Neil Shirley: Inside ALLIED CYCLE WORKS

By Neil Shirley
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a trip out to Little Rock, Arkansas, to see first-hand what HIA Velo–and their first brand, ALLIED Cycle Works–all about. Over the course of nearly a year, I, like most others in the cycling media, heard bits of info about former Orbea USA owner Tony Karklins starting a new composite frame manufacturing facility in Arkansas using tooling he purchased from the bankrupt Canadian-based Guru brand.

It sounded cool, but not entirely ground-breaking. There are already a handful of US-based brands manufacturing their own composite frames. A couple are even doing molded frames and not just tube-to-tube or lugged construction, which can be more cost efficient than a molded monocoque frame. Then word spread about Sam Pickman and Chris Meertens, two of Specialized’s brightest minds in composites, moving from their beach houses near Santa Cruz, California, to Little Rock. I thought to myself, “Hmmm, maybe that HIA Velo has grander plans than I had given it credit for.”

Read the rest of the story on the ALLIED Cycle Works blog.