MEET THE ABLE
The gravel market has experienced a fascinating evolution. It started out as a segment of quiver-killers with little differentiation between makes and models. In the time since, specialization has overtaken the category, with purpose-made bikes serving much more specific purposes. This change is for good reason: Gravel riding is no longer just gravel, and aggressive terrain is considered part of the genre. The reality is that the same bike that whips down dirt farm-to-market roads isn’t stout enough for rocky singletrack.
While our award-winning ALFA ALLROAD is a Swiss Army knife for a majority of mixed surface riding, when the path gets rambunctious its road-racing pedigree isn’t the perfect prescription. We found ourselves on occasion wanting a bike that was equally high-performance, but felt more at home on steeper, rockier and more rugged terrain. It was from this desire that the ABLE was born.
The ABLE is a performance off-road machine that tilts more towards the “mountain skinny” side of the gravel segment. It prefers a big tire but keeps a short rear end - in fact, it’s the same as the ALFA ALLROAD at 420mm. This is achieved by the most striking feature on the bike - the elevated drive-side chainstay.
Getting a chainstay this short with high tire volume is a packaging exercise because the chainring, chainstay, and tire all compete for space behind the bottom bracket. On mountain bikes this problem is addressed by widening the bottom bracket -- but that affects Q factor in a negative way. When we made the decision to make the ABLE 1X-specific it opened the design envelope and ultimately led to the decision to elevate the chainstay. By moving it up and out of the way we could make it extremely wide resulting in an incredibly responsive ride.
Because the Able has so much tire clearance and a fit closer a road bike, it allows for endless tire and wheel combinations allowing the rider to play around until you find the combination that works best for the terrain you’re riding. The ABLE is designed around a 700x42c: This is the combination that will give what we feel is the optimum BB height and steering (remember: tire size affects steering geometry.) But if you ride in really chunky rocky terrain the ABLE can adapt with 650 wheels and tires volumes as high as 47mm in the rear and 55mm in the front. If you are going to head out on a road ride, a set of slick 28c or 30c tires would transform it into a road machine.
The ABLE begs to be ripped around on singletrack, fire roads, hardpack dirt, and chunky gravel. Proven on the brutal roads of the 2019 Dirty Kanza where ALLIED athletes Amity Rockwell and Colin Strickland both piloted their ABLE machines to overall victory.
Lightweight, tight, durable and agile. Point in any direction and go.
|Clearance||700x43 or 650x47 rear |
700x47 or 650x55 front
|Bottle Mounts||Downtube, Seat Tube, Top Tube bag or Fourth Bottle|
|Chainstay||420mm chainstay length achieved through an elevated stay|
|Fender Mounts||Hidden fender mounts
|Tube Profile||Aggressive tube profile for a very tough aesthetic yet more traditional silhouette than most gravel bikes due to straight tubes
|Drivetrain||Purpose built around 1X
|Build||SRAM Mullet Build|
|Geometry||Geometry tweaked to be better off-road with an HT angle of 71 and a trail of 66 for most sizes with a stack slightly taller than our road offering
|Sizes||XS, S, M, L, XL|
|Colors||Sport Gray, Cavalry Blue|
Reviews & Coverage
Builds + Pricing
|SRAM Force 1||SRAM Force AXS||SRAM Red AXS||Frameset|
||Easton EA70 AX
||Easton EC70 AX||Easton EC70 AX||-|
||Easton EA90||Easton EA90||Easton EA90||-|
||Easton EA70||Easton EC70||Easton EC70||-|
|Saddle||Fabric Scoop Elite Flat
||Fabric Scoop Elite Flat||Fabric Scoop Elite Flat||-|
|Brakes||SRAM Force 1 HRD
||SRAM Force HRD
||SRAM Red HRD
|Rotor Front||G3 CENTERLOCK
||CENTERLINE XR||CENTERLINE XR||-|
|Rotor Rear||G3 CENTERLOCK
||CENTERLINE XR||CENTERLINE XR||-|
|Wheels||Easton EA70 AX||Reynolds ATR 700||Reynolds Blacklabel ATR||-|
|Tires||Panaracer Gravel King 43 mm||Panaracer Gravel King 43 mm||Panaracer Gravel King 43 mm||-|
|Crank||SRAM Force 1 42t||SRAM Force 1 AXS 42t||SRAM Red AXS 42t||-|
|Bottom Bracket||GXP||DUB BSA||DUB BSA||-|
||SRAM Force 1 LONG||SRAM X01 Eagle AXS||SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS||-|
|Front Shifter||SRAM Force 1 HRD||SRAM Force AXS||SRAM Red AXS
|Rear Shifter||SRAM Force 1 HRD||SRAM Force AXS||SRAM Red AXS
|Chain||SRAM 1170||SRAM X01 Eagle||SRAM X01 EAGLE||-|
|Cassette||SRAM PG 1130 11-42||SRAM XG-1295 Eagle||SRAM XG-1299 Eagle||-|
|Weight||8.6 kg / 18.96 lbs
||8.4 kg / 18.52 lbs
||8.1 kg / 17.85lbs
||1700 g / 3.75 lbs
Geometry, Sizes, Specs
|Top Tube Length||531||544||553||576||591|
|Head Tube Length||120||143||160||180||200|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||70||70||70||70||70|
|Head Tube Angle||70°||71°||71°||71°||71°|
|Seat Tube Angle||74°||74°||74°||73.25°||73.25°|
ALL MEASUREMENT IN MILLIMETERS
Dealer Launch Partners
6604 Irvine Center Drive
Bicycle Trip of Santa Cruz
1001 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA
1017 E. Union Street
721 Northwest Highway
Bicycles of Tulsa
4733 S Mingo Rd.
Pro Cycling Warehouse
415 W Pikes Peak Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
146 W South St.
4208 S 28th Ave.
989 East 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT
31 Miller Ave.
Mill Valley, CA
The Bike Route Fayetteville
3660 N Front St #3
ALLIED Headquarters Bentonville
401 SE D. St.
While there are droppers available that will fit in the frame, we currently don’t have internal dropper cable routing.
Yes, you can purchase a fender kit separately that will work with standard fender mounting. The ABLE will accept up to 32mm tires with fenders installed
For the front tire 700X47 or 650X55, for the rear 700X43 or 650X47
4, Two in the main triangle, one under the downtube, and one on top of the top tube.
140 or 160mm rotors can be used
Any crank with a BSA bottom bracket will work. Some power meters with pods on the insides of the crank arm (think STAGES) will not fit.
You can purchase a fender kit from us
Front derailleur???!! This bad boy is 1X only.
We use 45 degree bearings both top and bottom with a 42mm upper and a 47mm lower.
This depends on the cassette size, if you are running the Mullet build with the 50T large cassette then the max is a 44. If you are running anything smaller than a 44T cassette then a 46 will work.
Visit our Technical Support page found here: https://alliedcycleworks.com/pages/technical-support-documents
Yes, the ABLE has mounts for bags. Downtube, Seat Tube, Top Tube bag or Fourth Bottle. If you are using any kind of strap on bags we suggest using frame protectors to minimize any damage to your paint.
142 mm x 12 mm rear
100 mm x 12 mm front