Allied Cycles, based in Little Rock, is trying to ignite American carbon-fiber manufacturing and steal China’s thunder
by Aaron Gulley
photo by Brian Clifton
If you ride a carbon-fiber bike, chances are it was manufactured in one of five factories in China. If you ride an American-made carbon model, you probably bought it from a boutique brand and paid through the teeth for it. All this might change thanks to Allied Cycles, which launched in February in Little Rock, Arkansas. Allied wants to make American-built carbon bicycles that can compete with their Asian counterparts on price as well as performance.
And they want to make a lot of them.
The Alfa Road, the company’s signature 875-gram frame, is hand-built in Little Rock and sells for $4,000 when equipped with Shimano Ultegra components and Mavic Aksium wheels. (It’s $2,700 for the frameset.) By comparison, a similarly equipped, likely heavier, foreign-built Specialized Tarmac starts at $3,600, and a Cannondale Evo at $4,200.