We haven’t heard too much about Italian wheel brand Alchemist before, but they had some very interesting wheels to show off that caught our attentionnduring Eurobike. The company only specialises in producing wheels, and they manufacture their own carbon rims in house in Venice. In terms of their off-road lineup, Alchemist produce two different ranges. A standard line using traditional hollow box-section carbon rims, and then their ‘X-Sense’ line, which features a unique single-wall structure that claims to offer several key benefits.
With 22 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running mountain bike magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)