New 130mm trail bike called the Atherton AM.130 finally confirmed. There will also be the AM.130.X with a slightly longer fork up front.
Atherton Bikes launch AM.130 and AM.130.X
In response to a tidal wave of customer requests, Atherton Bikes have launched a light, modern trail bike that will bring the Atherton experience to a much broader range of rides.
The AM.130 has been built to be the ultimate trail bike. It includes all of the learnings from Atherton’s World Cup winning AM.200 and award- winning AM.150 and is designed, additive manufactured and tested in Machynlleth, Mid-Wales. With over 100km of hand-cut natural trails the Dyfi trail network was the perfect testing ground for this bike. In true Atherton style the AM.130 is remarkably tough, it has passed all of the most stringent EFBE Cat 4 (Enduro) and Cat 5 tests (Downhill) with flying colours. So riders looking for a change of pace can take it to the Bike Park and rail hard with confidence that it’s as strong as any gravity bike on the market.
Atherton offer a lifetime first-owner warranty – including Bike Park use.
In common with their existing models the AM.130 is built on the DW6 suspension platform so it’s super-capable and rocks 29” wheels front and back.
The AM130 is offered in 22 sizes for the perfect physical fit with a size specific seat tube angle that moves from 77 to 79 degrees to ensure that taller riders won’t end up too far back on the bike for the climbs.
But this bike also comes in two very distinct versions so wherever you ride you can be sure of a top day out. Dan Brown explained “Our first prototypes for this bike had half a degree slacker head angle and a smaller fork but it quickly became clear to us that with different component selection we had not one but two great bikes on our hands. In line with our guiding principle of “no compromise” we’re offering the AM.130 which has a 140 mm fork for excellence on the climbs and more responsive steering on the flat and the AM.130.X (eXtra travel with a 150mm fork) which has a 0.5 degrees slacker head angle for extra stability on the rowdier descents.”
There are four main versions in the 130 line-up, starting from £4200 for a frameset which includes a Rock Shox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock
Full builds start from Build 2 featuring Pike Select, Deluxe ultimate, Sram GX and priced at £6600 but Atherton also offer a top of the range Build 1 (with Pike Ultimate, Super Deluxe Ultimate, Sram X01 and Build X ( Fox 36, Fox Float X2, Sram GX )
In common with the rest of the Atherton offering there is also the opportunity to upgrade selected components or to fully spec your own “dream build” for a truly customised experience.
In line with the larger travel AM.150 there’s fully guided internal cable routing, bottle mounts and downtube protector as standard; maintenance across the entire bike has been simplified with barrel nuts and standard bolts and a universal derailleur hanger.
The AM.130 is Atherton CEO Dan Brown’s “go to bike” he said “We set out to design a bike that delivered a super-fun ride whatever the terrain. The AM130 handles trickier, technical terrain in its stride but it’s still super-playful on a mellower trail. We went back to the drawing board with lug construction, stripping out even more material where it didn’t directly contribute to the bike’s strength which makes for a lighter ride and fantastic handling on the climbs; but this bike still descends like an Atherton – it’s the perfect combination for a big adventure or a blast round the local woods.“
Rachel Atherton has been deeply involved with the development of the AM.130 while taking a break from full time racing and has covered literally 100s of miles – sometimes with baby Arna in tow. Rachel said “The AM.130 is designed to be super playful, wherever you want to ride, so don’t limit yourself, I frequently take this bike on a long pedal ending up in Dyfi Bike Park and riding the hardest trails down to the café. It’s always such a fun ride, I don’t even mind pedalling uphill, and I hate pedalling!”
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