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

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  • Dr J

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

  • http://www.bikepacking.com/ BIKEPACKING.com (Logan)

    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?

  • http://www.bikepacking.com/ BIKEPACKING.com (Logan)

    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.

  • http://www.bikepacking.com/ BIKEPACKING.com (Logan)

    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!!

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