Atherton AM.150.1 first ride review

by 27

Does the 150mm travel Atherton AM.150 mountain bike offer something that’s unachievable via more traditional construction methods? Benji has a ponder…

It’s a stick up
  • Brand: Atherton
  • Product: AM.150.1
  • From:
  • Price: £7,750
  • Tested by: Benji for 1 day

Three things I liked

  • Calm
  • Quiet
  • Fun

Three things I’d change

  • Expensive
  • More mud clearance
  • I’d like to try the 6-bar DW Link in a cheaper-to-produce frame format!

Join our mailing list to receive Singletrack editorial wisdom directly in your inbox.

Each newsletter is headed up by an exclusive editorial from our team and includes stories and news you don’t want to miss.

Signing up to our mailing list is not only a great way to keep up-to-date on all things Singletrack but it is also a great, free way to support us.

Sign up to receive awesome editorial content from Hannah every week.

We appreciate how handing over your email address is a mark of your trust in us. Check your inbox for our confirmation email and click the link to activate your newsletter.
We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Check out a previous newsletter here

Yay for decent headtube iconography

Members Only content continues…

If you have an account, please log in. If not, you can get access to some of our features by registering here for free.

You could join them and open up this and countless other articles and reviews from just £0.06/day!

All members get..

  • Exclusive members only content
  • Digital back issues
  • New issues via iOS/Android App
  • Ad free website
  • Merch discounts
  • Downloads, GPX files, PDFs, iBooks

Print+ members also get..

Next available print copy of Singletrack magazine posted to you. Each issue contains 148 pages of perfect ride inspiration, opinion, adventure and reviews.

A message from all of us at Singletrack magazine

We need your help

For over 20 years Singletrack has been a source of information, news and entertainment for millions of mountain bike enthusiasts and as an important focal point for an amazing community of like minded riders from around the world. But it has also been a provider of jobs and income for dozens of families of our team as well as a source of revenue for hundreds of freelance contributors.

We want to keep going through this uncertain period and create great content to inform and entertain you, but we will need your help to do it. More than anything else we want to have a reciprocal relationship with you and the best way to make that happen is through our memberships. We’d love you to join us as a paid member of the Singletrack community – we promise you a return on your investment through the content we have and will create for you.

Atherton AM.150.1 Specification

  • Frame // Additive Titanium and Carbon Fibre, 150mm
  • Shock // Fox Float X2, Trunnion, 205x60mm
  • Fork // Fox 36 Factory GRIP2, 160mm
  • Wheels // Stan’s Flow MK3
  • Front Tyre // Continental Kryptotal F
  • Rear Tyre // Continental Kryptotal R
  • Chainset // SRAM X01, 170mm
  • Drivetrain // SRAM X01
  • Brakes // Trick Stuff Diretissimma
  • Stem // Renthal Apex 35mm, 50mm
  • Bars // Renthal V2 Fatbar Carbon, 800x30mm
  • Grips // Renthal Traction UltraTacky Lock-On
  • Seatpost // Fox Transfer
  • Saddle // WTB SL8 Team
  • BB // SRAM DUB, threaded
  • Size Tested // 480 Regular
  • Sizes Available // Loads! From ‘410 – Low’ up to ‘530 – XX Tall’
  • Weight // N/A

Geometry for our ‘480 Regular’ test bike:

  • Head angle // 65°
  • Effective seat angle // 78°
  • Seat tube length // 415mm
  • Head tube length // 125mm
  • Chainstay // 438mm
  • Wheelbase // 1,246mm
  • Effective top tube // N/A
  • BB height // 343mm (30mm BB drop)
  • Reach // 480mm

While you’re here…

Follow us on Instagram…

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Singletrack World Magazine (@singletrackmagazine)

Review Info

Tested: by for

Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

More posts from Ben

  • This topic has 27 replies, 24 voices, and was last updated 2 years ago by Del.
Viewing 27 posts - 1 through 27 (of 27 total)
  • Atherton AM.150.1 first ride review
  • footflaps
    Full Member

    Looks steeper than 65 deg in the photo….

    Free Member

    What wheel size ?

    Full Member

    I like the Athertons and I like smaller brands and unusual bikes but there is nothing there that makes me really want one, even at half the price.

    Perhaps a test ride would change my mind (not that I have £7.7k to spare)

    Full Member

    Yeah, pics seem misleading.

    ‘Calm’ is a very good thing on a mountain bike.
    Fair play for making this, and to those who buy it, but too rich for my taste.

    Full Member


    Looks steeper than 65 deg in the photo….

    Yeah, thought the same. Even 65 is relatively conservative, I’d have thought.

    Full Member

    Very nice but looks like it’ll be an interesting ownership experience with so many bearings in the linkages. Are they all easy to press in and out, or are they all nasty blind bearings with each pivot needing a different size?

    Full Member

    I suppose I could crowbar in some sort of phrase like ‘it’s a downhill racer’s trail bike’. Which would be a legitimate claim actually.

    Banshee said exactly that about their Spitfire. My V2 snapped.

    Full Member

    With regard to the cost, a look at frame only prices would suggest its in the ballpark for a boutique high-end bike, for example:

    SantaCruz Hightower frame only £3499
    Atherton £3999
    Yeti SB 150 T series £4299

    all eye-watering of course and very hard to justify, but since when did that have anything to do with common sense 🙂

    Full Member

    Makes that 6.5k full build pretty good value, even if the Trickstuff brakes are just a tease 🙂

    Full Member

    You’d pay similar money for a Geomentron G1 with a similar spec, or the Hope HB916 full build kits ‘start from’ £7K. I think the price of these sorts of “once in a liftime” purchase bikes is somewhat beside the point of them, isn’t it?

    Full Member

    Stop me if I’m being an idiot here but I’m not sure how you can arrive at a “6 bar linkage”? Back in the day Specialized had the classic 4 bar design as they held the patent for the pivot being on the seat stays (modern equivalent would be Transition’s giddy up suspension) whereas bikes with the pivots on the chainstays were known as “faux bar” designs. If I understood it correctly the 4 bar design allowed the wheel to track the ground whereas the faux bar was effectively a variation on the single pivot (the classic Orange 5 design that hasn’t changed in millenia).
    Because shock technology was nowhere near as good as it is now this made quite a difference to the feel of the bike and the way that it rode especially in terms of the wheel path. Modern shocks have resolved this problem (thankfully for Orange bikes).
    I always thought the “bar” in 4 bar linkage referred to the frame of the bike (so the seatstays & chainstays) that connected the linkages. Did I completely misunderstand it?

    Full Member

    Stop me if I’m being an idiot here but I’m not sure how you can arrive at a “6 bar linkage”?

    i think one arrives there via the power of branding. 😊

    Free Member

    Love the looks. It seems to me that most carbon full sus bikes nowadays look really blocky, especially round the BB, almost e-bike without being one.

    Free Member

    Stop me if I’m being an idiot here but I’m not sure how you can arrive at a “6 bar linkage”?

    It’s a 6 bar linkage system.  Essentially the same as the Specialized FSR you mentioned but instead of the main pivot attaching to the frame above the BB there are an extra 2 short linkages that connect the swingarm to the mainframe.

    It might have been more correct to call it a traditional DW link (ala Pivot) with an added Horst link.

    Full Member

    What’s it like as a trail bike. So far all the reviews I have seen have been done at their bike park. What’s is like when you set out on a 20+miler with over 1000m of climbing under you own steam?

    Full Member

    Plus the “faux bar” had the link on the seat stay not the chainstay

    Full Member

    Looks nice, but i really want the brakes

    Full Member

    Interesting that you want faster rolling tyres, I assume that it’s the super soft heavier carcass DH spec Kryptotal as these seem to be what everyone was reviewing at the Dyfi launch. What do you think the lighter harder Enduro and Trail versions would ride like? As this is a ‘trail’ bike.

    Full Member

    Wow, the whole review reeks of ennui. I gather the bike is ‘normal’, which seems to be a more socially acceptable alternative to ‘dull’, but also good. I guess it was supposed to be extraordinary?

    It’s a bike that rides in no way how I thought it would do from my prior on-paper assessments.

    How was it supposed to ride?

    Is there a thing going on here where as medium travel trail bikes have become more and more able and closer to what would have been an enduro bike a few years ago and have hit a sort of performance ceiling? Or is it that character in one bike would be something that would objectively be classed as a ‘flaw’? Build a flawless bike and you build a characterless one?

    I can’t imagine spending that much on a bike anyway, but is it a victim of its own competence?

    Free Member

    Looks short and steep.

    Free Member

    Would make a good pub bike. I think that’s how these two lads I saw in Machynlleth were using them.

    Full Member

    Another question. If the bike is designed to ride how the Athertons like to ride then fair enough, its their company. However Im going to speculate that 99% of their customers dont ride anything like they do. Which begs the question does the average trail rider want/need a trail bike as still and strong (and therefore heavier as admitted in a podcast) than it needs to be for their customers?

    Full Member

    5 bar isn’t it? ST, CS, SS and 2 links. Where’s the 6th bar?

    Full Member

    5 bar isn’t it? ST, CS, SS and 2 links. Where’s the 6th bar?

    the shock

    4/faux bar has cs, ss, linkage (rocker), shock.

    Atherton/DW6 has shock, link (rocker), ss, cs, linkx2 (main pivot) – 6 bar

    Full Member

    Atherton/DW6 has shock, link (rocker), ss, cs, linkx2 (main pivot) – 6 bar

    Ah – there’s 2 small links by the BB controlling the CS rotation. Hard to see in the pics, looked like only. It’s called DW6 and I assumed Dave can count : )

    It was this that confused me

    At first glance, the suspension design looks like ‘just’ a regular DW Link bike with a pair of shortish links mounted astride the seat tube. But look a bit longer and you’ll spot a pivot placed on the chainstays. That’s a Horst link that is. I’m pretty sure that makes this bike a 6-bar design.

    Had me thinking of a DW link that has 2 links of the ST or ST and BB area, plus the Horst – but thinking about it if it had a single link between CS and BB the CS wouldn’t be controlled/constrained.

    A 4 bar linkage has the CS, SS, ST and the rear section of the rocker as the 4 bars or the 4 sections that create a loop. The shock isn’t a bar? But anyway…

    Interestingly I only threw out a very old Astro frame the other week that has a similar double short link at the BB end of the CS, to change the CS arc. That frame must be 15+ years old. So what Dave Weagle’s done here is a similar design, just with a Horst link – which would have been covered by the patent when Astro made that frame. Nothing truly new out there.

    Free Member

    So the review says it looks good, and is expensive and rides a bike park well.

    Has anyone done a truly independent review of the bikes yet?

    Full Member

    Im going to speculate that 99% of their customers dont ride anything like they do

    It’s near certain you’re correct on that but the majority of brands out there have sponsored riders or just tame riders who’re bat shit mental fast that test their prototypes. Do you think the Atherton’s would be sensible to build slightly on the more burly side and run a much lower risk of failure in the hands of Joe Public or not?
    How about Commencal? The meta is known to be a pretty heavy bike. Should they just make it lighter?
    Choice is a wonderful thing

Viewing 27 posts - 1 through 27 (of 27 total)

The topic ‘Atherton AM.150.1 first ride review’ is closed to new replies.