t understand.

  • Chad Ament

    Another company that doesn’t describe their bike sizes in a useful way?

    TT effective C2C or don’t bother.

  • The Funn Crew

    Hi Guys,

    The Funn G-Wide Bar is a development project and will be made available right about Summer 2017. You might see the G-Wide Bar appearing at Sea Otter Classic 2017.

    The Funn Crew

  • zero_trooper

    Is this a review or an advertisement?

  • This is a press announcement (as specified in the title) of a product relevant to bikepacking. If it was a review it would be titled such, as are all the reviews in the Bikes section of the site.

  • zero_trooper

    ?

  • Idle Prentice

    No doubt. And a 54 cm XL? I would think that would be a L.

  • Yeah, we plan on doing more ‘news releases’ but formatting them differently to separate them from our reviews and original content (and make it more transparent). Thanks for noticing… valuable feedback!!

  • bexilford

    I am still waiting for a test before I decide to buy

  • We haven’t had a chance to review this one, so you might look elsewhere…

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