If you happen to visit a show on the east coast where Shimano is present, there’s a good chance that The Highland Sports Group will be there as well. Serving as the sales and technical rep group for Shimano in NY, NJ, E.PA, OH, IN, KY, and MI, THSG’s tech rep Chris Denoma usually has some incredible builds to show off the latest Shimano parts and the Philly Bike Expo was no exception.

Shimano Show Bikes: Tonic Fabrication Crusher soft tail & Alchemy Arktos

Shimano Show Bikes: Tonic Fabrication Crusher soft tail & Alchemy Arktos

This time, to serve as a platform for the latest Dura Ace R9150 Di2 group, Denoma built up this sweet Tonic Fabrications Crusher soft tail in army green – with Shimano blue logos of course. And no, that is not the stock head badge, but Denoma had just seen the original Misfits perform in New Jersey and was inspired to add a custom touch to the front of the bike.

Shimano Show Bikes: Tonic Fabrication Crusher soft tail & Alchemy Arktos

The Crusher soft tail is all about this crazy rear end. While many soft tails rely on small elastomers for a bit of give, the Crusher uses a small 4130 chromoly ring that is mounted on its side so it flexes a bit under compression. Certainly an eye catching way of making the back end more compliant.

Shimano Show Bikes: Tonic Fabrication Crusher soft tail & Alchemy Arktos Shimano Show Bikes: Tonic Fabrication Crusher soft tail & Alchemy Arktos

The rest of the frame features tidy lines with internal routing for the flat mount disc brakes and Di2 wiring.

Shimano Show Bikes: Tonic Fabrication Crusher soft tail & Alchemy Arktos

I’ve known Denoma long enough to know he sweats the details, so the Pro Stealth Evo bar/stem was painted to match, and the bar tape is finished by gluing down the edges, rather than using tape. An f-stop/focus ring inspired spacer kit finishes things off.

Shimano Show Bikes: Tonic Fabrication Crusher soft tail & Alchemy Arktos

Obligatory shot of the drool worthy Shimano Dura Ace R9150 Di2 drivetrain. Quite the build.

Shimano Show Bikes: Tonic Fabrication Crusher soft tail & Alchemy Arktos

THSG also had an Alchemy Arktos on display that was just as crush worthy. This one was fitted with the new XTR M9100 group. You still can’t buy it, but we’re getting closer (probably).

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Good thing that Arktos is specced with Shimano because when I ordered mine with X01 the crank arms don’t clear the chainstay. Rookie maneuver Alchemy. And no…I don’t want that Japanese crap on my bike so I’ll be looking elsewhere for a frame that works with proper mountain bike components.

  2. 1 step closer to the ultimate feel nothing ride. Throw a suspension seatpost, saddle, stem, and a lauf on there and make all the other dentists jealous.

  3. Awesomeness all around on that road bike. Only nit-pick is that I would have found some black bolts for that stem to help keep the olive / black contrast going on.

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