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 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.
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.
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″
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