The AM.150 excels on the flats and the uphills, offering a comfortable riding position and allowing you to fly up every climb thanks to the ultra-efficient rear suspension. Feel like putting in a short sprint? No problem. Quick detour along an uphill trail? Gladly. Even on steep and technical climbs, the front wheel stays planted without much effort on your part, remaining easy to control. The only drawback here are the soft compound and downhill casing of the tires, robbing the Atherton of some of its liveliness.
Therefore, however, you’ll be grinning all the more when the incline changes and gravity takes hold. Aboard the Atherton, we drew an imaginary line from the trailhead straight to the bottom of the valley and followed it all the way down. Once the AM.150 gets rolling, there’s no stopping it and the bike blasts downhill as if it’s on rails. It doesn’t take much work either: the balanced weight distribution and intuitive handling will quickly let you forget how gnarly that rock garden was that you just ploughed through. The excellent suspension also does its job, simply absorbing all hits, drops and the nastiest roots. If you want to get airborne, it offers enough support to preload and pop the bike off any lips and jumps, generating a lot of airtime while offering enough reserves in case you overshoot the landing.
Get on and hold tight. The 2022 Atherton AM.150 rides as if on rails, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the ride with its intuitive and confidence-inspiring handling.
If you do have to change direction – trails rarely follow a straight – the Atherton feels agile and playful, letting you shoot from one berm to the next at warp speed, the supportive suspension allowing you to pump the bike to go faster still. As such, the AM.150 doesn’t care whether you prefer charging over roots and rocks or railing berms and boosting jumps on flow trails. It does exactly what you want it to.