Carbon bike frames built in America are rare these days because of the high labor costs associated with the time-intensive construction process. After years working to build the Orbea brand in North America, Tony Karklins decided he wanted to change that and bring carbon manufacturing back to the States.
Karklins partnered with Doug Zell, who founded Intelligentsia coffee, and the two named their new company HIA Velo for “Here in America.” HIA Velo set down roots in Little Rock, Arkansas, and got to work as one of the few companies building carbon bikes here in the United States.
HIA Velo’s first brand is ALLIED, which now offers three frames. The Alfa is the company’s flagship road bike, and the Echo is a lightweight custom geometry option. The company also jumped into the gravel category with the Alfa Allroad, which is the “multi-surface, disc brake brother” of the Alfa. We previously saw an eye-catching version of the Alfa Allroad with the Plus size high head tube at Sea Otter thanks to the company’s partnership with Spot.
Last weekend at the Almanzo 100 gravel race, I rode the ALLIED ALFA ALLROAD for the 100-mile gravel event. The bike was equipped with Shimano’s new Ultegra RX805 clutch-based derailleur and a compliment of Shimano components and Vittoria Terreno Mix tires.
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