Atherton Bikes launch the AM.130, a burly new trail bike

Atherton Bikes AM.130
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In response to customer demand, Atherton Bikes have launched a new trial machine, the AM.130. Falling in line with the brand's other existing bikes, the new Atherton Bikes AM.130 will use the same construction method and Dave Weagle suspension system, just in a more lightweight, trail-friendly package.

That's not to say the AM.130 has any less clout than Atherton Bikes' other frames. The AM.130 benefits from much of the proceeding manufacturing development and uses the same carbon tubed and 3D printed titanium lug construction. As a result has passed all of the most stringent EFBE Cat 4 (enduro) and Cat 5 tests (downhill). That means it has achieved the same rating as the Atherton Bikes AM.200, a bike that is raced and podiumed at World Cups and was ridden to 5th place by Gee Atherton at this year's Red Bull Hardline.

If you're looking for the best trail bike for toughness or a lighter-weight enduro bike, the AM.130 could be a great option. Atherton offers a lifetime first-owner warranty, this warranty includes Bike Park use.

Atherton Bikes AM.130

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The bike features 29er front and rear wheels and 130mm in the rear which uses the DW6 suspension platform. There are two versions of the bike, an AM.130 with a 140mm fork or a 150mm forked AM.130 X.

Geometry is in line with trail bike trends with a 65.5-degree head angle and a size-specific seat tube angle between 77 degrees and 79 degrees. The AM.130 X with its longer fork slackens the head angle by 0.5 degrees for extra stability. One of the big advantages of Atherton Bikes' process of 3D printed manufacturing is that they are able to offer a huge amount of sizes with the AM.130 having a in a total of 22, which is far more than we see from any other brand. These sizes feature reach numbers between 410mm and 530mm in increments of 10mm. On top of that, all but the four smallest frame sizes are available with two different stack heights.

Maintenance across the entire bike has been simplified with barrel nuts, standard bolts and a universal derailleur hanger.

Atherton Bikes AM.130 X

Atherton Bikes AM.130 X (Image credit: Atherton Bikes)

Atherton Bikes AM.130 availability, pricing, and specs

There are four main versions in the 130 lineup, it starts with a frameset which starts from $3,990 / £4,200, and includes a Rock Shox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock.

Starting from $6270 / £6600, there are three build options to pick from; Build 1, Build 2, and Build X. Build 2 features RockShox Pike Select, RockShox Deluxe ultimate, SRAM GX. The more premium Build 1 option has RockShox Pike Ultimate, Super Deluxe Ultimate, SRAM X01. Build X gets a longer 150mm Fox 36, Fox Float X2, and SRAM GX groupset, this will retail for $6,935 / £7,300.

Want to tailor the spec to your own needs or put together your own full build? Atherton Bikes allows you to upgrade selected components or put together a complete custom build.

For more information or to buy your own, check out Athertonbikes.com.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


Rides: Canyon Strive, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg