The Radavist: CARBON ARTISTRY AND THE ALLIED ALFA DISC ALL-ROAD BIKE

The Radavist: CARBON ARTISTRY AND THE ALLIED ALFA DISC ALL-ROAD BIKE

The Allied story is one that has been touched on briefly here on the Radavist. A brand that was formed through the foresight of one man; Tony Karklins and his ability to acquire a Canadian brand Guru’s assets at auction. This included the machinery, technology, everything; down to the paint booth. Upon winning the bid, Tony then moved this equipment to Arkansas, hired a few key players and began cranking on this new brand, dubbed Allied Cycle Works, which operates under the umbrella of HIA V...

HOW TO: Torque check your ALLIED

HOW TO: Torque check your ALLIED

What exactly is torque?   Torque is the amount of energy it takes to spin the treads of the bolt into the threads of any of the bolt on parts of your frame and parts.    For our next “How To” series, we look at all the bolts on you ALLIED and detail out how to keep your ALFA or ALLROAD to the correct torque specifications. The first thing you should know is that overtighting of the equipment on your bike is never a good thing.   Likewise too little torque will cause your parts to loosen over ...

The American Adventure: The ALLIED ALFA ALLROAD

The American Adventure: The ALLIED ALFA ALLROAD

We had heard rumor of “HIA”—Here In America—and its “crazy” plan to make carbon bikes in the U.S., but our real introduction to the company and the brand it spawned, Allied Cycle Works, occurred about a year ago. We sat down with Sam Pickman, Allied’s lead engineer. He was one of the principals responsible for Specialized’s product hot streak, but he decided to pick up and move to Little Rock, Arkansas, and make bikes in the U.S. for a startup with big plans. Sam knows his stuff and one stat...

Building Carbon Fiber Road Bikes in America

Building Carbon Fiber Road Bikes in America

Made in America. We have the highest dedicationto craftmanship Over the last two decades, most of the bicycle factories have closed and shifted their production elsewhere in search of cheaper labor. This industry now finds itself in a position where 99% of bicycles are made at a few massive Asian factories with brands obscuring where their bikes are made. Painting an Asian made frame in Europe does not make it European. We founded ALLIED to take a different path. We dreamt ...

Rider House Part One: San Francisco

Rider House Part One: San Francisco

Henry Ford said it best when he said “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself”. Rider House was born out of a collaboration between ALLIED CYCLE WORKS and US made Eliel Cycling Apparel with a focus on a hand-crafted experience built by the local connoisseurs of cycling.  We aspired to literally move into the community and absorb the local culture, personalities and cycling experiences. San Francisco architecture isn’t so much known for a particular style, ra...

AMBASSADOR: Ambert Rodriguez

AMBASSADOR: Ambert Rodriguez

Ambert Rodriguez, born in San Juan Puerto Rico, living in Hollywood, Florida. South Florida is great for cycling. Besides the thunderstorms, we have year round great riding weather. Our hills are bridges that connect islands to the main land. We have amazing beach views that span for miles of riding. I am a huge fan of clean simple design and that's what attracted me to Allied. I love the fact that they are made in America, but besides that it's a stunning bike that's fun to ride and superfa...

ALFA ALL ROAD: A Designer’s Take by Sam Pickman: Lead Engineer

ALFA ALL ROAD: A Designer’s Take by Sam Pickman: Lead Engineer

Every once in awhile technologies come along in this industry that open the door completely for new kinds of bikes and riding. Without a doubt the most significant in road bikes over the past 5 years is disc brakes. Early adopters and journalists have been praising the improved brake performance, which is a huge boost over carbon rims and standard rim brakes, but on the design side disc brakes have removed a huge tire clearance limiter, the brake caliper. Only a handful of years ag...

Carbon Mold Pre-Forming & Layup

Carbon Mold Pre-Forming & Layup

Carbon Mold Pre-Forming & Layup Layup is the longest and most critical part of our manufacturing process.  Teams work together hand laying each carbon sheet in accordance to a strict recipe delivered to them in the form of a ply manual.  The team uses a variety of tools in order to preform parts with the the goal of consistency, efficiency, and getting them as close to the cured geometry as possible.

ALLIED Ambassador: Seamus Mullen

ALLIED Ambassador: Seamus Mullen

After a near death experience in 2012 led to a complete lifestyle change, restaurateur Seamus Mullen has never looked backed. He got on his bike and started pedaling toward a brighter, healthier future. Combined with completely cutting out processed carbohydrates from his diet, he saw his whole world turned upside down in the best of ways. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the joints, making movement and exercise deathly painful, nearly impossible to partake...

Frame Prep and Sanding

Frame Prep and Sanding

Frame Prep and Sanding After the overwraps are cured the bike is now 100% structurally sound, but still not ready to ride. In the final frame prep stage we do all the final machining and attach some of the small parts including cable management and water bottle rivnuts.  Also in this phase we sand the frame smooth to provide a good surface for a nice glossy finish.

Frame Prep and Assembly

Frame Prep and Assembly

Frame Prep Everyone thinks that the bike is 100% done once it comes out of paint. There’s actually more hours of labor involved in just prepping the frameset to place components on it. The frame threads are chased, and faced. All of the ports in the bike are polished. The cables are pre-run. Our kick-ass aluminum eagle is placed on the downtube.  Assembly After Frame Prep the frameset is then handed off  to our highly skilled Mechanics to build it out. Our mechanics come with a co...

Paint

Paint

Paint Personalization is no longer a luxury. It is a modern requirement for premium products. In the paint department is where the personalization and the individuality of each bike comes out.  We use the best quality products and painters in the industry to provide an unrivaled finish.