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NAHBS ’17 Part 1: Allied Cycle Works

NAHBS 2017, Salt Lake City: Since 2005 the NAHBS show has been travelling around the country showing off the talents of many of the countries top and sometimes unheard of custom builders along with a few recognised names. Part 1 looks at Allied Cycle Works.

– By Nic Sims –

Allied Cycle Works
This year the new name on the block for Carbon is Allied Cycle Works who has set out to show that you can make high end affordable carbon bikes and frames right here in the USA, although it’s only been a few months they are causing some of the big manufacturers to sit up and pay attention.

The first bike/frame they launched was the Alfa a little over a month ago, you have seen the photos from press camp recently here on PEZ. At NAHBS Allied launched the ECHO a full custom carbon frame that will retail for $3,800.

The tube to tube design and manufacturing of the ECHO is all done in house at their facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Each ECHO is constructed using a mix of a Intermediate modulus MR60H carbon and HR30 High Modulus carbon tubes that when placed together form a 800grm high performance custom carbon frame.

“Our monocoque composite frame ALFA generated a lot of excitement and we feel the ECHO will be the answer for those wanting a fully custom frame option,” said Founder and Managing Director Tony Karklins.

Founder Tony Karklins said “We’re proving it’s possible to offer a bike that’s competitive with best in class for performance and price, all while being designed and built entirely under one roof here in the US.”

The ECHO will be available with a number of different geometry option and a 60 day delivery guarantee.

Key Echo information :
• Available as a frameset for $3,800 or you can assemble the bike as you desire in ALLIED’s online configurator
• Weight: 800-gram frame (56cm) and 340-gram fork
• 60-day delivery guarantee from when the order is signed off on to when the ECHO arrives at your doorstep
• Compatible with any cable routing: mechanical, Di2 and eTap
• Available in naked clear coat finish or custom paint options (price and delivery time increase with custom paint)
• Clearance for up to 28mm tires

Allied Image Gallery:

Allied Cycle Works OE FORK
Also at the show Allied launched their new OE fork, the goal was to have a fork to offer US builders, and just their frames was made in the USA. They will have a disc version shortly but for now it’s only available in standard brake configuration. At 300 grams it’s a nice light fork that will make a great addition to that custom build. Each fork is constructed using 160 separate pieces and take 3hrs to build, as with all carbon it is a labor intensive process.

See more from Allied Cycle Works HERE.

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