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Atherton Bikes on sale for £3999 frame or £6700 full build

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After a lengthy wait, you can now order a bike or frame from Atherton Bikes. Two models are available: a 150mm enduro bike and 200mm downhill bike.

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Atherton Bikes first announced themselves over three years ago. Since then they’ve sold a hundred units to customers around the world. And finally this week sees them launch properly as a publicly available product via athertonbikes.com.

The launch is of a modest range of bikes (a 150mm enduro bike and 200m downhill) but the USP here is the range of sizes and customisation. This is due to their additive manufacturing technology, that is 3D-printing but 3D-printing with titanium.

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Atherton Bikes Downhill bike

The enduro bike will be offered in a total of 22 sizing configurations. The downhill bike will have 12. The customer goes through an online custom fit calculator which then spits out a recommended configuration. There is also the option to go totally bespoke if you want to.

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Atherton Bikes Enduro bike

The Enduro bike has seen some tweaks. The new version has port to port cable routing, down tube protection, a steeper seat angle and a longer seat-post insertion.

Although they are launching with just two types of mountain bike, Atherton Bikes also state that there are further product releases scheduled for spring.

The one-by-one nature of this additive manufacturing process removes typical three-year product cycle that comes with regular bike frames, especially carbon bikes that are made from very expensive molds.

Atherton Bikes explain, “this means that learnings from the racetrack or the company’s continuous testing at Dyfi Bike Park can be immediately incorporated into production bikes.” Everything is impressively in-house and centralised. The bikes themselves are manufactured in Machynlleth, Wales.

We look forward to trying one for ourselves in the near future. It’ll be an interesting comparison to the Robot R160 enduro bike of 2017, which was sort of the instigator of all this.

The Robot R160 from 2017

Here’s what the Atherton crew have to say:

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Additive addict

Gee Atherton: “It’s so awesome to be taking the next big step for our start-up company.
It hasn’t been an easy time to set up a new bike company with shortages of components across the entire industry; we will always be grateful to those early adaptors who believed in us right from the start and ordered their bikes unseen and un-reviewed. It’s been a whirlwind three years that has seen some big milestones, including our first three World Cup wins, and the wildly successful crowd-funding raise that has allowed us to recruit some awesome young design and engineering talent, move our manufacturing in house and quadruple our production capacity

Atherton Bikes CEO Dan Brown” “Unlike the majority of high-end brands we don’t rely on carbon moulds or Far East production. Every one of our bikes is individually tailored in CAD to produce titanium lugs which are bonded to carbon fibre tubes with aerospace grade adhesive. Not only are our bikes very strong but we can react quickly, with vast potential for variations in size, geometry and the incorporation of new learnings in a continuous process of improvement.”

Dan Atherton: “It had always been our dream to set up a bike company with the Atherton name on it. We started using Formula 1 technology and aerospace engineering to make mountain bikes in Wales which was exciting for us and our desire to do things differently. “

Winning pedigree already

Rachel Atherton: “Every bike is made to order and built to last so there is no waste. We all love it when we see our bikes out on the trails, we’re definitely still in start-up mode but I hope this next phase of our company’s development will give many more people the chance to try our bikes.”

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  • ampthill
    Full Member

    Can we lock this and keep it in the other thread

    Atherton bikes, what’s the latest news.

    cyclelife
    Free Member

    I quite fancied the 130mm travel one I tried at Dyfi about a year ago – I think it was Rachels bike at the time.

    alcolepone
    Free Member

    looks like a budget bike?!

    thebees
    Free Member

    Bland with a cleaning product style logo. Probably a fantastic machine but they need to sort their image out.

    Blackflag
    Free Member

    Everythings always “Formula 1 this” or “Aerospace that” in these things.

    pipthepenguin
    Free Member

    Euugh, teal & orange fest video.

    gavalar
    Free Member

    Not exactly a looker, I out it in the same camp as Hope Bikes, you’re either a fan or you’re not, as for the price points, they need work for the brand to be competitive.

    militantmandy
    Free Member

    Bland with a cleaning product style logo. Probably a fantastic machine but they need to sort their image out.

    Not sure the Athertons are struggling much with their image in the MTB community.

    thebees
    Free Member

    No disrespect to the Athertons intended. Just think that the bike looks like it’s trying not to offend anyone with its styling and in doing so is missing an opportunity to shine. Wishing them the best of luck with it.

    fooman
    Free Member

    I like the look, function over form always wins for me. I’d hate to be paying for a styling focus group!

    thisisnotaspoon
    Full Member

    No disrespect to the Athertons intended. Just think that the bike looks like it’s trying not to offend anyone with its styling and in doing so is missing an opportunity to shine.

    -1

    There are a LOT of bikes out there that would have looked (and worked) better with straight tubes.

    footflaps
    Full Member

    I really like the clean look of the frame. It looks functional rather than fancy.

    oreetmon
    Free Member

    Wonder if/presume individual tubes can be replaced if damaged ?

    nickjb
    Free Member

    I really like the look. Very clean. I won’t be buying one though.

    Painey
    Free Member

    I really like what they’re doing and think they look nice, in a clean/purposeful type way. However the prices are crazy. If you wanted British designed/built etc you could buy from Hope and get X01, factory spec suspension etc for a lot less.

    dirkpitt74
    Full Member

    @oreetmon

    Wonder if/presume individual tubes can be replaced if damaged ?

    I think they said they can be repaired but not replaced due to the joint type (double lap shear joint) and adhesive meaning removal of the tube from the lug isn’t possible.

    I think they said they can be repaired but not replaced due to the joint type (double lap shear joint) and adhesive meaning removal of the tube from the lug isn’t possi

    Wouldn’t it be possible to dissolve the glue/carbon fibre layup with something? Could you just bung the whole thing in a really hot oven?

    dudeofdoom
    Full Member

    I like the look of it and when they bring out a S/M/L range that’s using a cheaper casting
    I’d probably be interested in a frame.

    But a bespoke sizing for a bike always puts me off.

    thisisnotaspoon
    Full Member

    the prices are crazy

    We’re taking push bikes that cost more than the average person spends on a car.

    When you’re looking at the difference between a £600 and £700 bike, that’s an important £100 as you’re probably struggling to save up/afford it and you have only that much in the bank.

    When you’re talking £6k vs £7k you’re well into the discretionary spending of high earners. I’m guessing few potential buyers are going to be balancing buying this with also paying for the ski holiday, the Porche, etc etc.

    It’s a bit like the inflation headlines at the moment. It’s 5% if you can afford a new flatscreen TV, cars, and whatnot. It’s nearer 300% if you’re on the breadline because that’s the rate bread, pasta, baked beans, rice, etc have risen.

    Wouldn’t it be possible to dissolve the glue/carbon fibre layup with something? Could you just bung the whole thing in a really hot oven?

    Epoxy isn’t soluble in anything AFAIK.

    Repair should be quite straightforward though. Just cut the damaged tube back, slide a smaller reinforcing section inside the tube and glue into place then build up the layers on the outside.

    AlexSimon
    Full Member

    I don’t really get why people moan at the price. Loads of things are out of my price range, but I don’t begrudge people who buy them or the manufacturers that make them.

    Also – 4k is expensive, but people spend similar on Santa Cruz which are made in Asia in their hundreds of thousands and you see looooads of those at every trail centre.

    I’d much rather have one of these.

    The main thing I see as weird is that they seem to be injecting a lot of money and effort into something that they seem to be struggling to make. I hope it works out for them, but it must be an absolute money-pit at the moment.

    dirkpitt74
    Full Member

    Q: “How do you make a small fortune in bike manufacturing?”

    A: “Start with a large one…..”

    Anyone watched the Pinned TV video where he interviews Dan Brown and has a factory tour?

    Some good bits of info on build times, recycling etc.

    Worth a watch if you can get past the poor sound and background music….

    ScotRoutes
    Full Member

    Also – 4k is expensive, but people spend similar on Santa Cruz which are made in Asia in their hundreds of thousands and you see looooads of those at every trail centre.

    And you’ll get warranty support, bearing kits etc next year, and the year after, and the year after etc etc etc.

    FunkyDunc
    Free Member

    I’m surprised the eager beaver mods haven’t closed this thread yet as it’s a duplicate of another thread.

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