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.

Accolades

Key Features

Clearance700x43 or 650x47 rear
700x47 or 650x55 front 
Bottle MountsDowntube, Seat Tube, Top Tube bag or Fourth Bottle
Chainstay420mm chainstay length achieved through an elevated stay
Fender MountsHidden fender mounts
Tube ProfileAggressive tube profile for a very tough aesthetic yet more traditional silhouette than most gravel bikes due to straight tubes
DrivetrainPurpose built around 1X
BuildSRAM Mullet Build
GeometryGeometry 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
SizesXS, S, M, L, XL
ColorsSport Gray, Cavalry Blue

Reviews & Coverage

Builds + Pricing


SRAM Force 1 SRAM Force AXS SRAM Red AXS Frameset
Bar
Easton EA70 AX
Easton EC70 AX Easton EC70 AX -
Stem
Easton EA90 Easton EA90 Easton EA90 -
Post
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 -
Bartape Arundel Arundel Arundel -
Crank SRAM Force 1 42t SRAM Force 1 AXS 42t SRAM Red AXS 42t -
Bottom Bracket GXP DUB BSA DUB BSA -
Rear Derailleur
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 -
Headset FSA FSA FSA -
Weight 8.6 kg / 18.96 lbs
8.4 kg / 18.52 lbs
8.1 kg / 17.85lbs
1700 g / 3.75 lbs
$5,499 $7,499 $9,499 $3,999

Geometry, Sizes, Specs

Size XS SM M L XL
Stack 533 559 575 597 615
Reach 376 382 387 396 405
Top Tube Length 531 544 553 576 591
Head Tube Length 120 143 160 180 200
Bottom Bracket Drop 70 70 70 70 70
Chaintay Length 420 420 420 420 420
Head Tube Angle 70° 71° 71° 71° 71°
Seat Tube Angle 74° 74° 74° 73.25° 73.25°
Front Center 599 605 615 631 641
Crank 170 172.5 172.5 175 175
Bar 40 42 42 42 42
Stem 90 100 100 110 110
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Seattle, WA
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Grapevine, TX
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Tulsa, OK
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Colorado Springs, CO
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Wooster, OH
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Minneapolis, MN
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Salt Lake City, UT
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Mill Valley, CA
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Fayetteville, AR
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Bentonville, AR
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Tech Support

Can I put a dropper post on my bike?
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