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Allied Cycle Works

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Allied Cycle Works is the brainchild of Orbea USA founder Tony Karklins, with the immediate goal of building custom and semi-custom high-performance carbon bikes in the USA. While this isn’t immediately unique (there are a few other notable custom carbon frame builders in the US), what sets Allied apart is their dedication to disrupting the bicycle marketplace by keeping all production and development in the US.

We are excited to add Allied Cycle Works to our curated list of brands in the shop. Each bike is impressively light, tuned for high performance, and built exactly to the rider’s specs. Allied offers them in both frameset-only and complete bicycle configurations.

Allied Alfa

The Start of a Renaissance

The Allied Alfa may not look particularly unique, but it starts with a vision: make a carbon frameset that is designed and hand-crafted in the United States that competes with the best in performance, but exceeds them in customization. The Alfa is designed to be a race bike that can be ridden all day long, and is built to last.

Now, to the big question: how does it ride? In short, very well. The bike feels like just about any other high-end race road bike, which is a complement in and of itself. What is most remarkable is how well it absorbs road vibration, thanks to a material they call Inegra. Inegra is applied to add stiffness where necessary, but it also surprisingly dampens road vibration. It also has the added benefit of making the frame much more durable to hits and fatigue. As such, the Alfa has great head tube stiffness, and absolutely rewards riders for aggressive inputs and high speeds. With clearance for a 28c tire, race bike geometry, and smooth ride quality, it can be just as good in a sprint as it is during a century ride.

Allied Alfa All Road

High Performance for the Road Less Travelled

The newest addition to the line of Allied bikes is the Allied Alfa All Road. While it looks just like another entry into the quickly-growing gravel bike genre, the mindset in designing the bike is completely different. They wanted a road bike that is just as good on fast road rides as it is on gravel trails or smooth singletrack. As such, they took their Alfa road bike geometry and tweaked it just enough to comfortably fit 38c tires. The result is exactly as they intended: a high-performance road bike that can be ridden almost anywhere, over any surface.

Allied started with their Alfa road bike. The front triangle is the same as the road bike, meaning it shares carbon layup as well as geometry. Weight is extremely low, like the Alfa, and at just 960 grams for a size 56 cm, it is lighter than many other bikes of this ilk. Further, sharing a front triangle means that the Alfa All Road largely shares geometry with the Alfa; similarly, Allied offers two head tube lengths, a threaded bottom bracket for the sake of simplicity and reliability, and swappable cable management modules. Chainstays and wheelbase are kept tight, allowing riders to move from their current road bike and experience the same thrilling feel that a great road bike provides.

Allied Echo

Pushing the Boundaries on Custom Carbon

As a race road bike frameset with custom geometry, the Allied Echo road bike promises performance possible only from custom geometry and advanced carbon fiber technology. Few bikes offer this level of customization and performance. The Echo proves that it is possible to be competitive with the best in class for performance and price, at a reasonable price, all made in the USA.

Allied Cycle Works offer the full-custom Echo road bike with a promise: a 60-day delivery time from when final geometry is decided upon. It starts with an ultralight carbon layup consisting of USA-sourced medium and high modulus carbon fiber. This allows a frame to weigh in at just 800 grams for a 56 cm frame, better than most other road bike framesets for the money. They then use a fit sheet as well as rider preferences to determine exactly what a frameset needs for the cyclist, for a truly custom experience. Allied Cycle Works pushes the boundaries of light weight, telepathic handling, and ride quality with the Allied Echo.

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At Contender Bicycles, our best tools for selling bikes are the people who ride them. Everyone at Contender Bicycles has extensive experience riding bikes across many brands. Ryan Littlefield is our resident Allied Cycle Works expert and the owner of Contender Bicycles. If you have any questions regarding an Allied or want to discuss build options, email him at ryan@contenderbicycles.com or by phone at Contact Us.

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