The ALLIED Team

TONY KARKLINS

Don’t tell Tony Karklins, “It can’t be done.” That’s a surefire way to guarantee he’ll make it happen.  HIA Velo’s founder and visionary didn’t just stumble upon a new idea for best in class American-made bicycles. It was a lifetime of events, experiences, choices, and challenges that paved the way to HIA Velo.

DOUG ZELL

“Do it with conviction” — a compelling mantra you’ll hear often from HIA Velo’s co-founder Doug Zell.  Doug founded Intelligentsia Coffee in 1995.  At a time when coffee was conventional, Intelligentsia shook the mainstream American coffee experience by exposing people …

SAM PICKMAN

Meet Sam Pickman. He’s obsessed with bikes. He was the kid you’d see racing his bike through the neighborhood every day, the kid at the local bike shop who’d wrench to trade for bike parts …

OLIVIER LAVIGEUER

As a kid who grew up around bikes, and (in his own words), “failed miserably” as a mechanic, Olivier Lavigeuer knew he still wanted to work with bikes. He’d spend his youth cultured in bicycles …

DUSTIN WILLIAMS

Dustin Williams comes to HIA Velo with a vast ability to translate ideas into realities.  A computer science major who fell in love with user interface design, Dustin has channeled his unique skills …

CHRIS MEERTENS

Chris Meertens was already on a trajectory toward bringing carbon engineering back to the US when HIA Velo came knocking.  He transitioned into Specialized in 2013 after working …

JIM CUNNINGHAM

Looking good automatically makes you faster — it’s a proven science. So along with producing high performance bicycles, HIA Velo aspired to take design and appeal …