The question that we get asked more than any other is why? Why manufacture bicycles yourselves in the US and not overseas? Our answer is simple, yet complex: It was the only choice that would allow us to get our bicycles exactly right, as we would wish to have them. Who are we? Well, let’s put it this way: We’re a cadre of current and former bicycle racers, speed junkies, and enthusiasts. We love bicycles and are endlessly in the pursuit of beautifully designed, classic, strong, utilitarian design. We are our own harshest critics and believe we will always be chasing a better solution, an ever-evolving vision of the perfect bicycle.
Among us are seasoned veterans and those that are new to the business. We wish to offer a new take on what might be possible in a bicycle with a strong influence of the heritage of the past. Some of us raced as youngsters in early ’80s, when every bicycle brand produced their own truly unique products and local bike shops were the hub of the cycling scene. In those days the bicycle industry was fueled by a love for bikes and was rich in a “maker” culture.
In the last 20 years, almost all bicycle manufacturers, excluding a handful of artisans, closed their factories and outsourced production overseas to faceless facilities more than 6,000 miles away. Almost overnight, bicycle manufacturers were converted to “brands.” The industry lost its soul and began to focus on global supply chains, outsourced product development, and finance mechanisms to push high inventory levels into your local bike shop. Companies began to show paint booths and obscured where their bicycle frames were actually produced. “Assembled in the USA”—but manufactured overseas—became the norm.
Over the past few years, we have assembled a group of stand-up folks; a team of the best designers, engineers, and product development talent available, and acquired the machinery, technology, and a facility to build best-in-class carbon fiber bicycles right here in the US. We put our hearts and spirit into every single bike with a focus to make Allied Cycle Works a breakaway brand of integrity. We offer complete and total transparency at our Arkansas-based facility and would love to have you visit anytime. You are welcome to see what we are doing and be part of our effort to move bicycle manufacturing forward. We invite you to join us on our journey. Let’s ride together!
The people that
Make ALLIED possible
*Bicycle racer (OK, Sam is retired, but we swear we’ll get him to make a comeback)