All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment, it’s quite a mouthful. Luckily British brand Pipedream Cycles has shortened it down to A.L.I.C.E, the name for its brand new steel-framed adventure road touring bike.
If you’ve never heard of Pipedream, it’s a small company specialising in steel and titanium mountain bike frames and first launched way back in 2005. I reviewed their Sirrus frame when I was working at Bikemagic and liked it so much I bought it. I still had it until recently when I gave it to a friend. Since those early days, the company has retreated into the shadows of the bike industry somewhat, but 2017 signals its return and its first venture into the road market.
With the new A.L.I.C.E. the company is tapping into the growing demand for rugged, capable and versatile road bikes ready for any sort of adventure, no matter how big or small it might be
Underneath the paint is a triple butted 4130 chromoly steel tubeset with an internally reinforced down tube, ovalized top tube, 44mm head tube, S-bend rear stays and 142x12mm bolt-thru rear axle with sliding dropouts, so you could go singlespeed. Cables are externally routed and there are a plethora of mounts for various bottle cages, mudguards, racks and more.
There’s ample clearance for up to 50mm tyres, it’ll accommodate a 29x2.1in mountain bike tyre and wheelset. It’s using a 432mm axle-to-crown rigid steel fork with thru-axle, longer than a 395mm cyclocross fork to provide more relaxed geometry, which for a size medium includes a 70-degree head angle with a 155mm head tube, 1,057mm wheelbase and 450mm chainstays.
The A.L.I.C.E. will be available in a choice of four sizes, 47 to 54 and comes as a frameset costing £585 or a complete bike with SRAM Rival kit for £1,795. It’s available to pre-order now at www.pipedreamcycles.com/shop/a-l-i-c-e-adventure-bike
It’s a smart looking bike packed full of nice details, and we’ll certainly be pestering them for a review bike soon.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.